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Program Overview

The UMD School of Music offers two courses of graduate studies The Master of Music in Music Education focuses on further developing the skills of music educators as teachers and researchers. The program enriches the professional educator’s knowledge and culminates in the preparation of the Plan B Project research paper. The Master in Music in Music Performance (Vocal, Instrumental, Applied Conducting, and Collaborative Piano) prepares students for careers as professional performing musicians in orchestral, chamber and operatic fields. Instruction from world-renowned faculty artists in applied music and performance opportunities in a variety of large and chamber ensembles provide students with ample experience and the strengthening of each individual performer’s artistic abilities.

Admission and Application Requirements

The Master of Music in Music Performance and in Music Education have separate application requirements.

Those applying for the MM in Music Performance must submit:

  • A Department of Music Graduate Study Application
  • A three- to five-page paper addressing current issues in music performance to be used as a professional writing example
  • Two letters of reference from professional colleagues or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
  • An entrance performance audition on the candidate’s major instrument or voice, arranged with the applied professor in your area.

Those applying for MM in Music Education must submit:

  • Department of Music Graduate Study Application
  • A three- to five-page paper addressing current issues in music education to be used as a professional writing example
  • Two letters of reference from professional colleagues or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
  • A video (VHS or DVD) of classroom teaching or conducting

Degree Requirements

The Master of Music program in Music Performance is a 30-credit course of study. Students must earn 10 credits from core courses, 8 credits in applied music, 4 credits from literature courses, 1 credit in graduate pedagogy, 2 credits in ensembles, and 4 elective credits. Participation in a final graduate recital is required to earn a degree.

The Master of Music program in Music Education requires 30 credits to complete the degree. The course of study includes 10 credits in core courses and 14 credits in electives. A 6-credit Plan B project must be completed in order to graduate.

Deadlines and Dates

Fall semester: June 15
Spring semester: December 21

All performance majors must audition prior to acceptance.

Financial Aid

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available through the Department of Music for full-time students. Teaching assistantships are awarded based on departmental needs, student need and the student’s ability to contribute to a specific area(s) in the department and carry a 10-hour per week work assignment that may vary from clerical assistance for ensemble directors to classroom teaching. Teaching assistantships in the Department of Music generally offer a $6,000 yearly stipend and 50% tuition reimbursement.

Areas of Specialization

  • Music performance: Instrumental
  • Music performance: Vocal
  • Music performance: Applied conducting (choral, orchestral, wind ensemble)
  • Music performance: Collaborative piano
  • Music Education

Contact Information

Department of Music, University of Minnesota Duluth, 231 Humanities Building, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-8207; fax 218-726-8210; mu@d.umn.edu; http://www.d.umn.edu/music/).

Director of Graduate Studies: Mark Whitlock, mwhitloc@d.umn.edu, 218.726.6124

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Jean Bergum, jbergum@d.umn.edu, 218.726.8207

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