Music Performance

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25336 USD/year
25336 USD/year
12009 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The mission of the Mead Witter School of Music is to serve the university community, the public, and the profession through performance, composition, scholarship, music education, outreach, and engagement. We offer a master degree program in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin Madison. 


The Mead Witter School of Music enriches students' educational experience by hosting guest artists and scholars for master classes, recitals, colloquia, seminars, and festivals. Its performing organizations and ensembles perform more than 350 recitals and concerts every year, making a significant contribution to the cultural life of the university and the wider Madison community.

Mead Witter School of Music views its goals and objectives as complementary to those of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which include "to provide an environment in which faculty and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of the present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life." 

At the University of Wisconsin Madison, the master degree in Music Performance is offered with majors in brass; composition; guitar; percussion; piano performance; collaborative piano; piano performance and pedagogy; organ; string performance; vocal performance; opera; woodwinds; multiple woodwinds; choral conducting; orchestral conducting; wind conducting.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Communicates well-developed musical ideas clearly and energetically in performance and, where applicable, in compositions.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate stylistic details in performance of music from a variety of historical periods and cultural origins.
  • Draws upon extensive understanding of a variety of musical cultures and historical periods for the preparation of a performance or a composition.
  • Selects the most appropriate methods of technique or notation to achieve the intended result in performance.
  • Shows ability to express, verbally and in writing, musical ideas and interpretive conclusions to peers and colleagues.
  • Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Respects colleagues and values contributions of others in collaborative endeavors.

Programme Structure

Tracks offered: 
  • Brass Track
  • Choral Conducting Track
  • Collaborative Piano Track
  • Composition Track
  • Guitar Track
  • Multiple Woodwinds Track
  • Opera Track
  • Orchestral Conducting Track
  • Organ Performance Track
  • Percussion Track
  • Piano Performance Track
  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy Track
  • String Performance Track
  • Vocal Performance Track
  • Wind Conducting Track
  • Woodwind Performance Track

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30-34 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.
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

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

  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in music or equivalent foundational course work as required by each area of study
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, calculated on the last 60 credit hours) is necessary for full admission
  • The M.M. program involves substantial academic work and requires excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills. Therefore, all international students are required to submit a TOEFL score
  • Typically, performance applicants are required to audition in person

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Music Performance
University of Wisconsin Madison