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Master of Music in Contemporary Music
Conveying the broad scope of applied musical practice in the 21st century
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  5. Faculty

Designed for:

Musicians that want to expand their musical crafts, artistry, and knowledge to prepare them for the music profession.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in music at an accredited university

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 2 years
  • 54 credits
  • Studio-produced audio recording
  • Public recital

Begin your Master of Music in Contemporary Music program:

Preferably in the fall term; mid-year entry, however, maybe allowed if special circumstances exist.

Where you will take classes:

  • On campus

Technology you will need:

  • All technology for your masters in music is available via the department's technology labs: recording facility and midi keyboard facility.

This degree can prepare you for:

  • Doctoral music program
  • Music career in:
    • performing
    • composing
    • arranging
    • audio engineering
    • teaching
    • conducting

What you will learn:

The masters degree in music incorporates a contemporary music curriculum that extends to music of the European art tradition, jazz, popular music and music of non-Western cultures. Encourages connections among diverse music cultures, between and within the arts and other expressions of human endeavor, and supports creativity, innovation, and discovery as students prepare for future professional involvement.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Be knowledgeable and articulate about the practices and works of the music from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the core of musical knowledge prior to these centuries.
  2. Develop advanced levels of expertise in their concentration areas and apply that knowledge in a broad range of musical environments.
  3. Develop self-awareness as artists, educators, and music leaders.


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