• Nazareth University has the only master of music program in New York state with a dual focus on performance and pedagogy. This degree will prepare you well for a performance and private teaching career or for doctoral degree programs in performance and/or pedagogy.
  • Performance training: Develop performance expertise in both solo and chamber music repertoire, including performing a recital in each and in other settings.


Day and evening classes


Full-time or part-time


Complete in as fast as 3 semesters

Program is Ideal For

Qualified musicians (audition required) with a B.A., B.M., or B.S. degree in music, performance, music education, music therapy, music theory, or music history who want to:

  • Train professionally as a performing artist.
  • Further develop your instrumental or vocal technique
  • Develop teaching artistry on your instrument and its repertoire
  • Pursue doctoral studies in performance and/or pedagogy upon graduation
  • Establish a career as a performing and/or teaching artist
  • Carve an independent musical career path

Curriculum Examples

  • Piano Literature
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Studio Teaching
  • Applied Music
  • Ensemble or Staged Productions
  • Collaborative/lecture and solo recitals
  • Music Analysis and Performance
  • Music Research and Writing
  • Psychology of Music Teaching

Program options

  • Piano: 31 credits
  • Instrumental: Winds/Percussion/Strings: 30 credits
  • Voice: 32 credits

Value of your Degree

Among the careers this degree supports:

  • Performing musician with orchestras, opera and lyric theater companies, community arts organizations, or as an independent artist
  • College professor (as an adjunct, or after going on for a doctorate)
  • Private studio teacher
  • Arts leadership role
  • Community music school teacher/administrator
  • Music director
  • Collaborative pianist
  • Chamber musician, worship service musician, studio musician
  • Music retail owner/manager/employee
  • Conductor

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Why Nazareth?

"The encouragement of professors and the staff is fantastic, and their willingness to help you is amazing."

George Collichio '23G, professional guitarist, recording artist, and music educator

What to Expect

  • Develop performance expertise in both solo and chamber music repertoire, including performing a recital in each.
  • Develop excellence in teaching and leadership practices along with entrepreneurial skills from comprehensive and in-depth inquiry into pedagogy.
  • Be trained by professionally active master performing artists/teachers in performance, pedagogy, collaborative music, and career-building.
  • Take an optional elective in a related course outside music, such as in business, psychology, dance, language, international studies, or marketing.
  • Benefit from Nazareth's Glazer Music Performance Center — a 550-seat, state-of-the-art concert venue designed to highlight the acoustic beauty of large instrumental and vocal ensembles, integrate multi-media collaborations, and enable live recording.
  • Gain studio teaching experience with students from the community, mentored by faculty artist pedagogues.

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