Master of Music Degree Programs
The Department of Music offers a Master of Music degree with concentrations in music education and performance.
The Master of Music Education program leads to an MM Ed degree with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Music Education, or in Kodaly Studies. The music education concentration prepares graduates for further studies in music education, leading to the doctorate. In addition, the improved skills and competencies provided by the degree qualify graduates for increased compensation as professional music specialists in public education.
The Master of Music Performance program leads to an MM degree with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, or in Vocal or Instrumental Conducting. The performance concentration prepares a student for doctoral work. Additionally, the master's degree in performance is often viewed as a terminal degree. This places the graduate in a pool of professionals eligible for appointment at colleges and universities. Finally, the degree is a credential for private studio teaching and public performance.
Graduates of the music education concentration are music specialists in local and regional public schools or are pursuing doctoral studies at major institutions, such as The University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Many graduates of the performance concentration are currently members of the faculties of regional universities, such as the University of North Carolina and private universities such as Lee and Bryan. Others perform regularly with regional professional organizations, have successful teaching studios, or are pursuing doctoral studies at major universities such as the University of Alabama and Florida State University.
15 hours Core courses
12 hours Concentration
5 hours Electives
1-3 hours Thesis, recital, or project
33 hours = Total (minimum)
Graduate Program Coordinator
- Dr. Mario Abril - music theory; guitar
- Jooyong Ahn - orchestral music
- Dr. Stuart Benkert - instrumental music education
- Dr. Kevin Ford - choral music
- Dr. Lee Harris - music education
- Dr. William R. Lee - music education
- Dr. Jonathan McNair - music theory
- Clint Schmitt - saxophone
- Dr. Paul Shurtz - musicology
- Dr. Rebecca St. Goar - voice; vocal literature
- Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai - piano
- Donald R. Zimmer - violin
Performance facilities include the Roland Hayes Concert Hall and the Cadek Recital Hall. The Listening Center houses an extensive collection of compact discs, LP recordings and video tapes. The Lupton Library collection includes over 7000 scores, as well as a large collection of reference materials and periodicals.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree or 3.0 in the senior year. (Conditional admission may be possible.)
- Audition for Music Department jury for placement at the appropriate level of applied music study.
- Complete the placement examinations (music theory and writing skills).
- Have earned teacher certification in music education (music education concentration).