What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in four semesters (two years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1 (All concentrations)
  • Spring: November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer: March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)

Master of Music, Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

404-413-5965 

The Master of Music with a concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance program prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles or chamber musicians.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Master of Music, Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

The Master of Music with a concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance program prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles or chamber musicians.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in four semesters (two years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1 (All concentrations)
  • Spring: November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer: March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • Leads to prestigious careers in performance, teaching and/or placement in doctoral programs
  • Performance opportunities at professional conferences, conventions, and competitions such as GMEA, the Percussive Arts International Convention (PASIC), North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), International Navy Band Symposium, International Double Reed Society (IDRS), International Clarinet Association (ICA), National Trumpet Conference, American Trombone Workshop, International Euphonium Tuba Festival, as well as at regional and national MTNA Competitions, etc.
  • Professional performance opportunities with local and regional orchestras, contemporary chamber ensembles, church organizations, and other professional groups as well as numerous teaching opportunities within the metropolitan Atlanta region
  • GSU hosts internationally acclaimed guest artists every year, including recent guests George Lewis, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, Eric Whitacre, and is host to many guest artists and participants from across the US at events such as Double Reed Day, Trumpet and Trombone Day, Brass Day, and Atlanta Saxophone Day

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.

Program Details

A separate application to the School of Music is also required. Students must submit any required pre-screening audition materials and must complete in person auditions to be accepted. These deadlines and audition dates can be found on the School of Music website.: https://music.gsu.edu/academics/application-and-audition-information/

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Music has the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music or the equivalent.
  • To be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Auditions should be arranged in accordance with the schedule available from the School of Music. Applicants for a concentration in performance should contact the School of Music for details about audition requirements and to obtain an audition appointment.

Applicants are required to take placement examinations in music history and music theory before registering for coursework. Those applicants whose examination scores reveal deficiencies will be required to take appropriate additional coursework, which will not be applied to the graduate degree.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Orchestral Instrument Performance
APXX 8001 Applied Music I
APXX 8002 Applied Music II
APXX 8003 Applied Music III
APXX 8004 Applied Music IV
MUS 6940/41Orchestral Literature
MUS 7060, 7070 Large Ensembles
MUS 7110-7150 Chamber Ensembles
MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUS 8490 Chamber Recital
MUS 8590 Solo Recital
8000-level course in music history
graduate-level course in music theory
Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

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Contacts

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
Ms. Ella Chamis
echamis@gsu.edu
404-413-5955 

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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