There are fifteen different music focus areas for the Master of Music degree in our School of Music. Each area has a different curriclum and will prepare you for different job opportunities.
The PhD in Music Education is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in higher education as music education teacher/researchers, as ensemble conductors with a strong commitment to music education teaching and research, or as master teachers or music supervisors in the K-12 system. Applicants must be certified music teachers, with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music education, or present evidence of equivalent experience. Individuals with music teaching experience in higher education but without music teaching experience in elementary or secondary schools are eligible for admission, but are required to complete field experiences in elementary and secondary schools prior to taking comprehensive examinations.
Diagnostic Exam (study guide on this page)
Incoming master’s students are required to take a music theory diagnostic exam in order to determine placement in graduate-level music theory courses. Based on the results of that exam, and in consultation with their advisor, students will be placed either in a non-credit review course in theory, or will be able to enroll in any graduate-level theory course.
The exam is offered at the beginning of the fall semester (arrangements will be made for students enrolling in the spring).