Statement of Purpose
The Master of Music-Music Performance is designed to provide graduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue or are currently involved in music performance and/or studio instruction. The rigorous training in individual performance is designed to strengthen the performer’s skills on the concert stage. Exposure to a broad range of literature in class, studio, performance lab and listening will increase the student’s knowledge of performance literature from various periods, styles, genres and composers. Instructional pedagogy in the student’s medium will assist in preparing the student for competency in private instruction.
Upon completion of the Master of Music-Music Performance degree, the individual should possess the following qualities, abilities and skills:
- The ability to perform as a soloist and in ensembles with distinctive skill.
- The ability to instruct students in private lessons utilizing effective pedagogical methods.
- Sufficient keyboard skills (a) to prepare solo literature for rehearsal, and (b) to accompany simple song literature for private lessons.
- A basic working knowledge of current music technology, for use in practical and artistic applications.
- Ability to prepare musical performances that are informed by an understanding of applicable historical performance practices
- Demonstrable understanding of musical style as discovered in advanced music analysis.
- Interpersonal skills necessary for functioning appropriately with supervisors, conductors, agents, audiences and students.
- Extended knowledge and experience in the area of studio teaching and rehearsal settings, including conceptual and practical applications of practices that support learning.
- An extensive grasp of literature in the area of the student’s medium sufficient for initial performance needs, and the ability to find and identify literature for upper-level high school and college students in all applicable areas of solo performance media.
- Understanding and utilization of research methods that improve practices in rehearsal and performance and ability to frame the results in a scholarly manner.
- Enhancement and extension of knowledge of current trends and issues in music performance.
- Articulation of a Christian worldview of art, artistry, performance and pedagogy.
Admission/Placement Requirements for Music Performance
- A dossier of available programs, articles, and performance reviews.
- Each applicant must complete all proficiency auditions, placement exams, and other auditions required by the Graduate Music faculty. These include the music history and theory placement exams, and the keyboard proficiency placement hearing in order to complete the applicants file prior to full admittance.
- If the applicant has a grade point average less than 2.75, the student may petition for admission based on tenure as a music educator, private teacher or professional performer for a cumulative period of not less than three years. Action on this petition will be determined by the Graduate Music Committee.
- Each applicant must complete an audition in his/her primary applied area.
- Keyboard Placement will determine either: No additional keyboard study required
Applied keyboard study each semester until proficiency level is achieved.
The Office of Graduate Studies in Music will accept applications for a performance emphasis in voice, piano, woodwinds, percussion, strings and brass. Applicants will perform selections from a list of requirements including the artistic periods, representative composers, significant schools of composition and/or performance and languages as considered appropriate. The list of requirements for each instrument or voice will be made available from the Office of Graduate Studies in Music
A Jury Examination is required of Primary and Secondary graduate applied study.
Following acceptance into the degree program, each applicant for the Master of Music-Music Performance degree will take Placement tests in music theory and music history. Applicants will also complete an assessment of keyboard skills (non-pianists). Placement exams are administered through the Graduate Studies in Music Office and, in order to be advised, must be completed prior to initial enrollment. If any deficiencies are detected, specific remediation will be recommended or required. An examination packet is available upon request from the Office of Graduate Studies in Music.
- Music Theory Placement will include the following:
- Melodic harmonization
- Figured-bass realization
- Formal and harmonic analysis
- Melodic and harmonic dictation
Based on the Music Theory Placement scores, the student will be advised to enroll in: (1) MUST-522 Concepts of Analysis or (2) MUST-501 Music Theory Review (remedial credit.)
- Music History Placement will include recognition of works, composers, and performance practices from the Renaissance through contemporary periods. Based on the Music History Placement scores, the student will be advised to enroll in: (1) MUHL-512 Performance Practice in the History of Music or (2) MUHL-501 Music History Review (remedial credit).
- Auditions in this degree program are held with the understanding that the prospective student has successfully performed an undergraduate recital. The program for this recital needs to be presented at the time of the graduate audition.
- The student will demonstrate the potential to perform a graduate recital upon completion of the course requirements.
- The student will provide a listing of all the literature studied at the undergraduate level, plus any other pertinent materials that may validate his/her performance skills.
- Voice - The student will prepare a minimum of five (5) selections from which the committee will select the audition repertory. The five selections must include works from a minimum of three historical periods. English, French, German, and Italian must all be represented. The five works must include the following:
- An aria in the original language and key from an opera
- An aria in the original language and key from an oratorio
- Three (3) art songs in the original language With prior notification, an accompaniment is available upon request.
- Piano - The audition repertory will be selected from a 60-minute program which must include the following:
- A virtuoso etude by composers such as Chopin, Liszt or Rachmaninoff
- An entire classical sonata
- A major romantic work, e.g., a Ballade by Chopin
- A major composition written after 1915
- Non Keyboard Instrument The audition repertory will be selected from a program which represents at least two contrasting style periods and includes the following:
- An advanced etude or as many as five representative excerpts form the standard orchestral repertoire
- An entire sonata or similar appropriate work from the repertory of the instrument
- At least one movement of a major concerto from the repertory of the instrument
Specific details can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies in Music.