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Master of Music in Performance

Concentration in Organ

This program is designed for accomplished organists who intend to pursue careers as performers, teachers, or church musicians. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue doctoral work in organ. Elective hours may be used to take courses in other areas, for example choral conducting and literature, musicology , or music theory.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An audition is required prior to admission. An audition in person is preferable, but if this is not possible a sound recording may be submitted. The applicant will be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform major works from standard organ repertoire in at least three differing styles and to demonstrate appropriate skills in keyboard harmony and service playing. A complete list of organ repertoire should be submitted at the time of the audition.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with organ as the principal instrument and course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, musicology, and organ literature must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen 510 3
Music Theory Elective Music Theory 500-level or Music General 520: Styles 3
Musicology Electives Musicology  500 level 3
Organ Mus Perf 590 8
Organ Literature Seminar Mus Kbd 560 3
Ensemble Mus Ens 500 level 2
*Music Elective   9
Graduate Recital Mus Gen 501 2
Total 33
*A maximum of 2 Ensemble hours may be counted as Music Electives.
Students are required to enroll in lessons concurrently with Mus Gen 501 Graduate Recital.

Final Requirements

  1. Graduate Recital.
  2. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.


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