The College of Arts and Architecture





Program Goals


Graduate performance degree programs in orchestral instruments are designed to provide

well-prepared and talented students the opportunities to develop their performance abilities while furthering their knowledge of music literature and developing effective studio teaching skills.  These programs are intended to prepare students for entrance to the world of professional music as performers and teachers or for admission to doctoral-level study.  The performance program is available in three options: keyboard, vocal, and orchestral instruments.


Program Description


The Master of Music in performance requires 36 credits of course work.  At least one-half of the 36 credits must be 500-level courses, and at least 30 credits must be taken at University Park campus.  Knowledge of the history and theory of Western art music must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of competency examinations or completion of specified remedial courses in addition to the curricular requirements listed here.  At the completion of the program, an oral examination must be passed in the major area.


The 36-credit requirement is as follows:

*Performance major16 credits
 Introduction to Music Reference and Research Materials (Music 500) 2

Ensemble (distribution of these credits among various types of 
ensembles to be determined by faculty in major area)

Music Literature (Music 485, 487, 580, or 582)3
Seminar in Music Literature of the major performance area (Music 588)2-3
Major area pedagogy (Music 414, 415, 416, or 417) 1-2
 **Music theory or history3-4
Recital (Music 591)1
+Music Electives0-4

*A maximum of 16 credits may be counted toward meeting the minimum total credits for the degree.


**To be selected from approved list. (click here)


+May select Music 594 (Master’s Paper Research) as elective.



Note: Unsatisfactory performance on the competency examinations in music theory and history taken at the beginning of the program may result in the necessity of additional course work.  (click here for more information)








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