MM - History-Literature Concentration


Admission to the Master of Music (MM) degree program, history-literature concentration, requires a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts with a major in music or the demonstrated equivalent. Applicants must submit a letter of reference from a professor or teacher familiar with their writing and a writing sample of no more than 15 pages.

Program Requirements

Completion of a Master of Music (MM) degree, history-literature concentration, requires a demonstration of reading proficiency in German, French, Italian or other language to be approved by an advisor. This requirement may be fulfilled by the equivalent of two semesters of language study at the undergraduate level at the discretion of the advisor. Reading proficiency tests are administered by the student’s committee or part thereof before the student schedules their thesis defense. A thesis and thesis defense are also required for the degree.

In addition to the core requirements for all MM programs, students must complete the coursework listed below. The program requires a total of 32 credit hours.

Course Title Hours
Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Additional Music History Requirements
MUSC 891Seminar in Music History pre-17503
or MUSC 892 Seminar in Music History post-1750
Approved Electives
Approved Electives - Select music or nonmusic courses 500 or above. May include applied lessons, ensembles, language, etc.13
Thesis Requirements
MUSC 875Thesis Research2
MUSC 876Thesis2
Total Credit Hours32

Applied Learning 

Students in the Masters of Music in history and literature concentration are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completion of a thesis document ( MUSC 876).