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 1: Program Requirements for the Western Instrument Specialization (45 Credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
Major Instrument Core (24 credits)    
MUS521RGraduate Major Instrument I (Western)4 Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS621RGraduate Major Instrument II (Western)48 credits of MUS521RRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS520RGraduate Orchestra I1Non-piano majorsRepeat for a total of 2 credits. Piano majors take MUS528R and MUS529R instead.
MUS620RGraduate Orchestra II1Non-piano majors, 2 cr of MUS520RRepeat for a total of 2 credits. Piano majors take MUS628R and MUS629R instead.
MUS528RGraduate Instrumental Accompaniment I0.5Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS628RGraduate Instrumental Accompaniment II0.5Piano majors, 1 cr of MUS528RRepeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS529RGraduate Dance Class Accompaniment I0.5Piano majorsRepeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS629RGraduate Dance Class Accompaniment II0.5Piano majors, 1 cr of MUS529RRepeat for a total of 1 credit
MUS523RGraduate Chamber Music I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS623RGraduate Chamber Music II12 cr of MUS523RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550RJury0 Complete twice
MUS651Graduate Recital0Instructor consent 
Academic Core (15 credits)    
MUS510Graduate Music Theory3  
MUS513Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music3  
MUS540Topics in Western Music History3  
MUS541Graduate Orchestral Literature3Western non-piano instrument majorsPiano majors take MUS544 instead
MUS544Graduate Piano Literature3Piano majors 
MUS661Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music3  
Professional Experience (3 credits)    
MUS555Graduate Practicum3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
MUS671Graduate Internship1-3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
LAS522ASeminar in Performing Arts Management A1.5  
LAS522BSeminar in Performing Arts Management B1.5  
Electives (3 credits)    
MUS552Graduate Independent Study in Music1-4Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
 Any other course 400-level or above in the College3  

Table 2: Program Requirements for the Chinese Instrument Specialization (45 Credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
Major Instrument Core (24 credits)    
MUS522RGraduate Major Instrument I (Chinese)4 Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS622RGraduate Major Instrument II (Chinese)48 credits of MUS522RRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS520RGraduate Orchestra I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS620RGraduate Orchestra II12 cr of MUS520RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS523RGraduate Chamber Music I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS623RGraduate Chamber Music II12 cr of MUS523RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550RJury0 Complete twice
MUS651Graduate Recital0Instructor consent 
Academic Core (15 credits)    
MUS510Graduate Music Theory3  
MUS513Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music3  
MUS545Topics in Chinese Music I3  
MUS645Topics in Chinese Music II3  
MUS661Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music3  
Professional Experience (3 credits)    
MUS555Graduate Practicum3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
MUS671Graduate Internship1-3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
LAS522ASeminar in Performing Arts Management A1.5  
LAS522BSeminar in Performing Arts Management B1.5  
Electives (3 credits)    
MUS552Graduate Independent Study in Music1-4Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
 Any other course 400-level or above in the College3  

Table 3: Program Requirements for the Voice Specialization (48 Credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCrPrerequisitesNotes
Major Voice Core (24 credits)    
MUS527RGraduate Voice I4 Repeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS627RGraduate Voice II48 credits of MUS527RRepeat for a total of 8 credits
MUS526REnsemble with Voice2 Repeat for a total of 4 credits
MUS525RPiano for Vocalists I1 Repeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS625RPiano for Vocalists II12 cr of MUS525RRepeat for a total of 2 credits
MUS550RJury0 Complete twice
MUS651Graduate Recital0Instructor consent 
Academic Core (18 credits)    
MUS511Graduate Music Theory for Vocalists3  
MUS542Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation I3  
MUS642Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation II3MUS542 
MUS543Vocal Methods from Around the World I3  
MUS643Vocal Methods from Around the World II3MUS543 
MUS661Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music3  
Professional Experience (3 credits)    
MUS555Graduate Practicum3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
MUS671Graduate Internship1-3Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
LAS522ASeminar in Performing Arts Management A1.5  
LAS522BSeminar in Performing Arts Management B1.5  
Electives (3 credits)    
MUS552Graduate Independent Study in Music1-4Instructor consentMay be repeated for credit
 Any other course 400-level or above in the College3  
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.