Programs - Piano Studies

MM in Piano Performance with a Concentration in Collaborative Piano

NYU Steinhardt offers a comprehensive M.M. degree program to pianists who wish to specialize in collaborative work, with concentrations in either Instrumental Chamber Music or Vocal Accompanying and Coaching (in both classical and musical theatre repertoire).  Collaborative specialization provides an opportunity to acquire the diverse, competitive abilities necessary for success in the current musical world.  All musicians - classical to jazz, composers, conductors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists - are regularly in need of collaborative pianists.  The lively and varied performance scene at NYU provides an entire school's worth of music students and professors with whom to master and implement the art of collaboration.

Pianists study with renowned artist faculty, professionals engaged in opera and Broadway productions here in New York, who concertize at venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and who are regularly featured at major festivals in the United States and abroad. Their students concentrate on collaborative skills in private lessons, performance classes, lectures, guest master classes and workshops. While continuing work on technical aspects of piano performance, they focus on collaborative repertoire, ensemble technique, and performance practice. Students interested in classical vocal specialization study foreign language diction, vocal pedagogy and opera production; for those with an interest in musical theater, specific repertoire classes and production work (including assisting with music direction) are all possible within the curriculum. There are also many professional possibilities for collaborative pianists working at NYU:

  • accompanying voice lessons and performance classes
  • accompanying repertoire classes for strings, winds, and brass
  • collaborating on student degree recitals
  • private vocal coaching
  • acting as rehearsal pianist for productions
  • performing at various NYU concerts and functions
  • teaching private lessons, keyboard skills

In addition, the Collaborative Piano master's curriculum provides students with the possibility of taking elective courses in conducting, composition, performing arts administration, music business, music technology and secondary instrument study in order to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of the ever-changing music industry.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Piano Performance or equivalent