The M.M. in performance is designed for professionally oriented performers and studio and school music teachers who wish to pursue this curriculum as a terminal degree. It is also for those who wish to use it as a foundation for doctoral study. The goal is to prepare graduate students, both technically and intellectually, for professional careers as performers or conductors. Acceptance into the Master of Music in performance is by audition only.
Performance: Pedagogy Emphasis (piano, string, voice, woodwind)
Within the area of performance, you may choose a Master of Music degree in performance with emphasis in pedagogy. Areas of concentration in this degree program are strings, woodwinds, voice, and piano. The goal of the pedagogy emphasis program is to prepare students for teaching in colleges, public schools, and private studios. A greater emphasis is given to pedagogy and pedagogical techniques, including teaching methods and materials, than in the traditional performance curriculum. Students in piano also receive group and private piano instruction. An audition is required on the major instrument for admission to these programs. It is advantageous to have previous experience on at least one other family instrument for students pursuing the degree in woodwinds and strings.
Performance: Conducting Emphasis (choral, orchestral, wind)
The goal of the program in conducting is to further develop conducting skills needed for public school education, college teaching, or professional careers in conducting. It also prepares students for study at the doctoral level. Applicants must submit a videotape demonstrating conducting skills and, in a personal interview, perform on their major instrument and demonstrate sightsinging, aural skills, and keyboard facility.