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Music - Performance Pedagogy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


 Students pursuing this concentration typically are musicians who are primarily interested in teaching, rather than a career as a professional performer. Many of these students continue their studies at the Doctoral level and pursue professional teaching careers in their fields.

Graduate Assistantships are available for qualified students. Graduate Assistant duties typically include teaching opportunities in both group and applied settings at the college level.

Recent Student Projects:
  • When Your Student Cannot See Movement Activities for the Independent Piano Teacher
  • Group Lessons for Adult Learners
  • Improving the Reading Skills of Aural Learners
  • Alternative Reading Methods.
  • Teaching Popular Music to High School Students

Performance Pedagogy majors also take classes in Applied Piano, Music Theory, Music History, Keyboard Literature and perform a Graduate Recital.


  • National Association of Schools of Music and is fully accredited by NASM.

Programme Structure

Major Area:
  • Internship Recital
  • Directed Studies in Performance Pedagogy
  • Recital
  • Applied Concentration
Other Courses:
  • Research and Bibliography
  • Analysis of Tonal Music
  • Analysis of Twentieth Century Music
  • Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Survey of Music Theory
  • Seminar in Music History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GRE scores acceptable to the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Graduate School
  • a scholarly paper in music theory and/or analysis (approximately 5 pages minimum)
  • samples of written compositions and audio recordings, if student wishes to focus on acoustic composition (not required of students intending to write a theoretical thesis)
  • audio and/or audio/visual recordings of work, if student wishes to focus on music media (not required of students intending to write a theoretical thesis)
  • a sufficient score on the graduate music theory placement exam
  • a sufficient score on an aural skills exam (for students applying to become a graduate assistant in music theory)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1864 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1572 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    1572 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1572 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Lafayette

  • 925 - 1320 USD/month
    Living Costs

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