The Master of Music Program

Graduate studies in the Conservatory of Music lead to the Master of Music (MM) degree, a postbaccalaureate Performers Certificate, or a post-master’s Artist Diploma. These programs are designed for gifted musicians and composers clearly destined for professional careers.

The Conservatory of Music accepted its first candidates for the master’s degree in September 1988. (Before 2000, graduate programs in the Conservatory of Music led to the MFA.) With a small and selective enrollment, the MM program is rigorous and delivers a measure of faculty mentoring that few conservatories can match.

Effective Fall 2013 (pending SUNY approval):
The MM program is an intensive two-year course of study (42 credits, except voice/opera studies, which requires 45 credits). Students pursuing this degree take private study, music theory and history, and courses specific to their area of study and must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA. All master’s degree candidates present their work in at least one recital.

Our faculty members are artists whose work can be heard in renowned recordings and in performances on the world’s most important stages. Our connection with the Performing Arts Center affords students the opportunity for transformative master classes with guest artists. Expanded programs are tailored to the needs of our international students.

Master of Music (MM): Areas of Study

Classical Music:

Areas of concentration:
-  Strings (includes harp)
-  Piano
-  Brass
-  Percussion
-  Woodwinds
-  Classical Guitar
Performance: Voice and Opera Studies


Performance: Jazz Studies

Music Production and Technology:

Studio Composition

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