The master of music in Suzuki pedagogy, offered for violin and cello, is a performance degree combined with a Suzuki certification. The Suzuki Method is a teaching system that has become a powerful and positive force in music education, and the Lamont School of Music is one of the few schools in the nation to offer certification paired with a graduate degree in music. In maintaining high performance standards, the program is tailored to the 21st-century professional artist-teacher.

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Audition Requirements

  • Violin
    • Major and minor scales with arpeggios (three octaves)
    • First movement of a concerto, minimum difficulty level of a Barber Concerto, with cadenza
    • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
    • One etude of your choice, level Rode 24 Caprices

    For more information see the Violin studio page.

  • Cello
    • Major and minor scales with arpeggios (3 or 4 octaves)
    • A movement of your choice from the standard concerto repertoire
    • Two movements (slow and fast) of an unaccompanied Bach Suite
    • One Popper Etude or Piatti Caprice of your choice

    For more information see the Cello studio page.

Degree Requirements

The 55-credit master of music in Suzuki pedagogy has emphases available in violin and cello. The program includes lessons, ensembles, and coursework in pedagogy, music theory, and musicology. In addition, students must complete these non-coursework requirements:

  • One full-length performance recital
  • Final teaching demonstration
  • Final oral comprehensive exam
  • Demonstration of graduate-level proficiency in musicology and music theory proficiency exams
  • Convocation attendance

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