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The School of Music's degree programs reflect the dual nature of music as both a creative art - requiring constant renewal through the efforts of composers, performers, and teachers - and a branch of the humanities, subject to scholarly study and interpretation of theoretical concepts and historical development.

 Undergraduate Programs


Music

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 Program of Study: Major: Applied Music


Program Overview

The School of Music offers both performance and research-oriented degree programs. More than 200 music majors and graduate students enrolled at the School choose among numerous degree options: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, many non-music majors take private lessons or participate in one or more of the dozens of auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles active in our performance divisions. Non-majors also increase their appreciation of music through various courses in music appreciation and music history that are open to majors and non-majors alike.

This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Orchestral Instruments
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Organ
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Piano
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in String Instruments
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice
Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive to all music programs. All students must participate in an entrance audition or submit an application and satisfy the requirements of each degree program or track for admittance. Check department website for entrance audition dates. Major status in performance areas is accorded when, after admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is acknowledged and the required School of Music audition is successfully completed, the student commences applied-music study in a performance medium (e.g., voice) with an approved faculty member of the School of Music. In American music studies, music education, composition, and ethnomusicology, additional entrance requirements apply.

All music programs require instruction on an instrument. Auditions into freshman-level applied-music instruction (private lessons) are based on the assumption that a student's background includes four to eight years of private study on an instrument. Completion of a further two years of college-level private instruction does not automatically guarantee entry at the junior level of private instruction; placement is determined by an audition.

Most degree programs in the School of Music require one to two years of basic piano, to be completed during the course of study at the University.

Theory and Ear Training Preparation

In preparation for theory and ear training coursework, all students must be evaluated by placement test to determine their levels in music theory and music history. Students who have minimal background in these areas may be required to take MUSIC 113/MUSIC 119 and MUSIC 120.

Transfer students who have had at least two quarters of music theory or music history are evaluated by a faculty member the quarter they are admitted to their program.

Continuation Policy

Performance studies should begin after audition and acceptance, and continue each subsequent quarter of registration until the minimum program requirements for applied-music lessons have been met. Applied-music study should continue as long as the student is registered and in residence until the final approved recital is given. In order to retain major standing, the student must make and demonstrate consistent and acceptable progress at the annual required jury. Concurrent enrollment or participation in at least one School of Music ensemble is required during each quarter in which a student receives MUSAP (applied-music) instruction, at the 300 level and above, except for MUSAP 389/589. Also, basic piano proficiency is required for all majors. Non-keyboard majors must enroll in the MUSAP 133/235 series until appropriate proficiency is attained. Any departure from the above requirements must have the recommendation of the appropriate program chair and the written consent of the Director of the School of Music.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Composition


Credential Overview

The highly selective composition program at the University of Washington emphasizes mastery of technique and encourages students to develop their own artistic voices.

Additional Admission Requirements

MUSIC 302 and MUSIC 305; MUHST 212; and MUSIC 216, MUSIC 217, MUSIC 218. Prospective students must also submit a portfolio of recent compositions. See adviser for more information on the application process.

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

114-120 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus MUSIC 216, MUSIC 217, MUSIC 218; PHYS 207; 18 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 380, MUSIC 381, MUSIC 382; MUSIC 400 or MUSIC 401; MUSIC 471 or MUSIC 472; MUSIC 490; 18 credits of private instruction in composition (MUSIC 391/MUSIC 491); 12-18 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 6 credits of MUSEN ensembles; and one 400-level course in ethnomusicology. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education


Credential Overview

Music education students at the University of Washington enjoy in-depth musical study with world class artist-teachers with a range of strengths and areas of interest. Undergraduate degrees in Music Education prepare students to teach at the primary and secondary levels. At the graduate level, the School for Music offers both a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree for individuals seeking advance professional development or pursuing a career in higher education. Concentration include choral and instrumental teaching/conducting, music for children, and numerous other areas of musical and educational study. In addition to degree programs, the UW offers several ways to achieve teacher certification. Each of the programs listed leads to a teaching license in the State of Washington.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students must complete a separate music education audition and interview. See adviser for more information on the application process.

