Master of music degree program in music performance
HEGIS code 1004
NYS SED program code 88184

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The 30-credit master of music degree in performance is a program aimed at the student who wishes to pursue a career as a professional instrumentalist or singer. A key component of this program is weekly private studio lessons for four semesters with our internationally acclaimed performance faculty. These lessons are augmented by performance opportunities within the Conservatory's ensembles and student concerts, which include two staged operas each year and numerous orchestra and contemporary ensemble performances. Students also complete a minimum of three seminars in style criticism, music history, and music theory. Gifted performers who do not yet meet all matriculation requirements for this program should consider applying for the advanced certificate in music performance.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Lewis, Alexandra Graduate Performance Advisor 718 951 5000 x 2649 401s Whitehead Hall alewis @ By appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory of
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - Rolling Admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.', two letters of recommendation. Refer to instructions at .
All applicants are given placement examinations. Audition on campus or submit a CD or DVD if out of town to the Music Department. To schedule an audition, call 718.951.5954 or 5286.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79


Separate programs are offered in composition and in performance, each of which leads to the master of music degree.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants for either program must offer at least 36 credits in music courses including courses in analysis, counterpoint, harmony, and history.

Consideration is given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but have unusual talent or experience equivalent to course work. Such applicants should consult the assistant director.

A placement examination is given to all applicants for admission. The test includes writing skills (harmonic and contrapuntal techniques), analysis, history, and literature. Further information about the examination may be obtained from the assistant director.

Applicants for the program in performance must pass an audition at the time of application. A request for an audition appointment may be made by telephone to the conservatory office.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Degree requirements
Thirty credits are required for the master of music degree in performance.

Before completing 12 credits, students must pass a test given by the conservatory in French, German, or another language approved by the assistant director. Students who completed their bachelor's degree using a modern language other than English may be exempted from this language examination by the assistant director.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures." Courses in the conservatory offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses. The program of study must be approved by the conservatory.

Students must also complete requirements for the program in composition or in performance as follows. Any remaining credits required for the degree must be in courses chosen in consultation with the assistant director.

Performance (25 credits): Music U7400G; one course chosen from Music U7601G-U7606G, U7631G, U7650X, 7651X, U7840X, 7850X, 7860X; one course chosen from Music U7632G, U7641X, U7642X; four courses chosen from Music 7700X through 7781X; and Music 7791X, 7792X, 7793X, U7950G. Students must perform a master's recital.


Music majors aiming toward professional careers as performers are strongly urged to take additional ensembles each semester, including at least two terms of Music 7741X, 7742X, 7743X, 7780X or 7781X (i.e., Contemporary Music Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Chamber Music, Jazz Ensemble, or Small Jazz Ensemble).

The list of the music performance faculty is available online at