Master of Arts: Music

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Write at a publishable level about music in a way that demonstrates a high level of musical comprehension.
  • Be able to explore music within a variety of contexts, in order to provide insight and demonstrate comprehension of advancing musical concepts.
  • Create original music-based works, using the vehicle that serves as an appropriate academic focus.

Required Courses

Area of Concentration 19
CONSVTY 5500-5600Music Theory 23
CONSVTY 5500-5600Music History 33
CONSVTY 5593Introduction To Research And Bibliography In Music3
or CONSVTY 5594A Introduction To Experimental Research In Music
CONSVTY 5598Research Problems2
Applied Music Study 42
Total Credits30

The area of concentration is developed by the student with guidance and approval of the supervisory committee as part of the planned program. Nine hours of work in one discipline must be completed. Examples of concentration areas include (but are not limited to): Composition, Conducting, Education, Musicology, Jazz, Performance, Theory.

All students applying for the Master of Arts in Music with an area of concentration in Jazz must audition on their applied instrument for the jazz studies faculty.  No other audition is required.  Applied lesson requirements will be fulfilled within the Jazz Division during the student's course of study.


Elective credit may be substituted for students pursuing an area of concentration in music theory.


Elective credit may be substituted for students pursuing an area of concentration in music history.


If the applicant qualifies for applied lessons at the 302 level, a minimum of two credit hours is required. If the applicant does not qualify for applied lessons at the 302 level, the student must enroll in applied lessons for three terms or until completion of the 302 level. Students who chose a performance area of concentration must complete a minimum of one semester of 5500A. A total of nine hours of lessons/ensembles is required for an applied area of concentration.