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

115-119 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus MUSIC 350, MUSIC 351, MUSIC 352 (or MUSIC 380, MUSIC 381, MUSIC 382); MUSED 301; MUSED 304, MUSED 305; MUSED 340; MUSED 403; MUSED 405 (or MUSEN 303); MUSED 440; MUSED 442 (or MUSED 443); MUSED 452; MUSED 465; 18 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 6-7 credits of MUSEN ensembles; 12-14 credits of techniques courses; 3 credits of approved jazz coursework; EDC&I 494; and 3 credits of education electives. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Orchestral Instruments


Credential Overview

Along with the core curriculum common to all degree programs at the School of music, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels may investigate degree programs geared towards mastery of performance techniques of their instruments of focus. The School's woodwinds and brass program includes a variety of degree pathways and opportunities for performance and preparation for professional careers in music. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

116 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 12 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 18 credits of electives; 2 credits of recitals; and 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Organ


Credential Overview

The keyboard program at the University of Washington is the school's oldest area of instruction, with a history extending all the way to the UW's earlier days. Piano instruction has been offered since 1862, just one year after the territorial university first opened, and by 1891, students were offered the opportunity to take pipe organ lessons as well. Today, the program offers degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels in both piano and organ performance, as well as advanced degrees (MM and DMA) in harpsichord performance. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

120 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302;/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306, MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course, plus 12 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 487; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; MUSIC 454; MUSIC 473 and MUSIC 474; MUSIC 458 and MUSIC 459; MUSIC 350, MUSIC 351, MUSIC 352; 1 credit of electives; 2 credits of recitals; and 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Piano


Credential Overview

The keyboard program at the University of Washington is the school's oldest area of instruction, with a history extending all the way to the UW's earlier days. Piano instruction has been offered since 1862, just one year after the territorial university first opened, and by 1891, students were offered the opportunity to take pipe organ lessons as well. Today, the program offers degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels in both piano and organ performance, as well as advanced degrees (MM and DMA) in harpsichord performance.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

120 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course, plus 12 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 487; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; MUSIC 434, MUSIC 435, MUSIC 436; MUSIC 326, MUSIC 327, MUSIC 328; 7 credits of electives; 2 credits of recitals; and 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in String Instruments


Credential Overview

The strings program at the University of Washington prepares students for professional careers as solo, chamber, or large ensemble performers and as educators. The program emphasizes mastery of perforce techniques in specific instruments of focus. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

105 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 15 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; MUSIC 380; 3 credits of electives; 2 credits of recitals; and 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice


Credential Overview

With its rich tradition of voice and choral excellence, close proximity to the region's top opera and choral performance organizations, and committed, engaged faculty, the University of Washington School of Music remains a top choice for serious students of voice and choral activities. The Bach­e­lor of Music degree in Voice is a com­pre­hen­sive per­for­mance ori­ented degree pro­gram, which includes course require­ments in vocal ped­a­gogy, for­eign lan­guage dic­tion, art song reper­toire, and hands-on indi­vid­ual vocal coach­ing.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

119 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 12 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 307, MUSIC 308, MUSIC 309; MUSIC 326, MUSIC 327, MUSIC 328; MUSIC 434; MUSIC 460, MUSIC 461, and MUSIC 462; MUSIC 379 and MUSIC 479; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 10 credits of MUSEN ensembles; and 3 credits of music electives. Proficiency through the third quarter college level in two languages from French, German, and Italian. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Program of Study: Major: Music


Program Overview

The School of Music at the University of Washington is a comprehensive professional school offering both performance and research-oriented degree programs. There are over 500 music majors pursuing the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, many students who are not majors take private instruction or participate in an ensemble for their own enjoyment. Degree programs in the School of Music take into consideration the dual nature of music. First, music is a creative art requiring constant renewal through the efforts of composers, performers, and teachers. Second, it is a branch of the humanities, subject to scholarly study and interpretation of its theoretical concepts and historical development. Advanced study at the graduate level offers students a rich environment in which to pursue studies in either the performance or academic area in greater depth.

This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American Music
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Ethnomusicology
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Early Music
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Music History
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Voice
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Guitar
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Percussion: Orchestral Percussion
Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive to all music programs. All students must participate in an entrance audition or submit an application and satisfy the requirements of each degree program or track for admittance. Check department website for entrance audition dates. Major status in performance areas is accorded when, after admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is acknowledged and the required School of Music audition is successfully completed, the student commences applied-music study in a performance medium (e.g., voice) with an approved faculty member of the School of Music. In American music studies, music education, composition, and ethnomusicology, additional entrance requirements apply.

All music programs require instruction on an instrument. Auditions into freshman-level applied-music instruction (private lessons) are based on the assumption that a student's background includes four to eight years of private study on an instrument. Completion of a further two years of college-level private instruction does not automatically guarantee entry at the junior level of private instruction; placement is determined by an audition.

Most degree programs in the School of Music require one to two years of basic piano, to be completed during the course of study at the University.

Theory and Ear Training Preparation

In preparation for theory and ear training coursework, all students must be evaluated by placement test to determine their levels in music theory and music history. Students who have minimal background in these areas may be required to take MUSIC 113/MUSIC 119 and MUSIC 120.

