Perform and learn.
UToledo graduate music students perform and learn from the best faculty and area musicians.
The master of music in performance degree at The University of Toledo provides a comprehensive education in the traditions, practices, styles and new directions of classical and jazz music.
The UToledo Department of Music offers graduate degree, comprehensive study in voice, instruments and:
Our graduate students get a depth of experience that gives them a leg up in the job market. They have opportunities to meet, study and work with a diverse range of musical artists, from guest jazz and classical pianists to internationally recognized composers and conductors.
UToledo graduate music students gain experience in departmental productions, festivals, workshops and concerts. They also get opportunities to perform and work with area professional organizations and receive guidance on preparing for careers after graduation.
One-on-one faculty interaction. We work closely with each student to develop your unique gifts.
Real-world experience in a diverse city. Our graduate students benefit from UToledo's relationships with Toledo's professional arts organizations. Students learn from and perform in professional productions with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and others. They also perform in area jazz clubs, concert halls, theaters and other venues.
Academic freedom. UToledo graduate performance students can choose electives in their areas of interest. Your studies culminate in a master's recital performance and a research paper about your recital or a related area of interest.
Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
A plethora of performance opportunities. You'll find a way to feed your passion in UToledo's Department of Music. Jazz and wind ensembles, opera and choral performances, orchestral and chamber ensembles, collaborative efforts with the UToledo Department of Theatre and Film ... the list goes on.
Guest composers and performers. Interact and learn from artists such as Grammy Award-winners Alan Broadbent and Billy Childs; composers Mark O’Connor, Jennifer Jolley, Jake Runestad and Ola Gjeilo; internationally renowned opera singer Marilyn Horne; contemporary saxophonist Dave Liebman; and many more.
Teaching opportunities. UToledo's Community Music Program allows graduate students to teach in classroom and one-on-one settings. Not many programs offer these experiences.
The best equipment. Practice and perform on Steinway pianos. Work in a state-of-the-art music technology lab that features the latest equipment and software from industry leaders such as Focus-rite, Nektar, Mackie and Presonus.
Internships. Our students land internships with area arts organizations, such as the Toledo Opera, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, The Valentine Theatre and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Scholarships. The Department of Music offers scholarships to defray costs. Qualified applicants also can receive graduate teaching assistantships and gain experience teaching and managing music classes and programs.
Employers love our graduate students because of the depth of experiences they have in the master's performance program. Graduates are hired as:
Graduates of our music performance program have been hired by:
"At UToledo, I was fortunate to acquire professional skills from emotionally invested mentors active in my field. Opportunities such as a graduate teaching assistantship and a concerto/aria competition allowed me to gain valuable experience in accompanying, teaching and performing. I found work in my field as a performer, collaborator and leader."
M.M. in piano performance, '15
"The master's in music performance program at The University of Toledo was a perfect blending of in-class knowledge and real-life, practical application.?It blended the music side with the administrative skills I needed to be successful in my career. Because of that approach to education, I was hired as a college band director before I even finished the program."
M.M. in conducting, '14
Juan Montoya graduated with a master's degree in piano performance and orchestral conducting in 2009. In 2017, he won third place in the prestigious Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria. He also was recognized at two other international conducting competitions. Read more.
UToledo master's students in music performance take lessons and required classes, as well as perform in ensembles. They enroll in seminars about topics such as the business of music and design independent study projects, composing music for stage productions or researching composers and performers.
UToledo's experienced music faculty members practice what they teach. They are professional musicians and composers, published researchers and members of the commercial music industry. Our faculty is regularly invited to perform in New York City, San Francisco, Detroit and Los Angeles.
UToledo's jazz and classical performance faculty regularly perform throughout the U.S. and abroad. Many of our classical performance faculty perform with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and other professional ensembles. Others are members of the Dave Liebman Big Band and the SPHYNX Symphony Orchestra.