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Master of Music

Master of Music in Performance

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Multiple Woodwinds

Our woodwind faculty members are nationally known performers and teachers who lead by example in their own performing and teaching careers. Students can expect individual attention, high standards and a supportive learning environment.

Multiple Woodwinds Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (9 credits)
   1) major instrument (5 credits of MUSC 711)[1]
   2) minor instruments (4 credits of MUSC 511)[2]
b) Solo Recital (1 credit)[3]
c) Chamber Music (2 credits)

12 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)

Concerto requirement (no credit): Public performance of a concerto from the major instrument?s standard repertory

[1]The applicant must perform at the graduate level on the major instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone) in order to be accepted into the master's program in multiple woodwinds.

[2]At least two semesters of study (at one credit per semester) are required in two minor instruments; a minimum proficiency level equivalent to the completion of the junior level of undergraduate study is required. With the consent of the woodwind faculty, three minor instruments may be studied; a minimum proficiency level equivalent to the completion of the junior level of undergraduate study is required for one of the instruments and the completion of the sophomore level for the two other instruments. Minimum proficiency levels on all minor instruments must be met before registering for recital credit.

[3]One-half of the master?s recital will be performed on the major instrument and one-half on the minor instruments.


Winds (Single Brass or Woodwind Instrument)

The brass and woodwind faculty at USC provide excellent training and the necessary expertise for a successful career in music.

Winds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba)

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (9 credits of MUSC 711)
b) Solo Recital (1 credit)
c) Chamber music (2 credits of MUSC 735)

12 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)

Concerto requirement (no credit): Public performance of a concerto from the instrument?s standard repertory


Classical Guitar

Our classical guitar program is dedicated to attracting accomplished students from across the country as well as talented South Carolina residents and providing them with superior training as performers and teachers.

Guitar Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711N)
b) Guitar literature and/or pedagogy (3-6 credits)
c) Solo Recital (1 credit)

12-15 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Concerto/Chamber music requirement (no credit): Public performance of a concerto from the standard guitar repertory or a chamber music program featuring appropriate guitar literature 


Organ

The keyboard studies program at USC provides varied, meaningful and challenging opportunities for our students to learn about the worlds of performance, teaching and research.

Organ Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711O)
b) Organ literature and/or pedagogy (3-6 credits)
c) Solo Recital (1 credit)

12-15 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Piano

Our keyboard studies area comprises six full-time faculty members who are internationally recognized performers, recording artists, pedagogues, authors and clinicians.

Piano Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711P)
b) Piano literature and/or pedagogy (3-6 credits)
c) Solo Recital (1 credit)

12-15 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Chamber music requirement: Minimum of one semester of chamber music (MUSC 735)


Percussion

USC’s percussion department guarantees that you will get the performance experience you need to advance your skill in a variety of instruments.

Percussion Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711K)
b) Solo Recital (1 credit)

12 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)

Concerto requirement (no credit): Public performance of a concerto from the standard percussion repertory


Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Experienced artists and teachers who have performed throughout the world provide instruction on all stringed instruments. The university also offers a wide range of performance opportunities and a variety of venues from lecture halls to world-class music halls.

Strings Performance (Violin, Viola, Violoncello, String Bass)

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (9 credits of MUSC 711)
b) Solo Recital (1 credit)
c) Chamber music (2 credits of MUSC 735)

12 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)

Concerto requirement (no credit): Public performance of a concerto from the instrument?s standard repertory


Voice

Graduate students in voice focus on developing excellent vocal technique, skill in interpreting repertoire, refined diction in English and foreign languages, and solo artistry.

Voice Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits 

Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711V)
b) Opera, song literature, vocal pedagogy (3-6 credits)
c) Solo Recital (1 credit)

12-15 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits 
Music Electives 3-6 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate ensemble (MUSC 734)