PhD in Music Performance

PhD in Music Performance

You will create a highly personalized program of study tailored to your specific interests and goals. Combining intensive performance with related academic study, this doctoral program prepares accomplished musicians for careers in professional music performance and music research. You will study closely with our renowned faculty and develop areas of specialization for your careers onstage and in the academy.

What You'll Learn

This degree program has a minimum of 45 points required for graduation. General areas of study are designated with specific recommendations made in consultation with doctoral advisers. These involve coursework in neighboring fields, allowing students to broaden their perspectives and understand their own music-making activities in relation to a variety of cultural contexts and intellectual traditions.

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

How You'll Learn

As a Music Performance graduate student, you will:

  • Study applied performance with world-renowned faculty
  • Explore your area of specialization in relation to other disciplines, such as psychology, performance studies, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, media, culture, and communication, arts education and technology, and the social sciences
  • Develop musical, technical and professional skills through immersion in the profession, working closely with major figures in your area of specialization

As a student in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, you will gain expertise as not only a top-caliber performer, but a scholar, educator, and entrepreneur.

Degree Details




Full-time or part-time



Start Date:

Fall semester

Application Deadline:

December 1