Department of Music

MusM in Performance

The MusM in Performance (45-48 credits) is a program designed for musicians who have completed undergraduate studies in an applied instrument (Western or Chinese) or voice and have acquired some professional experience in performance, and who are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in music as well as broadening their artistic experience in the integration of classical Western and Chinese music.

The MusM in Performance program has three specializations:

  • Western musical instrument
  • Chinese musical instrument
  • Voice

Program Purpose

Fei Tian College’s MusM in Performance is designed for musicians who, having completed undergraduate studies in an applied instrument (Western or Chinese) or voice, are keen on seeking refinement in their art with an emphasis on the integration of Western classical music and traditional Chinese music. The program helps students become mature performing musicians and prepares them for advanced study or for careers as professional musicians or singers and as music instructors.

Program Objectives

  1. Performance Excellence: Demonstrate advanced competencies and professional-level performing abilities in diverse ensembles in the primary instrument or voice.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirements common to all three specializations in the MusM in Performance include:

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45-48 credits of graduate level courses set by the Department of Music.
  • Satisfactory completion of the two jury performances (MUS 550R Jury, 0cr, twice).
  • Successful completion of Graduation Recital: MUS 650 Graduation Recital (0cr).
  • Residency: Meeting the residency requirement, which is normally at least one year of full-time study. The residency requirement can be adjusted with special permission.
  • Complete all program requirements within five (5) years from the first enrollment date. Typically, it takes two years to complete the program of study. Any extension beyond five years will require pre-approval by the Graduate Chair of the department. See the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences section to read about the college-wide LAS requirements.

Specific course requirements depend on the student’s specialization, as explained further below.

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)