Dec 08, 2023  
2018-19 Catalog 
2018-19 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Music: Performance

The objective of the Master of Music: Performance program is to prepare students with advanced skills in performance. Students will develop their technique, expand their repertoire, and acquire teaching and performance experience unique to graduate study. Students will benefit from both practical and academic study.

Applicants to the Master of Music must satisfy the general university and Master of Music requirements governing admission. Program-specific requirements for admission include:

  • Auditions: A DVD recording, website link, or live audition is acceptable. The purpose of the entrance audition is to demonstrate musical achievements and potential. To schedule an in-person audition, contact the Music Graduate Program Coordinator. The audition must include three or more contrasting works that demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency. Voice students must prepare five selections, including one each in English French, German, and Italian covering a broad spectrum of styles. The fifth selection is in the language of the applicant’s choice. Percussion students must prepare solos on snare drum, timpani, and mallet keyboard at minimum. Pianists must perform all selections from memory.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. The purpose of these letters is to document musical achievements and potential. The letters should be mailed to the Music Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Repertoire List: A repertoire list of significant solo and ensemble works is required.
  • A résumé is required.

Upon admission to the program, students will be required to take placement exams during their first term. The exams will cover history, theory/aural skills, and piano proficiency. Students who do not pass the examinations (or portions of them) must complete the relevant review courses the first time they are offered.


A minimum of 46 credits is required for the performance track.  (Note: 9 credits per term is considered full-time graduate enrollment. Students receiving financial aid/scholarship are required to enroll in 9 credits per term.) The course requirements are: