The Department of Music offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts with options in Composition, Conducting, and Musicology. Each program emphasizes a specific core curriculum that is complemented by a range of supportive courses that foster a broad knowledge of music. There is also enough room for electives (nearly a third of the degree) so that each student may tailor course-work to fit his or her personal interests and needs. Graduates have established successful careers in performance, conducting, public school teaching, college teaching, and research. The program also serves as excellent preparation for doctoral study.
Graduate students interested in earning teacher certification in music should apply for a master of arts in teaching (MAT), offered through the Department of Education.
For each option, a bachelor's degree in music or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission. Graduate Record Exams are not required. Additional requirements for all applicants include:
- An entrance exam in music theory. The exam will be sent to you upon completion of your on-line application with the graduate school. You are required to arrange for an instructor at your current institution or similarly qualified person to proctor the exam for you. Please contact the Department of Music graduate coordinator for details.
- A placement examination covering aural skills and music history will be administered to incoming students prior to registration. Any deficiencies in aural skills or music history must be remediated by the end of the second semester in order to remain in the program.
- A sample of academic writing, preferably on a musical subject, should be submitted to the Department of Music graduate coordinator, either electronically (pdf file via email) or in hard copy. This might be a paper that has been submitted for a course.
Other admission requirements specific to the three degree areas include:
- Applicants should submit a portfolio of compositions and arrange for an interview with Professor Christopher Kies or Professor Michael Annicchiarico
- Applicants must perform a live conducting audition with one of the university ensembles. Please contact the Director of Bands or Director of Choral Activities for details and to schedule an audition
- A reading knowledge of both German and French is strongly recommended for candidates who intend to continue on for a Ph.D. in musicology
All of the Master of Arts in Music options require 30 credit hours as well as a final project for completion of the degree.