The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.
Opportunities Once Admitted:
Graduate students could be offered principal positions in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and solo and chamber performances representing the School of Music throughout the state and region. Assisting of studio professor in applied teaching duties may be assigned. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for employment in the Community Music School and to audition for one of the eight regional orchestras.
An applicant for the Master of Music degree in Bowed String Performance is expected to know all major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves (two octaves for bassists). The applicant will perform two contrasting movements of unaccompanied J. S. Bach, a first movement of a standard concerto, and a third composition of the applicant's choice. At least one selection should be memorized. The audition performance should demonstrate diversity of styles, mastery of technical challenges, and musical communication. For harp auditions, see below.
The priority deadline for personal audition for those interested in securing an assistantship is March 1. Auditions will be accepted after this date if spaces are still available.
To schedule an audition please contact the studio professor. (The audition does not necessarily need to be on the dates advertised for the undergraduate auditions.)
To find out about harp audition requirements and to schedule an audition, please contact Jacquelyn Bartlett.
Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.
Degree Course Requirements
|Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below|
Performance Concentration (Codes: Violin, 558U; Viola, 558T; Cello, 558C; String Bass, 558O; Harp 558H)
Schedule of Course Offerings
Courses offered each Fall Semester:
- MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
- MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques
Courses offered each Spring Semester:
- MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music
- MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
- MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)
- The recital will consist of approximately sixty minutes of music.
- Bowed string works should be chosen from each of the following periods: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern Era. Harp repertoire will be determined by the harp faculty.
- The difficulty of the literature performed will be equal to or greater than the works presented at the entrance audition. At least one work must be memorized.
- A jury recital will be performed for the appropriate string faculty at least two weeks prior to the recital date.
Assistantships and Scholarships
The String program assistantship entails involvement in the Mariam Cannon Hayes Graduate String Quartet.