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Music, Collaborative Piano Concentration, M.M.

The Master of Music degree program with a collaborative piano concentration is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a Bachelor's degree in music and have a passion for collaborating with instrumental and vocal musicians.

Students will study and perform literature from the instrumental and vocal/operatic repertories, participate in large ensembles such as the MTSU Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and further their knowledge and understanding of vocal coaching and chamber music literature. Graduates of this program have continued on to pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in instrumental and vocal/choral accompanying and chamber music, professional studio recording, vocal coaching, and private teaching. Graduate teaching assistantship opportunities are available to qualified students.

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Malaysian student says Collaborative Studies program helped drive passion

Malaysian student says Collaborative Studies program helped drive passion

Growing up in Malaysia, Hong Liang Andre Ng always loved music and began playing piano when he was just six-years-old. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Solo Piano Performance, Ng decided to explore his options for furthering his education, leading him to earn his master's degree in Collaborative Studies at MTSU. "Playing piano has always been a way to express myself, but collaborating music with different musicians creates this wonderful spectrum of expressions, connections, and beauty that drive my passion." Ng says the Collaborative Studies program taught him how to "have more in-depth conversations" about the music he's performing. "I can rehearse with people more efficiently with the knowledge I have gained from the program, and I am able to organize my time more efficiently." Ng is pursuing his doctoral degree at North Dakota State University where he works as a graduate assistant.

International student calls time at MTSU 'transformative'

International student calls time at MTSU 'transformative'

Growing up in Malaysia, Elizabeth Chua took a leap of faith when she decided to attend MTSU to work on her master's degree. "MTSU and Murfreesboro was my first exposure to the U.S., and I cannot ask for a better experience. The faculty members were all top-notched. I was given full attention by all my professors, and I was able to grow into the musician I am today." Chua said MTSU served as a "work shed" for her. "I had the opportunity to focus and sharpen my skills. It was a complete learning experience for me. I spent three years [at MTSU] for my Masters in Music, in both collaborative piano and piano performance. Those three years transformed me. They gave me the confidence, skills, knowledge, and connections that led me to where I am today." Chua is currently part of the music faculty at Ridgewater College in Minnesota.

News Briefs

Malaysian student says Collaborative Studies program helped drive passion

Growing up in Malaysia, Hong Liang Andre Ng always loved music and began playing piano when he was just six-years-old. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Solo Piano Performance, Ng decided to explore his options for furthering his education, leading him to earn his master's degree in Collaborative Studies at MTSU. "Playing piano has always been a way to express myself, but collaborating music with different musicians creates this wonderful spectrum of expressions, connections, and beauty that drive my passion." Ng says the Collaborative Studies program taught him how to "have more in-depth conversations" about the music he's performing. "I can rehearse with people more efficiently with the knowledge I have gained from the program, and I am able to organize my time more efficiently." Ng is pursuing his doctoral degree at North Dakota State University where he works as a graduate assistant.

International student calls time at MTSU 'transformative'

Growing up in Malaysia, Elizabeth Chua took a leap of faith when she decided to attend MTSU to work on her master's degree. "MTSU and Murfreesboro was my first exposure to the U.S., and I cannot ask for a better experience. The faculty members were all top-notched. I was given full attention by all my professors, and I was able to grow into the musician I am today." Chua said MTSU served as a "work shed" for her. "I had the opportunity to focus and sharpen my skills. It was a complete learning experience for me. I spent three years [at MTSU] for my Masters in Music, in both collaborative piano and piano performance. Those three years transformed me. They gave me the confidence, skills, knowledge, and connections that led me to where I am today." Chua is currently part of the music faculty at Ridgewater College in Minnesota.

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Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

  • Accompanist
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • College professor/instructor
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Conductor
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Instrumental performer
  • Instrument sales business owner
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Music publisher/editor
  • Music theater director
  • Musical director
  • Product specialist
  • Salesperson/marketer
  • Studio musician
  • Private studio owner/instructor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bellevue Middle School
  • Belmont University
  • Cane Ridge High School
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chattanooga Symphony
  • Cumberland University
  • The Downtown Band
  • Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
  • EMBRA Artists, LTD.
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
  • Jonathan Fletcher Music
  • Lipscomb University
  • MEINL Percussion
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
  • Onks Woodwind Specialist
  • Siegel Middle School
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville

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  1. Submit through the University’s Application tool (button below):
    1. Submit application with the appropriate fee
    2. Submit official transcripts of all previous college work
    3. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  2. Email directly to the program coordinator of interested area
    1. Additional Requirements (video links, papers, compositions, etc)
  3. By the February 1 deadline
    1. Complete a Student Application (if interested) for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Classical Collaborative Piano Auditions

Sight Reading

  • We will provide piano music to be read at sight. You will be given 1 minute to look at the music before you play.

Repertoire

  • Art Song: Three contrasting songs from different historical periods and languages.
  • Aria: One aria from any historical period representing any language.
  • Instrumental music: The first movement of an instrumental sonata or other major work from any historical period.
  • Solo: A solo piano work no longer than 7 minutes in length. Memory is optional.

*Applicants will be provided with partners. However, applicants may bring collaborative partners to the audition if preferred.

Please contact Dr. Arunesh Nadgir at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the audition process.

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