Master of Music
The Master of Music degree consists of a core of courses which serve as a common foundation and a set of more specialized courses in one of five concentrations: composition, music history and literature, performance, conducting, and music education. The degree may be used as a preparation for doctoral studies in music, or it may serve as a terminal degree. Minimum credits for each concentration is 45.
The composition concentration includes course work in composition, music history, and music theory as well as a thesis (original composition). Ensembles, studio instruction, and course work in conducting are also available.
The music history and literature concentration includes seminars in music history, work in notation, courses in music theory, performance (including the Collegium Musicum), and a written thesis.
The performance concentration includes vocal or instrumental studio instruction, work with small and large ensembles, and course work in music history and music theory. Pianists may emphasize solo performance, pedagogy, or accompanying. Studies in jazz areas are available.
The conducting concentration includes course work in conducting, music history, and music theory, and a conducting practicum to fulfill the thesis requirement. Ensembles and studio instruction are also available.
The music education concentration includes courses in music education, music history, and music theory courses. Courses within the Woodring College of Education are permissible, as well. Ensembles and studio instruction are also available. The thesis can be a written project, a recital, or a conducting practicum.
To prepare students for professional-level work in music, as performers (singers, instrumentalists, or conductors), composers, scholars, educators, or in a combination of these areas.
The Graduate School Application Fee is $100, paid at the time of application submission.
Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
International Applicants: Please click here for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.
Additional Application Requirements
The Master of Music program offers concentrations in Composition, Performance, History and Literature, Conducting, and Music Education. See the Master of Music website for concentration-specific submission requirements.
- Statement of Purpose (optional)
- Three (3) Letters of Reference
- Placement examination: see the Master of Music website for details
- Concentration requirement
- Fall: June 1
- Winter: October 1
- Spring: February 1
- Summer: May 1
- Program Adviser: Dr. Bertil van Boer, (360) 650-2282