Training the Collaborative Pianist: Debunking Myths and Developing Teaching Strategies


VMTA Webinar Series

For piano teachers, piano 'accompanists' & collaborative artists

Training the Collaborative Pianist: Debunking Myths and Developing Teaching Strategies

Presented by Dr Jeanell Carrigan
Associate Professor in Collaborative Piano
@ Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Date: Tuesday 3 November
Time: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Location: Online via Zoom


PD Certificate Provided

Why Collaborative Piano?

“There is no such thing as a piano accompanist” states an article published in the Strad magazine. The title ‘accompanist’ when applied to a pianist who chooses to work in an ensemble situation with other musicians, has become outdated and misleading and is often perceived as verging on derogatory and condescending.

Conservatoriums, universities, and music schools internationally are now offering specialised training in the discipline of collaborative pianism, while the argument to agree on suitable terminology to adequately describe the discipline is continuously being fought.

The AMEB introduced a new Collaborative Piano Syllabus in 2018. This was based on a rationale designed to develop in students a respect and love for the discipline of instrumental collaboration, and to offer the possibility of performing some of the amazing repertoire that is available.


In this webinar, Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM, Associate Professor in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will outline the principles and aims of the syllabus and discuss teaching strategies. There will also be a live presentation of some of the repertoire for piano duet (four hands) and violin and piano which is now available for grades 5-8.

There will be a Q&A session towards the end of the webinar, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions. After you have watched the webinar, you will be able to download a PD certificate, and you will be sent a link to the recording.

This webinar is suitable for piano teachers, piano accompanists & collaborative artists.

How to Register

Click on the registration link below. Enter your name and contact details to sign up for the FREE webinar. After you've registered, you'll receive a confirmation email with some instructions and a link to join the webinar. You'll also receive a reminder email 24 hours before the event is due to take place, and 1 hour prior to the start time.


Don't worry if you can't attend the webinar at the published time. Simply go ahead and register and you'll receive a link to watch the replay.

How to Join a Zoom Webinar

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Genevieve Newton
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200

About the Presenter

Pianist Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM is currently Associate Professor in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and throughout Australia, and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation, the ABC and for regional stations in Australia on many occasions. She holds a Doctor of Creative Arts in Australian post-1970 solo piano repertoire and in February 2020 released her twenty-fifth compact disc of Australian solo piano and chamber music. She is passionate about promoting Australian Music particularly the piano music of Australian women composers. Publications include several books, most recently, Composing against the Tide (2016); A Musical Missionary. The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland (2020); and thirty critical editions of piano and chamber music written by Australian women published by Wirripang, Australia.


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