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Music, MM

The School of Music offers three graduate degree programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. These include the Master of Music in Music Education and the Master of Music in Performance.

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is a professionally oriented program. It is designed to serve music educators from primary to postsecondary levels. Though all courses are pertinent to terminal degree programs, they are equally valuable for students who plan to study at the doctoral level. A variety of program options allows students to design programs that suit their professional goals and take into account their backgrounds and experience.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: Fall / Spring
Estimated Total Tuition: $26,516
Location: FairbornOHUnited States

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to perform with a high degree of musicianship, technical security, and artistry.
  • Be familiar with a wide range of repertoire appropriate for their instrument or voice.
  • Be able to perform in both solo and ensemble settings and be familiar with successful rehearsal techniques appropriate to each setting.
  • Be aware of appropriate pedagogical strategies and techniques to enable them to function as studio teachers.
  • Acquire a proficiency in current research methods and trends including all forms and technologies available for the study of music.
  • Develop the ability to sight-read music of diverse styles and genres, as well as to learn appropriate use of improvisation within historical context.
  • Enhance collaborative skills through performance with chamber music (duets, trios, duo-piano, etc.
  • Demonstrate (where degree appropriate) ability and proficiency in operatic singing.

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The School of Music offers three major options in program planning that lead to the Master of Music in Music Education degree. The options include the Thesis Option, the Project Option, and the Recital Option. Each contains requirements in music education, music history and literature, and music theory, as well as opportunities for performance. For the Thesis Option, the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of the thesis director; the Project Option requires one project under the supervision of a project director; and for the Recital Option, the student presents a full-length public recital and a research paper.

The Master of Music in Performance is a degree program designed to prepare graduates for professional careers as performing musicians and/or those who seek to pursue further study in music at the doctoral level. Areas of study include solo performance in the instrumental or vocal areas, and either instrumental or choral conducting. Each program of study includes requirements in music history, music research, and music theory, plus intensive study in the designated applied area. The required thesis comprises a public performance recital of approximately one hour’s length, with an accompanying scholarly research document related to the recital. Requirements also include a one-year residency of two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment, beginning in the Fall Semester and an oral comprehensive examination at the completion of the program.

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