Welcome to the home of Collaborative Piano at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. UTK offers a Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano; a program designed for accomplished pianists with an emphasis upon collaborative work through intensive exploration of the skills required for succesful careers in instrumental accompanying, chamber music and the coaching and performing of opera and art song.
Applied lessons in the disciplines of accompanying and coaching are tailored to address the demands of the collaborative artist in the world of musical performance. A course of study is pursued which focuses upon continued pianistic growth, musical versatility, cultivation of a personal musical aethetic, stylistic and musicological knowledge as is applicable to performance, and in obtaining skills and experience for effective collaboration.
Lessons are customized according to the strengths and interests of participants. However, the objective of the course is to obtain exceptional versatility as a musician and performer that is demanded of succesful collaborative artists in the professional music world. Pianistic integrity is essential to meet these expectations, and will be maintained through continued involvement in solo piano literature. In addition, directed units of study will address the fundamental repertoire for both instrumental and vocal music (including opera and art song). Coaching techniques will be discussed in lessons and will be exercised through coordinated accompanying work including supervised coaching and rehearsal sessions.