Graduate Studies

music performance

SUNY Fredonia's School of Music has successfully placed graduates in a variety of professional areas ranging from the commercial world of "pop" to that of the virtuoso classical soloist.

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Our alumni are active as west coast studio jazz musicians, in European concert halls, and on the faculties of American universities. Graduates of the Fredonia School of Music have made a significant impact on the professional world of music. We invite you explore our program offerings, visit our beautiful campus, and contact us directly with any questions you may have to determine if Fredonia is right for you.

This degree program offers three possible tracks: Orchestra Instruments and Piano, Conducting, and Voice. The degree requires at minimum a successful completion of 30 semester hours of coursework (Orchestra Instruments, Piano and Conducting tracks), or 34 hours of coursework (Voice track). Each track requires the core curriculum as well as specific requirements divided between performance training, theory/history, and elective courses. A comprehensive oral examination and performance culminate the program.

Please note: the MM in Music Performance does not lead to recommendation for New York State professional teaching certification in Music K-12 from SUNY Fredonia.


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Music at an accredited four-year institution.
  • Must audition for and be accepted by the appropriate applied music faculty.
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA preferred.
  • A completed graduate application.

Program Requirements

A student working toward a Master of Music in Performance must select one of the four performance tracks:
     1) Instrumental
     2) Voice
     3) Conducting
     4) Collaborative Piano

Each track consists of core curriculum required for all Master of Music degrees and additional requirements as accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
At least 15 credit hours of the overall program should be at the 600 level.


Instrumental Program Outline
(orchestral instruments, guitar, piano)

  • MUS 521 Music Bibliography
  • MUS 624  Analytic Techniques
  • MUS 692-  Graduate Performance Major
    MUS 693   (private applied instruction)
  • MUS 694  Recital
  • 3 credit hours of music history, literature, or theory related to the performance area
  • 3 credit hours of music theory
  • 3 credit hours of music history
  • 6 credit hours of elective courses in supporting areas of arts and sciences, professional education, music, or music education
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement)
  • Final Comprehensive Oral Examination

Total Credit Hours: 30

 


Voice Program Outline

  • MUS 521 Music Bibliography
  • MUS 624  Analytic Techniques
  • MUS 592-  Graduate Performance Major
    MUS 593   (private applied instruction)
  • MUS 692-  Graduate Performance Major
    MUS 693   (private applied instruction)
  • MUS 615 Graduate Diction for Singers
  • 3 credit hours of music history or theory (by advisement)
  • Electives (to complete the degree program, students will elect Plan A or Plan B with approval of the School of Music graduate advisor)
  • Plan A: Minimum of 10 credit hours of elective courses within the School of Music in theory, history and literature, opera workshop and ensembles, and performance-related courses.
  • Plan B: Minimum of 4 credit hours of elective courses within the School of Music and minimum of 6 credit hours outside the major or outside the department. Electives may include courses of special interest such as, but not limited to, opera craft, stage direction, language, literature, and vocal pedagogy/speech pathology with approval of graduate music advisor.
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement)
  • Two Public Performances
  • Final Comprehensive Oral Examination

Total Credit Hours: 34

 


Conducting Program Outline

  • MUS 521  Music Bibliography
  • MUS 624  Analytic Techniques
  • MUS 692-  Graduate Performance Major
    MUS 693   (private applied instruction)
  • MUS 694  Recital (performances as conductor)
  • 3 credit hours of music history, literature, or theory related to the performance area
  • 3 credit hours of music theory
  • 3 credit hours of music history
  • 6 credit hours of elective courses in supporting areas of arts and sciences, professional education, music, or music education
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement)
  • Final Comprehensive Oral Examination

Total Credit Hours: 30

 


Collaborative Piano Program Outline

  • MUS 521 Music Bibliography
  • MUS 624 Analytic Techniques
  • MUS 592 & 593 Studio Instruction
  • MUS 692 & 693 Studio Instruction
  • MUS 694 Recital
  • MUS 615 Graduate Diction for Singers
  • MUS 522 Style and Techniques of Song Literature
  • MUS 523 Sonata Duo and Chamber Ensemble Seminar
  • MUS 524 Techniques of Opera coaching
  • 6 credits in History, Literature, or Theory
  • Final Comprehensive Oral Exam

Total Credit Hours: 38

 

  

Additional Resources

School of Music website
Audition deadlines and information


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