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Master of Music in Music Performance

The Master of Music in Performance program is designed to develop student musicianship and technical expertise through individual study, and through solo, ensemble, and chamber performance opportunities, all under the direction of faculty artists.

Music Performance students at Crane can complete their program in as few as three semesters during the academic year. Majors include voice, harp and guitar along with traditional instruments in the brass, woodwind, string and percussion families. With the abundance of performance opportunities, Crane can help further your musical performance skills!

Piano performance students can also consider adding the Concentration in Piano Pedagogy while in the Performance degree. A Master of Music double major in both Performance and Music Education is also possible for qualified students.

View the degree requirements for the Master of Music in Performance here. An online copy of our program brochure can be found here.



Applying for the Master of Music in Performance Degree

To assist students with the application, we encourage you to use our graduate application checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

Requirements for Admission to Master of Music in Performance Degree Program

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be granted provisional admission by approval of the Crane Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • Please note that applicants with an undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills GPA below 3.0 will have to take the Crane Graduate Theory and History Exams if admitted. Students may be required to take additional remedial coursework based on the results of these exams.

The materials below should be sent to the SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies.


All performance applicants must audition. To register for an audition and see our audition dates and locations, please go to the auditions area of our website. For any audition, live or by video, students must fill out the Crane online audition form found on this page. Our final audition for the 2017-2018 audition season is March 10, 2018, but registration ends on February 26, 2018. Students who wish to request to have an audition by video (due to distance from Postdam, NY) must follow the procedures for submitting video auditions found at the bottom of this webpage:

Audition Repertoire: Voice, piano, and trumpet applicants can find repertoire information here. For other instruments, please contact the Crane Graduate Office at or (315) 267-2417.


If you are applying for a graduate assistantship and/or scholarship, the application deadline is March 2nd for Fall admissions. All materials must be received by that date, including any audition videos; live auditions must have been completed by our final audition day (March 10, 2018) as well. For all other students, the deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall admission: May 1st to have all application materials in. See paragraph directly above regarding the deadline to audition.
  • Spring admission: November 15th for all materials except the audition; December 9, 2017 for the audition (December 1, 2017 for video auditions.)
  • NOTE: International students will not be accepted to begin in the spring semester except under unusual circumstances. We encourage international students to apply to start in a fall semester.

Contact Information

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2775