Music Performance (MM)

Master of Music in Music Performance 
Unit: Music (GU)
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/music/academics/areas-of-study/instrumental-vocal-performance

Program Information

The School of Music offers training toward two specific graduate degrees in music: Master of Music (MM) requiring a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate credit, and Master of Music Education (MME) requiring 30 credit hours. All programs require a minimum of 24 credit hours of residence at the University of Louisville. Major subjects in the Master of Music curriculum are music performance with concentrations in choral, wind, or orchestral conducting; instrumental, piano, or vocal performance; jazz performance or jazz composition and arranging; piano, string, or wind band pedagogy; music history; music theory; and music composition. The Master of Music Education program allows an applied music minor in an instrument, voice, or conducting. Each degree program has specific prerequisites, entrance requirements, and programmatic expectations that are described in the relevant section of the catalog.

The Department of Performance Studies is dedicated to the development of the musical and technical abilities of the music student through classical performance training on the individual performance instruments. The department offers training in voice and in the brass, wind, percussion, string and keyboard instruments, as well as conducting. The lessons are presented in a one-on-one, nurturing environment. The faculty members are all active performers. A student's mastery of a major performance instrument is an extremely important component of advanced musical training, and opportunities for performance experience are provided through various venues. The faculty also coach chamber music and teach courses regarding the literature for and pedagogy of their various instruments.

General Information Regarding Academic Policies

  1. Detailed curricular and program offerings, including specific requirements and provisions for degree programs, are published in the university catalog at: louisville.edu/graduatecatalog. Students will be provided with copies of the "Handbook for Graduate Studies in Music," the "Guidelines for Preparation for the Graduate Music History Entrance Examination," and "Guidelines for Preparation for the Graduate Music Theory Entrance Examination." These documents are also available on the School of Music website at: louisville.edu/music/.
  2. Students will be required to address any deficiencies revealed by entrance examinations in courses taken within the first two semesters of study. Credit toward the degree is not granted for review course work.
  3. All students are required to complete Bibliography and Research Methods (MUS 607) by the end of the second semester of study (part-time students by the completion of 15 hours of graduate study). Upon satisfactory completion of requirements stated in Handbook sections B.2 and B.3, students will be considered in good standing.
  4. Students will complete a project appropriate to the field of study as defined by the faculty of their program. The completion of this project (public recital, thesis, professional paper) normally takes place in the last semester of graduate study. Preparation and presentation of a recital must follow the guidelines in the "Handbook for Graduate Studies in Music" and the preparation of a thesis must follow the "Guidelines for the Preparation and Processing of Theses" issued by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. The preparation of a thesis in music composition must also follow the "School of Music Thesis Formatting Guidelines for MM in Composition" available at: louisville.edu/music/academics/areas-of-study/music-composition/documents/ULCompThesisGuidelines.pdf.
  5. In order to graduate, a student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. No more than six (6) hours with any C or C+ grade will be accepted toward a degree, and no grade below a B-minus will be accepted for a course in the student's major subject area. Hours earned beyond the minimum in any curricular areas apply only to that area and cannot be assigned to another area in order to satisfy required credit. At least one-half of the total hours in graduate courses must be at the 600 level. Any exceptions to the program of study must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, or who fails to satisfy the published performance criteria, will be placed on probation. Students are ordinarily not permitted to continue on probation for more than one semester.
  6. When all course work and projects have been satisfactorily completed, the student becomes a candidate for the degree and is approved to take the graduate oral examination. A candidate who fails the oral examination at the end of one semester may not be given a second one before the end of the following semester. A candidate who fails the second oral examination will not be granted the degree of MM or MME from the University of Louisville.
  7. Upon request, a maximum of six (6) credit hours of earned graduate credit with a minimum grade of B may be transferred from accredited institutions that offer advanced degrees. Credit for applied music will not be transferred, but advanced standing may be awarded at a jury. Ensemble credits appropriate to the student's degree program may be considered for transfer, but not to exceed one (1) credit hour per semester. Music history and music theory credits will be evaluated for transfer by the Director of Graduate Studies and the respective faculty. Transfer of more than six (6) credit hours may be requested provided that they are not earned by extension, or as thesis or practicum hours, and that the residency requirement of 24 semester hours is maintained by the addition of University of Louisville credits to the total program. Transfer of graduate hours within the University of Louisville toward a graduate degree in music may be requested provided that the minimum residence requirement of 24 credit hours is maintained.
  8. Students receiving a graduate assistantship (teaching, research, or service) will be provided adequate training and will be required to adhere to university policies. Performance of duties in research and service by graduate assistants will be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships will be evaluated each semester.
  9. Part-time students (with the exception of those in the MME degree program) must participate in one ensemble for each 18 hours of completed course work. If part-time study precludes completing ensemble degree requirements, other course work may be substituted.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applications for admission to a graduate program require the following:
    1. A completed application;
    2. An application fee;
    3. Official transcripts for all previous post-secondary course work (all transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English);
    4. At least two letters of recommendation;
    5. Scores from the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that must be submitted prior to the beginning of study.
  2. Applications to specific degree programs require evidence of preparation for advanced study as follows:
    1. In performance, an acceptable audition;
    2. In academic specializations (music composition, music history, music theory), a portfolio of work appropriate to the field of study;
    3. In music education, evidence of classroom teaching experience.
  3. Applicants whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
    1. A minimum TOEFL examination score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the internet-based test;
    2. Successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville;
    3. Documentation of the award of a degree from a recognized English language institution.
  4. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the area to be pursued in advanced studies, or they must present evidence of equivalent preparation.
  5. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale.

