Overview

MASTER OF MUSIC

  • Nazareth 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

 

Possibilities to teach in Nazareth's Community Music Program

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.

Affordability

Why Nazareth?

"We've created transformative musical training that propels graduates to successfully create and manage their own careers in performance and/or masterful teaching."

— Mario Martinez, performance and pedagogy program director, coordinator of vocal studies, and program director for music performance

What to Expect

  • Develop performance expertise in both solo and chamber music repertoire, including performing a recital in each
  • Comprehensive and in-depth inquiry into pedagogy: develop excellence in teaching and leadership practices along with entrepreneurial skills
  • Be trained by professionally active master performing artists/teachers in performance, pedagogy, collaborative music, and career building
  • Studio teaching experience in the Nazareth Community Music Program, which serves children to adults
  • Optional elective in a related course outside music, such as in business, psychology, dance, language, international studies, or marketing.

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Program Director

Mario E. Martinez

Mario E. Martinez

Associate Professor / Coordinator of Vocal Studies
585-389-2706
mmartin8@naz.edu
Music House 9
Bio

Education: D.M.A, Eastman School of Music; M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Luther College

Teaching and Research Interests: Vocal studies, applied voice, voice class, vocal pedagogy, and song literature. 

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