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The Department of Keyboard Performance offers Bachelors, Masters, Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Artist Diploma in Keyboard Performance.

COLLABORATIVE PIANO

The Collaborative Piano Masters and Doctoral Programs are designed for pianists who want to immerse themselves in the great instrumental and vocal collaborative literature, from art song, opera and musical theater to the great instrumental duo, trio, quartet and quintet repertoire.  Pianists accepted into the Programs receive intensive and personalized training that focuses on technical and musical concerns, sight reading and improvisation, orchestral reduction, score reading, building repertoire, and the establishment of a successful career.

Entering Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts students will need to have significant experience in accompanying and chamber music, and possess a developed ability to read at sight. Transposition and improvisation are also desirable skills, as is – for students interested in vocal accompanying - pronunciation knowledge of Italian, French and German.

KEYBOARD PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY

The Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy program is intended to offer graduate piano students an intensive curriculum not only in keyboard performance, but also in the teaching of piano performance at group and private levels.  Piano methods, literature, technology, music research, and teaching strategies at all levels of instruction are examined.  The Frost School houses two state-of-the-art keyboard technology labs, as well as a community outreach program, the Piano Preparatory Program, in which all pedagogy students are given first-hand practical teaching opportunities both at the pre-college and college levels.  The degrees offered in Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy are Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts.