Master Degree in Performing Arts in USA

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Performing Arts

A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

Studies in performing arts encompass both the academic and practical fields of music, theater and dance. From theater history to advanced choreography, the field of performing arts lends a wide lens of study for a variety of students.

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.

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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy The Expressive Arts Therapy Program is still accepting applications for Fall, 2015! What is Expressive Arts Therapy? At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. It takes a multi-arts or multimodal approach, integrating painting, drawing, sculpture, dance/movement, music, drama, ritual, poetry, and prose within therapeutic encounters. Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights. Expressive arts therapy processes are used successfully in almost all psychotherapeutic contexts, ranging from work with people faced with chronic and persistent mental health challenges, to the facilitation of human growth and potential. Mission The EXA@CIIS program educates and trains the future leaders of the Expressive Arts therapy field. We use the power of the arts as tools for human development & healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice and community engagement with the arts at the center. Our faculty considers each student to be a unique contributor to the learning community due to their diverse backgrounds, experience and interests.... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Drama Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. [+]

MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy Freedom and possibility are two key words that begin to describe the essence of drama therapy. Life is finite; there are only so many experiences we can have. But in drama, the opportunities and options are endless, enabling us to dive more deeply into the richness of life. And when the dramas are authentic and "real," they have the power to affect, and even alter, our real lives profoundly. For the past thirty years, we have been investigating how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential. -Renée Emunah, Program Founder/Director The program allowed me to tap into the limitless storehouse of compassion, imagination, play, and resiliency inside of me and helped me channel all that into my fullest potential as a therapist and human being. It was an all-encompassing and transformative experience. As a storyteller, scholar, and now clinician, the impacts of the Drama Therapy program at CIIS will continue to serve me professionally and reverberate through me and those with whom I come into contact. -Aileen Cho, Program Alumna, MA (2012) One of my most life changing experiences! The Drama Therapy program at CIIS gave me the personal and clinical resources I needed to become a skilled therapist, while remaining in touch with my artist self. -Dorothy Lemoult, Program Alumna, MA (2011) The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the... [-]

MM in Music

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Binghamton

Binghamton University’s nationally accredited Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) and the Master of Music in Opera degree programs. The former is best suited for music professionals and educators with various concentrations. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. MM in Music Binghamton University’s nationally accredited Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) and the Master of Music in Opera degree programs. The former is best suited for music professionals and educators with various concentrations. The latter trains young artists for a career in opera. The Tri-Cities Opera provides the opera students with a professional resident artist program, allowing for immense growth in personal, professional and creative endeavors through performing with TCO. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early for a limited number of assistantships, scholarships and awards. Our Master of Music program consists of five concentrations: Composition Conducting History and Literature Instrumental Performance Vocal Performance There is also a separate Opera track for those who seek special focus on the theatrical opportunities of music. Whichever path you pursue, we have over thirty experienced faculty to illuminate the subject and open you up to new experiences. We have a symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble, as well as three choral groups and an African Dance/drumming ensemble. The graduate music program is small; students receive personal attention from faculty and quality performance opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to perform in major opera houses around the world. Degrees Offered MM in Music After You Graduate Alumni of Binghamton have gone onto various careers as musical educators at a university level, secondary level, or in freelance coaching. Others perform in a number of venues and contexts, or have proceeded to... [-]

Master of Music

University of Redlands
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Redlands

In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. [+]

In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. Our studio teachers are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster. Music Admissions In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. Our studio teachers are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster. Whether music is your major or you just have an interest in music, everyone is encouraged to participate in the diverse, musical environment found on campus. At Redlands you can perform in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, University Choir, the Madrigal Singers, Chapel... [-]

Master in Audio Arts

Syracuse University - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Campus 1 year July 2018 USA Syracuse

The audio arts graduate program is designed to provide the necessary combination of practical training and theoretical study to prepare you for a career in four exciting fields. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018.

