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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

Music (MM) :: Big Easy Links

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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) :: 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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Graduate Program Cost

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

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Music Audition Dates

Deadlines

2021 Audition Dates for all Music Majors and Non-Majors

  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 20 (Instrumental non-majors only)

Other dates available upon request

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Music (MM) :: Program Admission Requirements Domestic

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Apply

Applying to the MM program is a two step process. First apply to Texas A&M University-Commerce with ApplyTexas and then apply to the Department of Music with GetAcceptd to sign-up for auditions.

ApplyTexas Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Music” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

GetAcceptd Form

Complete the GetAcceptd form.

  • Sign-up for one of three audition options
    • Live, in-person
    • Live, virtual
    • Recorded

Wait for Confirmation

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Submit a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less

  • Educational and professional goals.
  • How you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve these goals.

Writing Sample

Submit an academic piece on any topic that demonstrates your ability to write at a graduate level

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Music :: Audition Step

Step 3. Audition

Audition and interview to gain acceptance to the program and be eligible for graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Audition Requirements

Voice

  • Sing 4 pieces: one in English, Italian, German and French.
  • Be prepared to read text in Italian, German, and French to demonstrate correct pronunciation.
  • Be prepared to read IPA and to transliterate text to IPA.
  • Sight-reading

Instrumental

  • All Major Scales and a Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • Two contrasting etudes (slow and 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

  • A 20-30 minute audition that includes at least three works from different style periods. All selections must be memorized.
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • Timpani:
    • One solo or etude
  • Keyboard:
    • One four-mallet solo
    • One two-mallet solo or etude
    • Sight-reading a two-mallet etude
  • Drum-Set:
    • Demonstrate two-four styles
  • Snare Drum:
    • One concert style solo or etude
    • One rudimental style solo or etude
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Step 4. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Music Graduate Assistantships

  • Apply for Graduate Assistantships, by contacting [email protected] with your name, contact information, undergraduate school and instrument.
    • Instrumental (Woodwind or Brass)
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Keyboard
    • Jazz Ensembles
    • Wind Band Conducting
    • Choral Conducting
    • Elementary Music Education
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Music :: GA/Scholarship Accordions

Scholarships

Music students at A&M-Commerce are afforded a wide range of scholarship options.

Music Majors

  • Performance-based scholarships are available based on the results of the auditions.
    • The amount varies depending on the student’s audition and the potential contribution to the department.
  • Housing scholarships are available and are awarded as a $500 a semester credit toward the on-campus housing bill.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirement of the University.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 for a music scholarship and a 3.00 for a housing scholarship to be renewed each semester.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to meet the ensemble and studio requirements as stated in their scholarship contract each semester.
  • Keyboard scholarship is available as an accompanist for a reasonable amount of rehearsals and performances as needed.

Non-Music Majors

  • Performance-based scholarships are available based on the results of the auditions.
    • The amount varies depending on the student’s audition and the potential contribution to the department.
  • Housing scholarships are available and are awarded as a $500 a semester credit toward the on-campus housing bill.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirement of the University.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 for a music scholarship and a 3.00 for a housing scholarship to be renewed each semester.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to meet the ensemble and studio requirements as stated in their scholarship contract each semester.
  • Keyboard scholarship is available as an accompanist for a reasonable amount of rehearsals and performances as needed.

Basketball Band

Basketball Band Scholarships are available through an audition held during the fall semester each year.

Graduate Assistants

To apply as a Graduate Assistant, email [email protected] with your name, contact information, undergraduate school and instrument of choice;

  • Instrumental, such as Woodwind or Bras
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Wind Band Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Elementary Music Education
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Step 5. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Music (MM) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Apply

Applying to the MM program is a two step process. First apply to Texas A&M University-Commerce with ApplyTexas and then apply to the Department of Music with GetAcceptd to sign-up for auditions.

ApplyTexas Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Music” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

GetAcceptd Form

Complete the GetAcceptd form.

  • Sign-up for one of three audition options
    • Live, in-person
    • Live, virtual
    • Recorded

Wait for Confirmation

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Submit a a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less on the following prompt:

  • Discuss your educational and professional goals and how you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve these goals.

Writing Sample

Submit an academic piece on any topic that demonstrates your ability to write at a graduate level

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Music :: Audition Step

Step 3. Audition

Audition and interview to gain acceptance to the program and be eligible for graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Audition Requirements

Voice

  • Sing 4 pieces: one in English, Italian, German and French.
  • Be prepared to read text in Italian, German, and French to demonstrate correct pronunciation.
  • Be prepared to read IPA and to transliterate text to IPA.
  • Sight-reading

Instrumental

  • All Major Scales and a Full-Range Chromatic Scale
  • Two contrasting etudes (slow and 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

  • A 20-30 minute audition that includes at least three works from different style periods. All selections must be memorized.
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • Timpani:
    • One solo or etude
  • Keyboard:
    • One four-mallet solo
    • One two-mallet solo or etude
    • Sight-reading a two-mallet etude
  • Drum-Set:
    • Demonstrate two-four styles
  • Snare Drum:
    • One concert style solo or etude
    • One rudimental style solo or etude
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Step 4. Apply for Funding

Music Graduate Assistantships

  • Apply for Graduate Assistantships, by contacting [email protected] with your name, contact information, undergraduate school and instrument.
    • Instrumental (Woodwind or Brass)
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Keyboard
    • Jazz Ensembles
    • Wind Band Conducting
    • Choral Conducting
    • Elementary Music Education
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Step 5. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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