The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with concentration options in composition, conducting, music education, and performance as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts. The Master of Music program seeks to provide an opportunity for the highest level of musical development and professional training for each student, appropriate for careers in teaching, performance, and composition of music. Conducting majors will undertake a comprehensive study of the literature of their medium, develop advanced insights into the musical ideas and structure of the major works, and refine their conducting and rehearsal skills.
Performance majors will specialize in activities that develop the technical mastery and musical maturity essential to the art of making music involving their chosen instrument or voice. Student composers will immerse themselves in the techniques and aesthetics of musical creation and will become aware, through intensive examination, of the music and musical thought of all style periods, especially that of the present and immediate past. Music education students will examine the foundations and principles underlying the practices of their profession and will develop both scholarly and technical abilities essential to continuing development as effective teachers and leaders.
Master of Music (M.M.)
Students graduating from the M.M. program (with concentrations in Composition, Conducting, Music Education, and Performance) will be able to:
formulate a personal creative style of composition.
demonstrate the fundamental concepts of form, harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration.
differentiate and apply the techniques and aesthetics of musical creation.
apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and composers.
demonstrate the application of physical conducting skills and rehearsal techniques through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization.
formulate advanced insights into the artistic and formal structure of music through score study in the student’s area of specialization.
describe the musical and formal elements of the major literature in the student’s area of specialization (vocal/choral or instrumental).
apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and conductors.
communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
articulate, critique, and synthesize the foundations and principles of music education.
demonstrate advanced methodologies in the student's area of specialization.
apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and practitioners.
demonstrate the application of musical and technical mastery in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).
identify and describe the standard solo, chamber, and ensemble repertoire in the student’s area of specialization.
apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and performers.”