About the Program

Program Details

Master of Music in Performance students, many pursuing performance careers as well as developing private teaching studios, choose APU's School of Music because it offers:

  • Small classes
  • Access to professors
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups
  • Opportunity for performance scholarships

The Master of Music in Performance prepares those who have completed a baccalaureate degree with a performance emphasis to continue the development of their performance skill through advanced study. The music performance degree program achieves this through:

  • Areas of specialization, including conducting (choral and instrumental), vocal performance, and instrumental performance (brass, woodwinds, strings, guitar, harp, piano, and organ)
  • Opportunities to merge classical and contemporary musical training in a Christian academic setting
  • Interaction with choral ensembles and participation in opera workshops, chamber music, orchestral music, Handbell Choir, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and jazz ensembles
  • A balanced core of courses addressing issues in musicology, research methods, and the historical and pedagogical issues of the performance areas.
  • Focused preparation for doctoral programs
  • Culminating recital (required to complete the program)

Program Goals

The Master of Music in Performance Program:

  • Seeks to prepare students for professional positions in their performance area.
  • Recognizes the need to train students to become performance-scholars so that they are equipped to conduct research relevant to their performance specialties.
  • Provides a broad integrative sequence of courses so students may understand their performance specialty in the context of research, history, analysis, pedagogy, and performance.
  • Facilitates interaction with various performance ensembles.
  • Gives students the unique opportunity of merging classical and contemporary musical training in a Christian academic setting.
  • Encourages interaction with world-class performers and composers through the Artist Concert Series.
  • Introduces students to the music and scholarship of non-Western cultures through the visiting scholar program and other multicultural experiences.
  • Prepares individuals who wish to pursue doctoral programs.
  • Equips the student to plan, prepare, and perform a graduate recital.

Philosophy

Undeniably, performance represents the culmination of the music student’s comprehensive experience. Audiences detect more than technical prowess; they sense the intangibles that influence performance. Knowing this, the expert musicians composing the School of Music’s faculty specialize in developing well-rounded performers who demonstrate skill coupled with spiritual maturity and professionalism.

By integrating the tenets of Christianity throughout each course, practice session, and performance, the Master of Music in Performance instills both ethics and compassion in every performer. As students master the artistry of music, they simultaneously gain confidence born of a solid academic background permeated by faith. Graduates from this program enter their field as musicians of character.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
All classes meet one evening per week: Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, 4–7 p.m. and 7:30–10:30 p.m.

What is the average class size?
Classes range in size from 5 to 25.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.