Transfer students who have had at least two quarters of music theory or music history are evaluated by a faculty member the quarter they are admitted to their program.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American Music


Credential Overview

This degree is offered with a major in Music, and is intended for students who are intrigued by the regional, racial, ethnic, sacred, secular, communal and cultural diversities represented in the music of the Americas. Students are strongly encouraged to formulate individual programs of study under the guidance of faculty mentors in the program. Interdisciplinary approaches, both within music and between music and other areas of study, serve as primary focus of the program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. Meeting minimum grade and course requirements does not guarantee admission. Minimum 3.0 grade in two of the following courses: MUSIC 160, MUSIC 161, MUSIC 162, MUSIC 216, MUSIC 250, MUSIC 317, MUSIC 325, MUSIC 331, or MUHST 212. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Admission is based on student's transcripts, musical ability, and statement of purpose, which should explain the student's interest and intent, specifying the direction of study the students wishes to take and indicating the desired outcome(s) in terms of specialized knowledge and skills, and possible career directions(s).

Completion Requirements

74 credits

  1. Core courses (30 credits): MUSIC 201, MUSIC 202, MUSIC 203, MUSIC 204, MUSIC 205, MUSIC 206, MUSIC 216, MUSIC 250, MUSIC 331, MUSIC 498, MUHST 212
  2. Minimum 6 credits MUSEN ensembles
  3. Minimum 23 credits approved American music studies electives with at least one course from each of the following lists: theory/music analysis; comparative perspective; and ethnomusicological/cultural. See adviser for approved lists.
  4. Interdisciplinary electives (15 credits): upper-division non-music electives selected with faculty mentor, with permission of offering department
  5. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in music courses applied to the major
  6. Minimum 2.0 grade in music courses applied to the major

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Ethnomusicology


Credential Overview

Ethnomusicology encompasses studies of music and culture and integrates aspects of musicology and anthropology as well as music performance, history, and theory. Interdisciplinary work, field study, and explorations of music and culture have been key components of the UW Ethnomusicology program since its beginnings in 1963. Students in the program study music and musicians in various contexts and through various disciplinary lenses. The Bach­e­lor of Arts degree is intended for stu­dents whose pri­mary desire is for a well-rounded lib­eral arts edu­ca­tion in music.

Additional Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. Minimum 3.0 grade in either MUSIC 251 or MUSIC 252, minimum 2.0 grade in each MUSIC course taken, and minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Admission is based on the student's transcript(s), musical interests, and statement of purpose, which should explain the student's interest in ethnomusicology and potential areas of specialization.

Completion Requirements

51-67 credits

  1. Core courses (33-39 credits): MUSIC 201, MUSIC 202, MUSIC 203, MUSIC 204, MUSIC 205, MUSIC 206, MUSIC 251, MUSIC 252, MUSIC 499 (5 credits), and minimum six quarters of MUSEN 389 and/or MUSAP 389 (6-12 credits)
  2. Ethnomusicology electives (9-15 credits): minimum three 400-level ethnomusicology courses from approved list
  3. Sociocultural anthropology elective (3 credits): minimum one sociocultural anthropology course from approved list
  4. Interdisciplinary electives (6-10 credits): minimum two interdisciplinary electives from approved list
  5. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses applied to the major

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music


Credential Overview

Along with the core curriculum common to all degree programs at the School of Music, students at the undergraduate levels may investigate degree programs geared toward general competence in music within their instrument of focus while obtaining a liberal arts education.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which 90 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 135 level. All College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements must be met. Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all music courses and a minimum 2.0 grade for each music course counted toward the major.

Major Requirements

63 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/ MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 6 credits approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives, 6 credits approved 300- or 400-level MUSAP, MUSEN, MUSIC, or MUHST courses, 10 credits MUSICP vocal or instrumental private applied instruction, 5 credits MUSEN (ensembles)

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Theory


Credential Overview

Music Theory encompasses many areas of study, ranging from the relatively traditional (Schenkerian analysis, set theory) to the more recently emergent (neo-Riemannian theory, semiotics). In recent times, strong links have developed between theory and other disciplines, such as mathematics, psychology, ethnomusicology, and philosophy. The undergraduate program in music theory introduces students to the teachings, research, and the foundations of the field that is constantly changing. This degree is offered with a major in Music, and is intended for students who wish to emphasize general competence in music within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which 90 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 135 level. All College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements must be met. Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all music courses and a minimum 2.0 grade for each music course counted toward the major.

