College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

School of Music

Music, Master of Music

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Choral Conducting - Emphasis
  • Composition - Emphasis
  • Instrumental Conducting - Emphasis
  • Instrumental Performance - Emphasis
  • Musicology - Emphasis
  • Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music - Emphasis
  • Suzuki Violin/Viola - Emphasis
  • Theory - Emphasis
  • Vocal Performance - Emphasis

With several specific emphasis areas, students earning this Master's degree engage in a program of study that prepares them for an array of paths and career choices in the field of music. Candidates in this program enhance and develop their artistic and intellectual skills, leading them to teaching careers in public schools, arts academies, and community colleges; to performing careers in professional symphonies, wind groups, choruses, and opera companies; and to a continuation of their academic path in leading doctoral programs across the country.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Music in Music?

Can't get enough of music, even after an undergraduate degree? Do you want to learn more about becoming a highly accomplished musician or music teacher? Our graduate program will provide you with a unique blend of theory and practice, allowing you to reach your musical potential.

We offer you personal attention and significant teaching and conducting opportunities. The program is academically rigorous while providing numerous opportunities for you to improve your performance skills. We also offer you a well-rounded program of music history and theory. If you have successful teaching experience, you may be given the opportunity to be principal conductor of one of the university choral ensembles.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Choir director
  • Conductor
  • Performer
  • Community college instructor


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Foreign Language A foreign language may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units, which includes an Emphasis:

    Core Requirements (12 units)In addition, you must:
    • Upon entry, complete a self-paced, competency-based online music history tutorial and theory placement exam (unless waived by Associate Director of Graduate Studies).
    • Pass a final comprehensive oral exam.
    Emphasis Requirements (Select One):
    • Choral Conducting Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Sing in one major choral ensemble each semester.
      • Sing in all choral conducting lecture recitals.
      • Satisfy a diction requirement comparable to a two-semester undergraduate sequence.
      • Pass piano and ear training proficiencies administered by the conducting faculty.
    • Instrumental Conducting Emphasis (24 units)
      In addition, you must:
      • Pass piano and ear training proficiencies administered by the conducting faculty.
    • Instrumental Performance Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Play in one large conducted instrumental ensemble each semester.
    • Musicology Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Satisfy a foreign-language requirement (waived by examination) comparable to a two-year sequence at the undergraduate level.
      • Complete a successful Thesis Defense.
    • Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Take a diction exam and satisfy any deficiencies.
    • Suzuki Violin/Viola Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Play in one large instrumental ensemble each semester.
    • Theory Emphasis (24 units)In addition, you must:
      • Complete a successful thesis defense.
    • In addition, you must:
      • Satisfy a diction requirement comparable to a two-semester undergraduate sequence.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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