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The Collaborative Piano program at UCO is designed to cultivate the collaborative skills of  pianists who aspire to enter the professional world as versatile, flexible and creative collaborative artists.  This major also allows individuals to pursue areas of special and related interest through elective studies.

Collaborative piano majors are active across all divisions of UCO's College of Fine Arts and Design and contribute musically and personally to the life of the School of Music and beyond. UCO collaborative pianists participate in music theatre productions, operatic productions, small and large ensembles, conducting classes, studio classes, master classes, lessons and other activities. 

The University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Courses You'll Take

Each student’s course of study is individualized to reflect the talent, interests and needs of the student.  Along with applied collaborative lessons, students take courses in vocal and instrumental collaborative literature, foreign language diction courses, chamber music, and piano ensemble. There also is flexibility inherent in the curriculum so students can diversify within their pedagogical interests, historical and theoretical interests, as well as take lessons in organ, harpsichord and jazz piano. Students can take part ensembles and productions ranging from historical performance practice, ballet and wind symphony to music theater, opera, choral and symphony orchestra. 

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Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

The UCO College of Fine Arts and Design annually awards more than $150,000 in scholarships with more than 90 scholarship opportunities.  Our talented and ambitious students ensure that CFAD remains a center for excellence in the fine and performing arts. CFAD scholarships recognize the dedication displayed in the classroom, in performances, and in exhibitions, as well as help our students make their studies a primary focal point and not monetary stress.

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Career Opportunities

Collaborative Piano career opportunities include: 

  • employment as pianist for professional choral, dance, music theatre, large ensemble concerts and productions;
  • repetitious/coach for opera productions;
  • preparation for entry into doctoral collaborative programs;
  • collegiate work as staff pianist, instructor or adjunct applied teacher;
  • employment as pianist for chamber music festivals, series or concerts; and,
  • collaboration with music programs in middle school, high school and community music schools for contests, concerts and productions. 

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