Master of Music

The School of Music offers the following Master of Music degrees: MM in instrumental conducting, MM in history-literature, MM in opera performance, MM in piano pedagogy, MM in composition, MM in chamber music, MM in piano accompanying and MM in performance. Within the MM in performance degree, emphases in organ, piano, strings/wind/percussion, and voice are offered.

Program Requirements

The MM degree requires completion of a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours, including a thesis or recital as indicated for the respective concentration. Of these hours, 60 percent must be in courses numbered 700 or above. Each plan of study must include 12 credit hours in the MM core requirement, including:

MM Core Requirement
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following courses in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Additional Requirement
Select 20 additional graduate credit hours including a thesis or recital as indicated for the respective concentration20
Total Credit Hours32


All degree candidates in the School of Music must pass an oral comprehensive examination. The oral comprehensive examination for thesis candidates includes a thesis defense.

Please view the specific area descriptions for details on the individual area requirements.

Courses in Music Applied, Music Performance