MASTER OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

The comprehensive program instructs students to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.

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MI’S MASTERS PROGRAM

The Master of Music degree from Musicians Institute combines advanced music performance training with additional study in both traditional and contemporary disciplines such as music history, theory, education, research skills, recording technology, production, business relations and online brand management. Students further their performance expertise in one of five major instruments: Vocal, Keyboard, Guitar, Electric Bass or Drum.

Successful completion of both a written thesis and graduate recital are required of all candidates pursuing a master’s degree in performance from Musicians Institute.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Successful applicants to Musicians Institute’s Master of Music (M.M.) Performance program must hold either a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with music as the primary focus. In addition to working knowledge of contemporary styles and advanced performance experience, students must demonstrate a strong academic record, language, writing & leadership skills and the ability to interact well with others while consistently displaying overall dedication to the worldwide advancement of music as an art form.

COURSES

Course Title Course Code Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Major Area 25 Total 25.0
Master of Music Applied Lesson I-IV MM.PL 2 2 2 2
Advanced Studio Ensemble I-II MM.SE 2 2
Graduate Performance Seminar I-II MM.PS 1 1
21st Century Music Education MM.ME 2
Graduate Thesis MM.GT 3
Graduate Recital MM.GR 6
Supportive Music Total 16.0
Global Economics and the Performing Musician MM.GE 2
Recording Project I-II MM.RP 2
Advanced History: Popular Music of the United States MM.AH 2
Contemporary Performance Styles and Analysis I-II MM.CP 2 2
Research Methods for the Contemporary Musician I-II MM.RM 2 2
Electives Total 4.0
Music Technology in Live Performance MM.TLP
Website Design for Musicians MM.WD
Social Media and Online Brand Management MM.SM
Special Topics in Music Theory: Advanced Counterpoint MM.SMT
Special Topics in Music Business: Intellectual Property Law MM.STMB
Lyric Writing MM.LW
Secondary Applied Lessons MM.SAP
The Performing Music Director MM.PMD
Special Topics in Music History: Music, Culture & Ideas MM.STMH
Special Topics in Music Improvisation: 1959 MM.STI
Various Elective Credits 0 0 2 2
Total 45.0 11 12 10 12

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MAJOR AREA

Master of Music Applied Lesson I-IV
Course Code: MM.PL

Fostering the development of all students’ “individual voices” serves as the main objective within the graduate applied instrumental lesson program.

Advanced Studio Ensemble I-II
Course Code: MM.SE

Comprised of both graduate students and senior faculty, these courses will enable students to develop the performance skills necessary for successfully navigating through contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the physical & mental components that contribute to proper ensemble technique, sight-reading reading ability, improvisation and stylistic authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation for these performance based classes.

Graduate Performance Seminar I-II
Course Code: MM.PS

Graduate Seminars I & II allow students to present both research and group performances relating to compositions and artists represented in contemporary music. Seminar II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on the presentation, discussion and performance of student compositions. Whenever possible, visiting artists are invited to participate in the group discourse and professional critique that serves as the intellectual foundation of Seminars I & II. In addition, these courses function as a primer for graduate thesis and recital presentation.

21st Century Music Education
Course Code: MM.ME

This course serves as an introduction to contemporary music performance education, the primary focus and goal being to equip advanced students with the tools necessary to become successful private teachers, small ensemble directors and clinicians. Students and senior faculty will frequently work together helping to educate one another through mock-lesson environments established in class.

Graduate Thesis
Course Code: MM.GT

The graduate thesis presents students with the opportunity to synthesize everything they have studied leading up to and during graduate school and in turn “give back” to the academic community.

Graduate Recital
Course Code: MM.GR

The graduate recital serves as the culminating performance event for all candidates pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Performance at Musicians Institute. Students are responsible for selecting their own personnel and scheduling rehearsals. They must present a complete repertoire list to both their private instructor and Program Chair for approval by Week 4 of the quarter in which they expect to graduate. In addition, Program Notes giving background information about each composition to be performed must be written by the candidate and submitted to the Program Chair for approval no later than Week 8 of the quarter in which they expect to graduate.

SUPPORTIVE MUSIC

Global Economics and the Performing Musician
Course Code: MM.GE

This course provides an overview of the music industry and its future prospects within the realm of global entertainment. Students will study and critique the varying dynamics at work pertaining to the production of “musical culture” between trans-national media conglomerates, independent companies, artists and the public. Additional focus will center on the role of music in the age of computers and the Internet and how the aforementioned technologies have altered the course and overall identity of the industry as a whole.

Recording Project I-II
Course Code: MM.RP

These courses prepare students for successfully navigating the recording studio environment as both artist and auxiliary participant. Recording Project I focuses on recording theory and pre-production techniques such as terminology, timbral ear training, rehearsal & recording techniques, budgetary considerations and general session preparation. Recording Project II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on the recording, mixing, mastering and commercial presentation of student performances.

Advanced History: Popular Music of the United States
Course Code: MM.AH

This graduate level course presents a survey of popular music genres and trends occurring in the United States from the Civil War era through present day, with emphasis on the social, political and economic conditions affecting them. Genres to be discussed include Art songs, Spirituals & Folk music, County & Western, Blues, Bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Jazz, Rock & Roll, R&B, Pop and Electronica. Additional study will center around American music’s influence on the music of other countries throughout the world.

