MM Performance

Degree Type

  • Graduate


  • In-Person


  • On-Campus
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The Master of Music (MM) in Performance at BU School of Music is a degree program for graduate students committed to the highest artistic and professional standards in performance. With expert faculty including 20 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BU School of Music is a community of academically and artistically extraordinary musicians within a major research University located in one of the great music capitals of the U.S. – Boston. Experience an exceptional 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio with cultural opportunities that are nearly limitless.

The Performance program is offered in the following areas: Voice, Strings, Keyboard (piano, collaborative piano, organ), Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion.

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With your MM in Performance, you will attain industry standards of preparation for a career as a composer, performer, scholar, or teacher. This is your opportunity to join a global network of BU graduates who are represented in most of the major symphony orchestras nationally and many around the world, including, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. BU’s prestigious group of alumni have won Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, and Screen Actor Guild Awards. Students are assigned a faculty member for individualized instruction in preparation to enter the field of music. The Master of Music degree in Performance will prepare you to enter a doctoral program in music performance if you choose to do so.

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Curriculum requirements for the MM in Performance program can be found on the Academic Bulletin.

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Program of Study

The Master of Music in Performance degree is offered in the following areas:

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This immersive experience is centered around individualized instruction with an assigned faculty member throughout the student’s degree program. The faculty is comprised of distinguished scholars and musicians, including 20 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The faculty-student ratio is 3-1.

In addition to being central to the Boston music scene where performance opportunities abound, students join an international network of BU alumni performers, administrators, teachers, and scholars—with players in most of the world’s major orchestras.

Reach new levels of artistry and knowledge. With graduate research opportunities, you can explore your potential not only as an artist, but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker.

All accepted students are considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships range from partial to full-tuition grants.

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The best way to determine if BU is right for you is to explore our admission requirements, financial tools, and resources to determine if the program is the right match.

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