1. Areas of Study
  2. String and Piano Chamber

Curriculum: Chamber Music Graduate Students

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Required Courses

Curriculum: Master of Music
Credit Total: 53

The Conservatory offers a unique program of study for violin, viola, cello, and piano leading to either a Master of Music in Chamber Music or a non-degree Artist Diploma in Chamber Music. An important aspect of these programs is the apprentice concept, under which students, faculty, and guest artists rehearse and perform together. Private instruction with a member of the Conservatory collegiate faculty in violin, viola, cello, and piano is also required.

For both the Master of Music and the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music, the applicant is expected to hold a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university, or conservatory. Exceptional applicants for the Master of Music who hold a bachelor's degree in another area may be accepted into the Master of Music program. Exceptional applicants for the Artist Diploma who do not hold a bachelor's degree may request a waiver of the degree requirement. Existing chamber groups are encouraged to apply to the program.

Students must complete four semesters of full-time residency at the Conservatory. Students are required to participate in weekly concerts, workshops, open rehearsals, and chamber music master classes. Ensemble requirements other than ENS 602 (Chamber Music Performance) consist of four credits. Students are not required to register for any of these other ensembles in their first semester, but may choose to do so. Students will also perform in two chamber music groups per semester, in addition to performing with guest artists and in faculty concerts. Each chamber music major will receive four hours of coaching per week. Chamber Music majors may be assigned to ENS 200 Large Ensemble as determined by the Orchestra Director.

Requirement Cr.
Private Instruction 16
Music History and Literature 6
Professional Development 2
Ensembles 20
Electives 2
Winter Term 2 Years
Juries and Recitals N/A

Required Courses

Curriculum: Artist Diploma in Chamber Music
Credit Total: 44

For the Master of Music degree, chamber music majors must take six of the required 12 graduate course credits (listed above) in chamber music literature. The Artist Diploma also requires six credits in graduate courses (as listed above) to be taken in chamber music literature. This requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Graduate Music History and Literature courses in which the subject matter is chamber music literature.
  2. Individual or group independent study projects with other chamber music majors in which specific works, or an area of chamber music literature, are studied from a historic and analytical perspective, and then presented in both written form and in a performance and discussion of the works in a seminar forum for chamber music faculty and majors.

Each student must give two recitals over the two years of the program, at least one with an emphasis on chamber music repertoire. Two juries are also required, with repertoire at the discretion of the instrumental teacher. Since the programs will require each student’s full attention, the faculty reserves the right to restrict outside employment of students.