Master of Arts Degree in Performing Arts in USA

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Performing Arts

The MA degree is primarily for students who want to improve their general mathematics education or to teach.

Studying the performing arts can be as much an academic pursuit as it is a technical one. Explore the depths of the theory and practice of dance, theater, music and performance art in one interdisciplinary field.

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

Top Master of Art Programs in Performing Arts in USA 2018

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Master in Performance Studies

NYU | Tisch
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 USA New York

What does it mean 'to perform', and what does performance do? Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant art scene, Performance Studies at NYU is dedicated to the analysis and study of cultural enactments of all kinds, and to understand how they can produce meaningful change. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies and other intersectional modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, Performance Studies offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and think critically about the world-making power of performance in theater, performance art, dance, sound/music, visual and installation art, activism, and online, as well as in the performance of 'everyday life'. [+]

Overview

What does it mean 'to perform', and what does performance do? Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant art scene, Performance Studies at NYU is dedicated to the analysis and study of cultural enactments of all kinds, and to understand how they can produce meaningful change. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies and other intersectional modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, Performance Studies offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and think critically about the world-making power of performance in theater, performance art, dance, sound/music, visual and installation art, activism, and online, as well as in the performance of 'everyday life'.... [-]


Master in Music (MA)

University of Central Missouri
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Warrensburg

The Department of Music fosters artistic excellence through scholarship, teaching, and performance, serving as a center of artistic inquiry, leadership, and collaboration. In fulfillment of its mission, the Department of Music: Advocates music as an essential element of human experience; Prepares students for careers and further study in music; Serves as a leader in music education, while offering distinctive programs in music technology, Kodaly certification, jazz/commercial music, and piano pedagogy. The department encourages creative and reflective thinking through its support of the General Education program. [+]

The Department of Music fosters artistic excellence through scholarship, teaching, and performance, serving as a center of artistic inquiry, leadership, and collaboration. In fulfillment of its mission, the Department of Music:

Advocates music as an essential element of human experience. Prepares students for careers and further study in music. Serves as a leader in music education, while offering distinctive programs in music technology, Kodaly certification, jazz/commercial music, and piano pedagogy.

The department encourages creative and reflective thinking through its support of the General Education program.

UCM offers the traditional Master of Arts degree in music, with emphases in:... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Music

Concordia University Chicago
Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The master of arts in music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. [+]

Overview

The Department of Music at Concordia University Chicago recognizes music as a gift of God and means through which all people can participate more fully in the world around them. The department provides all Concordia students a variety of opportunities to study and perform music, enabling their lifelong growth and involvement in the arts, while enriching the larger community. At the graduate level, the goal of the department of music is to provide a broad-based musical education with an emphasis on church music and/or general music studies.

Program Objectives

The master of arts in music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. Students in the master of arts program at Concordia can improve musical skills, enhance their musical education, and earn an advanced degree that may lead to career advancement or further musical study. While the program has some flexibility to allow students to focus on specific areas of interest, it is not a performance degree or a degree in a specific area of music.... [-]


MA in Theatre Education

Emerson College
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 2.5 years September 2018 USA Boston + 1 more

Learn the art of teaching—and the teaching of art—with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education. As one of the largest programs in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in the arts, and the practices of applied drama and theatre. [+]

About the Program

Learn the art of teaching—and the teaching of art—with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education. As one of the largest programs in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in the arts, and the practices of applied drama and theatre. As a part of the program, any student can earn initial licensure in Massachusetts as a theatre teacher for Pre-K through Grade 12. Graduates of our MA in Theatre Education go on to:... [-]


MA in Communication, Media & Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level. [+]

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level. The CMT Graduate Program only admits students for the fall semester; we do not admit in the spring semester.

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Program

Students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research before admission into the CMT graduate program can be considered. Applicants are required to have completed 15 undergraduate credit hours (a minimum of 9 credit hours at the advanced [300 or above] undergraduate level) in Communication, Media or Theatre at an accredited institution of higher education with a B average. Applicants will also be asked to submit a writing sample. Students must satisfy these requirements prior to being admitted into the program. All final admission decisions rest with the CMT faculty.... [-]


MA in Music

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts degree in Applied Pedagogy. Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already have a bachelor's degree in music for successful 1) college-level teaching, 2) in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching, or 3) for continuation into doctoral degree work. [+]

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts degree in Applied Pedagogy. Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already have a bachelor's degree in music for successful 1) college-level teaching, 2) in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching, or 3) for continuation into doctoral degree work.

