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Collaborative piano

Master the discipline of ensemble playing
The study of collaborative piano embraces the teaching and practice of piano accompaniment with all the instrumental and vocal divisions.

What is collaborative piano?

If you already have finely developed pianistic skills, studying collaborative piano will give you experience in collaborating with other musicians. Not only do we offer expert tuition, you will also have opportunities to work with instrumental partners and get involved with large ensembles and chamber music.

Why study collaborative piano with us?

Studying collaborative piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides a wealth of performance and career-building opportunities.

  • Take part in regular tutorials with Sydney Conservatorium of Music staff.
  • Perform as part of concerts, broadcasts and tours.
  • Participate in groups that have established reputations beyond the Conservatorium. 
  • Attend masterclasses with celebrated Australian and international artists.
  • Promote your career by attending chamber music festivals.

Who can I study collaborative piano with?

Our Collaborative Piano staff are practising professionals who have extensive performance experience in all areas of collaboration and chamber music. Their understanding of the discipline and knowledge of the repertoire allows them to create an uncontested environment of skill development for successful ensemble playing and collaboration.

  • Associate Professor Jeanell Carrigan, Collaborative Piano, Program Leader Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • Mr David Miller AM, Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano
  • Mr David Howie, Lecturer in Collaborative Piano
  • Mr Phillip Shovk, Lecturer in Piano and Collaborative Piano

What are my study options with collaborative piano?

Where collaborative piano can take you

While studying Collaborative Piano we will prepare you to be skilled, familiar with and in demand for all kinds of scenarios, including:

  • broadcasts
  • recital work
  • examinations
  • eisteddfods
  • competitions
  • instrumental and vocal performances (where a composition includes a piano part)