The NEC Collaborative Piano Department offers a unique program of intensive study to advanced pianists who have specialized interests in piano-vocal and piano-instrumental repertoire. Through daily study in performance classes, private lessons, and coachings, students gain greater familiarity with the standard repertoire and develop the skills needed to be a professional collaborative artist.

NEC’s newly structured curriculum offers a wide array of performance-based courses that explore the repertoire of song, opera, instrumental sonatas, and concerti.

Each student works with various members of the Collaborative Piano faculty, which consists of leading specialists in the fields of songs, chamber music, and opera. Additionally, students will benefit from the instruction of world-renowned artist-teachers from NEC’s departments of strings, winds, and voice through collaboration projects and work assistantships. Masterclasses with visiting guest artists and various public performance projects are also part of the rich yearly calendar of events.

Please direct questions about the program to Cameron Stowe, chair of the Collaborative Piano department.

Overview of Collaborative Piano courses and topics

Find complete course listings here, or click on an individual course below for details.

Song Studies for Pianists

Sonata Class

Opera Performance for Pianists
includes figured bass reading, recitative playing, orchestral reduction, score reading

Collaborative Skills
includes orchestral reductions of instrumental concerti

Diction Studies

Sonata Coaching

Piano-Vocal Repertoire
Recent semester topics include

  • French Vocal Repertoire
  • Songs of Schumann and Brahms
  • Late Romantic Lieder
  • American Song Repertoire
  • Songs of Debussy and Poulenc
  • Songs 1890–1910
  • Songs of Schubert and Wolf

Vocal Coaching Techniques

More about piano performance at NEC

Read about the Piano major here.

Read about Chamber Music for Pianists here.

Interested in applying? Click here for information about our application process.