Major Requirements

63 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; MUSIC 470, MUSIC 471, and minimum 6 credits selected from MUSIC 472, MUSIC 485, MUSIC 487, and/or MUSIC 489; 10 credits MUSICP vocal or instrumental private applied instruction; 5 credits MUSEN (ensembles)

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Early Music


Credential Overview

Students in music history explore music from antiquity to the new millennium, earning degrees up to the doctoral level. The faculty teach and conduct research in cultural context, interdisciplinary research, and critical theory, and encourage students to work in growing fields in music history, such as digital humanities, historical performance practice, American popular musical culture, and film music. The undergraduate degree in Early Music allow students to explore music from medieval chant to the Broadway musical, considering the aesthetic issues, cultural forces, and practices that shape musical composition, performance, and reception. This degree is offered with a major in Music, and is intended for students who wish to emphasize general competence in music within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which 90 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 135 level. All College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements must be met. Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all music courses and a minimum 2.0 grade for each music course counted toward the major.

Option Requirements

66 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 15 credits approved 300- and 400-level electives, selected from MUHST 400, MUHST 401, MUHST 406; MUSIC 418, MUSIC 421; MUSEN 369, MUSEN 383, and other approved 300- or 400-level courses. 10 credits MUSICP vocal or instrumental private applied instruction, 5 credits MUSEN (ensembles). Students are strongly encouraged to take 10 credits in pre-1700 literature, art history, and history courses as part to their VLPA requirement.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Music History


Credential Overview

Students in music history explore music from antiquity to the new millennium, earning degrees up to the doctoral level. The faculty teach and conduct research in cultural context, interdisciplinary research, and critical theory, and encourage students to work in growing fields in music history, such as digital humanities, historical performance practice, American popular musical culture, and film music. The undergraduate degree in music history allow students to explore music from medieval chant to the Broadway musical, considering the aesthetic issues, cultural forces, and practices that shape musical composition, performance, and reception. This degree is offered with a major in Music, and is intended for students who wish to emphasize general competence in music within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which 90 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 135 level. All College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements must be met. Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all music courses and a minimum 2.0 grade for each music course counted toward the major.

Option Requirements

69 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 12 credits approved 400-level MUHST electives; 6 credits approved 300- or 400-level music theory or MUHST courses; 10 credits MUSICP vocal or instrumental private applied instruction; 5 credits MUSEN (ensembles). Students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all required MUHST courses.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music: Voice


Credential Overview

With its rich tradition of voice and choral excellence, close proximity to the region's top opera and choral performance organizations, and committed, engaged faculty, the University of Washington School of Music remains a top choice for serious students of voice and choral activities. The Bach­e­lor of Arts degree is intended for stu­dents whose pri­mary desire is for a well-rounded lib­eral arts edu­ca­tion in music.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which 90 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 135 level. All College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements must be met. Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA for all music courses and a minimum 2.0 grade for each music course counted toward the major.

Option Requirements

75 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/ MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course, plus 6 credits approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives, 18 credits MUSICP vocal private applied instruction, 6 credits vocal diction, and 9 credits in ensembles. Proficiency through the third quarter college level in two languages from French, German, and Italian.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Guitar


Credential Overview

The guitar program at the University of Washington offers a pathway for mastery of technique at the professional level and prepares students for careers in guitar performance and teaching. Guitar students working toward the instrumental performance degree music receive focused training in technique in addition to completing a core curriculum providing a solid foundation in ear-training, history, theory, piano proficiency, and repertoire. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

120 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; and at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 9 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 487 or MUSIC 438; 36 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 7 credits of electives; 2 credits of recitals; MUSIC 326, MUSIC 327, MUSIC 328; MUSIC 434, MUSIC 435, MUSIC 436; MUSIC 380, MUSIC 381, MUSIC 382; and 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Jazz Studies


Credential Overview

Long a catalyst for innovative directions in new music and for preparing students to perform at the highest levels of musicianship in the professional realm, the program provides a foundation in the significant historical figures, works, styles, and movements of jazz, coupled with an encouragement toward pushing boundaries and extending the art form. Among the most vibrant and energetic musical communities at UW, the program benefits tremendously from its proximity to the excellent jazz programs of Seattle’s middle and high schools and the atmosphere of experimentation in the clubs and coffeehouses of the Seattle’s music scene. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

120 credits

MUSIC 201/MUSIC 204, MUSIC 202/MUSIC 205, MUSIC 203/MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301/MUSIC 304, MUSIC 302/MUSIC 305, MUSIC 303/MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from among MUSIC 250, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; plus 9 credits of division-approved upper-level MUSIC or MUHST electives; MUSIC 319 or MUSIC 331; MUHST 425; MUSIC 336 and MUSIC 436; MUSIC 467, MUSIC 468, MUSIC 469; MUSIC 379, MUSIC 479; 6 credits of MUSIC 464; 10 credits of music electives; 30 credits of MUSICP applied instruction; 12 credits of MUSEN ensembles. See undergraduate adviser for more specific information.

 Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Percussion: Orchestral Percussion


Credential Overview

The University of Washington's Percussion Studies program emphasizes technical mastery and musicianship with a practical aim of preparing students to excel in a wide range of professional musical settings. Graduates of the program are teaching at universities, touring internationally as bandleaders and percussionists, performing in musical theater productions from Seattle to Broadway, and performing in jazz ensembles, orchestras, experimental contemporary music ensembles, and popular music groups. The Bachelor of Music is intended for especially qualified students who wish to emphasize professional training in performance or composition within a four year program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the BA program have the option to jury into the B.M. program at the end of the freshman and sophomore years.

Completion Requirements

Minimum 180 credits, of which at least 60 must be taken in departments other than the School of Music. All College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met (including Language Skills and Reasoning and Writing in Context), except that students need take only 60 credits in Areas of Knowledge, to include at least 20 credits each in two of the following three areas: Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts; Individuals & Societies; and the Natural World. Piano proficiency at MUSAP 235 level, a minimum 2.0 grade in each music course counted toward the major, and a minimum 2.50 GPA in music courses.

Major Requirements

111 credits

MUSIC 201, MUSIC 202, MUSIC 203, MUSIC 204, MUSIC 205, MUSIC 206, MUSIC 301, MUSIC 302, MUSIC 303; MUSIC 304, MUSIC 305, MUSIC 306; MUHST 210, MUHST 211, MUHST 212; at least 3 credits from MUSIC 250, MUSIC 251, MUSIC 252, or any 400-level ethnomusicology course; minimum 18 credits from MUSICP 337; MUSIC 379; MUSIC 479; minimum 18 credits from MUSICP 437; minimum 12 credits of MUSEN 304; minimum 12 credits from MUSEN 300, MUSEN 301, or MUSEN 302; minimum 1 credit from MUSEN 384, MUSEN 389, MUSEN 410, or MUSEN 411; 12 credits of approved upper-division MUSIC or MUHST electives.


 Program of Study: Minor: Music


Program Overview

The School of Music offers a general minor in music that is open to everyone except music majors. In order to declare a minor, you first need to have a major declared. You can declare your Music Minor with your major department.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Music

 Minor in Music


Completion Requirements

Minimum 25 credits of music courses (MUSIC, MUHST, MUSEN, MUSAP, or MUSED prefixes). Maximum 10 credits at the 100 level, minimum 15 credits at the 200 level or above including:

  1. At least 4 credits from courses dealing with the elements of music (chosen from MUSIC 116, MUSIC 117, MUSIC 118, MUSIC 113/MUSIC 119, or MUSIC 120).
  2. 5 credits from courses for non-majors that focus on a particular music area (MUSIC 121, MUSIC 122, MUSIC 160, MUSIC 162, MUSIC 316, MUSIC 317, MUSIC 318, MUSIC 319, MUSIC 331).
  3. Maximum 10 transfer credits (including maximum 5 transfer credits in performance lessons and ensembles) may count toward the minor.
Additional Information

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: None.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: None.
  • Department Scholarships: None.
  • Student Organizations/Associations:
    • Music Student Association (MSA): A group of undergraduate and graduate students from various divisions of the School of Music, working to foster a stronger sense of professional community, serve the larger cultural community, and build practical tools for encouraging and promoting student musicians' endeavors. For more information, contact the School of Music.
    • Ethnomusicology Student Association: A student association which deals with the concerns of the ethnomusicology division, as well as meeting socially. For further information, contact the division at 206-543-0949 or 64 Music Building.
    • Music Educators National Conference (MENC): A local chapter of this national scholarly organization of music educators is directly involved in annual state and regional meetings and events. For more information, contact the School of Music.

