Artist Certificate and Master or Music in Chamber Music

The Conservatory offers a unique program of study for violin, viola, cello and piano leading to either a Master of Music in chamber music or a non-degree Artist Certificate in chamber music. An important aspect of these programs is the apprentice concept of students, faculty and guest artists rehearsing and performing together. Private instruction with a member of the Conservatory collegiate faculty in violin, viola, cello and piano is also required.

For both the Master of Music and the Artist Certificate in chamber music, the applicant is expected to hold a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university or conservatory. Exceptional applicants for the Master of Music who hold a bachelor's degree in another area may be accepted into the Master of Music program. Exceptional applicants for the Artist Certificate who do not hold a bachelor's degree may request a waiver of the degree requirement. Existing chamber groups are encouraged to apply to the program. 

Students must complete four semesters of full-time residency at the Conservatory. Students are required to participate in weekly concerts, workshops, open rehearsals and chamber music master classes. Ensemble requirements other than ENS 602 (Chamber Music Performance) shall consist of four credits. Students are not required to register for any of these other ensembles in their first semester, but may elect to do so. Students will also perform in two chamber music groups per semester, in addition to performing with guest artists and in faculty concerts. Each chamber music major will receive four hours of coaching per week.

 

Semester Credits

 

Master of Music

Artist Certificate

Chamber Music Performance ENS 602

16

16

Ensembles other than Chamber Music (ENS 200–312, 403–513)

4

4

Music History1 (MMT 702, MHL 600–799)

12

6

Career and Professional Development courses

2

n/a

Musicianship and Music Theory (MMT 602, MMT 604)2

6

n/a

Private Instruction PVL 600

16

16

Electives3

3

2

Total

53

44

1. Six credits must be in chamber music literature. Artist Certificate students are not required to show proficiency or take MHL 602/603 or any Proseminars. See the Graduate Music History Curriculum section under the Graduate Curriculum Outline for more details.
2 . Credits earned from MMT 602 or MMT 604 will not count toward the overall credits required to graduate. Exemption tests are given for MMT 602 and 604. Successful completion of these examinations will result in exemption from the class, but without earning credits.
3 . Courses numbered GED 202–590, MMT 202–799 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND and MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

For the Master of Music degree, chamber music majors must take six of the required 12 graduate course credits (listed above) in chamber music literature. The Artist Certificate also requires six credits in graduate courses (as listed above) to be taken in chamber music literature. This requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Graduate Music History and Literature courses in which the subject matter is chamber music literature.
  2. Individual or group independent study projects with other chamber music majors in which specific works, or an area of chamber music literature, are studied from an historic and analytical perspective, and then presented in both written form and in a performance and discussion of the works in a seminar forum for chamber music faculty and majors.

 

Recitals and Juries

Each student must give two recitals over the two years of the program, at least one with an emphasis on chamber music repertoire. Two juries are also required, with repertoire at the discretion of the instrumental teacher. Since the programs will require each student's full attention, the faculty reserves the right to restrict outside employment of students.