Graduate Studies

The Division of Music offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Music degree in Music Education (with optional emphasis in conducting) and the Master of Music degree in Performance. These majors are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Individualized curricula are designed to meet students’ interests and needs while offering a balanced program of academic and professional courses.

Entrance Requirements

In addition to gaining admission to the University (please visit Graduate Admissions to learn more), students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Music Performance must pass an entry audition, consisting of a thirty-minute audio or video recording of a recent solo performance. Students wishing to pursue the Master of Music Education must submit an essay outlining the applicant’s philosophy of Education and schedule an interview with a member of the Graduate Music Education faculty (no audition is required.) Performance auditions should include prepared selections under the following guidelines:


  • A minimum of four songs or arias covering the four standard languages (Italian, German, French, and English) including at least one aria
  • All selections must be memorized

Percussion Studies

  • A recent video recording representative of their performance level should be sent to Stuart Marrs, Professor of Music, at
  • Students are welcome to visit the Percussion Studies page for more information. 

For additional information about graduate entry, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.