Graduate Degree - Music Performance - Master of Music

Program:
Music Performance - Master of Music
Program Code:
7328 Music Performance
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Music
Start Term:
FS07


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Music

Graduate Study

Music Performance - Master of Music

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Music students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

When applying for admission to the Master of Music degree program in music performance, an applicant must specify one of the following three broad performance areas that he or she wishes to pursue:  instrumental music, instrumental specialist, or vocal music.

An applicant who selects the instrumental music area must also specify the major instrument or group of instruments (e.g., piano, harp, flute, or percussion instruments) from the categories listed below:

Brass and Percussion: trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion
Keyboard: piano
Stringed instruments: harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon


An applicant who selects the instrumental specialist area must also specify one of the following three major specialties:  brass instruments specialist, stringed instruments specialist, or woodwind instruments specialist.  An applicant who selects brass instruments specialist must specify the major brass instrument and two secondary brass instruments.  An applicant who selects stringed instruments specialist must specify the major stringed instrument and one secondary stringed instrument.  An applicant who selects woodwind instruments specialist must specify the major woodwind instrument and three secondary woodwind instruments. (Refer to the categories listed above.)

To be considered for admission to the Master of Music degree program in music performance, an applicant must present a live performance audition before a committee of faculty in the applicant's broad performance area. For an applicant who has a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Michigan State University, the live performance audition may be waived at the discretion of the faculty in the applicant's major area. With the approval of the faculty in an applicant's major area, an applicant may be considered for admission to the program on the basis of a high–quality recording of a recent performance, rather than on the basis of a live performance audition.  An applicant who selects the instrumental music, instrumental specialist, or vocal music area must submit either an audio or a video recording. An applicant who submits a recording may be admitted only on provisional status pending the presentation of a live performance audition before a faculty committee in the applicant's broad performance area.  The audition must be presented before the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program and must meet the requirements that are specified below.

The requirements for the audition are specified below:

  1. instrumental music:  The audition must be on the major instrument or group of instruments that the applicant specifies.
  2. instrumental specialist
    1. brass instruments specialist:  The audition must be on the major brass instrument and on the two secondary brass instruments that the applicant specifies.  If trombone is not the major instrument, it must be one of the secondary instruments.
    2. stringed instruments specialist:  The audition must be on the major stringed instrument and on the secondary stringed instrument that the applicant specifies.  If the major instrument is violin or viola, the secondary instrument must be cello or double bass.  If the major instrument is cello or double bass, the secondary instrument must be violin or viola.
    3. woodwind instruments specialist:  The audition must be on the major woodwind instrument and on one of the three secondary woodwind instruments that the applicant specifies.
  3. vocal music:  The audition must be in voice.

To schedule an audition, an applicant should contact the College of Music Admissions Office.

To be admitted to the Master of Music degree program in music performance on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree in music performance from a recognized educational institution, or have completed the courses in music performance that are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Michigan State University or their equivalents.
  2. Presented a live performance audition that was acceptable to the committee of faculty in the broad performance area.

Requirements for the Master of Music Degree in Music Performance

The student must meet the requirements for one of the following three broad areas of music performance:  instrumental music, instrumental specialist, or vocal music.

Instrumental Music

The student must meet the requirements for one of the following five major areas of instrumental music:  piano, brass instruments, stringed instruments, woodwind instruments, or percussion instruments:

1. Piano
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete all of the following courses (14 credits):
MUS 849 Piano Performance 2
MUS 850A Piano 6
MUS 856 Chamber Music 2
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
All students enrolled in the Master of Music degree program with piano as the major area are required to complete 1 credit of Music 849 during each semester of enrollment in Music 850A.  Students who enroll in Music 850A for more than 2 semesters are required to complete more than 2 credits of Music 849 and may be required to complete more than 30 credits for the degree.
b.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

c.

