• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Music Performance at Portland State University  will provide you with a strong music foundation with an emphasis in performance within a broad liberal arts framework. You’ll receive individualized instruction in applied lessons, participate in large ensembles, and perform a culminating recital at the end of your coursework.

Career

Most of our alumni go on to grad school or combine a career as a freelance musician with teaching. Others pursue related careers: arts administrator, arranger, producer, and composer.

Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cleveland Institute. Some are performing with Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, Portland Opera, and Vancouver Symphony. Others hold administrative and educational positions at Kennedy Center, Portland Ballet, All Classical Radio, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Bravo Youth Orchestras.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear Training
  • Advanced Class Piano 
  • Music History: Classical & Romantic
  • Form & Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Conducting
  • Wind Ensemble

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be admitted to the School of Music & Theater, undergraduate applicants must complete the following steps.

  • Apply to PSU
  • Submit a secondary application to the School of Music & Theater ($20 Fee)
  • Pass the entrance audition
  • Prospective students will be scheduled for an in-person audition following the successful submission of their School of Music Application, unless they have uploaded audition materials with that application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29837 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29837 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29837 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29837 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10081 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10081 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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