Music, Organ, Piano or Harpsichord Performance
Master's Emphasis

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The Department of Music offers a Master of Music degree, with a variety of emphasis areas, including performance, conducting, and music education. Within the area of performance, students may select an instrumental (string, wind, brass, percussion, or keyboard) emphasis. This degree is designed to prepare individuals for professional advancement or for entry into further study at the doctoral level. 

Awards for full-time graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Recipients of these positions will take active leadership roles in the department's ensembles, teaching and accompanying private lessons, and/or serving as an assistant to the ensemble director.

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  • About Master's Degree
  • Career Options
  • Admission Requirements

The favorable student/teacher ratio in the Pittsburg State graduate program ensures that students will work with specialists in all standard areas of instrumental performance. As active performers themselves, these faculty bring a wealth of insight to the practice of advanced musical instruction and coaching. Graduate students in this program will enjoy numerous opportunities for performance experience in solo and chamber contexts, as well as in a great variety of large ensembles. They will also further develop their skills in the areas of research and scholarship.

The facilities at Pittsburg State include superb performance venues, including the critically-acclaimed Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall. Students have access to excellent instrumental resources across the university, including professional-level percussion instruments, outstanding grand pianos, harpsichords, and the Fisk Opus 106 organ.

This degree serves instrumentalists whose future career paths may lead to collegiate-level teaching, private studio instruction, membership in professional ensembles, or other areas of solo or collaborative performance.

  • Professional Instrumentalist
  • Studio Teacher
  • Preparation for pursuing a doctoral degree or other advanced training

Requirements for full admission into this degree program:

  • Meet Pittsburg State University Entrance Requirements (see below)
  • Audition and Interview 
  • Complete Diagnostic Exams in Music Theory and Music History

About Music Department

The Department of Music at Pittsburg State University is an accredited member of NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music.

Our department averages 100 music majors and 40 minors, and 200 non-music majors per semester, and is staffed by 13 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members. Please explore our website for complete information concerning our programs, degrees, faculty, scholarship auditions, upcoming performances, and other areas of interest.

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