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Graduate Studies in Music

The Crane School of Music offers two graduate programs leading to the Master of Music (MM) degree in music education and music performance. These programs are designed to meet student interests, needs and requirements within a framework that provides opportunities to pursue a balance of academic and professionally oriented courses.

Full-time students can earn a master's degree in Music Performance in three or four semesters of study.

Music Education students typically complete their program in two semesters of study (fall/spring). Applicants who have teaching positions and are therefore unable to attend in the fall and spring semesters may complete the degree in as few as two summer semesters (with additional online coursework).

Students entering the Master of Music in Music Education degree are expected to have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree or another Bachelor of Music degree with New York State (or equivalent) music teacher certification. For those persons holding initial certification to teach music K-12 in the State of New York, all degree programs in The Crane School of Music are designed to fulfill the academic requirements for professional certification to teach K-12 music in the State of New York.

A Master of Music double-major in both music performance and music education is also possible for qualified students.

In addition, students in either degree who are piano or keyboard specialists can also apply to add the Concentration in Piano Pedagogy.

For more information about these programs and how to apply to them, please click on the links below. For current students, these pages also include links to degree plans and other documentation.

Master of Music in Music Performance

Contact Information

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2417
Email: gradmusic@potsdam.edu