• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional goals as applied to the program. • Submission of two letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form. • All Performance applicants must audition. For details, please go the auditions area of the Crane School of Music website (http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/admissions).
The Master of Music in Performance is designed to develop student musicianship and technical expertise through individual study, and through solo, ensemble, and chamber performance opportunities, all under the direction of faculty artists. Music Perfor- mance students can complete their program in three or more semesters during the academic year. Majors include voice, harp, and guitar, along with traditional instruments in the brass, woodwind, string and percussion families. Program start dates: Summer, Fall, Spring.
Required Program Courses
Minimum of 30 credit hours MUCH 611, Introduction to Graduate Studies MUCP 640, Literature and Pedagogy MUCP 681, Chamber Music or MUCP 618, Vocal Coaching MUCS 630, Performance Concentration MUCP XXX, Performance Elective MUCX XXX, Non-Performance Elective
Music Theory and Music History/Literature Electives: 9 credits
“The Crane School of Music is a unique community. It provides a focused and serious environment to grow as an artist while remaining extremely supportive. It was an ideal place for me to develop musically while forging lifelong professional relationships.” —Christopher Still ’93
“Crane provides the full package for students by offering degree programs in just about every area of the music world. There are ample opportunities to perform weekly in a great atmosphere. Performing is fully supported by a wonderful staff of teachers. Crane really prepares you to be successful.” —Mark Sophia ’12
“The degree programs at Crane provide a full and rich education in music and the liberal arts. I’m convinced this balanced and thorough curriculum laid the groundwork for the success I’m now enjoying in my life and career.” —Richard Regan ’91
Uniqueness of Program
Making music is at the heart of every Crane degree program. Our philosophy is that all our students are first and foremost musicians. The Crane School of Music was founded in 1886 and was one of the first institutions in the country to have program dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in the public schools. Crane is proud to have many of the finest music educators, scholars and performers in the United States as members of the faculty, all working to make Crane a vital, innovative and exciting place.