Department of Music

MusM 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 vocal studies who are interested in advancing their musical knowledge, skills, and experience in the professional performance of integrated classical Western and Chinese music. It has three specializations: Western musical instrument, Chinese musical instrument, and voice.

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45-48 credits of graduate-level courses set by the Department of Music
  • Satisfactory completion of two jury performances: MUS550R Jury (0 credits)
  • Successful completion of a graduate recital: MUS650 Graduation Recital (0 credits)
  • 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
  • Completion of all program requirements within five years from date of the initial enrollment. Any extension requires pre-approval by the Graduate Chair of the Music Department.

Sample graduation plans for the Western instrument, Chinese instrument, and Voice specializations are available at the Department of Music. Students are encouraged to meet with their graduate faculty advisors for individualized graduation planning and mentoring.

Credit Course Requirements

Credit Course Requirement for the Western Instrument Specialization

23 credits of core courses in the major instrument

  • MUS 520R-W Major Western Instrument Lesson I (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 620R-W Major Western Instrument Lesson II (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 525R-I Ensemble (1cr, 3 terms)
  • MUS 524R Orchestra (1cr, 4 terms)
  • MUS 550R Jury (0cr, repeat once in the first year)
  • MUS 650 Graduation Recital (0cr)

16 credits of required academic courses

  • MUS 510 Graduate Music Theory (3cr)
  • MUS 513 Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music (3cr)
  • MUS 551 Integration of Dance and Music (1cr)
  • MUS 661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music (3cr)
  • MUS 540 Topics in Western Music History I (3cr)
  • MUS 541 Graduate Orchestral Literature (3cr)

3 credits of professional experience courses to choose from:

  • MUS 555 Graduate Practicum (3cr)
  • MUS 671 Internship (3cr)
  • LAS 522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management (3cr)

3 credits of free electives

  • From any course 400-level or above in the College (3cr)

Credit Course Requirement for the Chinese Instrument Specialization

23 credits of core courses in the major instrument

  • MUS 520R-C Major Chinese Instrument Lesson I (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 620R-C Major Chinese Instrument Lesson II (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 525R-I Ensemble (1cr, 3 terms)
  • MUS 524R Orchestra (1cr, 4 terms)
  • MUS 550R Jury (0cr, repeat once in the first year)
  • MUS 650 Graduation Recital (0cr)

16 credits of required academic courses

  • MUS 510 Graduate Music Theory (3cr)
  • MUS 513 Analysis of Great Works of Chinese Music (3cr)
  • MUS 551 Integration of Dance and Music (1cr)
  • MUS 661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music (3cr)
  • MUS 545 History of Chinese Music (3cr)
  • MUS 645 Topics in Chinese Music (3cr)

3 credits of professional experience courses to choose from:

  • MUS 555 Graduate Practicum (3cr)
  • MUS 671 Internship (3cr)
  • LAS 522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management (3cr)

3 credits of free electives

  • From any course 400-level or above in the College (3cr)

Credit Course Requirement for the Voice Specialization

24 credits of core courses in voice

  • MUS 520R-V Major Voice Lesson I (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 620R-V Major Voice Lesson II (4cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 525R-V Ensemble with Voice (2cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 526R-V Piano for Vocalist I (1cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 526R-V Piano for Vocalist II (1cr, 2 terms)
  • MUS 550R Jury (0cr, repeat once in the first year)
  • MUS 650 Graduation Recital (0cr)

18 credits of required academic courses

  • MUS 510 Graduate Music Theory (3cr)
  • MUS 542 Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation I (3cr)
  • MUS 642 Vocal Literature – Analysis & Appreciation II (3cr)
  • MUS 543 Vocal Methods from Around the World I (3cr)
  • MUS 643 Vocal Methods from Around the World II (3cr)
  • MUS 661 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Music (3cr)

3 credits of professional experience courses to choose from:

  • MUS 555 Graduate Practicum (3cr)
  • MUS 671 Internship (3cr)
  • LAS 522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management (3cr)

3 credits of free electives

  • From any course 400-level or above in the College (3cr)