Areas of Study
Master of Music in Chamber Music

Faculty Coordinator is Dr. Svetozar Ivanov

The Master of Music degree, with a concentration in chamber music, is a performance based degree program for piano and string instrument players interested in chamber music. A performance audition, offered during the regular School of Music audition days, is required for admission. The GRE is not required.

The University of South Florida's School of Music is one of the few universities nation-wide to offer a Master's of Music Degree in Chamber Music. The Chamber Music MM Degree at USF is available for string and piano students. Students in this degree program receive weekly lessons in their instrument (piano, violin, viola, or cello) while also receiving weekly chamber ensemble coachings. The recital requirement for graduation is a chamber recital.

Assistantships are available on a competitive basis that cover full tuition as well as provide a healthy stipend. These Teaching and Graduate Assistantships help our graduate students learn the important skills needed for teaching and assisting with undergraduate level courses, studio accompanying, and performing chamber music.

Graduate Assistantships

Each year the University of South Florida's School of Music offers numerous assistantship opportunities to graduate students on a competitive basis. Assistantships at the School of Music are guaranteed for the entire two-year length of the Masters of Music degree, and they cover the cost of tuition as well as provide a healthy stipend. Students auditioning for an MM degree at the USF School of Music who are interested in receiving an Assistantship must audition by the first audition date (in February), or have submitted a taped audition (if applicant lives out of the state or out of the country) by the first audition date. Click here for more audition requirements.

Graduate Assistantships: Graduate Assistantships (GA) at the School of Music cover a variety of duties depending on the qualifications of the graduate student. GA's can involve assisting teachers with undergraduate academic classes (theory, history, literature, music appreciation), assistant to the violin or cello studio, and accompanist (for string, brass, woodwind, and voice studios or choir ensembles).

Teaching Assistantships: Teaching Assistantships are open to graduate students who already possess nine graduate credits (either from USF or another institution). Duties under a Teaching Assistantship (TA) can be an instructor of undergraduate class piano, or an instructor of undergraduate theory classes.

"The President's Trio Assistantship": This special assistantship is offered to three graduate students (one violin, one cello, and one piano) who make up the USF "President's Trio." The members of this trio intensely study the piano trio repertoire with two members of the Chamber Music Faculty each semester, and perform a piano trio recital program during both years of study. They are also called upon to perform at university functions during the school year.