Performance Degrees

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

The Bachelor of Music degree in performance focuses on the mastery of skills in orchestral or band instruments, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, or voice. Students are required to perform two individual recitals and participate in chamber music and ensemble concerts. Many students also participate in outside performances.The auditioning student must demonstrate outstanding ability, and be highly motivated toward high standards of achievement. Faculty and staff work closely with each student musician to nurture technical and artistic growth.

Those interested in pursuing a professional performance career often continue directly into graduate study after completing the undergraduate degree. The same is true of students interested in securing a position as an applied music teacher at a college or university. Some graduates create their own teaching studios, and become vital and active teachers and performers in their communities.

Our faculty are seasoned veterans of the concert stage, whose careers have included performances throughout the world. They have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and at Carnegie Hall, the New York Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, New York City Opera and in recitals throughout the world. Their close ties with New York and international performing and teaching organizations offer students exciting connections to the most vibrant music scenes in the United States and abroad.

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. degree program in Performance focuses on developing and nurturing advanced technical skills and artistic growth. Our faculty and staff work closely with each student to build on prior musical experiences and develop the tools needed for a performing career. 

Concentrations available: All orchestral and band instruments, piano, guitar, organ, harpsichord and voice.

Performance requirements for graduation: Two individual recitals; participation in a variety of ensembles. (Students often perform in venues outside the Cali School as well.)

The auditioning student must demonstrate outstanding instrumental or vocal ability and motivation toward high standards of performance. 

Our faculty are seasoned veterans of the concert stage, whose careers have included performances in the United States, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Vietnam, and Brazil. They have included members of the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Met Orchestra, and members of our voice faculty have performed with opera companies throughout the world, including Milan's La Scala and the New York Metropolitan Opera. Their close ties with New York and international performing and teaching organizations offer students exciting connections the most vibrant music centers in the United States and abroad.

For more information, contact: Gina Balestracci, Academic Administrator
Telephone: (973) 655-7219; Email: balestraccig@mail.montclair.edu

Link to Graduate Catalog: course listing

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Performer's Certificate

The one-year Performer's Certificate program is a conservatory inspired program, focused on developing both the artistry and professionalism of gifted young musicians. Except in unusual and compelling circumstances, it is limited to areas of performance with substantial and significant solo and chamber repertoire. A student may enter the Performer's Certificate program and then, assuming the consent of the Cali faculty, transfer the accumulated twelve credits toward the 2-year Artist's Diploma program.

Candidates for this degree possess not only great talent, but also the ability and determination to realize that talent in the contemporary musical world. They may have already embarked on solo performing careers, or may be on the brink of such careers.

Link to Graduate Catalog: course listing

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Artist's Diploma‌

The two-year post-baccalaureate Artist's Diploma degree develops the technique, artistry and professionalism of gifted young musicians. It trains students who possess both talent and the ability and determination to realize that talent in the contemporary musical world. Students may have already begun performing careers, or may be on the brink of such careers.

The program focuses on the practical, performance-based aspects of music, including private instruction, solo and chamber music study and performance, and the presentation of two full recitals. Students work closely with faculty, coaches and advisors to grow as performers. In addition, the program is flexible so that students may hoose such varied options as expanding studies in theory, languages or history, or making practical preparations for careers. The program is planned to support the individual needs and goals of each musician.

Link to Graduate Catalog: course listing

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Contact

For more information:
Gina Balestracci, Academic Administrator
(973) 655-7219; balestraccig@mail.montclair.edu