About the Specialization
MFA Harp studies allows already accomplished harpists to explore advanced performance techniques and new stylistic directions as they shape their individual artistic profiles, and prepare for careers in the professional music world.
In addition to major lessons, harp studios, and advanced classes in music history, literature, theory and analysis, MFA candidates play in multiple chamber groups and conducted large ensembles, including the School’s principal conducted faculty-student group, The Ensemble at CalArts. They further develop their skills in extended techniques, improvisation and interpretation through a number of more specialized groups, covering Baroque chamber music and arias, jazz, electronic, improvisational and experimental music, as well as non-Western traditions. The MFA curriculum also incorporates classes in pedagogy and career design.
Each MFA harpist is required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital in order to obtain the degree.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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