Friday, June 29, 2018

Degree Programs: Rachel Fuller on the University of Auckland

A few days ago, I put out a call for students, grads, and faculty of collaborative piano programs to talk about their programs from their own perspective, and what it can offer the very large number of potential students who are interested in applying during the coming year. 

The first submission is from Rachel Fuller, who is on the faculty at the University of Auckland School of Music in New Zealand. Feel free to contact Rachel with any questions that you might have about the program. 


Here at the University of Auckland in New Zealand we are also training collaborative pianists to posess a broad range of skills and prepare them for careers in multiple areas of collaboration. 

I am very proud to head up a programme designed to progressively develop collaborative skills in our young pianists throughout their undergraduate study. At honours level (4th year) and at masters level they can specialise in collaborative piano alone or combine it with pedagogy and/or solo studies and/or chamber music.  I currently have a masters pianist focused on developing répétiteur skills as well as vocal coaching skills. I have an honours student developing the skills to become a Music Theatre M.D. and another specialises in string acoompanying. These young collaborative pianists are taking an instantly active role in the community as young professionals well before they have graduated and that to me is very exciting. Our community needs pianists who know how to collaborate with skill and knowledge.  

We welcome young pianists with a view to developing their collaborative skills.  And when you’ve finished rehearsals then the beach is just down the road! It’s a wonderful life here in Auckland. Come and see for yourself. Haere mai - Welcome.

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