Master of Music (MM) in Performance, specialization in Guitar
ApplicationAll 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:
- 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.
- *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/
- 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.).
- 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?
- 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/.
- 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:
- All major and minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic) scales in two octaves.
- Other common scales – modes of the major scale, whole-tone, diminished, etc.
- One solo piece (chord solo arrangement or classical/fingerstyle) that best represents the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.