Graduate Degree Information

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The Master of Arts in Music is the appropriate choice for those students seeking a broad education in music. The core curriculum stresses techniques in music and style analysis. Remaining study in the degree allows students to choose coursework that will advance them for careers in music or careers that would benefit from a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music.

A total of 30 semester units is required (a required core of 13 units and 17 additional units) including at least 15 units in 5000-level music courses. Placement in Applied Music is by audition. Students must take a comprehensive examination. The program concludes with a thesis or project.

Graduate students who receive individual studio lessons as part of their degree program are required to concurrently enroll in an approved ensemble for each unit of studio lesson enrollment in order to receive individual studio lessons, a graduate student is expected to maintain full-time enrollment. Students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their music courses.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Music, students will demonstrate the following:

  1. The ability to independently research musical issues and formulate artistic and/or scholarly conclusions.
  2. Critical thinking and effective written and verbal communication skills in the context of musical discourse.
  3. The ability to make effective artistic and intellectual musical judgments.
  4. A broad knowledge of repertoire and historical performance practices appropriate to the specific field of study.
  5. A level of intellectual and musical independence that results in the completion of a thesis or project.

The Master of Music degree curriculum provides professional preparation for students seeking careers in afro latin, composition, commercial music, conducting, music education or performance. Each option within this degree has been carefully structured to provide an education that encompasses the artistic and functional needs of the aspiring music professional. Within each of the degree options are opportunities for study to meet individual needs.

A minimum of 30 semester units is required for each of the individual options, including at least 15 units in 5000-level music courses. A comprehensive examination (MUS 5960) is required at the conclusion of the program. A project in the form of a composition, conducting recital, solo recital, lecture recital, or chamber music recital (candidate must play a primary role) is required at the end of each program (MUS 5990).

Graduate students who receive individual studio lessons as part of their degree program are required to concurrently enroll in an approved ensemble for each unit of studio lesson enrollment. In order to receive individual studio lessons, a graduate student is expected to maintain full-time enrollment. Students enrolled in the Master of Music degree program must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their music courses.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Master of Music, students will demonstrate the following:

  1. Mastery of musicianship skills, artistry, and technique appropriate to the specific degree program.
  2. The ability to make effective artistic and intellectual musical judgments at a professional level in the area of specialization.
  3. A thorough knowledge of repertoire and historical performance practices appropriate to the specific field of study.
  4. Critical thinking and effective written and verbal communication skills in the context of musical discourse.
  5. The ability to independently research musical issues and formulate artistic and/or scholarly conclusions.

For more information on the degree programs, view the University Catalog.