Applicants who meet the requirements listed in items 1-5 will be considered for conditional admission for graduate study at the School of Music. For additional entrance requirements specific to the degree of interest, see below.

Entrance examinations in music history, theory and, if appropriate, jazz, will be administered before the first term of study. The School of Music provides guidelines to assist in preparing for the entrance examinations.

Any exception to the above expectations will be evaluated individually and will require a statement indicating criteria to be met in a specified time frame with provisions for monitoring progress and performance. Justification must be provided in writing and must be accepted by the faculty of the student's proposed program, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of the School of Music.

Students who fail to meet performance standards or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the letter of admission, program of study, or the catalog of the University of Louisville are subject to dismissal from their programs.

Program Requirements

Coursework

Core Curriculum Courses
MUS 500Music History Review 10
MUS 400Theory Review 10
MUS 600Graduate Oral Exam Preparation0
MUS 607Bibliography and Research Methods3
Music History Seminar (500 or 600 level)3
Music Theory (500 or 600 level) 24
Applied Study (600 level) 38
Concentration Coursework (see Concentration Requirements tab)18
MUS 697Graduate Recital 40
Minimum Total Hours36

Other Requirements

All students must pass an oral examination after all course work is completed.

Concentration Requirements 

Concentration in Choral Conducting

MUS 611Applied Music 12
MUS 530Choral Literature I2
MUS 531Choral Literature II2
MUS 559Instrumental Conducting and Score Reading2
Ensemble (one per semester)4
Music Electives 26
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting

MUS 659Seminar in Conducting I (Instrumental)2
MUS 660Seminar in Conducting II (Instrumental)2
MUS 659Seminar in Conducting I (Choral) 32
MUS 660Seminar in Conducting II (Choral) 32
MUS 686Orchestral Literature I2
MUS 687Orchestral Literature II2
Ensemble (two semesters of major ensemble)2
Music Electives 44
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in String Pedagogy

MUS 538Studies in Pedagogy (MUS 538-06 String Pedagogy)1
MUS 538Studies in Pedagogy (Instrument Specific)1
MUS 678Advanced Pedagogy (Instrument Specific)2
MUS 677Business Aspects of String Studio Teaching2
MUS 563Literature (MUS 563-02 String Literature)1
MUS 563Literature (Instrument Specific)1
Major or Minor Ensemble 54
Music Electives 66
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Wind Band Pedagogy

MUS 659Seminar in Conducting I (Instrumental)2
MUS 660Seminar in Conducting II (Instrumental)2
MUS 559Instrumental Conducting and Score Reading2
MUS 561Literature (Band Literature)2
MUS 663Graduate Band Pedagogy and Educational Wind Band Literature2
Select one of the following sequences: 2
Sequence One:
Functional Study
Functional Study
Sequence Two:
Secondary Applied Study
Secondary Applied Study
Major Ensemble (one per semester)4
Music Electives 72
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Wind Conducting

MUS 659Seminar in Conducting I (either Instrumental or Choral as per advising)2
MUS 660Seminar in Conducting II (either Instrumental or Choral as per advising)2
MUS 559Instrumental Conducting and Score Reading2
MUS 561Literature (Band Literature)2
Ensemble (one per semester)4
Music Electives 86
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Instrumental Music

MUS 613Applied Music4
MUS 614Applied Music4
Ensemble 54
Music Electives 96
Minimum Total Hours18

Other Requirements
Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.


Concentration in Jazz Performance

MUS 539Studies in Jazz (MUS 539-01 Jazz Style and Analysis)2
MUS 539Studies in Jazz (MUS 539-03 Standard Jazz Repertoire)2
MUS 655Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
Jazz Combo (one per semester)2
Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Repertory Ensemble (one per semester) 104
Music Electives 116
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Jazz Composition and Arranging

MUS 539Studies in Jazz (MUS 539-01 Jazz Style and Analysis)2
MUS 539Studies in Jazz (MUS 539-03 Standard Jazz Repertoire)2
MUS 655Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
Jazz Combo (one per semester)2
Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Repertory Ensemble (one per sem) 104
Music Electives 116
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Organ Performance

MUS 613Applied Music4
MUS 614Applied Music4
Ensemble2
Major Subject and Music Electives 128
Minimum Total Hours18

Concentration in Piano Pedagogy

MUS 671Advanced Piano Pedagogy I2
MUS 672Advanced Piano Pedagogy II2
MUS 673Advanced Piano Pedagogy III2
MUS 674Advanced Piano Pedagogy IV2
MUS 561Literature (Piano Literature I)2
MUS 562Literature (Piano Literature II)2
Ensemble 132
Music Electives 144
Minimum Total Hours18

Other Requirements
Students are required to present a sixty-minute lecture-demonstration recital that focuses on pedagogical aspects of selected works, includes a minimum of thirty minutes of memorized solo repertoire, and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.


Concentration in Piano Performance

MUS 613Applied Music4
MUS 614Applied Music4
MUS 561Literature (Piano Literature I)2
MUS 562Literature (Piano Literature II)2
Piano Pedagogy (500 or 600 level) 2
Ensemble 132
Music Electives 142
Minimum Total Hours18

Other Requirements
Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.


Concentration in Vocal Performance

MUS 613Applied Music4
MUS 614Applied Music4
Select two of the following: 4
Literature (Vocal Literature I)
Literature (Vocal Literature II)
Literature (Graduate Vocal Literature I)
Literature (Graduate Vocal Literature II)
MUS 640Advanced Vocal Pedagogy2
Ensemble 152
Music Electives 162
Minimum Total Hours18

Other Requirements
Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.