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.
- Students must audition before the applied woodwind faculty. The applicant should be prepared to perform all major and minor scales and arpeggios (minimum of two octave range) and the chromatic scale across the full practical range of the instrument. The applicant should demonstrate ability to sightread representative literature with appropriate style, phrasing, and expression. Previous ensemble experience in band and/or orchestra is required.
- At the entrance audition, students will submit:
- A complete list of repertoire covered at the undergraduate level, including all of the following that are applicable: solos, etudes, exercises, chamber works (large and small), and orchestral exceprts.
- A list of the names of previous teachers with the dates of study with each. If applicable, please include master class participation and attendance.
- Performance of compositions from a variety of stylisitic periods is recommended, e.g., Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and the Twentieth Century.
Contact the appropriate Woodwind faculty to schedule an audition appointment.
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: Flute, 558E; Oboe, 558I; Clarinet, 558D; Bassoon, 558B; Saxophone, 558N)
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)
- A recital will be presented while the student is in residence and actively studying the applied major instrument. Difficulty level of the literature performed will be equal to or greater than that of the entrance audition. A jury performance will be given for the woodwind or brass faculty two to four weeks in advance of the scheduled recital.
- A recital of forty-five to sixty minutes that includes representative works from at least two different musical style periods will be presented. With the approval of the applied teacher, one selection may be for chamber ensemble.