MM in PerformanCE

Master of Music in Performance

The Master of Music (MMus) in Performance program is designed for students with prior undergraduate training and performance experience in an applied instrument or voice studies who are interested in refining their musical craft through professional training.

The goals of the Master of Music program are:

  • Performance Excellence: Demonstrate advanced competencies and professional-level performing abilities in diverse ensembles in the primary instrument or voice.
  • Advanced Musicianship: Develop a stylistic understanding and acquire the analytical skills, terminology, and repertoire for one’s primary instrument or voice within a variety of historical and aesthetic contexts.
  • Music Scholarship with Cross-Cultural Awareness: Demonstrate a mastery of musical compositions integrating Western and Chinese musical components while having the ability to articulate an understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts in both traditions.

The academic requirements for graduation are: (1) satisfactory completion of the program requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and (2) fulfillment of the residency requirement, which is normally at least one year of full-time study (the residency requirement may be adjusted under special circumstances).

There are three specializations: Western instrument, Chinese instrument, and voice.

Table 11.14 Program Requirements for the Western Instrument Specialization (45 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
Major Instrument Core (24 credits)



MUS521R Graduate Major Instrument I (Western) 4
Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS621R Graduate Major Instrument II (Western) 4 8 credits of MUS521R Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS520R Graduate Orchestra I 1 Non-piano majors Repeat for a total of 2 credits. Piano majors take MUS528R and MUS529R instead.
MUS620R Graduate Orchestra II 1 Non-piano majors, 2 cr of MUS520R Repeat for a total of 2 credits. Piano majors take MUS628R and MUS629R instead.
MUS528R Graduate Instrumental Accompaniment I 0.5 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS628R Graduate Instrumental Accompaniment II 0.5 Piano majors, 1 cr of MUS528R Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS529R Graduate Dance Class Accompaniment I 0.5 Piano majors Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS629R Graduate Dance Class Accompaniment II 0.5 Piano majors, 1 cr of MUS529R Repeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS523R Graduate Chamber Music I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS623R Graduate Chamber Music II 1 2 cr of MUS523R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550R Jury 0
Complete twice
MUS651 Graduate Recital 0 Instructor consent
Academic Core (15 credits)



MUS510 Graduate Music Theory 3

MUS513 Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music 3

MUS540 Topics in Western Music History 3

MUS541 Graduate Orchestral Literature 3 Western non-piano instrument majors Piano majors take MUS544 instead
MUS544 Graduate Piano Literature 3 Piano majors
MUS661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music 3

Professional Experience (3 credits)



MUS555 Graduate Practicum 3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
MUS671 Graduate Internship 1-3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
LAS522A Seminar in Performing Arts Management A 1.5

LAS522B Seminar in Performing Arts Management B 1.5

Electives (3 credits)



MUS552 Graduate Independent Study in Music 1-4 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit

Any other course 400-level or above in the College 3

Table 11.15 Program Requirements for the Chinese Instrument Specialization (45 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
Major Instrument Core (24 credits)



MUS522R Graduate Major Instrument I (Chinese) 4
Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS622R Graduate Major Instrument II (Chinese) 4 8 credits of MUS522R Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS520R Graduate Orchestra I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS620R Graduate Orchestra II 1 2 cr of MUS520R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS523R Graduate Chamber Music I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS623R Graduate Chamber Music II 1 2 cr of MUS523R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550R Jury 0
Complete twice
MUS651 Graduate Recital 0 Instructor consent
Academic Core (15 credits)



MUS510 Graduate Music Theory 3

MUS513 Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music 3

MUS545 Topics in Chinese Music I 3

MUS645 Topics in Chinese Music II 3

MUS661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music 3

Professional Experience (3 credits)



MUS555 Graduate Practicum 3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
MUS671 Graduate Internship 1-3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
LAS522A Seminar in Performing Arts Management A 1.5

LAS522B Seminar in Performing Arts Management B 1.5

Electives (3 credits)



MUS552 Graduate Independent Study in Music 1-4 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit

Any other course 400-level or above in the College 3

Table 11.16 Program Requirements for the Voice Specialization (48 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Cr Prerequisites Notes
Major Voice Core (24 credits)



MUS527R Graduate Voice I 4
Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS627R Graduate Voice II 4 8 credits of MUS527R Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS526R Ensemble with Voice 2
Repeat for a total of 4 credits
MUS525R Piano for Vocalists I 1
Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS625R Piano for Vocalists II 1 2 cr of MUS525R Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550R Jury 0
Complete twice
MUS651 Graduate Recital 0 Instructor consent
Academic Core (18 credits)



MUS511 Graduate Music Theory for Vocalists 3

MUS542 Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation I 3

MUS642 Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation II 3 MUS542
MUS543 Vocal Methods from Around the World I 3

MUS643 Vocal Methods from Around the World II 3 MUS543
MUS661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music 3

Professional Experience (3 credits)



MUS555 Graduate Practicum 3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
MUS671 Graduate Internship 1-3 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit
LAS522A Seminar in Performing Arts Management A 1.5

LAS522B Seminar in Performing Arts Management B 1.5

Electives (3 credits)



MUS552 Graduate Independent Study in Music 1-4 Instructor consent May be repeated for credit

Any other course 400-level or above in the College 3

Sample MMus graduation plans are available at the Department of Music and the Office of Academic Services. Students are encouraged to meet with their graduate faculty advisors and academic advisor for individualized graduation planning and mentoring.