 Graduate Programs


Music


 Program of Study: Doctor Of Musical Arts


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Accompanying)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Brass)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Composition)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Harp)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Harpsichord)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Instrumental Conducting)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Opera Production)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Organ)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Percussion)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Piano)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Strings)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Voice)
  • Doctor Of Musical Arts (Woodwinds)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Accompanying)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Brass)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken, course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (24 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Note: the 18-credit program-level Instruction/Performance requirement listed above includes Graduate Choral Conducting Instruction and Choral Repertoire.
  2. Advanced Choral Techniques (12 credits): MUSIC 553
  3. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of two recitals.
  4. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which conducting is taken. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  5. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): Academic coursework in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  6. Electives (12 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Composition)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Music Electives (18 credits): approved 400- or 500-level courses chosen from the fields of Composition, Analysis, Computer Music, Music Theory, Music History, Ethnomusicology, Performance, and Digital Arts Technology. Interdisciplinary study may be taken according to interest.
  2. Other Electives (27 credits)
  3. Foreign Language: Students must pass a foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Harp)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (9 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken, course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Additional Coursework (15 credits): academic coursework* in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (21 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Harpsichord)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present four recitals consisting of 2 solo recitals, 1 chamber recital and 1 lecture recital.
    1. Register for 6 credits of MUSIC 590 in the quarter the lecture-recital/concerto-recital is performed.
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Music Ensemble: Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Theory Electives (9 credits): Theory courses or seminars at the 400- or 500-level in addition to those taken for the master's degree.
  4. Music History: MUHST 500
  5. Music History Electives (9 credits): Course list maintained internally by the program,
  6. Electives (12 credits)
  7. Foreign Language: Students must pass a foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee. If a student has fulfilled this requirement for the master's degree, no additional language is required.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Instrumental Conducting)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present at least two doctoral recitals.
  2. Other Studies in Music (15 credits): Academic coursework in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Electives (30 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Opera Production)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of two opera recitals.
  2. Other Studies in Music (15 credits): Academic coursework in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Electives (30 credits)
  4. Foreign Language: Students must pass a second foreign language examination different from that taken at the master's level. The choice of the language is to be approved by the supervisory committee.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Organ)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present four recitals consisting of 2 solo recitals, 1 chamber recital and 1 lecture recital.
    1. 6 credits of MUSIC 590 during the quarter in which the lecture-recital/concerto-recital
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken. Course list maintained internally by the department.
  3. Theory Electives (9 credits): Theory courses or seminars at the 400- or 500-level in addition to courses taken for the master’s degree.
  4. Music History (3 credits): MUHST 500
  5. Music History Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level courses in addition to courses taken for the master's degree.
  6. Electives (12 credits)
  7. Foreign Language: Students must pass a foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee. If a student has fulfilled this requirement for the master’s degree, no additional language is required.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Percussion)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (9 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): academic coursework* in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (21 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Piano)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present four recitals consisting of 2 solo recitals, 1 chamber recital and 1 lecture recital or concerto recital.
    1. Register for 6 credits of MUSIC 590 during the quarter in which the lecture-recital/concerto-recital is performed.
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): academic coursework in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (18 credits)
  5. Foreign Language: Students must pass a foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee. If a student has fulfilled this requirement for the master's degree, no additional language is required.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Strings)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in MUSEN 500 each quarter in which private instruction is taken.
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): academic coursework* in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (24 credits)

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Voice)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (4 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken. Students exempt from this requirement the quarter they give their recitals. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): academic coursework in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (26 credits)
  5. Foreign Language: Students must pass a second foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee. This must be a different language than that passed at the master's level.

 Doctor Of Musical Arts (Woodwinds)


Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Instruction/Performance Requirement (18 credits): Varies by degree option, specific course requirements maintained by the program.
  2. Additional Requirements (45 credits): See additional requirements section for option-specific requirements.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
Additional Completion Requirements

Option-specific requirements:

  1. Doctoral Recitals: Present a minimum of three recitals.
  2. Music Ensemble (6 credits): Enroll in an appropriate ensemble each quarter in which private instruction is taken
  3. Additional Music Courses (15 credits): academic coursework* in music at the 400- or 500-level in addition to coursework taken at the master's level. Course list maintained internally by the program.
  4. Electives (24 credits)
  5. Foreign Language: Students must pass a foreign language examination, choice of language to be approved by the supervisory committee.

 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Music)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Ethnomusicology)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music Education)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music History)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music Theory)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Textual Studies)
Admission Requirements

Please see this program's Graduate Admissions Page for specific requirements.

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music)


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Ethnomusicology)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Major Area (60-63 credits):
    1. AIS 503 OR other approved video documentation course
    2. MUSED 552
    3. Ethnography of Music or Selected Topics Courses (at least 3 credits): Course list maintained internally by the program.
    4. MUSIC 512 (two courses for 6 credits)
    5. MUSAP 589 (2 credits ea.) OR MUSEN 589, (1 credit ea.), for at least three quarters
    6. Complete at least 9 credits of interdisciplinary electives at the 400- or 500-level from such disciplines/fields as Music History, Theory, Education, Anthropology, Area Studies, and/or other appropriate departments and disciplines. Propose course to mentor / chair for pre-approval.
    7. MUSIC 599, 1 credit ea., every Autumn Quarter during coursework and General Exam preparation
    8. Doctoral Examination preparation (3 credits): MUSIC 600
    9. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
  2. Electives (27-30 credits)

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music Education)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Major Area (57 credits):
    1. MUSED 502 and MUSED 503
    2. MUSED 575 (to be taken every quarter until General Examination, 1-3, max.6)
    3. Other Major Area Coursework (18 credits): 500-level Music Education seminars
    4. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
  2. Other Studies in Music (9 credits): Major Cognate Area: Music coursework at the 400-level and above
  3. Electives (24 credits):
    1. 6 credits from a minor cognate area
    2. an additional 18 credits

