This graduate program is for pre-professionals who exhibit potential for a specialized career in vocal accompanying. 

The program offers exceptionally gifted collaborative pianists the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, in preparation for a career as a professional vocal coach.


Admission Requirements

An earned master of music degree in collaborative piano with commensurate language and diction training (or equivalent professional experience) and a successful audition are required for admission into this program. 

Required Courses and Credits

Category I: Requirements in Music
PMUS 6636 Applied Instruction (Four semesters required, one-hour weekly lesson plus weekly studio class; to be divided equally between collaborative piano and vocal coaching)8
TMUS 6956 Master's Thesis (Two collaborative recitals - vocal)4
TMUS 6957Master's Thesis 2 (Collaborative recital - instrumental)2
TMUS 6957Master's Thesis 2 (Opera Scenes Performance)2
PMUS 5157Opera Theatre Practicum (Serve as rehearsal pianist and continuo player for all major operas, as well as outreach presentations and special events) 10-4
Category II: Other Requirements in Music
MUSC 5375Opera Coaching for Pianists2
Additional coursework in collaborative literature, song literature, pedagogy, musicology, ethnomusicology or theory. 22
Total Credit Hours20-24