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    Collaborative Piano

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    • Develop your musical talent in a learning environment as distinctive as the world-class faculty mentoring you. Through rigorous training, one-on-one lessons, an array of classes, ensembles, and real-world performance opportunities, you'll grow as a collaborative pianist versed in both instrumental and vocal areas. Start your career in New York City, taking advantage of unique experiences to learn and play with working professionals. At Mannes, you'll chart your own course while engaging in a diverse and thriving community that will support you in becoming a whole musician and 21st-century artist.

      Break out of the mold of a traditional music conservatory. At Mannes, find the flexibility and freedom to direct your development as a pianist. Receive rigorous classical training from a faculty of renowned and revolutionary musicians, while also exploring new music, improvisation, real-world experiences, and cross-disciplinary projects.

      The students selected for a degree in Collaborative Piano must first have excellent solo piano skills, at the level of a graduate of a conservatory undergraduate piano degree program. The number of students admitted is limited and the atmosphere of the program places an emphasis on intimacy, trust, the ability to listen deeply and develop new language skills and interpersonal skills, in addition to performance and technique.

      Language study is part of the program, to help in partnering with vocalists, and includes study of phrasing, interpretation, the meaning of poetry and the lines of each piece. Students develop an understanding of the collaboration with singers or instrumentalists and how they partner with the pianist in different musical situations.

      Master classes occur each semester, as well, with visiting artists who coach the collaborative pianists and offer Q&A sessions for students and career guidance. Collaborative Piano students also participate in Voice and Opera department master classes with singers as they receive vocal instruction.

      Take part in a culture of performance at Mannes, with events like the "Mannes Sounds Festival," a year-long student music festival that engages pianists, chamber musicians, and singers in public concerts around New York City. You'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. Play at landmark venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Collaborate in cutting-edge performances as a part of our many ensembles, including Mannes American Composers Ensemble and the College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra. Train to collaborate with other outstanding performers, as you gain the skills needed to start your own label, manage your own publicity, and create your own groundbreaking work.

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    Mannes School of Music offers an academic experience that pairs artistic foundations with a rich variety of entrepreneurial and experiential opportunities. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • Our award-winning faculty bring their experience as performers, musicologists, creators, and educators into the classroom-challenging and guiding students to become better artists.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Central to the Mannes curriculum are the unique creative and performance experiences that happen outside of traditional conservatory training. At Mannes, you can collaborate with students from a variety of disciplines in the arts and beyond and work with industry-leading partners throughout New York City to hone your skills as a 21st-century artist.

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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Take advantage of opportunities to perform at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, apprentice with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, join the Martha Graham Dance Company in performances at NY City Center, or take part in New York's avant-garde opera scene through one of Mannes' cutting-edge productions. Experience firsthand what it's like to be a working musician in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world.

    Experiment. Collaborate. Perform.

    Don't just learn how to play your instrument; learn how to perform. Develop your talent alongside peers from the College of Performing Arts, Parsons, and across The New School by creating multidisciplinary projects with theater directors, designers, and media students. Record an album with jazz students. Improvise on your instrument along with actors. You'll never run out of opportunities to grow and showcase your talent in new and original ways.

    Chart Your Own Course.

    Today's artists do more than one thing. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, musicians are activists. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes far beyond that of the traditional conservatory. In courses like The Stone Workshops, Improv Artists Lab, and The Digital Revolution, you'll have the opportunity to play alongside boundary-breaking artists and award-winning faculty members. Take courses that will challenge you to make music in new and inspired ways.

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