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music History)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Major Area (57 credits):
    1. Music History seminars (12 credits): (MUHST 5xx)
    2. Doctoral Examination preparation (9-18 credits): MUSIC 600
    3. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
  2. Other Studies in Music (10 credits):
    1. Music Theory (at least 3 credits): 400- or 500-level
    2. Ethnomusicology (at least 3 credits): 400- or 500-level
    3. Additional courses or seminars (4 credits): 400- or 500-level MUHST
  3. Electives (23 credits):
    1. At least 9 credits of General Education courses (outside music) at the 300-level or higher
    2. 14 credits of free electives
  4. Language: Doctoral students are required to pass graduate reading knowledge examinations in two foreign languages (as approved by the Supervisory Committee) before the General Examination is scheduled.

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Music Theory)


Completion Requirements
  1. Major Area (27 credits):
    1. Dissertation (27 credits): MUSIC 800
  2. Other Studies in Music (33 credits): Courses and/or seminars chosen by the Supervisory Committee from the 400- or 500-level of Music Theory, Music History and Ethnomusicology, and other courses in music or in other disciplines according to the needs and interests of the student.
  3. Electives (30 credits)
  4. Language: Doctoral students are required to pass graduate reading knowledge examinations in two foreign languages before the General Examination is scheduled.

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Music: Textual Studies)


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Program of Study: Graduate Certificate In Music Theory


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Graduate Artist's Certificate In Music
  • Graduate Certificate In Music Theory
Admission Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Graduate Artist's Certificate In Music


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Graduate Certificate In Music Theory


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Program of Study: Master Of Arts (Music)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Arts (Music)
  • Master Of Arts (Music: Ethnomusicology)
  • Master Of Arts (Music: Music Education)
  • Master Of Arts (Music: Music History)
  • Master Of Arts (Music: Music Theory)
Admission Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Master Of Arts (Music)


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Master Of Arts (Music: Ethnomusicology)


Completion Requirements

51 credits

  1. Major Area Requirements (48 credits):
    1. MUSIC 531
    2. MUSIC 533 and MUSIC 534
    3. MUSED 504
    4. 400-level MUSIC coursework, at least 6 credits, selected from MUSIC 428, 433, 445, 446, 480
    5. MUSIC 442
    6. MUSIC 445 OR MUSIC 536
    7. MUSIC 512
    8. MUSAP 589 OR MUSEN 589 or other approved ensemble: take for 6 quarters
    9. MUSIC 599 every autumn quarter during coursework or MA Exam preparation
    10. Master's Examination
      1. Thesis Option: Students must write a thesis approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700 to complete this option.
      2. Non-Thesis Option: Take MUSIC 600 for a total of 9 credits. Submit two major papers, which, once accepted by the Supervisory Committee, must be defended in an oral examination.
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits): Complete 3 credits of an interdisciplinary elective at the 400- or 500-level from such disciplines/fields as Music History, Theory, Education, Anthropology, Area Studies, and/or other appropriate departments and disciplines. Propose course to mentor / chair for pre-approval.
  3. Master's Examination: Pass a graduate reading-knowledge examination in French, German, or Spanish

 Master Of Arts (Music: Music Education)


Completion Requirements

51 credits

  1. Major Area Requirements (24 credits):
    1. MUSED 501
    2. 12 credits from the following: MUSED 452, MUSED 522, MUSED 523, MUSED 524, MUSED 525, MUSED 530, MUSED 535, MUSED 540, MUSED 542, MUSED 550, MUSIC 523, MUSIC 530, MUSIC 599
    3. Master's Examination:
      1. Thesis Option: Students must write a thesis approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. The thesis must be formatted according to the Graduate School Style & Policy Manual. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700, Master's Thesis.
      2. Non-Thesis Option: Complete approved projects (MUSIC 600, 9 credits) and a portfolio of papers accepted by a Supervisory Committee, plus pass a written and oral comprehensive.
  2. Major Cognate Area (18 credits): Music courses approved by the Chair of the Supervisory Committee at the 400-level and above, selected from among areas such as: music education, conducting, ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, and performance. Note: A maximum of 10 credits of MUSED 496 may be included.
  3. Minor Cognate (9 credits): Enroll in courses and/or seminars in a minor area of concentration outside the School of Music that may be selected from areas such as anthropology, education curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and special education. Approved 300-level and above courses can be applied to the minor area of concentration. 3 credits in a minor cognate area are required for the thesis option; 9 credits are required for the non-thesis option.

