Feb 07, 2023
Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree in Music with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00).
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit three letters of recommendation.
Additionally, those seeking a specialization in musicology must submit two (2) research papers of at least five (5) pages in length, one of which is on a music topic.
The Master of Music degree in Music with a specialization in musicology requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours.
- complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
- successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student’s last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once;
- Additionally, those with a specialization in musicology must establish proficiencies in music history, music theory*, and foreign language. Musicologists must establish proficiency in one of the following languages: French, German, or Italian.
*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Additional courses may be required to satisfy these proficiency requirements.
Curriculum: Music, Musicology
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Specialization Courses (12 hours)
- Two additional semesters of MUS 6630 Music Seminar (6 credit hours)
- Course at the 6000 level in a related field (must be approved by the graduate coordinator) (3 credit hours)
- MUS 6640 - Thesis Research 1 to 6 credit hours (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses (9 hours)
Proficiency Courses Determined by Placement Examination (0-12 hours)
Either or both of these courses may be required based on the results of the student’s diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory:
In addition, the equivalent of one year of foreign language study in one of Italian, German, and French must be demonstrated. To satisfy this proficiency, up to two of the following courses may be required:
- ITAL 1010 - Elementary Italian I 3 credit hours
- ITAL 1020 - Elementary Italian II 3 credit hours
- GERM 1010 - Elementary German I 3 credit hours
- GERM 1020 - Elementary German II 3 credit hours
- FREN 1010 - Elementary French I 3 credit hours
- FREN 1020 - Elementary French II 3 credit hours
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.