Piano, Collaborative, MM

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Allow your creativity and passion for collaboration to grow and be showcased through numerous performances on and off campus in the immersive musical environment of this master's degree program in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

The MM program in performance with a concentration in collaborative piano gives students the opportunity to perform with all instrumental areas and voice, focusing on collaborative endeavors such as song recitals, instrumental duos and chamber music, operatic and musical theatre productions, and participation in large ensembles.

Students refine their pianistic technique while developing the specific knowledge and abilities to be skilled and sensitive musical collaborators. Collaborative piano students have an impact on every area of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and their work with singers, instrumentalists, choral and large ensembles, composers, music theatre and opera colleagues leads toward advanced careers in music.

At A Glance

Piano, Collaborative, MM

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application requirements

Application procedures + requirements

Application deadlines
Spring 2022: October 15, 2021
Fall 2022: December 1, 2021

Curriculum check sheet

Check sheets break down the course requirements for each degree program.

Collaborative piano (MM)

Affording grad school

Music scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Degree requirements

Required Core (4 credit hours)
MUP 527 Studio Instruction (4)

Concentration (14 credit hours)
MUP 511 Studio Instruction: Piano (4)
MUP 527 Studio Instruction: Collaborative Piano (4)
MUP 588 Collaborative Piano (2)
MUP 596 Solo Performance (2)
MUP 597 Solo Performance (2)

Electives (2-3 credit hours)

Other Studies in Music (11-12 credit hours)
music history (6)
music theory (5-6)

Culminating Experience (0 credit hours)
written comprehensive exam (0)

Additional Curriculum Requirements
The other studies in music requirement includes six credit hours of MHL coursework and five to six credit hours of MTC coursework.

Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in courses for these programs through the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre. This is tracked internally within the academic unit.

Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music majors may be found on the check sheets posted under each degree: https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/degree-programs/music/graduate.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. School of Music, Dance and Theatre application (including a resume, personal statement and repertoire list): https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/graduate-steps-to-apply
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.

Applicants must perform an audition for admission. Auditions are scheduled following receipt of complete application materials. Information about the audition may be found at https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/.

A bachelor's degree in music is not required for admission to a master's program. However, all applicants without a bachelor's degree in music should email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for information on potential remedial courses. Remedial courses may be taken at ASU, another accredited university or a community college before or after admission to this program, but they must be completed prior to starting graduate-level course requirements in music history and music theory.

Applicants should see the program website for application deadlines. After an applicant's completed application materials have been received, including recommendation letters, transcripts and English proficiency, the applicant is confirmed for an audition.

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