MASTER OF MUSIC DEGREES
In general, admission to a master's degree program requires an undergraduate degree in music or the equivalent. Additional detailed information regarding specific graduate admission requirements for the university and the School of Music is available on our Graduate information pages. Masters programs generally require 36 hours of graduate study applicable to the degree. Additional hours may be required depending on background and proficiencies. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required in composition and music education. Applicants in music education may submit scores for the Miller Analogies Test in lieu of the GRE. Competitive assistantships are available for full-time students.
Choral Conducting [PDF Format] This concentration provides training in choral conducting at an advanced level. Successful applicants are active conductors who demonstrate excellence in community, church, or school settings. Candidates are expected to evidence potential for success in doctoral study and/or as professional conductors. Conducting audition/videotape required.
Orchestral Conducting [PDF Format] This concentration provides a course of study intended to: a) develop and enhance the conducting skills of students; b) extend students' musical and administrative knowledge in conducting orchestras; and c) prepare students for doctoral study in conducting. Successful applicants are active orchestral conductors who demonstrate potential as professional conductors. Conducting audition/videotape required.
Wind Band Conducting [PDF Format] This concentration is intended to: a) develop and enhance the conducting skills of students; b) extend students' musicianship and artistry through rigorous study of repertoire; c) enhance students' administrative knowledge in directing collegiate wind-band programs; and d) prepare students for doctoral study in conducting. Conducting audition/videotape required.
Jazz Studies [PDF Format] This concentration provides opportunities to develop competence in jazz performance, improvisation, and knowledge of jazz history. Students also gain professional skills in establishing, organizing, and maintaining high school or college jazz programs and in nurturing the creative talents of their students. Performance audition required.
Music Composition [PDF Format] The purpose of this concentration is to prepare students as professional composers, doctoral students in composition, and teachers of composition. Successful applicants have a portfolio of compositions representing a variety of media and techniques. Portfolio/recording review required.
Music Education [PDF Format] This concentration emphasizes the development of advanced, research-based knowledge and skills in music teaching and learning. The focus is on school music programs; however, students may pursue courses in effective teaching at all age levels, including early childhood through adulthood. Successful applicants generally have experience as excellent general, choral, or instrumental music teachers in schools. The Masters of Music is not appropiate for candidates seeking initial teaching certification. Applicants should either hold or be eligible for an initial teaching certificate or license. GRE or MAT scores required; interview recommended.
Performance (Orchestral Instruments) [PDF Format] This concentration prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles, or chamber musicians. Performance audition required.
Performance (Keyboard Instruments - Piano; Harpsichord; Organ) [PDF Format] This concentration provides advanced levels of preparation that may be applied in solo or chamber performance, studio teaching, accompanying, and church leadership. Successful applicants will demonstrate potential for high levels of artistic performance. Performance audition required.
Performance (Voice) [PDF Format] This concentration prepares students at advanced levels for careers in the fields of opera, oratorio, or song recital, and for teaching of advanced students. Performance audition required.
Piano Pedagogy [PDF Format] The purpose of this concentration is to develop competence for effective studio or class teaching of piano at any age level. The program enhances artistic performance; builds techniques of verbal and musical communication; develops a knowledge of appropriate piano literature; and fosters successful use of methods, techniques, and instructional materials. Performance audition required.