Collaborative Piano Performance

Collaborative Piano Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Rodney Reynerson
Keyboard Area Coordinator
Professor of Piano
Room 416, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6466
Dr. Bair Shagdaron
Professor of Piano
Room 414, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6465
Dr. Susan Slingland
Room 406, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-7428

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.


The Masters in Music in Performance with a concentration in Collaborative Piano is a 34-semester hour academic and performance program that allows students to develop the skills needed to be a professional collaborative artist in both instrumental and vocal genres. The program consists of advanced courses in applied music, research, musicology, and literature, along with courses focusing on chamber ensembles and practicum experience with various performers

The graduate student in the collaborative piano program will:

  • Be offered extensive performance opportunities to collaborate with other musicians
  • Gain wide exposure to operatic and art song literature and standard instrumental repertoire
  • Become proficient in sight reading of literature
  • Develop the skills necessary to coach languages in German, Italian, and French
  • Develop language proficiencies using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Develop and practice rehearsal techniques in chamber music settings
  • Develop and apply higher-order thinking skills in order to communicate and rehearse effectively with other performers
  • Develop the skills necessary in order to make orchestral reductions pianistic
  • Develop skills, knowledge, and experience necessary for professional employment, professional development, and/or further graduate study in collaborative piano

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements:

All students entering into the collaborative program will be required to meet the following audition criteria:

  • Accompany an art song in French, Italian, German, and language of choice
  • Accompany one operatic aria in any language (pending approval)
  • Two movements (Fast & Slow) of any sonata for one instrument and piano
  • One short work for solo piano that exhibits skill level
  • Sight read a vocal piece
  • Read texts in German, French and Italian to determine proficiency 

Please contact Dr. Slingland to schedule an audition date and time. 

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3) 
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

Collaborative Piano (Code: 558W) 
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 35

  • MUS 5018 Applied Area Literature (1-3)
  • MUS 5100 Performance Ensemble (4)
  • MUS 5997 Practicum Experience (2)
  • MUS 5998 Master of Music in Performance Recital (2) 
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)

Assistantships and Scholarships

View general Assistantship and Scholarship information

Collaborative Piano Assistantships

The Collaborative Piano Assistantship may involve accompanying large ensembles, chamber ensembles such as Quintessential, or vocal and instrumental recitals for a $8,500 stipend for a year.