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Collaborative Piano Master's

The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano provides students wishing to specialize in piano accompaniment an opportunity to study and achieve an advanced degree in this highly demanding and lucrative professional field. Students in the program will develop the necessary skills for collaborative performance in today’s market, including opera and art song coaching techniques, diction, and vocal and instrumental accompanying, and will engage in a wide array of performing ensemble settings already in place in the School. Applicants should hold an undergraduate performance or collaborative piano degree. In the M.M. in Collaborative Piano degree, students will further develop their performing abilities as highly skilled and marketable pianists.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

An audition is required for admittance. Please contact the School of Music ( to receive further information about the audition process, including audition dates, scheduling an audition, and requirements.

Program Application Test Requirements

Application and Audition Requirements for MM Collaborative Piano 1. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should describe solo and collaborative performance as well as sight reading and music learning abilities. 2. List of solo and collaborative repertoire studied and performed. 3. Audition requirements: •Two contrasting solo works, memorized. •One movement of an instrumental sonata from the standard repertoire and two contrasting art songs from the standard repertoire. •Sight reading may also be included. 4. The audition, including collaborative works, may be submitted as a DVD, video links, or CD of performances within the past year. Video links through YouTube or other file-sharing site are recommended.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

March 1

Spring Deadline

January 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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