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Performer's Diploma

The Performer's Diploma (PD) program is a two-year program for exceptional performers who already hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent conservatory or professional qualifications and who are preparing for a career in performance. The PD is available in piano, strings, voice, harpsichord, organ, woodwind, brass or percussion. By their performance and credentials, applicants must demonstrate they have the potential to become professional performers and are well on the way to realizing that potential. The program provides intensive studio instruction in performance along with ensemble, chamber music and repertoire coursework related to the major. Applicants are required to present an audition for at least one member of the faculty, supported by recordings for review by an audition committee.

Students applying to graduate music programs at SMU Meadows School of the Arts must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Graduate Audition Repertoire section of this website.

View additional graduate admission and audition information.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies


Artist Diploma

M.M. in Composition

M.M. in Conducting - Choral

M.M. in Conducting - Instrumental

M.M. in Music Education

M.M. in Musicology

Master of Sacred Music

M.M. in Theory Pedagogy

Performer's Diploma

M.M. in Performance - Orchestral Instrument

M.M. in Performance - Organ

M.M. in Performance - Piano

M.M. in Performance - Voice

M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Classes (See Catalog)




Faculty and Staff

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

Dallas Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors