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The School of Music offers the Master of Music degree with tracks in the following areas:

  • Choral Conducting
  • Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Keyboard Performance
  • Music Therapy (for those with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy)
  • Musicology
  • Vocal Performance

The School of Music offers these post-baccalaureate, 1-year programs:

  • Performers Certificate
  • Artist Diploma

General Degree Requirements

  1. All students pursuing the master of music degree program must take and satisfy the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam, administered by the SHSU music faculty, prior to the first semester of residence. The Exam includes questions concerning music history, music theory, aural skills, and if required, foreign language and diction (Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting, and Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music only). The purpose of the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam is to evaluate each student's general musical knowledge and identify deficiencies. If a student fails one or both of the music history portions of the SHSU graduate entrance exam, they will be required to take the corresponding undergraduate course (MUSI 3376-Music History I, Antiquity through the Baroque or MUSI 3377W-Music History II, Classic to the Present, or both). The student must earn a “B” in these undergraduate courses in order to clear the graduate entrance exam block. If the student makes a “C” in these undergraduate courses, they will have to retake that portion of the music history portion of the entrance exam. If the student does not pass the entrance exam, then they will be required to retake the corresponding undergraduate history course again until they pass it with a "B." If a "C" or lower is earned in the course again, the student will be required to take the graduate diagnostic exam again. This cycle will continue until the student either passes the undergraduate remedial course with a "B," or passes the entrance exam.
  2. All students currently pursuing the master of arts degree program through the American Band College must take and satisfy the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam, administered by the SHSU/ABC music faculty prior to the first semester of residence.
  3. Successful completion of a comprehensive oral examination is required for graduation. This exam, which is administered by a committee of three music faculty, is given during the final semester. Oral examination committees are appointed by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the Graduate Committee and student. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations. Click here to access the study guide for the music history portion of your Exit Oral Exam (master of music candidates only).
  4. All MM students must complete the following core hours and the specific track hours to meet the required minimum of 30 hours beyond the undergraduate degree:

    Master of Music Core (9 hours):

    • MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 6398 Research Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History (3 hours) (Choose one of the following):
      • MUSI 5331 Seminar in Baroque Music
      • MUSI 5332 Seminar in Classic Music
      • MUSI 5337 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Music
      • MUSI 5338 Seminar in Twentieth-Century Music
  5. All degrees require a final graduate recital, project or thesis.

For complete track requirements and suggested plans of study, see the COURSE CATALOG.

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