May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, M.Mu. - Orchestral Instrument Performance Concentration

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition program of 30 minutes before a faculty committee. Auditions should be arranged through the School of Music application platform, Acceptd, in accordance with the schedule available from the School of Music. To view specific application and audition requirements, navigate to, select “Start an Application,” and complete the fields for the performance concentration of choice.

Concentration Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Applied Music Requirements

12 Hours

  • APXX 8001 Applied Music I 3 Credit Hours
  • APXX 8002 Applied Music II 3 Credit Hours
  • APXX 8003 Applied Music III 3 Credit Hours
  • APXX 8004 Applied Music IV 3 Credit Hours

Required Courses

9 Hours


4 Hours (four semesters) (1 credit each)

Ensembles determined by audition. 

Music History

3 Hours

  • Select one 8000-level course in Music History 

Music Theory

3 Hours

Select one graduate-level course in Music Theory:

Graduate Music Electives

5 Hours

Select five credits of graduate-level electives in music.

Comprehensive Examination

By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.