Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Project

Degree Name

Masters of Music



First Advisor

Chee-Hwa Tan

Second Advisor

Ellwood Colahan

Third Advisor

Stephanie Cheng


Piano, Jazz, Classical, Improv, Pedagogy


As one of the most versatile instruments in the world, the piano has been used in a plethora of musical styles and settings. Since 1850, the instrument has been relatively unchanged, and has played a role in major musical style periods such as: the romantic period, the impressionist period, atonality, minimalism, ragtime, jazz, blues, country, pop, and gospel to name a few. (A History of Western Music, Burkholder, timelines, ix,x,xi) (Gordon, p13, a history of keyboard literature, Schirmer NY 1996). The versatility of this instrument can also be seen in higher education today, in the types of collegiate piano degrees offered in both classical and jazz concentrations. Many universities maintain respected piano departments in both disciplines, including: Juilliard, the University of Michigan, the University of Denver, the Manhattan School of Music, Berkeley, Texas, University of Southern California, University of Miami, and many more.

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