Perhaps you enjoyed your major as an undergrad, but your experience on the concert committee or campus radio was what got you out of bed every day. Maybe there is a career for you in the music business, the recording or TV studio or in radio. Consider the audio arts master’s degree program at Syracuse University. With one foot in the Newhouse School and the other in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, audio arts is a 14-month master’s level exploration of the world of audio and the business of music.

What is the focus of the program?

The audio arts graduate program is designed to provide the necessary combination of practical training and theoretical study to prepare you for a career in four exciting fields. While completing this 36-credit curriculum, you may choose to focus on:... [-]


Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Performance

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 USA Wayne

The Jazz Studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. [+]

Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM) Degree Offered: Master of Music Concentration: Jazz Studies & Performance Campus Location: Main Campus Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission only) Program Description: The Jazz Studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. Program Features Over 20 ensembles perform each semester-duos, trios, quintets, sextets, Big Band, Latin Band, Repertory Band, Vocal Workshop, Vocal Lab. Focus on improvisation, as well as repertoire, group performance techniques. WP Jazz Faculty - Veteran New York musicians with international reputations as performers, recording artists, arrangers and conductors in residence-accessible and dedicated to teaching. Small Jazz Program Size - Twenty graduate students are given many opportunities for one-on-one interaction. Performance Opportunities - Jazz majors perform in four weekly ensemble rehearsals. Student groups are featured as opening for professional jazz artists on William Paterson's renowned Jazz Room Concert Series, on the University's Midday Recital Series, in... [-]

Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time 2 years Open Enrollment USA Wayne

The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM) Degree Offered: Master of Music Concentration: Jazz Studies and Arranging Campus Location: Main Campus Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission only) Program Description: The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. Program Features Over 20 ensembles perform each semester-duos, trios, quintets, sextets, Big Band, Latin Band, Repertory Band, Vocal Workshop, Vocal Lab. Focus on improvisation, as well as repertoire, group performance techniques. WP Jazz Faculty - Veteran New York musicians with international reputations as performers, recording artists, arrangers and conductors in residence-accessible and dedicated to teaching. Small Jazz Program Size - Twenty graduate students are given many opportunities for one-on-one interaction. Performance Opportunities - Jazz majors perform in four weekly ensemble rehearsals. Student groups are featured as opening for professional jazz artists on William Paterson's renowned Jazz Room Concert Series, on the... [-]

Master of Music – Music Management (MM)

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Wayne

Master of Music – Music Management (MM) The music management concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The music management concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a music management degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA or a law degree. [+]

Master of Music – Music Management (MM) The music management concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The music management concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a music management degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA or a law degree. Admission Requirements In addition to the University’s admission requirements: Completed SlideRoom application. Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00. Two letters of recommendation. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); a minimum of 149 for general/verbal also is required. A performance audition is required of applicants who have NOT successfully completed an undergraduate degree in music; an audition is NOT required of applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in music. Program Requirements 36 credits of graduate study. Satisfactory completion of an internship. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students. Final project, which may consist of a thesis. MM in Music Management Music Courses: MUS 5610 Research Techniques MUS 5580 Music Technology MUS... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Directing

University of Montana
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Missoula

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in directing is a three-year graduate program that is centered on the director as an artist-practitioner who guides and manages the integration of diverse elements of theatrical technique and expression. The training of the director is a process of developing in the student a broad perspective of storytelling and dramatic action through the practice and study of... [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in directing is a three-year graduate program that is centered on the director as an artist-practitioner who guides and manages the integration of diverse elements of theatrical technique and expression. The training of the director is a process of developing in the student a broad perspective of storytelling and dramatic action through the practice and study of production concept, collaboration with other theatre artists, examination of criticism and performative theory, and emphasis on developing a coherent individual aesthetic. The directing student will experience an intense first-year cohort experience with other MFA graduate students that will focus on techniques and principles in the service of communicating story and character through dramatic action and concept. The curriculum is designed with preparation for and realization of directing projects based on these principles. Typically each director creates a short independent directing project in the first year of study and then directs a supported production each of the ensuing two years of residency. In addition, the program develops students as teachers and utilizes teaching and the development of teaching pedagogy to further develop the student’s understanding of his/her own craft and theory. Teaching assistantships are available to qualified applicants who have been admitted to the graduate program. These are awarded annually on a competitive basis and are renewable depending on the candidate's progress and job performance and the instruction needs of the program. All applicants are considered for these awards.... [-]

