A M.M. in Collaborative Piano provides structured training and performance experience for pianists wishing to pursue careers as collaborative artists. Solo careers are virtually non-existent in the 21st century and pianists are expected to have developed collaborative skills with instrumentalists and vocalists, be thoroughly familiar with their vast repertoire, as well as chamber music, chorus, and orchestra repertoire. Applied study is a balanced exposure to both the vocal (art songs and opera arias) and instrumental (duo sonatas and concerti) collaborative repertoire. This interaction benefits the entire music department as collaborative programs have a positive ripple effect that enriches and provides service to the instrumental and vocal areas. There are many career paths available to graduates including: vocal coach of an opera company; staff pianist in the instrumental/vocal studios of universities and conservatories; duo partner with soloists; pianist of a chamber ensemble; and accompanist for a chorus, orchestra, or ballet company
Entrance Procedure for Master of Music, Option in Collaborative Piano Performance
• Prerequisite: An undergraduate degree in classical piano performance or its equivalent.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, a resume detailing their education, collaborative piano experience and a collaborative repertoire list (both instrumental and vocal). The list should be typed up as a Word or PDF document, organized first by instrument and/or voice type, then by composers in alphabetical order. Contact Dr. Pei-Shan Lee ( ) if you have any questions about the audition repertoire.
A. Art Songs (choose one song for each language)
All works must be performed in the high keys unless otherwise stated.
Schubert: Die Forelle (low key in A major)
Brahms: Meine Liebe ist grün
Debussy: C’est l’extase (from Ariettes oubliées)
Barber: Crucifixion (from Hermit Songs)
Copland: Heart, we will forget him
B. Instrumental Sonata (choose one of the following)
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F major, op. 24, first movement
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in c minor, op. 30, no. 2, first movement
Brahms: Sonata for Piano and Clarinet No. 1 in f minor, op. 120, no. 1, first movement
Prokofiev: Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 94, first movement
C. Orchestral Reductions (choose one of the following)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, first movement
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major, first movement
Mozart: Deh vieni non tardar (from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro)
Verdi: De’ miei bollenti spiriti (from Verdi’s La Traviata)
Applicant's choice to be performed by memory (any piece or movement under 10 minutes)
Applicants will sight-read excerpts of an instrumental or vocal work.
• Submit academic transcripts to CSUN Admissions and Records
Following admission to the program, a placement test in French and German lyric diction will be given in the first week of school. It is recommended that students study diction and/or language courses prior to entering the program. Undergraduate courses in diction are also available for students after entering the program. Graduate students in Collaborative Piano performance are presented with a number of diverse performing opportunities each semester. Master classes with visiting guest artists are offered yearly. Students benefit additionally from their participation in the private lessons of their vocal and instrumental partners, as well as rehearsals in the school’s small and large ensembles.