12 months
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Music degree in Performance from Kent State University is designed to prepare the student for professional music activities, including solo performance, orchestral playing, ensemble playing, collaborative performance, studio teaching; as well as doctoral study. 

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The Performance program from Kent State University emphasizes development of skills, knowledge and background in the following areas: literature and repertoire, performance skills, practice skills, interpretation and expression, performance pedagogy, historical performance practices, music history and music theory.

The Performance major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • The Chamber Music concentration is for intensive coaching and performance of string quartet literature.
  • The Collaborative Piano concentration provides focused study on performance, chamber music, accompanying and literature.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Recognize, identify, interpret and perform representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  • Apply advanced performing skills in solo and ensemble settings, including tone production, accuracy, intonation, instrumental/vocal technique, musicality/expression, vocal language and diction and stage presence/presentation.
  • Discuss, utilize and achieve high-quality results from efficient and effective practice techniques, including time management, achievable goals and use of appropriate technical skills, musical expression skills and focused work ethic.
  • Have an enhanced understanding of interpretation and expression in music.
  • Identify, explain and utilize performance pedagogy appropriate to the specific area of study.
  • Identify, associate, differentiate and utilize performances practices appropriate to the literature of the various stylistic periods.
  • Utilize and discuss score study of literature performed and also representative literature from various historical periods and composers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Bibliography And Research Methods
  • Recital
  • Applied Music-graduate Piano
  • Applied Music-graduate Voice
  • Applied Music-graduate Violin
  • Applied Music-graduate Viola
  • Applied Music-graduate Cello
  • Applied Music-graduate Double Bass
  • Applied Music-graduate Flute
  • Applied Music-graduate Oboe
  • Applied Music-graduate Clarinet
  • Applied Music-graduate Bassoon

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For timely consideration of the application, it is recommended applicants submit a complete application at least one month before the start of the semester.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9648 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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