Boise State University

24 months
25276 USD/year
25276 USD/year
9194 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Performance majors seek to improve their performance and studio teaching skills, possibly in preparation for a performance career, further graduate study, private studio teaching, and/or collegiate applied teaching. Their course work centers around applied study, music theory and history, and pedagogy and literature courses, and culminates in a graduate recital.

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The Music Performance degree at Boise State University has a long record of student success in professional performing and teaching careers, as well as admission to prestigious masters and doctoral programs. We offer majors in all standard performance areas except guitar, organ, and harp. Students enjoy personal attention from a caring faculty team who come together to assure that the excellence of the well-rounded curriculum is maintained. The City of Boise and surrounding Treasure Valley is home to a robust, diverse musical community including the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Idaho, multiple semi-professional community orchestras, concert bands, and choirs. Presenting organizations bring world-class chamber music and jazz artists. A strong public school music tradition encourages wide-spread private lesson study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Music Research
  • Advanced Analytical Procedures 
  • Major Instrument Literature
  • Music History Elective
  • Graduate Solo Performance Recital
  • Performance Comprehensive Review

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


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.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admission Regulations). Admission to the Master of Music, Performance is based on:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A formal writing sample (short undergraduate academic research paper).
  • A satisfactory audition, in person, before the performance faculty of his/ her major performance area (i.e., keyboard, winds, strings, etc.).
  • Tree letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25276 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25276 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25276 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25276 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9194 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

If you take over 16 hours per semester there is an additional cost of 239$ per credit (resident or non-resident)


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