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Master of Music (MM) in Performance, specialization in Guitar


Electric guitarist

Application

All applications are submitted online through https://gradschool.usu.edu/apply/. Applicants to the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy must complete the following:

  1. Official College Transcripts - To qualify for admission to the MM program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field of study, with a GPA of at least 3.0. Official transcripts must be sent directly from previous institutions to USU.
  2. *GRE or MAT Scores - The GRE or MAT is optional for applicants to the Master of Music degree programs. However, applicants should be advised that the GRE/MAT is a requirement for some tuition waivers and scholarships available through the School of Graduate Studies. For information about these awards, and whether or not you may qualify, please visit https://gradschool.usu.edu/tuition-financial-aid/
  3. Letters of Recommendation – Three satisfactory letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the recommenders through the application server. Applicants are highly encouraged to seek a recommendation from a primary applied teacher and one academic music faculty (theory, history, etc.).
  1. Writing Sample - Please upload a 500–1000 word (1-2 pages, single-spaced) personal statement on one of the following topics. An academic research paper on a musical subject may also be accepted at the discretion of the Graduate Music Committee. The writing sample will be evaluated by the Music Department Graduate Committee and all full-time faculty in the applicant’s primary area of emphasis. Your essay will be evaluated in part on the quality of writing, including organization, concision, and clarity.

Topic 1: Describe a moment or experience in your musical education that convinced you to pursue higher education in music.
Topic 2: How do you hope your career in music will make an impact on today’s musical culture?
Topic 3: Why does/should music matter to individuals or society today?

  1. International Student Requirements - In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, International students must meet the language, degree, and funding requirements of the USU School of Graduate Studies, available at https://gradschool.usu.edu/apply/.
  1. Audition/Interview - Complete a successful live or recorded entrance audition/interview. If travel distance or schedule conflicts prevent you from auditioning live, you may submit a video recording of your audition through the recorded audition form: https://music.usu.edu/students/recorded-audition-form.

Applicants for the Master's of Music in Guitar Performance should prepare the following for an audition:

  1. All major and minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic) scales in two octaves.
  2. Other common scales – modes of the major scale, whole-tone, diminished, etc.
  3. One solo piece (chord solo arrangement or classical/fingerstyle) that best represents the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths.
  4. Applicants should bring a typed list of repertoire studied in the last four years.

All applicants will also be tested on music reading and knowledge of chord voicing in the audition.

Applicants with a jazz emphasis should also prepare to improvise over a “standard” and a blues progression.

For questions regarding guitar audition repertoire, please contact Corey Christiansen at corey.christiansen@usu.edu

 

Curriculum

The MM in Performance with specialization in Guitar includes individual instruction, ensemble performance and advisor-approved independent study which focuses on the student's career and educational objectives.  Students in the program must complete a minimum of 30 approved semester credits, divided into two main areas: (1) 16 credits in performance and (2) 14 credits in other studies in music.

Year 1, Fall MUSC 6100 Graduate Performance Ensemble 1-2 Credits
  MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 5980 Introduction To Music Research 3 Credits
  MUSC 6900 Independent Study 2 Credits
     
       
Year 1, Spring MUSC 6100 Graduate Performance Ensemble 1-2 Credits
  MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction For Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6910 Individual Recital 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 6130 Music History Seminar 3 Credits
     
       
Year 2, Fall MUSC 6100 Graduate Performance Ensemble 1-2 Credits
  MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction for Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6620 Seminar In Music Literature 2 Credits
  MUSC 6140 Music Theory Seminar 3 Credits
     
       
Year 2, Spring MUSC 6100 Graduate Performance Ensemble 1-2 Credits
  MUSC 6630 Individual Instruction For Graduates 2 Credits
  MUSC 6910 Individual Recital 1-3 Credits
  MUSC 6900 Independent Study 2 Credits