Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Established in 1947 by celebrated accompanist Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program at the USC Thornton School of Music was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. With an internationally acclaimed faculty, and graduates who rank among the most notable leaders and innovators in the field of collaboration, the program has remained an influential force for over half a century.

Administered by the department of Keyboard Studies, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program nurtures aspiring pianists by enriching and guiding them through their study of collaboration in chamber music, song repertoire and opera. The Keyboard Collaborative Arts faculty welcomes and encourages repertoire composed by marginalized and/or under-represented groups, including but not limited to, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women. In addition to regular study, students may choose to improve their strengths in foreign language diction or opera coaching. Keyboard Collaborative Arts students also are granted the rare opportunity of interacting with many of the stellar faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in other performance areas, including Keyboard Studies, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Vocal Arts & Opera.

Graduate Programs

Master of Music

Keyboard Collaborative Arts Performance

2 years | 30 units

The MM in keyboard collaborative arts is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction in collaborative piano, song interpretation master class, chamber music interpretation master class, interpretation of baroque music and music history. Two graduate recitals are required.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Musical Arts

Keyboard Collaborative Arts Performance

65 units

The DMA in keyboard collaborative arts requires a minimum of 65 units beyond the bachelor’s degree and consists of the following areas of study: the basic DMA curriculum, course work in the major, an academic field and two elective fields. Four doctoral recitals are required.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate

Keyboard Collaborative Arts

2 years | 16 units

The Graduate Certificate in performance is a two-year, 16-unit program consisting of individual instruction, studio class, and two ensembles, or the equivalent thereof, each semester. This graduate-level program is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate education in music, or its equivalent, and intend to concentrate their energies on the full-time development of their discipline.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Artist Diplomas

Artist Diploma

Keyboard Collaborative Arts

2-3 years | 16 units

This program is designed for young artists of exceptional ability and musical sensitivity who plan careers as solo performers. The Artist Diploma Program provides young artists with the opportunity to devote their full time to concentrated study and practice for the duration of their assigned programs. A minimum of 16 units at the 754 level (from MPEM, MPGU, MPKS, MPST, MPVA or MPWP) and four full-length recitals are required. This program typically requires two to three consecutive years of study for completion.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Contact

Alan L. Smith, Chair
Kyle Shafiee, Department Coordinator

Keyboard Collaborative Arts Program
USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California 90089-0851
(213) 740-7703
classical@usc.edu