The Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance has programs tailored to meet the needs and interests of students – like you – who aspire to performance careers. Graduates of these programs often pursue careers as symphony musicians, university professors, concert soloists, or band or orchestra conductors. Many graduates pursue advanced study and graduate degrees for further career preparation.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Frost School must submit the following items:

·       An online application

·       Application fee

·       Resume

·       Three letters of recommendation

·       Official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended

This graduate degree program also requires submission of certain supplemental materials, including:

·       Prescreen/Performance

·       Live audition (preferred)

·       TOEFL/IELTS score, as applicable

For more detailed information, please visit our Graduate Admission website.

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
Applied Lessons in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone8
Instrumental Ensembles7
MIP 812Master's Recital1
Select one of the following to match the culminating project:1
MIP 701
MED 701
Select one of the following as a culminating project:2
Master's Recital Paper
Masters Advanced Recital
Other Studies in Music
MCY 728Music Bibliography3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques3
Musicology or Approved Elective3
Music Education /Pedagogy or Approved Elective3
Total Credit Hours31

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MIP XX6 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MTC 717 Analytical Techniques 3
MCY or Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
MIP XX6 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MCY 728 Music Bibliography 3
MED/Pedagogy or Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
Year Two
MIP XX6 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MED 701 or MIP 701
MIP 812 Master's Recital 1
 Credit Hours6
MIP XX6 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MIP 811 or 815 Master's Recital Paper
or Masters Advanced Recital
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours31

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Student Learning Outcomes

As an instrumental performance major, you will focus on developing and honing your performance skills on a selected brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instrument with assistance from faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers and performing musicians. While the curriculum emphasizes development of tone and musicianship, as well as technical mastery of the instrument, it also includes music theory, music history and literature, orchestral literature and teaching methods. In addition, you will develop expertise in contemporary literature and chamber music performance. For more information, please visit the website for the department of Instrumental Performance.