Collaborative Piano Performance

Collaborative Piano Performance Faculty

Dr. Catherine Garner
Coordinator of Keyboard Activities, Collaborative Piano, Class Piano
Room 408, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-7428
Dr. Rodney Reynerson
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

Mission Statement

The Master of Music in Performance degree in the Hayes School of Music is based on the pillars of performance, entrepreneurship, scholarship and pedagogy, relevance, and wellness. These fundamental pillars support musicians in developing versatility and leadership for successful and independent performance careers in the 21st century. Close mentorship between the student and the faculty is central to the program, which facilitates exceptional opportunities to excel in the art of music.


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

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 to 35 - varies by concentration - see below.
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (2+2+2+2 = 8)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend on concentration (2)
  • MUS 5120: Music Research for Performers (2)
  • MUS 5130: Seminar in Music History, Culture, and Analysis (4)
  • MUS 5140: Performers Symposium (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5150: Artist Portfolio (1)
  • MUS 5960: Community Engaged Performance (1)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1)

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

  • MUS 5018 Applied Area Literature (2) (This is in addition to what is in the core)
  • MUS 5022: Applied Area Pedagogy (2)
  • MUS 5100 Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5997 Practicum Experience (2)
  • 2 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Assistantships and Scholarships

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Collaborative Piano Assistantships

The Collaborative Piano Assistantship may involve accompanying large ensembles, chamber ensembles such as Quintessential, vocal and/or instrumental recitals for a $9,000 stipend for a year.