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2011-12 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Music Composition for Contemporary Media Specialization, M.A.

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Felicia Miyakawa, Program Director
(615) 904-8034

The School of Music  offers a Master of Arts degree in Music with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Music program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable score.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music composition for contemporary media must submit recordings and scores of their compositions.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Music with a specialization in music composition for contemporary media must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. 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 music composition for contemporary media must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory* and establish proficiency in performance skill on an applied instrument or voice and in keyboard (may also fulfill performance-skill requirement).

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory, music history, and diction will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Music Composition for Contemporary Media

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

Electives (3 hours)

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
  2. 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.

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