Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music, M.M.

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Program Overview:

The Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree with concentrations in Composition, Conducting (Choral or Instrumental), Jazz Studies, and Performances. The program of study requires a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours to include course work in the applied area, music theory, music history, electives in music, and participation in the graduate colloquium every semester of study. In addition all students must complete a graduate recital (Conducting, Jazz Studies, Performance) or a half recital plus thesis (Composition).

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MM Music

Students will demonstrate advanced skills of artistic self-expression of repertoire through the creation of high quality music. 

Students will demonstrate the ability to employ research methodology appropriate for the advanced study of music in order to synthesize its historical and theoretical contexts. 

Students will demonstrate skills requisite for advanced aural, verbal, and visual analysis of music. 


In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, applicants will need to provide an audition and interview are required. A person may be admitted as a non-degree seeking students and then change majors once the audition requirement is fulfilled. However, students with non-degree status are ineligible for financial aid.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of the Master of Music degree requires a minimum of 33 hours.
  2. At the end of the program, each student must successfully present a graduate recital appropriate for his or her concentrating.
  3. Students in the Composition concentration will also submit a large-scale original composition or a portfolio of shorter original compositions to the graduate school to complete the thesis component of this concentration.
  4. No thesis is required for students in the Conducting, Jazz Studies, or Performance concentrations.
  5. All courses are selected with the approval of the major advisor.
  6. Students must pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations during their final semester of study.
  7. Students are encouraged to participate in ensembles each semester of attendance. However, only 3 credits will apply toward degree requirements.

Core Curriculum

(A Minimum of 3 Credits in Each Area)

  • Applied Lessons Credits: 9

  • - Credits: 3 (Conducting, Jazz Studies, Performance)
  • OR

  • - Credits: 1
  • - Credits: 1 - 9 (Variable) (Composition Only)
  • Graduate Colloquium (Must be taken and passed every semester of study) Credits: 0

  • Total core requirements Credits: 24
  • Music Electives (selected from 5000- and 6000-level courses in consultation with major advisor) Credits: 9

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 33

Recommended courses of study for each concentration are available on the Music Department website at

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships are available to qualified students enrolling in the Master of Music degree program.

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