Master of Music Degree

Students in the two-year Master of Music program develop broad musical expertise while pursuing an intensive curriculum in their major area of study. School-wide requirements, taken by all Master's candidates, include the Teaching Artist Program and Research and Materials. Distribution requirements allow students to choose from a range of courses in improvisation, music history, music theory, and mind/body studies. Master's candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in music theory, music history, and piano skills, passing proficiency examinations or review courses in each of these areas before graduation. With the exception of the Composition, Dalcroze, and Opera departments, the first year of study concludes with a promotional jury or recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final degree recital.

Major Areas: Collaborative Piano, Composition, Historical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor's degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 36-38 credits required for graduation.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media