12 months
30568 USD/year
30568 USD/year
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The Master of Music in Performance program at Boston University provides training to highly advanced instrumentalists and vocalists, focusing on the study and performance of solo repertoire as well as chamber music, orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, and/or opera repertoire.


The Performance program at Boston University includes study in music theory and musicology as well as elective courses in areas such as diction, orchestral excerpts, new music, historical performance, pedagogy, and literature for specific instruments and voice. The intensity of study in the School of Music set within the College of Fine Arts is further enhanced by the extensive cultural offerings of the city of Boston, providing exposure to Boston’s resident and touring soloists and professional performing ensembles, and drawing guest artists who frequently present master classes in the various vocal and instrumental majors.

Degree requirements

MM in Performance students must take a minimum of 12 credits of applied lessons (maximum of 14 credits). The 12 credits must be taken over four semesters of study, with no more than 4 credits per semester. No more than 2 credits of extra applied lessons may be applied to the degree as elective credits. Students must take at least 6 credits combined in music theory and musicology. Please see the Performance Studies Policies and Procedures document on the School of Music website. Approved music elective courses may include ME, MH, MP, and MT courses numbered 500 and higher. PDP courses, e.g., tennis, dancing, or yoga, do not count as approved music electives for graduate students. Students in all Master of Music programs must pass comprehensive examinations in their area. These examinations are normally given in the fourth or final semester of study.

Students in Master of Music programs who are interested in pursuing a double major should speak with the chairs of both intended areas of study and then consult with the Director of Graduate Studies to work out details of the combined programs. A petition to the Graduate Studies committee is required for approval.

Performance Majors

  • Bassoon
  • Flute
  • Percussion
  • Tuba
  • Cello
  • French Horn
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Clarinet
  • Harp
  • Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Double Bass
  • Organ
  • Trumpet

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Music
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Course in Musicology
  • Chamber Music
  • Musical Organizations
  • Graduate Music electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. 
  • Upload transcripts from all colleges and universities to your application. 
  • Personal statement uploaded in the application
  • Current résumé uploaded in the application.
  • A prescreening video recording must be submitted through our online portal Acceptd by December 1.
  • An audition following the audition repertoire guidelines for the appropriate instrument. Auditions must be scheduled or final recorded audition submitted through our online portal Acceptd.

Tuition Fee

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    30568 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 30568 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    30568 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30568 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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