This highly selective program is open to students majoring in a woodwind or brass instrument, harp, or percussion. In order to be considered for acceptance to the program, students must demonstrate significant familiarity with, and accomplishment in, orchestral excerpts and repertory.
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.
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. Not all courses are offered every year.
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