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Performance, MM

The Performance curricula are especially designed for students wishing to prepare as performers or as teachers of a particular instrument or voice.

The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher.

Audition repertoire for the MM in Music Performance should be chosen that allows candidates to demonstrate their current level of achievement. Early in the application process, potential students should contact the major teacher in their area and discuss audition repertoire possibilities.

Your Degree Plan


Aerial view of Martin and Woodburn Halls

The Performance curricula are especially designed to prepare you as a performer or as a teacher of a particular instrument or voice.

As an MM Performance student, you will gain:

  • Advanced competencies in performance.
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more fields of music outside the major such as theory and analysis, history and literature, musicology and ethnomusicology, and pedagogy.
  • Competencies sufficient to understand texts in the repertoire. Voice majors are expected to be proficient in English, German, French and Italian diction, and to have general phonetic knowledge and skills that can be applied to other languages.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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Learn by Doing

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Performance majors may specialize in the following:

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Low brass (DMA only)
  • Percussion
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

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Program Facility - Creative Arts Center

Canady Creative Arts Center

The Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts center boasts 4 exhibition spaces, 5 performance spaces, 33 individual practice rooms and 50 classrooms and studios with plenty of space to create. The loading dock at the rear of the building is a wonderful open-air space with stunning acoustics.

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelor's degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75. WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

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