Utah State University

Master On Campus
12 months
15346 USD/year
15346 USD/year
4384 USD/year
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The Music program of the Utah State University has three specializations: Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Guitar Performance and Vocal Performance. Master of Music students have the opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge in their emphasis through research and both classroom and individualized instruction, to develop and practice professional skills and to gain leadership experience.


The primary purpose of the Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree is to integrate instruction in piano pedagogy with high-level piano performance, making it a unique degree, as many MM programs in piano require students to specialize in either pedagogy or performance. The program is designed to fill an increasing demand for piano instructors who not only perform at a high level, but who also hold advanced credentials in teaching.  Piano Performance and Pedagogy candidates also receive experiential training through the USU Youth Conservatory, a pre-college piano program providing instruction to students ages 4 through 18.

The Guitar Performance emphasis offers students the opportunity to study with faculty at an advanced level who have established notable careers in a variety of performance styles. The guitar program was recently honored by Jazz Guitar Online as one of the Top 25 Programs in the U.S. for jazz guitar studies. Performance candidates are required to present two, 2-credit recitals in partial fulfillment of this degree.

The Choral Conducting emphasis focuses on ensemble performance, advanced conducting and rehearsal techniques, repertory and literature, and advisor-approved independent study which focuses on the student's career and educational objectives. Individual recital(s) and/or Research and Presentation project(s) are required of Conducting emphasis candidates.

The Voice Performance - Voice emphasis offers students the opportunity to study at an advanced level with nationally known faculty. The MM - Voice Performance degree prepares sudents for careers in performance and pedagogy, and offers exceptional opportunities to perform in USU Opera and Utah Festival Opera. MM students will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized artists and teachers. Past visiting artists include Kelli O'Hara, Dr. Scott McCoy, and Libby Larsen.View additional information about voice at USU by visiting the pages for Voice Performance and Choral Education.

Career Options

Graduates of the Music program of the Utah State University typically pursue careers as piano teachers and performers. They are also prepared to pursue doctoral degrees; either the doctor of musical arts (DMA), which is focused on performance, or the doctor of philosophy (PhD), which focuses more on academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Piano Literature
  • Music Research
  • Graduate Vocal Pedagogy Seminar
  • Graduate Performance Ensemble
  • Advanced Rehearsal Techniques
  • Special Topics in Performance and Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students are accepted throughout the year; however, it is recommended that students seeking financial assistance apply before March 1.




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • It is preferred that applicants have an undergraduate degree in music with an emphasis in piano
  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • The Music Department requires students to audition in front of an entrance committee comprised of members of the piano faculty. If a live audition at the USU campus is impractical, applicants may send an audio-visual recording that demonstrates their level of proficiency with regard to piano performance.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7673 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7673 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    4384 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2192 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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