Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Keyboard Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Paul Posnak

Second Committee Member

Santiago Rodriguez

Third Committee Member

Alan Johnson

Fourth Committee Member

Margaret Donaghue

Fifth Committee Member

Naoko Takao


The purpose of this essay is to offer solutions to basic chamber music problems that novice coaches may encounter when working with collegiate chamber ensembles that include piano. Without having amassed years of coaching experience, recently graduated piano majors have few external resources to consult when confronted with the opportunity to coach the aforementioned ensembles. With the intent to fill a gap in the published literature, this essay is a “prototype” manual of strategies and techniques to which the novice coach may refer. The author interviewed nine professional teacher-coaches for their suggestions on how to solve common musical problems and manage the unique interpersonal dynamics between coach and college students. These findings are organized and juxtaposed with cursory references to relevant publications and musical examples when appropriate. A literature review and bibliography is included.


coaching; chamber music; mixed ensemble; pedagogy; ensembles with piano; interpersonal dynamics