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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Music Performance MM

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The Department of Music has-for decades-enjoyed a reputation as one of a handful of departments in North America dedicated to contemporary musical creation at the highest level. Composition at the University at Buffalo flourishes today, by providing a wide range of stimulating musical and intellectual experiences within a program that allows students the space to develop and mature. In an atmosphere that encourages musical and technological experiment, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the development of authentic creative character, graduate composers at UB take advantage of a number of resources and opportunities.

Studio Lessons (16 credits)

4 semesters of Studio Lessons on Major Instrument or Voice:

Ensemble & Performance Core (8 credits)

Performance Specialty Electives (0-4 credits)

Number of Performance Specialty Elective credits may vary depending on Ensemble choice. Be sure to complete enough elective credit to reach 8 minimum total credit hours between Ensemble and Performance Specialty Electives.  

Music History & Theory Seminar Core (12 credits)

Foreign Language Requirement for Voice

One foreign language (usually German, French or Italian), and a special examination in the diction of all three of these languages is required for Voice students.

Culminating Experience: Project (0 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 36

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 36 Hours


  • 1.5 to 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Program Contact

Maria Portera
380 Academic Center
Buffalo, NY 14261
Phone: 716-645-6242
Fax: 716-645-3808

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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