Collaborative Piano M.Mus.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

The Collaborative Piano program at UMD approaches musical collaboration as a distinct and vital component of the landscape of professional musicianship now and in the future. The Master of Music (MM) in prepares students for ever-growing career opportunities as accompanists and chamber musicians, as well as providing them with the tools for teaching accompanying and/or chamber music. Grounded in music history, theory, pedagogy and literature, as well as performance-focused coursework, the program offers young musicians the performance experience with a wide range of instruments and voices, as well as the opportunity to play in large ensembles and in operatic settings.

The Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano is a 30 credit program which focuses on accompanying and chamber music, collaborating with a wide range of instruments and voice, plus the opportunity to play in large ensembles and in operatic settings.

For a full description of our programs, what they offer and how they are constructed, please download and view our Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook which includes information about each degree option from start to finish, including audition requirements for each instrument and voice type.

Please see the website for the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota Duluth for information on application. All applications are processed online.

Graduate Handbook

Those applying for the MM in Music Collaborative Piano must submit and/or complete the following:

  • A Department of Music Graduate Study Application
  • A three- to five-page paper addressing current issues in music performance to be used as a professional writing example
  • Two letters of reference from professional colleagues or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
  • An entrance performance audition on the candidate’s major instrument or voice, arranged with the applied professor in your area. A DVD or Web based link to a video may be accepted as a substitute for the live audition upon approval of the faculty and Director of Graduate Studies.  Register for your audition.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Solo Piano Piece
  2. Movement of an Instrumental Chamber Piece (suggested literature: outer mvmt. of any Brahms or Beethoven duo sonata)
  3. Art Song/Aria Repertoire (suggested literature: songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Faure, Debussy, Barber, Rorem; arias from the Schirmer Opera Anthology, ed. Larsen)
  4. Sight-reading from instrumental and/or vocal repertoire

Audition Dates:

Complete the Music audition registration.

Please contact Dee Charles at [email protected] | 218-726-7890 to schedule your specific audition date and time. Priority Auditions for Graduate Assistant-ships and Scholarship funding are encouraged as early as possible.

Please call 218-726-7890 or email [email protected] with questions regarding the application or scholarship audition process.

Scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships are available for graduate students.

Graduate Assistant Application