Master of Arts in Music

The Master of Arts in Music degree consists of a common core curriculum that includes Applied Lessons, Music Theory and Music History along with a wide range of courses to support students' specific areas of interest.

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Students may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Vocal
  • Piano
  • Instrumental
  • Choral Conducting
  • Sacred Music


Electives include additional courses in Applied Lessons, Ensemble, Pedagogy, Repertoire and other areas of study. This program allows students to develop the expertise to make independent and original contributions to the profession.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

For unconditional admission, applicants must:

  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate academic average of 3.0 in their major area of study
  • Present a minimum of 49 semester hours in undergraduate music courses
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in some area of music

All applicants must:

  • Complete a formal audition before the graduate music faculty on campus to demonstrate proficiecy of requisite skills to be successful in the Masters Degree Program
  • Pass two formal examinations to demonstrate general knowledge in music history and music theory
  • Be interviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Meet the entrance requirements specified in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students, available at the Office of the Graduate Coordinator

DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. At the beginning of their studies, all students will prepare a program of study in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and submit a copy to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Complete the Common Core Curriculum of 15 credit hours. Changes will be made only with departmental and Graduate School approval.
  3. Pass the departmental comprehensive examination prior to graduation.
  4. Obtain a minimum of 33 credit hours.

SAMPLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Vocal Concentration

  • Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits
  • Electives may include: MUSC 573 Opera Studio (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 538 Vocal Pedagogy (3), MUSC 540 Advanced Lyric Diction (3)
  • Free Electives (6) 

Piano Concentration

  • Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits
  • Electives may include: MUSC 539 Applied Pedagogy (3), MUSC 544 The Art of Accompanying (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 540 Advanced Lyric Diction (3)
  • Free Electives (6)

Choral Conducting Concentration

  • Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits 
  • Electives may include: MUSC 512 Advanced Choral Literature (3), MUSC 546 Advanced Choral Arranging (3), MUSC 592 Seminar in Sacred Music (3), MUSC 598 Apprenticeship with church or choral group (3)
  • Free Electives (6)

Instrumental Concentration

  • Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits
  • Electives may include: MUSC 516 Seminar in Instrumental Music (3), MUSC 539 Applied Pedagogy (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 569 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3)
  • Free Electives (6)

Sacred Music Concentration

  • Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits
  • Electives may include: MUSA 521 Conducting (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 592 Seminar in Sacred Music (3), MUSC 598 Apprenticeship with church or choral group (3)
  • Free Electives (6)

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