The Music Department of California State University Northridge offers a graduate level degree in classical Collaborative Piano Performance. Collaborative Piano majors continue their studies in Music History and Theory, and take Area classes in Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Instrumental Duo, Chamber Music, and private lessons. Through concert opportunities with instrumental and vocal partners, the MM in Collaborative Piano Performance offers a rich and varied experience throughout the study at CSUN.
Entrance Procedure for Master of Music 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.