The Major in Performance

Piano and flute performance

The MM in performance is a two-year, 40 credit program which is designed for musicians who have completed an undergraduate degree in music and want to pursue intensive graduate studies in performance. Two graduate recitals are required.

The performance major is available in voice, piano, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, jazz/studio guitar, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

The performance degree requires 40 credits distributed as follows:

  • MUS 600 Graduate Studies in Music Scholarship and Analysis—4 credits
  • Applied studies—12 to 16 credits
  • Major Conducted Ensembles or Opera Workshop for vocal majors, or MUS 611 Accompanying—4 credits
  • Music literature electives chosen from MUS 647, 602, 603, 604, 605, and 606—4 credits
    : Vocal majors must take MUS 647.
  • Electives—12 to 16 credits Note: Organ majors must take MUS 644 and MUS 657.
    Piano majors must take MUS 628 and MUS 617 as electives.

    Note: Students are encouraged to take at least one elective course outside the field of music.
  • MUS 698 Graduate Recital—0 credits
    Note: Students must take two Graduate Recitals.
  • MUS 699 Final Examination—0 credits

The first recital must occur before the completion of 20 credits. Between twentyfive and fifty percent of the repertoire for one of the recitals must consist of chamber ensemble works (larger than instrument plus keyboard). The combined recitals must contain at least one work written within the past fifty years. Content of each recital must be approved by the student’s graduate committee.


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