Students who have achieved a high level of skill in their performance area during undergraduate careers and wish to further develop their performance abilities seek this degree. Performance majors specialize in their applied classical performance area with a secondary component in the teaching of that area.
In this degree, students prepare to become professional performing musicians. It is assumed that most graduates of the Performance Major will either become professional performers or continue study in Doctor of Musical Arts programs leading to university teaching positions.
Minimum requirements for our masters of voice performance and voice pedagogy is to have one term of diction in the following languages; French, Italian, English, and German. It is also highly recommended that applicants have one year of language study in French, German, and Italian. Deficiencies may be assigned during the first year if a language course has not been successfully finished.
Performance majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations and follow the full recital track for the culminating project.
For further information on our various graduate programs, contact Dr. Kris Elsberry, Director of Graduate Studies (615-460-8204).