Master of Arts in Music

Description
Our 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. Students may choose from the following concentrations: Vocal; Piano; Instrumental; Choral Conducting; or 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
For unconditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate academic average of 3.0 in their major area of study and must present a minimum of 49 semester hours in undergraduate music courses and 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 show that the student has the requisite skills to be successful in the Masters Degree Program. Additionally, during their visit to the University, students will be given two formal examinations to demonstrate their general knowledge in music history and music theory. All applicants must be interviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator and meet the entrance requirements specified in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students, available at the Office of the Graduate Coordinator.
General Requirements
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. All students are required to complete the Common Core Curriculum of 15 credit hours. Changes will be made only with departmental and Graduate School approval.All students must pass the departmental comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The degree program requires 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), and 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), and 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), and 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), and Free Electives (6)