Classical Performance, Master | The City University of New York | New York City, United States
24 months
855 USD/credit 15390 USD/year
855 USD/credit 15390 USD/year
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The mission of this MM in Classical Performance from The City University of New York is to prepare students for performing careers as professional musicians.


The core of their training is provided in weekly private lessons, repertoire classes, performing ensembles (orchestra, opera studio, etc.), and chamber music. To complement their rigorous training in performance, students of the MM in Classical Performance from The City University of New York are also expected to develop their analytical and writing skills, with the purpose of training well-rounded, intelligent musicians who are at the same time outstanding performers.

The following examinations must be passed during the course of study:

  • Theory Qualifying Exam, covering music theory and musicianship, must be taken before registering for the first semester. Each of the examination's four parts (harmonization, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony) must be passed before graduation. Those students who fail in any part of the exam will consult the Graduate Advisor for coursework or other recommended study.
  • History Qualifying Exam, covering the history of Western music, must be taken before registering for their first semester. Those who need further work in this area will consult the Graduate Advisor for coursework or other recommended study.
  • An examination in foreign-language musical terms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing about Music
  • Individual Musical Performance
  • Musical Analysis for Performers
  • Thesis (a complete recital accompanied by a written document)
  • Chamber Music
  • Survey of Repertory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in music (or its equivalent).
  • An audition on the major instrument or voice. Auditions are held at the college each semester on the major instrument or voice. A short (30-minute) examination in basic music theory is administered on the day of the audition. Submit an audition request form to the Aaron Copland School of Music Office. Visit their website to obtain audition request form and audition requirements.
  • International students are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 79 or the IELTS with a minimum score of 6. Provisional acceptance is available if the TOEFL score is between 75 and 79, or the IELTS score is between 5.5 and 6.

Applications are considered in the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Harpsichord
  • Organ
  • Voice
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Classical Guitar
  • Conducting

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15390 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15390 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

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