Master of Music

Eastern Kentucky University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Richmond

EKU's graduate music program is designed for musicians and music educators that are seeking to further their musical skills, enhance their pedagogical and theoretical knowledge, and apply their learning to the art of music making and music teaching. [+]

Degree Options: Instrumental Conducting Choral Conducting Music Education Theory/Composition Music Performance Who Would be Interested in This Program? EKU's graduate music program is designed for musicians and music educators that are seeking to further their musical skills, enhance their pedagogical and theoretical knowledge, and apply their learning to the art of music making and music teaching. What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program? Individuals interested in the MM program must apply and be admitted to the graduate school as well as the EKU Department of Music. All Master of Music candidates are required to complete the Music Theory and Music History Entrance Exams as part of the application process. In addition, applicants seeking degrees with an emphasis in conducting or performance will need to arrange an audition with the appropriate faculty specialist. Where Are Recent Graduates of the Program Employed? Recent graduates of EKU's music program are employed in a variety of positions within the field of music. EKU graduates hold positions teaching and conducting music in public and private schools, including P-12 and higher education settings. Employment within the field of music industry, including positions with major music manufacturers and musical organizations. EKU graduates can be found performing in professional symphonies and military bands throughout the country. [-]

Master in Production Design

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta

At SCAD, our production design program is bursting at the seams with opportunity. Through a department committed to a comprehensive approach, our students have opportunities many production designers only dream of, regularly contributing to projects with big names and industry powerhouses. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. Set the stage for success with production design At SCAD, our production design program is bursting at the seams with opportunity. Through a department committed to a comprehensive approach, our students have opportunities many production designers only dream of, regularly contributing to projects with big names and industry powerhouses. Our production design alumni are employed around the world at 20th Century Fox, Discovery Communications, Food Network, HBO, HGTV, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, New American Shakespeare Tavern, Nickelodeon and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Follow their lead. M.A. in production design Available at: - Savannah ARTH 701 Contemporary Art CLC 580 Collaboration* PROD 720 Production Design Theory and Practice PROD 726 Production Design Studio I: Conceptualization PROD 730 Script Analysis and Conceptualization PROD 745 Decorative Arts: Context in Storytelling PROD 749 Production Design M.A. Final Project PROD 756 Evolution of Production Design — 700-level ANIM, DWRI, FILM, ITGM, MOME, PERF, PROD, SFDM, SNDS, THED or VSFX elective* — 500- to 700-level elective Total course of study: 45 hours M.F.A. in production design Available at: - Savannah ARTH 701 Contemporary Art ARTH 702 Art Criticism CLC 580 Collaboration* FILM 708 Designing Shots PROD 720 Production Design Theory and Practice PROD 726 Production Design Studio I: Conceptualization PROD 730 Script Analysis and Conceptualization PROD 741 Digital Design for Entertainment† PROD 745 Decorative Arts: Context in Storytelling PPROD 746 Draping as Design for Costume† PROD 750 Digital Visualization for Production Design PROD 756... [-]

MFA in Performing Arts

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta

Whether your dream is to perform on stage or in film, as the voice of a beloved animated character or the face of an unforgettable advertisement, you can reach a global audience at SCAD. Our students receive focused instruction and countless opportunities to step in the limelight. [+]

