Duquesne University

Mary Pappert School of Music
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.6080
Fax: 412.396.5479

Contact the Chair of Performance

Charles Stegeman

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Master of Music in Performance

With master teachers, many of whom are renowned performers, graduate students take applied music studies in keyboard, guitar, orchestral instruments and voice. Students perform in a variety of ensembles which rank among the finest in the country by virtue of the quality of concerts, recordings, broadcasts, tours and repertoire.

Admission Requirements

1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements as stated in the Graduate Admissions and Policies publication.

2. An audition is required for admission to this program. Audition times are scheduled at specific times throughout the year and may be scheduled by contacting Troy Centofanto, Director of Music Admissions. The applicant should prepare for the audition the equivalent of a senior recital for undergraduate performance majors. DVDs, CDs and videotapes may be acceptable for a preliminary audition, although applicants should expect to audition at the University before a faculty panel.

Sample Curriculum



10 credits

Applied Music 9 credits
Recital 1 credit

Core Studies in Music

10 credits

Introduction to Research in Music 2 credits
Philosophies of Music History and Theory 2 credits
Music Theory Course 2 credits
Music History Course 2 credits
Music Performance Course 2 credits


10 credits

May include a fourth semester of applied music, pedagogy courses, technology and additional courses in orchestral repertoire/ chamber music and ensemble (Wind Symphony or Orchestra).

Total degree program

30 credits

Secondary Concentration

In order to allow for greater curricular flexibility and to tailor graduate study to the professional needs and objectives of the individual student, all degree programs include the option of a secondary concentration which complements the major. Normally, about one-third of each curriculum is devoted to elective courses. The choice of elective courses within the same specific area comprises the secondary concentration. Several possible secondary concentrations are available including music education, jazz studies, theory, music technology, conducting and sacred music. The specific courses which comprise the secondary concentration are determined by the appropriate faculty and the student in consultation with the student's primary advisor.