Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Advanced Music Studies

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

Depending on the nature of the program concentration, a student may be admitted either to further enhance already developed musical/technical skills or to newly acquire additional skills. Students will receive instruction related to their program concentration and goals and objectives. This unique focused and individualized program is suitable for a wide array of students – from recent graduates to professionals. 

Program Concentrations:

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the studio faculty in their applied area. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of technique and/or performance repertoire as proposed by the student and approved by the studio teacher. For composers, these lessons will concentrate on aspects of composition as proposed by the student and approved by the faculty.

Individual Performance instrumental majors are required to participate in School of Music ensembles if determined by the studio teacher to be relevant for the student’s proposal and or if specified by the student’s financial assistance.

MUSIC ELECTIVES – These courses provide students with an array of activities related to performance and professional development that are only partially covered by their regular studio lessons. They can include Literature and Repertoire courses and Chamber Music courses. For composers, these courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music theory, music cognition, sound synthesis, recording, and related areas. 

GENERAL ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include performance projects, research projects in the area of composition and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the studio faculty in their applied area. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of technique and/or performance repertoire as proposed by the student and approved by the studio teacher.

Orchestral Performance majors are required to participate in School of Music ensembles. 

MUSIC ELECTIVES – These courses provide students with an array of activities related to performance and professional development that are only partially covered by their regular studio lessons. They can include Literature and Repertoire courses and Chamber Music courses. 

GENERAL ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include performance projects, research projects, and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the studio faculty in their applied area. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of technique and/or performance repertoire as proposed by the student and approved by the studio teacher.

Chamber Music Performance majors are required to participate in School of Music ensembles if determined by the studio teacher to be relevant for the student’s proposal and or if specified by the student’s financial assistance. 

CHAMBER MUSIC – Students will participate in a Chamber Music group as assigned during each semester. 

MUSIC ELECTIVES – These courses provide students with an array of activities related to performance and professional development that are only partially covered by their regular studio lessons. They can include Literature and Repertoire courses and additional Chamber Music courses. 

GENERAL ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include performance projects, research projects, and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 

The Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Audio Recording and Production centers around the Vlahakis Recording studio and the concert hall. Students in this program learn the art and science of studio recording in many musical genres - jazz, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, rock, contemporary classical music - and recording live opera and symphonic music in the concert hall.

Students can enroll in additional classes in music or any other area university-wide that contribute to academic and career goals (prerequisites may be required for some courses).

PROJECTS – Recording Studio projects will take place in both the recording studio and the concert hall, and will include both recording and the editing and mastering process—seeing selected projects through from beginning to end. Editing and mastering of these events will be specifically for radio broadcast. The studio projects could include student or faculty full-CD projects; community artists; working bands and groups (jazz, rock, world music, etc.). The concert hall projects could include recording and sound reinforcement for regularly scheduled ensemble concerts in on- and off-campus venues, working in conjunction with the School of Music Recording Engineer and the recording crew. 


SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music, audio, video, and related areas. They can include Supervised Recording Teaching. 

GENERAL ELECTIVES – Electives could include the following activities, available as independent study or internship opportunities: creating audio promos for School of Music Events, engineering CMU Podcast recordings, mastering video recordings for the School of Music website, and recording audio and/or video demos for music students applying to summer programs or other auditions. 

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the composition studio faculty. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of composition as proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. 
 

SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music theory, music cognition, sound synthesis, recording, and related areas. 

ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include research projects in the area of composition and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 

A real time technical education capitalizing on the responsibilities, opportunities, and misfortunes that happen during the care of 80 pianos in a very active school of music. The curriculum is divided into classroom study, private one-on-one lessons, and a group extended practicum every week. Graduating students can demonstrate fundamental tuning skills as well as a base knowledge of regulation, voicing, rebuilding etc.
 
Additional opportunities include an internship with Steinway and Sons, pre-concert onstage private lessons at major performance venues, and career development. The professor is the current concert technician for the PSO at Heinz Hall and owns Pittsburgh Steinway, a Concert and Artist piano provider.

PIANO MAINTENANCE COURSES – Students will take courses in the tuning and servicing of vertical and grand pianos, acoustics, business, history, and practicums in the direct application of piano maintenance techniques, including tuning, repair, and rebuilding. Satisfactory completion of this concentration will help prepare the student for the Piano Technician’s Guild certification exams. 

SUPPORT COURSES – All students will take Sound Recording. Other courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in related areas. 

ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include research projects in the area of piano maintenance and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 

This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

Music Entrepreneurship faculty will customize the curriculum for students admitted to this program and serve as studio instructors. 

STUDIO – Regular studio meetings will provide accountability, expertise, and support throughout this course of study. Major projects will be completed within the framework of a collaborative or independent project.

SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from the offerings of the Music Entrepreneurship department and supporting courses throughout the University. Faculty may oversee internships as part of the curriculum.

ELECTIVES – Students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. Major ensembles, chamber music, and studio lessons are availble by audition.

Learn more about the Music Entrepreneurship program.

The AMS in Collaborative Piano is a one-year program which gives students the opportunity to customize their studies under the guidance of their instructor. The program is available in three “tracks” Dual Track (Instrumental and Vocal), Instrumental Track, and Vocal Track.
For detailed information about the Dalcroze Certificate and Dalcroze License, including guidelines for Candidacy, timetables, exams, and specific requirements, please download a .pdf of the most current Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center Certificate and License Handbook.