Master of Music in Performance 

It is the mission of the Department of Music at Winthrop University to offer nationally accredited music programs that provide students with opportunities to explore their intellectual and creative potentials through conducting, music education, and music performance degrees to prepare them for a life of professional, academic, and community service.


Graduate Program Advisor
Dr. Elisa Koehler 

Why Winthrop?

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Graduate Assistantships

Students have the opportunity to work in their department and other campus offices as graduate assistants and associates.

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Fully Accredited

An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1940, the Department of Music is also accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (now CEAP) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Performance Opportunities

We offer personal attention and career mentoring as well as solo and ensemble performance opportunities to our students. 

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    Time to completion: 2 years

    Total Credits: 32

    Format: Campus-based

    Curriculum (MM in Performance)

        In addition to meeting Winthrop University general admission requirements for all graduate students, the applicant for admission to a graduate program in music performance should:

        • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in performance, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution.

        • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

        • Pass an applied entrance audition. Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the first semester.

        The diagnostic placement examinations should be taken prior to the semester of initial enrollment in the graduate program.

        Prospective students should contact Dr. Elisa Koehler by phone at 803/323-2255 or by e-mail at to confirm their intent to perform the audition and take the diagnostic placement examinations.

        All applicants must submit:

        • The online Graduate Studies application with the non-refundable application fee.

        • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework.

          • Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s)

        • Two letters of recommendation.

        • An applied entrance audition.



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