» MM in Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Close-up photo of collaborative pianistThe College of Performing Arts at Chapman University is pleased to present its first graduate program in music, the Master of Music (M.M.) in Keyboard Collaborative Arts degree program, under the direction of Dr. Louise Thomas.

The overarching goal of this Master’s degree program is to prepare graduate pianists for a successful career as collaborative artists who can work together effectively and professionally with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and actors, as well as with choral, opera and orchestral directors. Partnerships with the Dance and Theatre programs will provide pianists with opportunities to interact with internationally renowned faculty and to develop diverse skill sets before engaging in the professional world.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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Application Requirements

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

All students applying to the Keyboard Collaborative Arts degree program must complete the online application and submit all required application materials, including the Creative Supplements.

Submit official transcripts by mail to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

If your previous institution only uploads transcripts online, please send transcripts to gradadmit@chapman.edu.

  • Resumé - Please include a complete resumé of your academic and professional accomplishments to date.
  • Statement of Intent - Submit an essay stating your reasons for wishing to attend Chapman University and the Keyboard Collaborative Arts degree program. Discuss your career and personal goals and how you believe achieving this particular degree at Chapman University will assist you in attaining your goals.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required from individuals familiar with your academic or professional abilities.

Note: GRE scores are not required for the MM in KCA program.

Creative Supplement Requirements

Your uploaded audio-visual recording should include the following:

  • one movement of a Classical Sonata (solo);
  • one selection from the Romantic or Contemporary period;
  • one art-song, any language or period (with vocalist); and,
  • one movement of an instrumental sonata (with instrumentalist).

Note: All recordings should be no more than 30 minutes in length. Supplemental materials will not be accepted via mail or email for this degree program.

If you pass the Keyboard Collaborative Arts prescreen round, you will be notified by email with an in-person audition day/time. Graduate assistantships will be offered on a competitive basis.

Contact Us

Dr. Louise Thomas
Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts
(714) 744-7066

Graduate Admission Office
(714) 997-6711