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Music Performance

Undergraduate (BA, BM) and Graduate Degrees (MM) are offered in Music Performance. The Music Minor also focuses on Performance.

List of Instruments/Voice

Private (or "Applied") Lessons (as part of music degree programs) are offered in

Flute - Cobus du Toit
Oboe - Fredric T. Cohen
Clarinet - Romie de Guise-Langlois
Bassoon - Remy Taghavi
Saxophone - Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Trumpet - Eric Berlin
Horn (French horn) - Joshua Michal
Trombone - Gregory Spiridopoulos
Tuba/Euphonium - John Bottomley
Percussion - Ayano Kataoka


Violin - Elizabeth Chang
Viola - Ronald Gorevic
Cello - Edward Arron
String Bass - Salvatore Macchia
Piano - Gilles Vonsattel, Ludmila Krasin, Steven Beck
Voice - William Hite, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Marjorie Melnick

Click to view String Studies at UMass video >


Jazz Faculty:
Piano, Trumpet - Jeffrey W. Holmes
Saxophone - Felipe Salles
Voice - Catherine Jensen-Hole
Bass - Shigefumi Tomita
Drum Set - Thomas Giampietro
Guitar - Robert Ferrier


Undergraduate Music Performance

Focuses on intensive private study, including junior and senior recitals, with the intent of preparing students to enter the performance arena.  Graduates may also teach privately and/or do further study to prepare for college level teaching.
Links to detailed course Bachelor of Music subplans (pdf format) in Performance:
Strings    (Click to view String Studies video)

For Jazz Performance, please see the Jazz Degree Programs webpage

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Performance (classical) subplan

Click for Undergraduate Audition Requirements


Graduate Music Performance

Graduate Performance programs (for the Master of Music degree) are available in both Classical (non-jazz) and Jazz tracks.
See Graduate Course Subplans, listings of course and project requirements for each concentration, including Master of Music in Performance and Master of Music in Performance (Jazz track).

Graduate String Quartet program (Graduate Assistantships)
Click to view String Studies video >

Complete Graduate Handbook  (pdf file)

Please contact the faculty member who teaches your instrument for more information.

Click for Graduate Audition Requirements.

Please note: There is now a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance, with any of the traditional jazz instruments or voice. Candidates for the Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging may also study one of the traditional jazz instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion/drums, bass, piano, voice or guitar. Please contact the Jazz Program Director, Jeffrey W. Holmes,, 413-545-6046 with questions.