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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. 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
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.

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, secondary and collegiate levels. Choose from any of the following specialties: winds, percussion, piano or voice. This track is available at our main campus location. We also offer a summer cohort option at the Mesquite Metroplex Center.
Total Credit Hours: 30

Music Performance

Engage in a wide variety of performance opportunities. This track develops your technical skills and abilities through large ensembles, chamber playing, solo performances and more. Focus areas include instrumental, piano or vocal performance as well as instrumental and choral conducting.
Total Credit Hours: 30

Piano Pedagogy

Develop essential skills for your teaching and performance craft. You will not only prepare repertoire for a solo recital but will receive extensive guidance and hands-on experience teaching piano in individual and group settings.
Total Credit Hours: 30

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Music (MM) :: Potential Graduate Assistantships

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POTENTIAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AVAILABLE

  • Instrumental (Woodwind or Brass)
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Wind Band Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Elementary Music Education
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Music (MM) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What You Will Learn

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

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

Careers

Let your passion for music shape the lives of those around you. A Master of Music degree prepares you for a wide variety of careers. Our alumni have achieved positions at all levels of music including band or choir director, elementary music teacher, college professors, fine arts directors, studio or private instructor and more. Many of our graduates perform in orchestras, concert and military bands. Others work as collaborative artists and soloists in international touring groups or run their own companies.

Career Possibilities

Education

  • College professor
  • Band director
  • Choir director
  • Elementary music teacher
  • Private teaching studio

Performance

  • Military bands
  • Professional orchestra
  • Collaborative artists
  • Solo artists
  • International touring shows
  • Musician in rock, country and jazz bands

Other

  • Entrepreneur
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Music business manager

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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, winds, percussion and conducting.

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Graduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission Requirements

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Music (MM) :: Program Admission Requirements US

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
  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • Music Application Form
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts:
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcripts, if applicable

  • 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 acceptance as a Performance or Music Education track are required to complete an audition. Music department scholarships are available and awarded based on your audition. Please contact the Department of Music for further information and scheduling.

Audition Dates for all Music Majors and Non-Majors:

  • February 20, 2021
  • February 27, 2021
  • March 13, 2021
  • March 20, 2021 (Reserved for Non-Music Majors only)

Audition Requirements

VOICE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • 2 Songs memorized (Your selections should be of the same quality as a Texas UIL Solo)
  • 1 of the 2 songs should be in a language other than English
  • Sight-sing a unison melody
  • For Non-Major or Music Minor auditions, sing 1 song memorized (Your selection should be of the same quality as a Texas UIL Solo)
INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • All Major Scales and a Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • 2 contrasting etudes (slow & fast) or portions of solo repertoire (lyrical and technical)
  • Sight-read a short musical example
  • Students interested in auditioning as a performance major should also be prepared to perform a movement or movements from a standard concerto, sonata or significant solo repertoire. Please contact the applied faculty member for your instrument with any questions.
KEYBOARD AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles (Baroque, Classical, romantic, Impressionism, 20th or 21st Century)
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Sight-reading
Percussion Audition Requirements
  • Snare Drum:
    • One concert style solo or etude
  • Keyboard:
    • One 2-mallet or 4-mallet solo or etude
    • Sight-reading a 2-mallet etude
  • Timpani:
    • One solo or etude
    • Demonstrate knowledge of tuning
  • Drum-Set (Optional):
    • Demonstrate 2-4 styles

***Please prepare materials that will best demonstrate your abilities. Examples of appropriate repertoire include all-region etudes and solos from solo and ensemble competitions

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Contact the Department of Music for audition and interview dates.

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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
  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • Music Application Form
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts:
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcripts, if applicable
    • Copy of provisional certificate or diploma
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor
    • Must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)

  • 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 acceptance as a Performance or Music Education track are required to complete an audition. Music department scholarships are available and awarded based on your audition. Please contact the Department of Music for further information and scheduling.

Audition Dates for all Music Majors and Non-Majors:

  • February 20, 2021
  • February 27, 2021
  • March 13, 2021
  • March 20, 2021 (Reserved for Non-Music Majors only)

Audition Requirements

VOICE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • 2 Songs memorized (Your selections should be of the same quality as a Texas UIL Solo)
  • 1 of the 2 songs should be in a language other than English
  • Sight-sing a unison melody
  • For Non-Major or Music Minor auditions, sing 1 song memorized (Your selection should be of the same quality as a Texas UIL Solo)
INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • All Major Scales and a Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • 2 contrasting etudes (slow & fast) or portions of solo repertoire (lyrical and technical)
  • Sight-read a short musical example
  • Students interested in auditioning as a performance major should also be prepared to perform a movement or movements from a standard concerto, sonata or significant solo repertoire. Please contact the applied faculty member for your instrument with any questions.
KEYBOARD AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles (Baroque, Classical, romantic, Impressionism, 20th or 21st Century)
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Sight-reading
Percussion Audition Requirements
  • Snare Drum:
    • One concert style solo or etude
  • Keyboard:
    • One 2-mallet or 4-mallet solo or etude
    • Sight-reading a 2-mallet etude
  • Timpani:
    • One solo or etude
    • Demonstrate knowledge of tuning
  • Drum-Set (Optional):
    • Demonstrate 2-4 styles

***Please prepare materials that will best demonstrate your abilities. Examples of appropriate repertoire include all-region etudes and solos from solo and ensemble competitions

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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