Music Performance, MM

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The MM program in performance concentrates on the performance and teaching of Western art music with an emphasis in performance. Students work on specific skills for their instruments while developing the knowledge and abilities to become leaders in the music community. The opportunity to collaborate with music scholars, theorists, composers, educators and other performers provides students with a broad and well-rounded foundation for advanced careers in music.

Program Offered

Music Performance, MM

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

Application Procedures + Requirements

Application Deadlines
Spring 2020 (Voice): October 1, 2019
Spring 2020: (Instrumental, Keyboard): October 15, 2019
Fall 2020: December 1, 2019

Curriculum Checksheets

Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.

Affording Grad School

Music Scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Program Requirements

The credit hour requirements for the degree are distributed as follows:

studio instruction (8 credit hours)
concentration courses (including two public performances) (8-9 credit hours)
music history, music theory and electives (15-16 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.

Vocalists: Sixteen credit hours or four semesters of college-level credit in more than one foreign language, chosen from French, German or Italian, are required for graduation. In addition, placement tests in both foreign-language diction and sight-singing are required upon entry into the program. Students who are judged to be deficient in diction are required to complete and pass a course in advanced diction. Students who are judged to be deficient in sight-singing are required to complete and pass the Musicianship for Singers course.

Additional information about degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets.