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MM Instrumental

Instrumental Performance
Winds, Orchestral Strings, Guitar, Percussion

The Music Department at California State University Northridge offers the opportunity to study the art of classical instrumental performance at the graduate level. Students in Instrumental Performance continue their studies in Music History and Theory. Area classes include classes in Pedagogy, Literature, Chamber Music, Ensemble and Advanced Conducting as well as private lessons. The culminating experience in Instrumental Performance is the performance of a public recital and the preparation of an abstract.

Graduate students in Instrumental Performance are presented with a number of performance opportunities each semester. Students play in major ensembles and also as soloists. Instrumental string players have the option of playing in an honors string quartet. Instrumental students can compete to play concert literature with the CSUN Symphony through the Concerto Competition. Master classes with major Artists are offered yearly.

The Instrumental Area at CSU Northridge has a tradition of achievement locally, nationally and internationally. Students from the Cal State Northridge Instrumental program perform as members of orchestras and other ensembles as well as soloists all over the world. MM requirements: Three selections from contrasting periods (choose three from the four major historical time periods - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century/Contemporary). Be prepared to perform one entire sonata or concerto as one of your three selections. Provide an accompanist for your audition. Bring to your audition a copy of your senior recital program or another comparable solo recital performance. Bring a sample of your scholarly writing (such as a music history or theory research paper) to your audition.

Entrance Requirements (students who audition for the CSUN graduate program should have an undergraduate music degree)

  1. Arrange an audition through the undergraduate advisor.
  2. Contact the area advisor regarding appropriate repertoire.
  3. Provide recital programs and repertoire lists for the audition personnel.
  4. An interview will be conducted at the time of your audition regarding your career objectives.


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