The performance degree program is intended for students planning careers in performance, studio teaching or college teaching. Performance students participate in School of Music ensembles as well as numerous other performance activities. The program combines studio work with core courses in music theory, history, and research. Many students in the program have gone on to doctoral study in music while others are full-time performers in orchestras, opera companies, and other music venues across the country.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Performance students have many opportunities to present their pieces, including concerts throughout the semester as well as state and regional conferences. Students have the opportunity to work and do research alongside faculty who have a national and international reputation. Graduate assistantships are offered on a competitive basis.
Admission to the performance program requires:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent;
- an in-person interview (or video conference interview if distance prohibits);
- a portfolio of compositions with scores and audio files;
- three letters of recommendation; and
- a writing sample.
Students applying for a graduate assistantship should also submit a resume and a cover letter stating their qualifications and duties they can perform.
Apply online at
apply.cmich.edu and submit additional materials listed above to:
School of Music 162
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Students must present a recital and submit a research paper (Plan B) and pass written comprehensive examinations in music history and performance.
The performance degree is fully accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).