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Fine Tune Your Skills

Become a part of our internationally recognized music program. Our Master of Music degree advances your knowledge in music theory, history, pedagogy, performance and more. Receive one-on-one instruction from our renowned faculty as you develop your skills and build your repertoire. This program offers three different tracks in Music Education, Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Students applying to the Performance program are required to audition. Whether you aspire to teach or perform, our degree prepares you for a variety of careers. Join our community of recognized musicians and apply today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite Metroplex Center
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Music (MM) :: YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN…

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Music

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Music (MM) :: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Music offers three different tracks to cater to your research interests and career goals. We provide instruction in music education, music performance and piano pedagogy. Discover which program works best for you.

Music Education

Pass your love of music to the next generation. Our Music Education track equips you with the pedagogical skills to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. Choose from any of the following specialties: winds and percussion, piano and voice. Located at the Mesquite Metroplex Center, you can complete your degree in as little as four semesters.
Total Credit Hours: 30

Music Performance

Refine your repertoire with our Music Performance track. This emphasis develops your technical skills and abilities in instrumental and vocal performance. All graduate students will complete a recital (50-60 minutes of music) in their chosen area. Specialties include instrumental and vocal performance, instrumental conducting and choral conducting.
Total Credit Hours: 30

Piano Pedagogy

Earn your Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy. You will receive private instruction as you develop your repertoire and prepare for a recital. You will also complete a supervised internship where you teach piano in individual and group settings.
Total Credit Hours: 30

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Music (MM) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What You Will Learn

A master’s degree in music will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Increase your knowledge in music history and theory
  • Receive private lessons from seasoned musicians
  • Take courses in pedagogy, music literature and more
  • Become a part of a community of world-class musicians and scholars
  • Participate in conferences, master classes and workshops
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Music (MM) :: Careers

Careers

Earning your Master of Music prepares you for a variety of careers in performance, education, teaching and more. Let your passion for music shape the lives of those around you.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Music Directors and Composers
$51,670
Music Teacher
$83,220
Musicians and Singers
$30/hour

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-2020

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Music (MM) :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Music (MM) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Courses are presented through classroom, practicum, ensemble, studio and private instruction settings. The recording and score collection in the James Gee Library offers a valuable supplement for music scholarship and research. Private instruction is available in voice, keyboard, wind ensemble, percussion and conducting.

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Graduate Program Costs

Program Costs

As of Fall 2019, tuition and fees for a graduate student taking 9 credit hours through our 1 Year Optional Rate Plan is $3,288.98 for a Texas resident and $7,086.98 for a non-Texas resident. However, rates do change based on the number of credit hours taken, payment plan used and other factors.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission Requirements

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Domestic Student Requirements

  • A completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or a 2.75 GPA or higher

Required Documents

  • Writing sample
    • We recommend submitting an extended paper from your undergraduate work, such as a music history or conducting analysis paper. If you need additional suggestions, we’d be happy to discuss this with you. Please contact Dr. Brian Zator for more information

Additional Requirements

Students applying for the Performance track are required to complete an audition. Students with a bachelor’s degree in music from A&M-Commerce may use a letter of recommendation from their applied teacher(s) in lieu of an audition. Music Education applicants are required to complete an interview. Please contact the Department of Music for audition/interview information and scheduling.

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Music (MM) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

International Student Requirements

  • A completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or a 2.75 GPA or higher

Required Documents

  • Writing sample
    • We recommend submitting an extended paper from your undergraduate work, such as a music history or conducting analysis paper. If you need additional suggestions, we’d be happy to discuss this with you. Please contact Dr. Brian Zator for more information
  • English proficiency
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Note: Scores must be less than 2 years old.

Additional Requirements

Students applying for the Performance track are required to complete an audition. Students with a bachelor’s degree in music from A&M-Commerce may use a letter of recommendation from their applied teacher(s) in lieu of an audition. Music Education applicants are required to complete an interview. Please contact the Department of Music for audition/interview information and scheduling.

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Applications have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration: June 1

Spring admission consideration: October 15

Summer admission consideration: March 15

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Music (MM) :: RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

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