Graduate Study in Music

Curricular Adviser: Les Black, Chair of Graduate Studies,

Admission and Audition Adviser: Thomas Kline, Director of Music Admission,

The School of Music educates prospective teachers, performers, and composers in programs designed to develop persons of professional competence.

Six graduate programs leading to the master’s degree are offered: the master of music or master of science in music education; and the master of music in performance, conducting, composition, and Suzuki pedagogy. Programs range from 30 to 36 credits of graduate study. A minimum combination of two consecutive terms of full-time study in residence is required for the master of music degrees in performance and composition. The master of science and master of music in music education degrees may be pursued on a part-time basis and are the only master's degrees that are offered during the summer. The master of music degrees in conducting and Suzuki pedagogy require two years in residence.

Admission and Audition Requirements

The Graduate Admission Requirements for the School of Music can be found on the following website:


Comprehensive Examinations

All students must pass a final oral examination in their major field, as well as comprehensive exams in music theory, music history, and sight-singing. All written exams are given four times per year; the oral exam is taken at the end of the course of study, and the sight-singing exam is taken by arrangement. Sample exams and exam outlines are available online.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition for all music degrees has been set at $729 per credit for the 2012-13 academic year.

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