Candidates for a Master of Music degree with a major in performance will study important works from the traditional and modern repertory and will present a well-balanced recital of appropriate difficulty.
Electives will be chosen in consultation with the advisor and may include ensembles or coursework (not additional applied lessons). With the permission of the advisor and the director, students may substitute directed study or independent projects for required course work that duplicates advanced courses taken at the undergraduate level.
Students may elect to earn the Cognate in Collaborative Piano, a two-year sequence of background courses and practica in vocal and instrumental collaboration, by completing PERF 461, 462, 463, and 464. The sequence can be completed concurrently with the master’s degree, and brings the total hours earned to 43. One year of the sequence may be taken in fulfillment of MM requirements, as indicated below.
Comprehensive Examination for Performance Majors: Students in the M.M. performance major programs will complete a 60-minute comprehensive examination during the final semester in residence. The Comprehensive Examination consists of a Coursework Review and a Recital Review.
For the Coursework Review, the student will present a personal written statement summarizing the major topics, themes, and projects undertaken in music academic coursework. This statement will include a discussion of the relationship between the student’s academic studies and performance studies. The Recital Review focuses on two pieces or movements selected by the student from the graduate recital program. The student will discuss each piece with the faculty committee, integrating its analytical and structural aspects, historical context, and performance-related issues.
Performance majors must choose from among the following to fulfill their course requirements. At least one course taken must be in music since 1900. Not all courses are offered every year.
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