Just wondering if you know of any good schools that have undergraduate degrees in collaborative piano?..
My opinion is that pianists should get a Bachelor of Music degree either as a piano major or piano concentrator, then major in collaborative piano at the Master's Degree.
My main concern with undergraduate collaborative piano degrees: there is a perception that pianists in these programs are merely cheap labor pools for voice and string departments, with a very real danger that they will complete their degrees without adequate skills to prepare them for either graduate programs in the field or professional life.
Was I too harsh? Is there value in an undergraduate degree in accompanying/collaborative piano? Could such a degree a) prepare a pianist for graduate level study in the field, and b) still provide proper pianistic training so students could actually compete on a level playing field with soloists? Why is it that almost none of the first-tier music schools offer these types of undergraduate degrees?
Your comments are welcome on this subject, particularly pianists who are enrolled in undergraduate CP programs and the faculty who teach them.