Master of Music in Piano Accompanying and Coaching

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Westminster's Master of Music in Accompanying and Coaching program offers an intensive experience in lieder, choral music and opera coaching. Students work closely with their private teacher, while collaborating with graduate and undergraduate singers in a wide variety of literature and engaging in coursework designed to hone their musical, stylistic and linguistic understanding.

Westminster's historic commitment to vocal music shapes a curriculum in which literature and languages are taught in every course, celebrating a spirit of investigation, both interpretive and scholarly.

Our alumni have served as faculty members and coaches at the Tanglewood Music Center, Academy of Vocal Arts, American Boychoir School, the Curtis Institute, Opera North, Indianapolis Opera, Brevard Music Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, and the San Francisco Opera and Glimmerglass Opera Young Artists' Programs.

Resident Faculty:

Recent Visiting Faculty:

  • Martin Katz
  • Margo Garrett
  • Thomas Bagwell
  • Cameron Stowe
  • Lori Sims
  • Steven Spooner
  • Alan Feinberg
  • Ken Noda

Majors in Piano Accompanying and Coaching receive private lessons in vocal accompanying repertoire and are assigned to collaborative roles in working with undergraduate and graduate voice primary students. Two formal recitals as an accompanist are presented.

Master of Music in Piano Accompanying and Coaching (34 semester hours)

Major Area


PI641 Piano Primary (4 terms) 8 (2 per term)

Chamber Music


Accompanying Class (2 terms)

PI714/715 Techniques of Coaching I/II 2-2 4 (2 per term)
Core 11
MH731 Introduction to Musicology 3

Symphonic Choir (2 terms)

2 (1 per term)
  Theory or music history elective 3
  Core elective *1 3
Electives 3

Free electives



  1. The core elective must be a single, 3-credit graduate-level course outside the student’s major area, area of emphasis, and/or area of applied study.
  2. Prior to graduation, students must complete at least one year of undergraduate-level study in French and German. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in these courses. Grades of “C-“ or below are not accepted.
  3. Students must satisfy departmental standards for command of English, Italian, French, German, and Latin diction.
  4. Upon approval from the department, majors must present two accompanied recitals.