School of Music

Graduate Program

The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. We offer course work leading to the Master of Music degree as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance.

Digital Online Auditions Although we encourage all students to audition live on our campus we understand that scheduling and distance do not always allow for a campus visit. The School of Music now accepts digital online auditions through ACCEPTD. Those accepted via online audition are strongly encouraged to schedule a campus visit through the auditions coordinator at

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Students may specialize in

  • Music Education
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Piano Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Choral Conducting
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Musicology
  • Jazz Studies

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Course work may be completed in one year, but the degree in most circumstances will require two years for completion because of the recital and/or thesis requirements. Students who wish to pursue the performance specializations (pedagogy, conducting, composition, musicology, and jazz) must be in residence during the regular term.

Before students are admitted to candidacy, a committee of four faculty members must be chosen by each in consultation with the graduate adviser. The committee must have one member in each of the areas to be addressed by the comprehensive examination.

All degree candidates will be given written comprehensive final exams (MUS 603) in music research, music history, music theory, and their area of specialization. The comprehensive exam is scheduled by the graduate adviser. Core courses must be completed before the comprehensive exam can be taken.

The thesis (MUS 601) will be directed by a faculty member from the student's area of specialization. A thesis advisory committee will be chosen by the student in consultation with the graduate adviser and thesis director.

A graduate recital (MUS 602) must be approved by the applied teacher. A pre-recital hearing must be passed before a recital is performed. Conducting recitals must be approved by members of the conducting faculty. Procedures to schedule recitals and pre-recital hearings are outlined in the Departmental Graduate Handbook.


Starting in Fall 2015, the School of Music is pleased to offer a two-semester Performer's Certificate. Please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Brian Locke (, for details of how to apply."

Graduate Handbook

Current and prospective students of the Master of Music program may find complete information here about policies and procedures at the School of Music. This document contains step-by-step details regarding application procedures, degree requirements, advisory and comprehensive exams, recital and thesis preparation, graduation, and graduate assistantships.
It is available in Graduate Handbook (PDF) pdf icon or Graduate Handbook (Word). Word icon

Graduate Assistantships

A number of graduate assistantships are available each year to qualified applicants. Music graduate assistantships provide the student with a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend in return for 13-20 hours per week of work in the department. Graduate assistants have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in teaching, performance, and the directing and administration of performing ensembles.

Information regarding a graduate assistantship specific to violin performance can be found at Graduate Assistant in Violin (PDF)

Further information appears in the Graduate Handbook.

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