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M.A. in Music Performance

The Performance degree is designed to enhance individual musicianship, technique, and knowledge of a variety of musical styles, with the goal of preparing students for a career in the performing arts. Applicants may choose a principal performing area from conducting, all major instruments, or voice.

The performance degree allows the option of students to either give a recital or write a thesis as a culminating project. Students who may aspire to further academic training in music may elect to perform a recital and write a thesis for elective credit pending departmental approval.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Music Performance (31 cr.)

I. Core Courses (9 cr.)

MUSC 516 Analytical Techniques 3 cr.
LIBR 600 Bibliography of Music 3 cr.

And one of the following Graduate Music History Courses:

MUHI 503, 504, 505, 507, or 521   3 cr.

II. Applied Music Courses (12 cr.)

APMU 601-771 4 cr. each

III. Music Ensembles (2 cr.)   

MUSC 575 1 cr. each
(must be taken for a minimum of 2 semesters)

IV. Electives * (4 cr.)

APMU, MUSC or MUHI prefix, 500 or above

V. Culminating project ** (4 cr.)      

MUSC 795 Thesis 4 cr.

APMU 740 Graduate Recital 4 cr.
  Total: 31 credits

* MUSC 575 may only be taken for a maximum of 2 elective credits.

** Flexibility is given to represent the requirements and priorities of the student and the major professor. If the recital option is chosen, Thesis could be selected as an elective subject with advisor approval.

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