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Master of Music-Performance

Master of Music-Performance

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Tremendous Value

Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs and scholarships.

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Faculty Invested in your Success

Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU  faculty.

Program Description

This concentration is built around advanced study of your primary instrument, along with courses in music history, music theory, and introductory research. In addition to private studio instruction, you also receive training in the pedagogy of your specific instrument.


Specializations include instrumental or vocal concentrations.

What can you do with this degree?

K-12 Teaching: Advance your knowledge and teaching career to the next level with a Master of Music degree. A teaching license from the State of Kansas is required to teach in the public schools. You may not need a Kansas Teaching License for a private school. Our Master's program does not currently have a path to licensure, although we are pursuing the possibility of offering a Master's Degree licensure path in the future. At this time, ESU does offer some non-degree seeking paths to licensure based on your course hours taken in music.

Teaching at College Level: Having a Masters would qualify you to teach at most 2-year colleges and as an adjunct at most Universities. Many of our international students are able to return home to start careers at a university.

Getting a Doctorate: Our program prepares a student to pursue a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Performance or Pedagogy. This preparation includes advanced studies in the applied area, pedagogy, history, and theory.

Admission Requirements

Applicants need to complete the online application requirements for both the University and the Department of Music.

Department of Music Application Requirements

Students intending to pursue the MM Music Performance Emphasis will submit a preliminary application package that includes a brief statement of their goals after graduation, a vita, a repertoire list, and a 10-minute HD quality video.

The video should be representative of the applicant’s best work, recorded within the last 12 months, and the selection(s) should be literature from the typical western canon, including the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or 20th Century periods. The recording must be produced without artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb, and each composition should be performed as a continuous single track with no editing within the work. However, it is acceptable to record each prepared piece separately. If recording by smartphone, set camera to landscape mode. Video should include an introduction: state your name, degree objective, and whether you are a new graduate student or intending to transfer credit from another school.

Department of Music Online Application

Degree Requirements

14 Hours Music Performance

  • Applied Music
  • Music Ensembles
  • Pedagogy
  • Graduate Recital
  • Graduate Performance Research Project

11 Hours Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Research in Music
  • Techniques of Analysis
  • Music History
  • Music History or Music Theory Elective

7 Hours Electives

Contact Us

1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4029
Emporia, KS 66801