Music Performance Degree

The opportunity to perform comes with the responsibility to master the performance. The 30-unit Master of Music in Performance degree intensifies performance preparation for professional musicians seeking graduate-level training and experiential opportunities. Students benefit from concentrated interaction with School of Music faculty and outside professionals. The music performance degree program requirements include core courses and specialization in one of the following: piano and organ, vocal performance, instrumental performance, and keyboard collaborative arts.

Program Highlights

  • Freedom to integrate faith into music performance
  • Private teachers who are working professionals from Los Angeles, New York, and abroad
  • Access to the greater Los Angeles area, which provides performance opportunities in many different venues including musicals, operas, church concerts, recording studios, orchestras, and jazz bands.
  • Performance opportunities in our renowned choral and instrumental ensembles as well as jazz ensembles and opera. Learn more about APU Ensembles.
Study Under a Faculty-Mentor

Learn how earning a master’s degree in music with a mentor-based approach can help you prepare for a future career in music.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023 edition named Azusa Pacific to its list of top national universities and several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 126 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2023 Best Colleges guide. APU’s School of Nursing was named a top nursing school in California for 2023 by College Factual and Niche. APU was included as a top-100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Azusa Pacific is also a Military Friendly School and Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.