Creative careers in the spotlight Whether your dream is to perform on stage or in film, as the voice of a beloved animated character or the face of an unforgettable advertisement, you can reach a global audience at SCAD. Our students receive focused instruction and countless opportunities to step in the limelight. You'll rub elbows with the greatest actors of our era at the Savannah Film Festival, and study under professors who are themselves award-winning performers, screenwriters and directors — all because, at SCAD, your passion takes center stage. M.F.A. in performing arts Available at: - Savannah PERF 701 Graduate Improvisation Technique for Screen and Stage PERF 705 Art of Combat for Screen and Stage PERF 708 Vocal Technique for Screen, Stage and Voice-over PERF 711 Contemporary Drama in Context PERF 718 Advanced Voice and Speech for Live and Recorded Media PERF 721 Performance Styles: Classical and Period Texts PERF 731 Performance Styles: Realism PERF 735 On-camera Performance Technique PERF 741 Performance Styles: Contemporary Acting PERF 745 On-camera Acting Styles PERF 755 On-camera Audition Techniques PERF 770 Branding, Self-marketing for the Performer PERF 775 On-camera Comedy Styles PERF 777 Applications in Performance PERF 790 Performing Arts M.F.A. Thesis — 700-level ARTH elective — 500- to 700-level elective — 500- to 700-level elective Total course of study: 90 hours Careers in performing arts Become an actor. Become a casting director. Become a stage manager. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to perform in showcases in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New... [-]

Master of Music in Vocal Performance

North Park University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Chicago

A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. [+]

Best Masters in Performing Arts in USA 2018. Master of Music in Vocal Performance Earn Your Master's in Vocal Performance A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. You’ll explore technique, style, lyric diction, and more, gaining valuable performance experience through solo and ensemble work. Advanced training will help you grow your own talent and ability so you can successfully pursue roles in festivals, workshops, and companies. You’ll also be prepared for performance and coaching careers in a variety of professional, nonprofit, or church settings. Why North Park? North Park’s master’s program in vocal performance recognizes the uniqueness of all singers, offering individual attention in vocal technique, performance, academic preparation, coaching, and pedagogical instruction to help you excel on your own path. Your study will include private lessons, survey courses, workshops, and ensembles, preparing you for a performance career and as a coach for other singers. The School of Music’s close connections to Chicago’s music community provide opportunities to learn from active professionals and to experience a wide range of performances as you grow toward your own professional goals. Stage Time You’ll get extensive stage experience in the MMVP program, performing in a variety of settings with opportunities for both solo and ensemble work with other music students. Fully staged operas Choral performances with solo opportunities Year-round opera workshop with voice and theatrical coaching Master classes in vocal performance with faculty and guest clinicians Ensemble and solo performances,... [-]

Master Degree in Jazz Commercial Music

Five Towns College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Long Island City

The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished [+]

How much will this program cost me? - Tuition and fees: $40,690 - Books and supplies: $2,600 - On-campus room & board: $25,530 *The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change. International Scholarships International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. - Federal loans - Private education loans - Institutional financing plan How long will it take me to complete this program? The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 years. *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students. [-]

Master of Music

Park University
Campus September 2018 USA Parkville Kansas City

The Master of Music degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking careers as professional musicians. [+]

Master of Music

 

The Master of Music degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking careers as professional musicians.

 

Admission Requirements

 

Each applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning or four years of equivalent full-time college work from an accredited foreign institution.   The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Individual programs may require appropriate entrance test scores such as the GRE or GMAT. Although entrance test scores by themselves do not constitute the sole or final criterion for granting or denying admission to any student, each program that uses test scores will consider them, in combination with other criteria, as an essential part of the requirements for granting full admission.   Applicants who hold a master's degree are not required to submit scores on GRE or GMAT.  Admission may be withdrawn if it was granted on the basis of substantially incorrect information or on the omission of relevant facts, which, if known at the time of the admission, would have resulted in denial. In order to complete the application process, applicants must submit to the Graduate School the following documents unless otherwise indicated by policy:     ... [-]