Graduate Program Overview
The graduate music program at Austin Peay offers individualized programs, personalized mentoring by nationally-recognized faculty, and small classes that allow for exceptional learning opportunities. Our goal is to help you achieve your professional goals as you take the next steps towards your career or additional study at the doctoral level.
Eric Branscome, Michael Chandler, Emily Hanna Crane, Korre Foster, Patricia Halbeck, Sharon Mabry, Gail Robinson-Oturu, Douglas Rose, Ann Silverberg, David Steinquest, Gregory Wolynec, Lisa Wolynec, Jeffrey Wood, and Stanley Yates.
MASTER OF MUSIC (M.M.)
(32-33 semester hours)
The Department of Music offers Master of Music concentrations in performance, education (includes an initial-licensure option for students seeking a teacher license), and conducting. The Music Education curriculum is offered on campus for traditional students, and as a low-residency option where students can complete a majority of the courses online, with a six-hour summer residency.
Visit the graduate catalog for course requirements in each concentration:
- Music Education Concentration
- Music Education Concentration (Initial Licensure)
- Choral Conducting
- Instrumental Conducting
- Vocal Performance
- Instrumental Performance
A thesis is required for students pursuing Music Education (Choral/K-12 General Music of Instrumental/K-12 General Music) concentrations (3 hours). A thesis option (6 hours) may be chosen for other music concentrations, but is not required. Thesis Guidelines can be found here.
ENTRANCE EXAM REQUIREMENTS
All incoming graduate students are required to take music theory and history entrance exams. Students must complete the exams prior to matriculation and may take the entrance exams only once. Students who demonstrate a deficiency in music theory will be required to enroll in MUS 5040 (Graduate Music Theory Review) in the first fall semester of residence, and must earn a B or better upon the first attempt to remain in the program. MUS 5040 will not count towards the program of study.
Music history deficiencies are fulfilled by enrolling in the related graduate music history course. Students who are deficient in early music (before 1750) must pass MUS 5330 (fall even). Students who are deficient in Classical or Romantic music must pass MUS 5340 (spring even). Students who are deficient in 20th century music must pass MUS 5350 (fall even). Only one graduate music history course will be required to fulfill a deficiency. Graduate music history courses will count towards the program of study.
RESEARCH LITERACY REQUIREMENT
Students in all concentrations are required to take MUS 5000 (Research in Music). Music Education students will complete a 3-hour thesis, and must pass an oral examination
that is given by the graduate committee at the end of the program.
In Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Choral Conducting or Instrumental
Conducting concentrations, when the thesis is not elected, students will be required
to submit a formal research literacy paper which will be overseen by the major teacher and
approved by the student's committee. Once approved, the paper will be officially submitted
to the College of Graduate Studies as documentation regarding the completion of the
research literacy requirement. For detailed information on this paper, please click
on the following link:
Research paper guidelines. Students in all concentrations must also pass an oral examination which will be given by the graduate committee.
TYPES OF ADMISSION STATUS
Regular Admission Status will be granted to applicants who have submitted a complete application file and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have met the additional admission requirements for their intended concentration. Master of Music students are exempt from taking the GRE. Additional admission requirements are listed below each concentration in the Master of Music degree.
Unclassified Status credits are accepted by the Music program. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
Conditional Admission Status may be an option for eligible applicants to the Music program. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.