Part of the Chamber and Collaborative Music Division, the collaborative piano area was inaugurated in the fall of 2008 and is now under the leadership of Dr. Colette Valentine. In addition to the special curriculum for the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree plans, the activities of the collaborative piano majors are uniquely coordinated with the needs of the school. This dynamic produces a very positive atmosphere in all types of partnerships and reinforces the service aspect of the profession. Our graduate students acquire one of the country’s premier experiences in all aspects of collaborative education, working with instrumentalists, singers, large and small ensembles, choirs and new music projects. They, in turn, provide valuable service as collaborative support for lessons, recitals, master classes and a variety of special performances.