Performance (Collaborative Piano), BMUS

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Immerse yourself in a musical environment in which your creativity and your passion for collaboration will be showcased through numerous performance experiences. This unique program combines two years of focused study on solo piano repertoire with two years of collaborative piano training.

The BMus program in performance with a concentration in collaborative piano offers private instruction in solo and collaborative piano; coaching with faculty on chamber music, song, operatic and musical theatre repertoire; and opportunities with large ensemble and choral programs. This diverse training leads directly to vibrant collaborative performance experiences in all areas, including collaboration with colleagues in dance and theatre. Collaborative piano students regularly perform with their vocal and instrumental colleagues in concerts at ASU and throughout the valley, including concerts at the Scottsdale Center, the Kerr Cultural Center, Tempe Center for the Arts and the renowned Musical Instrument Museum.

The program focuses on the core repertoire of song, piano chamber music, opera and musical theater. Collaboration within the School of Music, Dance and Theatre involves all performance areas, including classes and opportunities with the music theatre and opera programs, concerts with large ensembles and choirs, duo recitals with instrumental and voice colleagues, and performances of chamber music literature as part of the Visiting Quartet Residency program.

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Performance (Collaborative Piano), BMUS

Required Courses

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music, Dance and Theatre application. Students should visit for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Auditions take place in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at

Admission to the music program is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the applicant's major is changed to music. In the event a student admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre or misses the audition deadline, the student will remain as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit for complete music deadlines.

Spring admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is October 15.

Fall admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is January 5.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • performing as a collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists, choral ensembles, or large instrumental ensembles pianist for musical theatre or opera productions
  • performing as a pianist for music recording and studio work
  • teaching in a private studio or community music program
  • working as a vocal coach
  • working collaboratively in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Music Directors and Composers1.7%$52,250
Musicians and Singers0.9%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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