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Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Master of Music Performance
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Piano Pedagogy and Vocal Pedagogy

Master of Music Performance

A Master of Music Performance degree is designed for exceptional musicians who have completed an undergraduate degree in music and want to pursue intensive graduate studies in performance. During Master’s studies, students can hone performance skills and investigate an area of musical interest more deeply than in undergraduate curriculum. The degree prepares performers for a professional career in music or teaching and is the necessary step to take if students desire a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Master of Music Performance at SIUE

SIUE’s Department of Music offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Music degree with specializations in music education and in performance. The Master of Music Performance is designed to provide students with advanced preparation for professional work as a teacher and/or performer, with concentrations in piano accompanying, jazz performance and conducting. The Department of Music’s distinguished faculty members—highly accomplished musicians themselves—work with graduate students to create a learning environment that fits their career goals. Ample opportunities exist for graduate assistantships and the department offers most courses in the evenings and during the summer to accommodate students.

The Department of Music also offers post-baccalaureate certificates in piano pedagogy and vocal pedagogy. The post-baccalaureate certificate in piano pedagogy is designed for piano teachers who wish to advance their skills in performance, pedagogy, literature and theory. The post-baccalaureate certificate in vocal pedagogy is designed for voice teachers who wish to advance their skills in pedagogy and literature.

SIUE’s music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Career Outlook

Competition in the music industry is keen. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job prospects to grow by eight percent over the next eight years. Talented individuals who are skilled in multiple instruments and musical styles will have the best job prospects. The growth of the Internet and other new forms of media may provide independent musicians and singers with alternative methods for distributing their music and making a profit. The BLS predicts graduates who wish to teach music will find a competitive but healthy job market.

SIUE’s Career Development Center maintains strong connections with regional and national education associations to help students explore employment options upon graduation.

Contact Information
Dr. Andrew Greenwood
Graduate Program Director
Department of Music
College of Arts and Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
(618) 650‑2026 or (618) 650‑3799

Music Performance

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College of Arts and Sciences
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(618) 650‑3900

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