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Music Master's Degree Requirements

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The Master of Music Degree Program

The Department of Music and Dance offers a Master of Music degree with concentrations in the following areas: Accompanying; Conducting (Choral, Wind, and Orchestral); Composition; Jazz Composition/Arranging; Music Education (Applied, Conducting, and Research); Music History/Musicology; Music Theory; and Performance.

Each degree candidate must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours. Each concentration comprises a basic core of courses in music theory, history, participation in ensembles, and electives. Other required courses depend on the concentration. All students must take a comprehensive oral examination.

Admission requirements vary according to the area of concentration. For more information, contact: Graduate Program Director, Department of Music and Dance, 273 Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-6135, email: tdbrown@music.umass.edu.

Four-Summers Master’s Program

The Four-Summers Master of Music program is designed to serve the needs of K-12 teachers. Candidates complete a total of 33 credits toward the master’s degree over four summers. For more information, contact: Graduate Program Director, Department of Music and Dance, 273 Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-6135, email: tdbrown@music.umass.edu.