Program Details

The Mastor of Music in Performance can be completed in two years and tuition is competitive with state universities.
Springfield, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Performing Arts

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Master of Music in Performance is designed to assist students desiring a career as a performing artist to realize those goals by offering a concentrated study of their performance area. Entrance into this program is selective and is predicated on the ability of the applicant to have the performance potential necessary to actively pursue a professional performance career. The program can be completed in two years, and tuition is comparable to state universities. Upon completion of the Master of Music in Performance degree, the graduate should be able to demonstrate: •The ability to perform as a soloist and in ensembles with distinctive skill •Demonstrable understanding of musical interpretations communicated through performance in the student’s chosen field of study. •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 knowledge of literature in the area of the student’s medium sufficient for performance needs. •A basic understanding and working knowledge of current music technology for use in practical and artistic applications •Understanding and utilization of research methods that improve practices in rehearsal and performance and ability to frame the results in a scholarly manner •Articulation of a Christian worldview of artistry, performance, and pedagogy

Additional Program Information

The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music. Courses and degree plans are designed to satisfy requirements of these accrediting agencies.
Financial Aid:
•Submit a Graduate Application. •Hold an earned Music baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. •Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, on a 4.0 scale, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission. •Complete a Department of Music Graduate Entrance Exam. Contact Dr. Michael Kolstad for requirements. •Audition for the Department of Music. Auditions can be scheduled through the Department of Music, or a recent CD or DVD is acceptable. For information and suggestions for repertoire, etc., please visit the Department Admission and Scholarships page.
International Requirements:
•All students admitted to graduate study in music must have basic English language competence as determined by the use of TOELF exams. Information concerning language competence can be found in the Graduate Catalog, in the section concerning International Students/TOEFL Score Requirements. •The catalog states: “… international students whose first language is not English must earn a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam.” For more information, contact the Graduate Studies Department.

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