Requirements of the Program Completion of a Bachelors Degree in Music with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Audition and approval for 400-level in major applied instrument/voice. Letters of Recommendation about your music background. Completion of Entrance Placement Exams in music history and music theory, to be completed before the first semester of enrollment. ... [-]

MA in Music

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

Master's students in the Music department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting sub-disciplines: composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory. Advanced course work and thesis research support is strong is Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America). [+]

The Tufts University Department of Music has a growing and innovative graduate program and offers a Master of Arts degree in the field. Graduate students in the Music Department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting sub-disciplines –composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory–while receiving a focused training in one of them. Advanced course work and thesis research support is strong in Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America).

The department’s small size allows you the ability to create a tailored program of study specific to your academic interests and future goals, including interdisciplinary projects that don’t easily fall within traditional lines. The program encourages both the immersion in a chosen field as well as creative thinking across disciplines and exploration of the relationships between music, sound, and culture.... [-]


Master of Arts in Music

University of Central Arkansas
Campus Full time Part time 31 - 34 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Master of Music in Music Education degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Graduate Assistantships are available in all areas and are awarded based on merit. For theory, a score of 75% or better on the UCA music theory entrance exam is required. For performance and conducting areas, an audition with area faculty is required. For conducting and education areas, a taped performance of the applicant’s ensemble is required. [+]

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Master of Music in Music Education degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Graduate Assistantships are available in all areas and are awarded based on merit. For theory, a score of 75% or better on the UCA music theory entrance exam is required. For performance and conducting areas, an audition with area faculty is required. For conducting and education areas, a taped performance of the applicant’s ensemble is required.... [-]


M.F.A in Performance and Interactive Media Arts

Brooklyn College CUNY
Campus Full time September 2018 USA New York

The graduate program in performance and interactive media arts (PIMA) will help you to develop into a performance artist with a reputation for innovation and creative success. [+]

The graduate program in performance and interactive media arts (PIMA) will help you to develop into a performance artist with a reputation for innovation and creative success. Our program will give you the tools to conceive and execute collaborative, multidisciplinary theatrical pieces. PIMA will teach you to explore ways to use technology in artistic collaborations with various creative disciplines. You will study with students from diverse backgrounds who may already have an established career in an art field, and who bring with them a wealth of influences and contacts. Another important component of the program is the intense mentoring you will receive from successful alumni and faculty from four departments — Art, Computer and Information Science, Television and Radio, and Theater — as well as the Conservatory of Music. Even before you graduate, you will have realized your artistic vision.... [-]


Master in Music Scoring & Composition

Academy of Art University
Online Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level. [+]

MA Music Scoring & Composition Unit Requirements Major 33 units Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units

TOTAL 36 units

*Per director approval

MA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C in all required 36 units. MA Music Scoring & Composition Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Music Composition

Demonstrate an understanding of advanced concepts in the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level. Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level. ... [-]

Master in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Academy of Art University
Online Campus Full time 2 - 3  September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise.

MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C in all required 63 units. MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:... [-]


Master in Sound Design

Academy of Art University
Online Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design. [+]

MA Sound Design Unit Requirements Major 30 units Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units

TOTAL 36 units

*Per director approval

MA Sound Design Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C in all required 36 units. MA Sound Design Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Listening Skills and Critical Thinking

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design.

Soundtrack for Visual Media

Create sound which supports or heightens the emotional impact of visual imagery.

Production Skills and Technical Knowledge

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Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Vocal Performance

Los Angeles College of Music
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Pasadena

The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each student and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production, and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting.

The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each student and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program.... [-]


Theatre

International Accelerator
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Boston

Whether you have a passion for being on stage or are more interested in working behind the scenes, the School of Theatre offers you the opportunity to realize your dreams. It’s one of only a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate professional theatre, Swine Palace, which enables you to work alongside leading professionals while earning your degree. [+]

Theatre

You thrive on creativity and expression and believe the world is your stage.

About Theatre

Whether you have a passion for being on stage or are more interested in working behind the scenes, the School of Theatre offers you the opportunity to realize your dreams. It’s one of only a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate professional theatre, Swine Palace, which enables you to work alongside leading professionals while earning your degree.

Film and Television

The film and television concentration provides you with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate onstage and offstage but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel.... [-]