Master of Music in Performance
The Master of Music in Performance is designed to assist students desiring a career as a performing artist to realize those goals by offering a concentrated study of their performance area. Entrance into this program is selective and is predicated on the ability of the applicant to have the performance potential necessary to actively pursue a professional performance career. The program can be completed in two years, and tuition is comparable to state universities.
Upon completion of the Master of Music in Performance degree, the graduate should be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to perform as a soloist and in ensembles with distinctive skill
- Demonstrable understanding of musical interpretations communicated through performance in the student’s chosen field of study.
- Extended knowledge and experience in the area of studio teaching and rehearsal settings, including conceptual and practical applications of practices that support learning
- An extensive knowledge of literature in the area of the student’s medium sufficient for performance needs.
- A basic understanding and working knowledge of current music technology for use in practical and artistic applications
- Understanding and utilization of research methods that improve practices in rehearsal and performance and ability to frame the results in a scholarly manner
- Articulation of a Christian worldview of artistry, performance, and pedagogy
The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music. Courses and degree plans are designed to satisfy requirements of these accrediting agencies.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
The Master of Music Performance requires 32 credits. Below is a samples of the classes you will take.
|Music Theory||This course is designed as a broad review of the elements of Music Theory.|
|Applied Music Lessons||Applied Music instruction in the individual's primary performance concentration.|
|Technologies in Music/Media||This course is designed as an introduction to the latest music/media technology and to assist the individual in acquiring those competencies necessary to utilize this technology in the classroom or recording studio.|
|Special Topics in Music Literature||This course is designed to provide the individual the opportunity to explore areas of special interest other than what may be offered within designed course offerings.|
Kodaly Musicianship/Solfege Level I
|This course is designed to improve and strengthen the individual musicianship skills through the use of movable "do" solfege, Curwen hand signs, and rhythm syllables, as well as to become familiar with folk and art songs through performance and analysis. The course will include ear training, part work, and sight singing with solfege in pentatonic and diatonic scales.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Dr. Michael Kolstad serves as chair of the Music Department and professor of low brass at Evangel University. A 1988 graduate of Evangel, Kolstad earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in trombone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his tenure at Evangel, he has made significant contributions in the music field, […] read more
- Symphony performer
- Studio performing artist
- University professor
- Doctoral candidate
- Private lesson instructor
Admission Requirements for the Master of Music in Music Performance:
- Submit a Graduate Application.
- Hold an earned Music baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, on a 4.0 scale, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.
- Complete a Department of Music Graduate Entrance Exam. Contact Dr. Michael Kolstad for requirements.
- Audition for the Department of Music. Auditions can be scheduled through the Department of Music, or a recent CD or DVD is acceptable. For information and suggestions for repertoire, etc., please visit the Department Admission and Scholarships page.
- All students admitted to graduate study in music must have basic English language competence as determined by the use of TOELF exams. Information concerning language competence can be found in the Graduate Catalog, in the section concerning International Students/TOEFL Score Requirements.
- The catalog states: “… international students whose first language is not English must earn a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam.” For more information, contact the Graduate Studies Department.
If you have any questions about admissions requirements for the Master of Music in Music Performance, contact the Department of Music, 417-865-2814 (ext. 7211), Graduate Studies Department, 417-865-2815 (ext. 7229) or email the Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor.