Music Programs at Montclair State University

Music Performance (MM)

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Music Performance (MM)

The Master of Music degree develops high-achieving performing musicians at the post-baccalaureate level. The Master of Music educates students who aspire to become opera singers, concert artists or orchestral musicians, collaborative pianists, composers or arrangers, freelance musicians, or conductors. These students may be planning to coach or teach privately, either as the sole focus of their professional lives or, more likely, as part of a more comprehensive career. The Master of Music prepares other students for advanced study of music performance and pedagogy at the doctoral level. Whatever the reason for enrolling in the John J. Cali School of Music Master of Music program, students will refine and extend their musicianship in preparation for the next steps as musical artists.

Concentrations available are: vocal, keyboard, collaborative keyboard, instrumental, jazz, woodwind doubling and conducting. The auditioning student must demonstrate outstanding instrumental or vocal ability and motivation toward high standards of performance.

Along with the Music Performance (MM) degree program, the music department also offers the following options for graduate study: Master of Arts degrees in Music with a concentration in Composition, Music with a concentration in Music Education, Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, a combined Bachelor’s / Master of Arts in Teaching in Music, a certificate in Music Education, and a certificate in Music Therapy.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in Music in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees need not submit transcripts. Instead, they must submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of their coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. Please note: applicants who have an international education may not apply as a last-term senior.
Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Music Performance (MM) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions.
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

Auditions for Music Applicants

Applicants to the Master of Music (MM) program in Performance are required to audition as part of the application review process. You must first submit a graduate admission application to The Graduate School. During the review of your application, you will be invited to submit a secondary application and request an audition with the John J. Cali School of Music. Please follow the directions in the official notification letter requesting you to audition. For more information about the application and audition process, please visit the John J. Cali School of Music website. Please note: In addition to the graduate application fee of $60, an additional fee will be required for the audition process.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: David Witten
Chapin Hall
Telephone: 973‑655-4379