Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Orchestral Instrument, M.M.

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Orchestral Performance includes the bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, harp, oboe, percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola and violin. Degree requirements for guitar, piano and voice performance are listed separately and are not included on this page.

Master of Music

The Hartt School offers a variety of majors within the Master of Music degree program. Curricula are designed to elevate student accomplishments to the highest possible professional levels. Applicants for this degree will usually have completed a bachelor’s degree in music from an NASM-accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school. The Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to decide if and when students have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants may be required to take a special examination to determine their level or preparation for one of Hartt’s degree programs.

Specific Undergraduate Prerequisites for the Following Programs:

Choral Conducting

Score reading
Figured bass realization
Keyboard skills
Tonal counterpoint

Music History

A minimum of 15 credits in music history and literature
A thorough background in European history

Music Theory

Tonal harmony and counterpoint
Tonal and post-tonal form and analysis
Instrumentation and orchestration
Keyboard skills and score reading

All curricula for the Master of Music require a minimum of 36 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. These credits normally are earned during four semesters of full-time study (minimum of 9 credits per semester, maximum of 13 credits); however, part-time study is possible. A maximum of 16 credits of studio or private lessons may count toward the degree. Normally, performance majors must complete two recitals for noncredit. Up to 4 credits in chamber music may be earned toward the degree, excluding Conducting. The thesis, if required, may be begun during the last (fourth) semester of full-time study or after the successful completion of 30 credits. The degree must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

Total credits for degree: 36–50 credits

  • See note 1

Major Area Orchestral Instrument (24 credits)

  • AXX 999 - Major instrument instruction 4 credit(s) (four semesters-16 credits)
  • ENS - Chamber Music 1 credit(s) 2 (four semesters-4 credits)
  • IPO - Instrumental performance org. (four semesters-4 credits)

Other Studies (12 credits)


  • Electives (with approval of advisor) 0-16 credit(s)

Additional Courses

Additional graduate course requirements if not completed previously at Hartt or equivalent courses at another university (advisor approval):


1The master’s degree will be conferred in a specific instrument, e.g., Master of Music with a major in Violin Performance.

2Students may be assigned to one semester of Contemporary Players in lieu of one semester of chamber music.

3HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613  Graduate Music History Review  (must be taken first if required per placement exam).

4TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613  Graduate Music Theory Review (must be taken first if required per placement exam).

5Or other theory course in music analysis. The following courses may be substituted for TH 553  without a waiver substitution: TH 550 , TH 551 , TH 552 , TH 555 , TH 560 , TH 570 , TH 635 , TH 670 .

HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613 , and TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , and TH 614  do not fulfill requirements in music history or music theory

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