Department of Music

Graduate Degrees In Music


The University of Toledo offers the master's level degree in music performance.  Acceptance into the graduate music degree program requires acceptance by the UT Graduate School, an extensive audition, diagnostic music theory and music history examinations, an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70, and three letters of recommendation. Below is basic information about the degree. To your right are links with graduation checksheets for each degree, information on graduate assistantships and other helpful degree related links. Visit the University Course Catalog for complete degree requirement information.

For the master of music in performance degree, students must take a minimum of 30 hours of formal course work. Of the 30 hours, a minimum of 10 hours is required in applied study, leading to a graduate recital. In addition, students will be advised to select a balance of courses (minimum of 10 hours) among music theory, music history and literature, and pedagogy. The remaining 10 hours include the required Graduate Studies in Music course - MUS 5900 (three hours), ensembles (two hours), a document (two hours) and electives (three hours).

Applicants are required to audition for the applied faculty. A diagnostic music theory and history exam will be administered before the first semester of enrollment. Applicants should have the minimum undergraduate GPA (2.70) required by the Graduate School for admission to the program. Applicants who do not have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 are required to take the GRE and report the results to the Graduate School and the department.

Student Learning Outcomes in the Master of Music in Performance

1. Students will demonstrate their ability to perform with a high degree of musicianship, technical security, and artistry.

2. Students will demonstrate a wide range of repertoire appropriate for their instrument or voice.

3. Students will demonstrate their ability to perform in both solo and ensemble settings and be familiar with successful rehearsal techniques appropriate to each setting.

4. Students will be able to articulate appropriate pedagogical strategies and techniques to enable them to function as studio teachers.

5. Students will be able to articulate knowledge of applicable performance and teaching literature.

Master of Music Performance Degree Checklist

Consult UT Catalog for course descriptions.[]

1.Coursework: 30 credit hours minimum [select electives with approval of advisor]

MUS 6800 [3] Applied Music : 10 credit hours. Students are required to give a graduate recital. Students must be registered for applied music during the semester in which the recital is given.

MUS 5900 Graduate Studies in Music: 3 credit hours
Music Electives: 10 credit hours
Ensembles: 2 credit hours
MUS 6990: Recital/Document [Independent Study] (2)
A paper typically of 15-20 pages, which covers a theoretical analysis, and/or historical review of the music performed on the graduate recital and/or related topics.
Graduate Electives (3) Music or non-music courses [chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser].

NOTE: submit Plan-of-study by the completion of 15 credit hours.

2.Comprehensive Exams [Departmental]:


3.End of Degree Paperwork:

3.0 GPA minimum
Application for Graduation [see deadlines from graduate school]
No PR’s on transcript


Last Updated: 10/6/23