Graduate Studies in the
School of Music
The School of Music offers both the Masters of Music as well as the Masters of Music Education.
Master of Music Education-concentrations in elementary music, choral music, instrumental music, special education,
voice, and conducting.
Master of Music-concentrations in Performance, Opera Performance, Chamber Music, Theory/Composition, Instrumental Conducting, Music History/Literature, Piano Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy.
In addition to advanced studies on his/her instrument, the student who chooses the
applied music option will develop a refined knowledge of the literature composed for
that instrument and will also learn the pedagogy that has been developed for that
musical medium. Performing opportunities, both solo and collaborative, are an important
component of the degree candidate's studies.
For the student pursuing the conducting option, the degree stresses challenging studies in conducting skills, repertoire and rehearsal techniques. The degree candidate will focus on his/her particular area of specialty and will have numerous opportunities to conduct appropriate choirs, wind bands, orchestras and string groups, and chamber ensembles.
For students pursuing the composition option, the focus will be on writing music in a 21st century style with a focus on large ensembles, advanced theoretical study, as well as opportunities for continued studies on your performing instrument.
Students in the MME program have opportunities to collaborate with urban, suburban
and private schools while interacting with the largest public school district in the
state. Faculty in the MME program are recognized leaders in the field of music education
and will help students refine their teaching skills while they continue to develop
as musicians. Along with core classes, the candidate has the option to select numerous
elective courses which allow them to individualize their degree program.
The Masters programs in the School of Music are 32-36 hour degrees. In addition to applied lessons and courses in repertoire and pedagogy, each option includes courses in music research and bibliography, music theory and music history. Elective courses permit the student to explore additional interests. Students complete a final degree project or recital that is the creative component of the degree plan. A final oral examination is also part of the degree requirements.
Masters in Arts Leadership and Management-The Masters of Arts in Arts Leadership and Management is a 30 credit online masters degree preparing students for leadership positions in Non-Profit Arts Organizations. The program is designed to teach you the business skills needed to run an organization as well as the leadership skills needed to make progress on the numerous challenges the arts face.