Complete 4 to 6 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 849, 850A, or 896.

d. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program. The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must involve piano accompanying.
2. Brass Instruments
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete the following course (4 credits):
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 854A Trumpet 6
MUS 854B Horn 6
MUS 854C Trombone 6
MUS 854D Euphonium 6
MUS 854E Tuba 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 8 to 10 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 854A, MUS 854B, MUS 854C, MUS 854D, MUS 854E, or MUS 896.

e. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must be selected from band, jazz band, and orchestra.
3. Stringed Instruments
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete both of the following courses (8 credits):
MUS 856 Chamber Music 4
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 852A Violin 6
MUS 852B Viola 6
MUS 852C Cello 6
MUS 852D Double Bass 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 4 to 6 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 852A, MUS 852B, MUS 852C, MUS 852D, or MUS 896.

e. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must involve orchestra.
4. Woodwind Instruments
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete the following course (4 credits):
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 853A Flute 6
MUS 853B Oboe 6
MUS 853C Clarinet 6
MUS 853D Saxophone 6
MUS 853E Bassoon 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 8 to 10 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 853A, MUS 853B, MUS 853C, MUS 853D, MUS 853E, or MUS 896.

e. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must be selected from band, jazz band, and orchestra.
5. Percussion Instruments
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete both of the following courses (10 credits):
MUS 855 Percussion 6
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

c.

Complete 8 to 10 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 855 or MUS 896.

d. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must be selected from band, jazz band, and orchestra.

Instrumental Specialist

The student must meet the requirements for one of the following three major specialties:  brass instruments specialist, stringed instruments specialist, or woodwind instruments specialist:

1. Brass Instruments Specialist
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 847 Secondary or Specialist Emphasis:  Brass 2
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
Each of the 2 credits of Music 847 is associated with instruction in one of the  student's two required secondary instruments.
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 854A Trumpet 6
MUS 854B Horn 6
MUS 854C Trombone 6
MUS 854D Euphonium 6
MUS 854E Tuba 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 8 to 10 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 854A, MUS 854B, MUS 854C, MUS 854D, MUS 854E, or MUS 896.

e. Present a performance on each of the student's two required secondary instruments.  The performance must be acceptable to a committee of faculty in the area of brass instruments.
f. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must be selected from band, jazz band, and orchestra.
2. Stringed Instruments Specialist
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete all of the following courses (9 credits):
MUS 846 Secondary or Specialist Emphasis:  String 1
MUS 856 Chamber Music 4
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The credit of Music 846 is associated with instruction in the student's required secondary instrument.
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 852A Violin 6
MUS 852B Viola 6
MUS 852C Cello 6
MUS 852D Double Bass 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 3 to 5 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 852A, MUS 852B, MUS 852C, MUS 852D, or MUS 896.

e. Present a performance on the student's required secondary instrument. The performance must be acceptable to a committee of faculty in the area of stringed instruments.
f. Participate in music activities during  two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must involve orchestra.
3. Woodwind Instruments Specialist
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:
a. Complete both of the following courses (7 credits):
MUS 848 Secondary or Specialist Emphasis:  Woodwind 3
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
Each of the 3 credits of Music 848 is associated with instruction in one of the student's three required secondary instruments.
The recital performance must be on the student's major instrument.
b. Complete one of the following courses (6 credits):
MUS 853A Flute 6
MUS 853B Oboe 6
MUS 853C Clarinet 6
MUS 853D Saxophone 6
MUS 853E Bassoon 6
c.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

d.

Complete 5 to 7 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 853A, MUS 853B, MUS 853C, MUS 853D, MUS 853E, or MUS 896.

e. Present a performance on each of the student's three required secondary instruments.  Each of the three performances must be acceptable to a committee of faculty in the area of woodwind instruments.
f. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must be selected from band, jazz band, and orchestra.

Vocal Music

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Complete all of the following courses (11 credits):
MUS 435 Opera Theatre 1
MUS 851 Voice 6
MUS 896 Master's Recital Performance 4
The recital performance must be a vocal performance.
2.

Complete 6 credits in music history at the 400-level or above and two courses in music theory (4 to 6 credits) at the 400-level or above. (10 to 12 credits)

3.

Complete 7 to 9 credits of elective courses in music at the 400-level or above, exclusive of additional credits in MUS 851 or MUS 896.

4. Complete one semester of study each in French, German, and Italian. Credits in courses in a foreign language may not be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Music degree. Courses completed as part of an undergraduate degree program may be used to satisfy this requirement.
5. Participate in music activities during two semesters of enrollment in the program.  The activities must be approved by the student's academic advisor and must involve chorus.

Academic Standards

A grade of 3.0 or higher is required for Music 896.