MM - Performance Concentration - Strings, Winds and Percussion Emphasis


Admission to the MM program in performance requires a performance background, with a bachelor's degree in music in the performance area of specialization or the equivalent of the BM, as well as contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation. Background deficiencies must be satisfied before admission to candidacy. All performance degree candidates must complete a satisfactory audition in their performance area of specialization.

Program Requirements

 The MM degree requires completion of a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours, including a thesis or recital as indicated for the respective concentration. Each plan of study must include 12 credit hours in the MM core requirement, including:

Course Title Hours
Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Courses Required for Concentration
Graduate Performance Study — 10 credit hours of instruction in major medium10
MUSA 732_
Applied Music Instruction (repeatable)
MUSA 734_
Applied Music Instruction (repeatable)
Small Chamber Ensemble — Audition Required
Select 2 credit hours from the following2
MUSP 710__, MUSP 711__, MUSP 712__, MUSP 713__, MUSP 714__ (A) Orchestra, (B) Symphonic Wind Ensemble or Concert Band, (J) Piano Accompaniment, (M) Jazz Combo, (N) Woodwind Ensemble, (O) Saxophone Quartet, (P) Brass Chamber Ensemble, (R) Percussion Ensemble, (S) String Ensemble and String Chamber Ensemble, (T) Jazz Arts Ensembles I and II, (V) Guitar Ensemble, (X) New Music Ensemble.
Music or nonmusic courses 500 or above; may include applied lessons, ensembles, languages, etc. Courses must be approved by faculty advisor.
Graduate Recital
MUSP 873Graduate Recital2
Total Credit Hours32

A formal graduate recital, in lieu of a thesis, must be presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MM degree with emphasis in performance. In order to receive permission to schedule a degree recital, students must satisfy the expectations of the respective performance area. Recital permission must be obtained no later than the semester before the semester in which the recital is to be performed. The student’s performance repertoire and the recital program must be in accordance with the guidelines and expectations established by the respective performance area.


All degree candidates in the School of Music must pass an oral comprehensive examination. The oral comprehensive examination for thesis candidates includes a thesis defense.

Note: Students studying for the MM degree with emphasis in performance should plan to be in residence during at least one fall or spring semester, since continuous study opportunities may not exist in summer session.

Applied Learning

Students in the Masters of Music in performance concentration - strings, winds and percussion emphasis are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by a terminal recital ( MUSP 873) given in their second year.