About the Specialization
MFA Brass studies allows already accomplished students of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba to explore advanced performance techniques and new stylistic directions as they develop their individual artistic and professional profiles and prepare for careers across a variety of creative settings.
In addition to major lessons, brass ensemble, brass workshop, and advanced classes in music history, literature, theory and analysis, MFA candidates perform in the School’s principal conducted faculty-student group, The Ensemble at CalArts. They further hone their skills in extended techniques, improvisation and interpretation through a number of more specialized groups, covering Baroque, jazz, electronic, improvisational and experimental music, as well as a host of non-Western traditions. As part of the preparation for the professional world, the MFA curriculum also incorporates classes in pedagogy and career design.
Each MFA candidate is required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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