Music MM in Performance, Woodwind

Program Purpose


The intent of this specialization is to prepare students with outstanding performance potential to be competitive in performance and teaching careers, both private studio and college level. Through their studies they become skilled performers in solo, small and large ensemble music. They may also contribute to the music community as advocates for the arts in their communities.

Curricular Structure

The 32 hours required of the MM in Performance include a research class and 6 hours from theory, history, and education electives. In addition, all students in this program must take courses specific to their instrument in solo and ensemble performance, literature, pedagogy, and supervised teaching. They also prepare a full recital and research paper as a culminating project. Electives fill out the rest of the 32 hour requirement.

Graduate Catalog

Department Information

School of Music Graduate Handbook

BYU Graduate School Application

Learning Outcomes


We support the aims of a BYU education, to strengthen students' lives spiritually, enlarge their intellectual experience, build their character, and prepare for lifelong learning and service. As reviewed and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), all music students, through the core requirements of all music degrees, show proficiency in performance, music theory, music history, ensemble playing, conducting, sight singing and music dictation.

Performance Preparation

Increase performance skill as a soloist and ensemble musician.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 634R MUSIC 638R MUSIC 648R MUSIC 660R MUSIC 697B
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Human knowledge, Competence
Research and Synthesis

Synthesize performance practice with academic research and music literature.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 500 MUSIC 697A
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Human knowledge
Pedagogical Development

Increase teaching skill through further pedagogical study.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 660R MUSIC 665
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence, Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Faculty members use the following to evaluate their students:

Performance faculty draw on individual curricula to establish specific instrumental goals. A student's readiness to present public recitals is evaluated by faculty three weeks prior to the performance. Required recitals are juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the private instructor and a committee of faculty drawn from the instrumental emphasis. All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each course.

Direct Measures

School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. They recognize the difficulty of assessing such elements objectively, and understand the very act of measuring them drains away their virtue and value. Faculty assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of classes and lessons, and at periodic advisement points as determined by the graduate advisor. These tools include:

Indirect Measures

Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The School of Music Graduate Council consists of diverse faculty that represents each area of musical study headed by the Associate Director of the School of Music. This committee meets monthly to review and assess all areas of the program to include the admission process, curriculum, students and other issues. They make every effort to ensure that the graduate program meets the high standard of study at BYU and set by the National Association of Schools of Music.