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Master of Music in Performance California State University Northridge



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Program Description

The Master of Music option in Performance offers the opportunity to study the art of classical instrumental and vocal performance at the graduate level (entrance audition required). Students in instrumental and vocal performance continue their studies in Music History and Theory and take classes specific to their area such as Pedagogy, Literature, Chamber Music, Ensemble, Advanced Conducting, Opera Scenes, Performance Technique and Performance Practice as well as private lessons. Master classes with major artists are offered yearly. The culminating experience is the performance of a public recital and the preparation of an abstract.

Graduate students in instrumental performance are presented with a number of performance opportunities each semester including playing in major ensembles and also as soloists. Instrumental string players have the option of auditioning to play in an honors string quartet and all instrumental students can compete to play concerto literature with the CSUN Symphony through the Concerto Competition.

Graduate students in vocal arts are presented with a number of performance options each semester. Students can sing the leading roles in major operas in the original language, they can perform concert music with the CSUN Symphony Orchestra, and they can perform as soloists in oratorios. Vocal students from CSUN perform off campus regularly for arts organizations, such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Jubilee Singers and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.

Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Music degree, students will be able to demonstrate: Continuing development of professional and scholarly competence within their area of specialization; Continuing development of individual talent, musical interests and philosophies to be used creatively to preserve and extend the cultural heritage of music; Artistic and intellectual rigor in the organization, interpretation, communication and dissemination of musical knowledge; Pedagogical skills fundamental to their area of specialization applicable across a variety of music and music-related professions; Professional competence in the execution of business processes and practices commonly employed within their area of specialization.

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Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees

USD $4,203 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit for International student; given tuition fee may be subject to change in future


21 Jan, 22 Aug


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor’s degree, including preparation equivalent to the undergraduate Music major.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5 or higher

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58 or higher

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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