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A few days ago, a reader posed this question on the long-running discussion of the Degree and Diplomas in Collaborative Piano post:
I'm helping a Chinese friend search for the best US university for an MM in Collaborative Piano. If you could offer some advice that'd be great.
Thanks for the comment and important question! That's one of the central issues for the increasingly large influx of pianists coming from China looking for collaborative piano degrees at the Master of Music level. The choices of these pianists won't just be about choosing the most famous teacher, but should also include:
- ESL support
- Affordable housing, either on or off campus
- Affordable health care
- A vibrant music scene, both on and off campus
- Financial aid, including scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships
- An effective path to entry in the profession, either in North America or China
- [Edit] Thanks to an anonymous commenter for one of the most important: Quality of potential collaborative partners within the music school
What schools would you recommend for these reasons? Leave a comment below. You can also track the discussion on the Collaborative Piano Blog Facebook Page.