Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)

Department or School/College

Creative Pulse Program

Committee Chair

Rick Hughes

Commitee Members

Karen Kaufmann, Nancy Labbe


accompanist, accompanying, choir, choir director, conducting, multiple intelligences, music, piano


University of Montana


Piano skills are extremely important to a choral teacher’s success, and I always considered my piano playing as a weak point in my teaching. The intent of my project was to dedicate a year of intensive practicing and performing as an accompanist in order to improve my piano technique, gain a wider repertoire of music to use in teaching private lessons and choir, and gain confidence in my abilities as an accompanist. Through one hundred and three hours of documented practice time, eight performance experiences in a variety of settings, and eighteen pieces prepared and performed, my playing has improved dramatically, as has my confidence in my playing. I have also learned important things about myself as a pianist, and have realized how a wide variety of Howard Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences are utilized when accompanying.



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