School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Master of Music in Collaborative Piano

The application deadline for most 2023-24 programs was December 1. See the Graduate Admissions page for specific degree application deadlines.

Designed for students seeking thorough preparation for careers as chamber musicians, accompanists, teachers and vocal coaches. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in piano or its equivalent, substantial solo and ensemble repertoire, and elementary proficiency in two languages (French, German, or Italian).

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The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano requires a minimum of 35 credits. Coursework includes one-on-one instruction in collaborative and operatic literature; courses in Chamber Music and Voice literature; electives in Musicology, Music Theory, and/or Composition.

Final Project:

The presentation of three recitals of vocal and instrumental repertoire will be required for graduation. Also required is the satisfactory completion of a departmental examination assessing intermediate proficiency in reading and advanced proficiency in pronunciation of French, German, and Italian.


SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.

Silent Advisor

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.


Amy I-Lin Cheng

Assistant Professor of Music
Collaborative Piano, Piano Chamber Music Coordinator

Martin Katz

G. Koldofsky Distinguished University Professor; Earl V. Moore Collegiate Professor in Music; Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor in Piano
Collaborative Piano

Performance Opportunities

From large ensembles in celebrated concert halls to chamber groups in intimate recital spaces, performance opportunities across all disciplines abound, with nearly 900 student performances each academic year. Whether your focus is on early, classical, or contemporary music, whether your passion is for jazz, electronic, or world music, there is an ensemble—or in many cases, multiple ensembles—to suit your interests, including specific opportunities for percussion, piano, and organ & carillon. For students in theatre & drama, musical theatre, dance, and opera, opportunities abound in both professionally produced and student-run presentations.



Across all disciplines, students perform and study with their peers in studio classes and perform for the public in solo student recitals and studio recitals.


Collaborative Piano

Collaborative Piano students work with vocalists and instrumentalists throughout SMTD.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

The thriving chamber music scene at SMTD offers students nearly limitless options to perform, innovate, and collaborate in small, self-driven, and diverse ensembles.

Large Ensembles

Large Ensembles

SMTD ensembles offer numerous concerts each season, performing notable works in the traditional canon as well as abundant newly commissioned works.