Students in the two-year Master of Music program develop broad musical expertise while pursuing an intensive curriculum in their major area of study. Master’s candidates take part in the Teaching Artist Program, Portfolio Project, and must take a course in improvisation (to be selected from a list of classes that satisfy this requirement). Master’s candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in music theory, music history, and piano skills, passing proficiency examinations or review courses in each of these areas before graduation. With the exception of the Composition, Dalcroze, and Opera departments, the first year of study concludes with a recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final degree recital. Composition students undergo a portfolio review at the end of both the first and second year of study.
Major Areas: Brass, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Historical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Vocal Performance, and Woodwinds.
Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 36-36.5 credits required for graduation.