Contemporary Performance Styles and Analysis I-II
Course Code: MM.CP

These performance courses examine the musical contributions of various artists in shaping the genres of Jazz, Blues, Folk, Brazilian, World, Afro-Cuban, Rock, Pop & Electronic music. Classes will focus primarily on learning and interpreting compositions of representative artists. Specific attention will be paid to forging successful group dynamics and interplay between participants. Weekly performances and group analysis serve as the primary focus of these courses.

Research Methods for the Contemporary Musician I-II
Course Code: MM.RM

Research Methods I introduces students to the analytical methodologies and bibliographic tools necessary for advanced study and academic research in music. Along with analyzing key scholarly works, students will learn about both disciplinary and interdisciplinary intellectual movements pertaining to the art form. Research Methods II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on student research pertaining to the successful completion of the graduate thesis.

ELECTIVES

Music Technology in Live Performance
Course Code: MM.TLP

This course explores the role of music technology as a tool for enhancing live performance. Curricular topics include click track programming, backing track production, sound replacement techniques, triggers, samples and equalization along with additional approaches to timbre modification.

Website Design for Musicians
Course Code: MM.WD

This course serves as an introduction to web design and self-promotion, the primary focus being to teach students how to build and maintain a fully functional and self-owned professional website, complete with e-commerce capability.

Social Media and Online Brand Management
Course Code: MM.SM

This course serves as an introduction to the study of both physical and online media management systems and marketing techniques employed by successful solo artists and performance ensembles. Partial curricular topics include image/brand theory & psychology, online marketing techniques & research, press release construction, email, mailing list & general etiquette considerations, funding & revenue stream generation and business plan development. Whenever possible, visiting artists and industry professionals will be invited to participate in class discussion and presentations.

Special Topics in Music Theory: Advanced Counterpoint
Course Code: MM.SMT

This comprehensive music theory course explores the compositional practice of multiple independent melodic line construction through the various eras of western music history (Medieval through 21st Century). Analysis of the contrapuntal techniques employed by many of popular music’s most prolific songwriters serves as the primary focus of this course.

Special Topics in Music Business: Intelectual Property Law
Course Code: MM.STMB

This course explores the area of law that deals with protecting the rights of those who create original works. Analysis of copyright, patents and trademarks, the three main instruments used for protecting intellectual property, will serve as the primary focus of this course. Additional curricular topics include recording, publishing, artist management & merchandising agreements, legal precedent, licensing, negotiation, “points”, royalties and brand management considerations. Whenever possible, visiting artists and industry professionals will be invited to participate in class discussion and presentations.

Lyric Writing
Course Code: MM.LW

This course explores practical techniques and strategies for successful lyric writing and song development. Independent and group analysis of phrasing, verse & chorus construction, rhythmic considerations, rhyme schemes and storytelling, along with additional techniques employed by many of popular music’s most prolific songwriters and lyricists will serve as the primary focus of this course.

Seconday Appliced Lessons
Course Code: MM.SAP

This is a course for students who wish to study privately with an instructor on an additional instrument of their choosing. Students may choose from the following instruments: vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass or drums.

The Performing Music Director
Course Code: MM.PMD

This course explores the practical techniques and strategies used by producers, composer/performers, arrangers and music directors in successfully assembling performance personnel for recording and live situations. Critical listening and research along with compositional analysis of requisite artists and performances spanning a wide array of musical genres serves as the primary focus of this course. In addition, students will develop arrangements and write compositions inspired by the various skill-sets possessed by fellow classmates. Whenever possible, visiting artists and industry professionals will be invited to participate in class discussion and presentations.

Special Topics in Music History: Music, Culture & Ideas
Course Code: MM.STMH

This advanced survey course examines the complex relationships between music and religion, politics, economics, race relations, history & gender and their subsequent influences in shaping various forms of cultural identity throughout the world. An examination of musical performance practices by traditionally underrepresented populations will serve as the primary focus of this course. Whenever possible, visiting artists will be invited to participate in class discussion and presentations.

Special Topics in Music Improvisation: 1959
Course Code: MM.STI

This performance course examines the recorded musical contributions of Jazz artists Miles Davis (“Kind of Blue”), Charles Mingus (“Mingus Ah Um”), John Coltrane (Giant Steps”), Dave Brubeck (“Time Out”) & Ornette Coleman (“The Shape of Jazz to Come”), whose seminal albums were each released in 1959. Analysis of various compositions and improvisational techniques employed by the aforementioned artists along with their subsequent cultural contributions will serve as the primary focus of this course. Specific attention will be paid to forging successful group dynamics and interplay between class members.

COURSE CATALOG

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CAREER OPTIONS

PERFORMER
COMPOSER
PRODUCER

ARRANGER
COPYIST

SOUND EDITOR / PROGRAMMER
EDUCATOR

FACULTY

LYMAN MEDEIROS

CREDITS: STEVE TYRELL, RANDY BRECKER, JANE MONHEIT, THE BOSTON POPS, MICHAEL BUBLÉ

JOE BAGG

CREDITS: BOBBY HUTCHERSON, BILL HOLMAN, BILLY HIGGNS, ANTHONY WILSON, CHARLES McPHERSON

KEN ROSSER

CREDITS: SMOKEY ROBINSON, MIKE EINZIGER (INCUBUS), NELS CLINE (WILCO), TODD RUNDGREN

IAN ROBBINS

CREDITS: BARRY MANILOW, BONNIE RAITT, WYNTON MARSALIS

JEFF COLELLA

CREDITS: LOU RAWLS, JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE

DEVIN KELLY

CREDITS: CINESAMPLES & SONICSMITHS, CLARK TERRY, BOB BROOKMEYER

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.

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COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements of our music school, as well as tuition for individual programs, and course information.