Graduate Performance Degree In Music
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Aug 19, 2024

Unlock Your Potential with Liberty’s Master of Music in Performance

At Liberty University, our Master of Music (MM) in Performance program offers a profound elevation of musical expertise meticulously crafted for those committed to mastering their artistry. As a universal language, music has the power to influence, heal, and inspire. As a student in our music program, you can gain the foundational skills needed to impact others through your career.  

Our MM in Performance builds on the foundations of music, diving deeper into topics of music literature, pedagogy, and spiritual formation. In addition to honing your performance abilities, you can explore the world of music from a biblical perspective. You can also immerse yourself in hands-on learning opportunities at the graduate level, which can help you develop a balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.

By gaining advanced skills and deep-rooted knowledge from our MM in Performance program, you can help create positive change. Whether through teaching, performance, or community engagement, your music can touch lives and contribute to a harmonious world. Step into Liberty’s Master of Music in Performance program and amplify your musical journey, not just for self-fulfillment but to make a lasting impact on the world.

Please note: At this time, this program is not available to international students.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Music Degree?

When it comes to nurturing your musical talents and advancing your career, it matters where you attend school. Liberty’s MM in Performance stands out as a premier music program with a commitment to cultivating individual talent. The master’s degree in music offers 4 semesters of personalized, one-on-one applied training, helping to ensure that your unique strengths and challenges are addressed effectively.

The MM program is benchmarked with rigorous standards, both by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and by our institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Accreditation helps guarantee our curriculum’s quality and relevance, helps ensure you receive an education that is recognized and respected nationwide, and underscores our commitment to academic excellence and integrity.

Additionally, our 141,000-square-foot Center for Music and the Worship Arts is an epicenter of creativity and learning. It houses everything from a grand 1,600-seat concert hall to specialized labs and studios. This environment helps ensure that you are learning and practicing the art of music in some of the best facilities available. Our recording studios are nothing short of world class. They provide the ideal environment for capturing your music at its finest, featuring state-of-the-art acoustics, technology, and soundproof architecture.

Choosing a performance degree in music is more than just a decision about higher education; it’s an investment in your future in an environment that champions excellence, individual growth, and the power of music.

What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Music – Performance Degree?

As a student pursuing the MM degree, you can explore various aspects of music in depth. Through 3 Applied Music courses, you’ll receive hands-on instruction and practice in your craft. The deep immersion provided in these courses can help you develop a robust understanding of and proficiency in performing various musical pieces.

Additionally, you can participate in graduate-level ensembles to hone your collaborative skills, learn ensemble techniques, and perform with peers to enhance your musicianship. Gain insight into various topics within music literature, allowing you to study, analyze, and appreciate significant musical works throughout history. Our master’s degree in music – performance also examines methodologies and practices for teaching music performance. You can explore practical strategies and techniques for instructing others in the art of music performance.

Furthermore, our performance degree in music allows you to select electives to match your interests. You can choose from courses that can help you gain an understanding of the core principles and foundations underlying music education and its significance in various learning environments. Alternatively, you could explore methods of dissecting and understanding musical pieces, enhancing your ability to interpret and appreciate intricate details. Or study modern techniques for arranging music, expanding your creativity and versatility in contemporary settings. You can even acquire skills to navigate and analyze scholarly music literature, fostering academic growth and understanding.

In the Master of Music in Performance program, you can become equipped with an understanding of music from a biblical perspective, fostering skills and knowledge to excel in both performance and education environments.

View the Degree Completion Plan and check out our featured courses below for more information!

Featured Courses

MUSC 646 – Spiritual Formation for the Professional Musician

MUSC 661 – Topics in Music Literature

MUSC 662 – Performance Pedagogy 

MUSC 675 – Entrepreneurism in Music

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our MM in Performance Degree

  • Our School of Music is designated as an “All-Steinway” institution.
  • Learn from experienced faculty members with diverse backgrounds in music and education.
  • The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Gain hands-on experience with on-campus opportunities such as concerts, showcases, recitals, and ensembles.

    Master of Music in Performance Degree Information

    Potential Career Opportunities for Master of Music – Performance Graduates

    • Conductor
    • Performing musician
    • Private music teacher
    • Professor of music performance
    • Songwriter

    Admission Requirements for Our Master of Music – Performance Degree

    Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

    • Admission application
    • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts showing a completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the following areas: music, music education, or music and worship (with a 3.0 GPA or above)
    • Department review
    • Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
    • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account 

    Please note: At this time, this program is not available to international students.