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Professional Performance Diploma

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An individualized two-year course of study for classical musicians seeking to hone their craft while developing entrepreneurial career skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

The Professional Performance Diploma program is designed for career-focused, accomplished performers possessing a Master of Music degree or the equivalent.

Students enrolled in the Professional Performance Diploma will elevate their musicianship to a professional level and learn critical skills in entrepreneurship, freelancing work, and other business-related skills. Students enrolled in this program will identify a focus area that complements their major area studies and supports the development of their professional, artistic goals. This program gives students the opportunity to deepen and expand their readiness to enter and be leaders within an ever-changing performing arts field by broadening their skill sets and access to a variety of performance work. Their coursework will prepare them to engage in repertoire planning that demands more diversity in programming, addressing current needs and gaps in the professional performing arts world.

The program includes a career-focused seminar followed by three semesters of student selected, career-relevant, core coursework, in addition to private lessons, large ensembles, electives, and a graduation recital for a total of 55 credit hours completed.

Sample Schedule for Professional Performance Diploma

Total Curriculum Credits: 55

  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • Professional Performance Diploma Seminar
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Juries
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble LP1500
    1 cr
  • Juries
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
14 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Professional Performance Diploma (Chamber Music Focus)

Total Curriculum Credits: 67

  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • Professional Performance Diploma Seminar
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Juries
    0 cr
  • Chamber Music
    1 cr
  • History of Chamber Music (MH1531)
    3 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
18 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music
    1 cr
  • History of Chamber Music (MH 1532)
    3 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
18 cr
  • Major Lessons
    6 cr
  • PPD Core (Career Focus)
    4 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    3 cr
  • Large Perf Ensemble LP1500
    1 cr
  • Juries
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
  • Adv Practicum in Music Entrepreneuership
    2 cr
  • OR Arts Ambassador
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music
    1 cr
  • Community Engagement for Musicians
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
19 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.