24 months
925 USD/credit 13875 USD/year
726 USD/credit 10890 USD/year
726 USD/credit 10890 USD/year
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Elevate your technique and mastery as a vocal or instrumental performer. Perform in our many ensembles and deepen your knowledge of music theory, history and research. You'll be ready for prestigious doctorate programs as well as careers in music performance and teaching with a Music Performance degree from Central Michigan University.


Elevate your abilities and expand your professional opportunities as a voice or instrumental performer. You'll learn from accomplished faculty in studio, theory and history courses. And you'll be prepared to perform professionally in orchestras, chamber groups, opera companies, jazz bands and more as well as for teaching careers.

You'll have many opportunities to perform in our fully accredited program. Join the Chamber Winds, comprised of faculty and student musicians, that has performed at The Midwest Clinic and Michigan Music Conference. Become part of the Chamber Singers, our most selective ensemble. Or lend your musical talents to the Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Ensemble which performs several times a year.

Careers & Outcomes

The Music Performance program from Central Michigan University graduates are equipped for a number of fulfilling careers in performance, teaching, academia, arts administration and more.


The performance degree is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Seminar in Compositional Techniques
  • Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Survey of Piano Literature
  • History of Opera
  • Song Repertoire
  • Choral Masterworks
  • Wind Band Literature
  • Rock 'n 'Roll Seminar
  • Seminar in World Music
  • Seminar in the Music of a Selected Composer

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National deadline: Rolling admission 


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Along with the application, you’ll need to submit a $50 application fee
    • Submit a copy of your passport
    • Submit proof of English proficiency or your intent to study English upon arrival – unless you are from an exempted country where English is the primary language of instruction. 
    • You also may demonstrate English proficiency by completing the English studies program through CMU's English Language Institute. 
    • Applicants must provide a third-party course-by-course credential evaluation and document verification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13875 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 925 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    10890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 726 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 726 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Mount Pleasant

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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