 Master Of Arts (Music: Music History)


Completion Requirements

48 credits total

  1. Major Area Requirements (30 credits):
    1. MUHST 500
    2. Minimum of 9 credits of approved 400- or 500-level courses
    3. Minimum of 9 credits of approved 500-level seminars
    4. Master's Examination:
      1. Thesis Option: Students must write a thesis approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. The thesis must be formatted according to the Graduate School Style & Policy Manual. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700 to complete this option.
      2. Non-Thesis Option: All credits outlined above, except 9 credits of approved 500-level seminars, in lieu of 9 credits of Master's Thesis.
  2. Music Theory (9 credits): approved 400- or 500-level theory courses
  3. Music Electives (9 credits): approved 400- or 500-level Music courses
  4. Foreign Language Competency: Pass graduate foreign language reading competency examination in German, French, or Italian

 Master Of Arts (Music: Music Theory)


Completion Requirements

45 credits

  1. Major Area (30 credits)
    1. MUSIC 470 AND MUSIC 471
    2. At least 12 credits from the following: MUSIC 472, MUSIC 570, MUSIC 571, MUSIC 575, MUSIC 576
    3. At least 3 credits from the following: MUSIC 489, MUSIC 526, MUSIC 527, MUSIC 528, MUSIC 573, MUSIC 574, MUSIC 577
    4. Master's Thesis (9 credits)
  2. Other Studies (15 credits)
    1. Music History: At least two 500-level seminars
    2. Music Electives: At least 9 credits of music courses at the 400- or 500-level
  3. Pass a piano proficiency examination (MUSAP 235-level)
  4. Pass a graduate reading-knowledge examination in French, German, Italian or Latin

Additional Information
  • Financial Aid: A limited number of teaching and staff assistantships (including accompanying) are available. Competitive auditions for performance scholarships for new and returning students are held each year. See the school's Website (above) for more information about applications and audition dates.
  • Research Facilities:
    • The Music Building contains the music library, an electronic composition laboratory, a listening center, and the ethnomusicology archives, as well as the studio, practice, and classroom facilities of a modern music department.
    • Ensembles available for student participation include University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, Opera Chorus, Contemporary Group, Wind Ensemble, University Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Singers, as well as non-Western ensembles with visiting artists from around the globe.

 Program of Study: Master Of Music


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Music
  • Master Of Music (Accompanying)
  • Master Of Music (Brass)
  • Master Of Music (Choral Conducting)
  • Master Of Music (Composition)
  • Master Of Music (Harp)
  • Master Of Music (Harpsichord)
  • Master Of Music (Instrumental Conducting)
  • Master Of Music (Jazz Studies And Improvised Music)
  • Master Of Music (Opera Production)
  • Master Of Music (Organ)
  • Master Of Music (Percussion)
  • Master Of Music (Piano)
  • Master Of Music (Strings)
  • Master Of Music (Voice)
  • Master Of Music (Woodwinds)
Admission Requirements
  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution. Performance programs expect that applicants have a bachelor's degree in music or the equivalent experience and training in the field.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.00 or B average in the most recent two years of study.
  3. (Only if applying to Composition): Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), unless the applicant holds an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  4. International Applicants
    • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores must be less than two years old. Minimum scores is 90.

Entrance Auditions: Before acceptance into a performance-based School of Music graduate program, applicants need to pass an entrance audition in their major performance area.

 Master Of Music


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified

 Master Of Music (Accompanying)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified

 Master Of Music (Brass)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

51 credits

  1. Major Area (27 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 532, MUSICP 533, MUSICP 534 MUSICP 535
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits):
      MUSEN 500/501/502/546
    4. Master's recital prior to the master's exam:
      MUSIC 559 (3 credits)
  2. Other Studies (24 credits)
    1. Music Theory Electives: at least 9 credits of 400- or 500-level theory courses*
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUHST 500
    3. Music Electives (9 credits): Music History or Ethnomusicology courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Free Music Elective (3 credits): at least 3 credits from any 400- or 500-level MUSIC course
  3. Piano proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 (2 credits) or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Choral Conducting)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

70 credits

  1. Major Area (36 credits):
    1. Enroll in conducting lessons each quarter until recital requirement is satisfied (12 credits):
      MUSIC 583
    2. Enroll in Advanced Choral Techniques, MUSIC 553, each term conducting lessons are taken (12 credits)
    3. Ensemble (3 credits): MUSEN 550 or MUSEN 551
    4. Choral Repertoire (6 credits): from MUSIC 481, 482, 483, or 484
    5. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (33 credits)
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): at least 9 credits of 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUSHT 500
    3. Music History Electives (6 credits): from Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Voice Lessons (6 credits total): MUSAP 500 or MUSAP 520
    5. Recital Choir (6 credits total): MUSEN 507
    6. Instrumental Conducting (3 credits): from MUSIC 580/581/582
  3. Piano proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 (2 credits) or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Composition)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

45 credits

  1. Major Area (27 credits):
    1. Enroll in Graduate Composition each quarter until thesis (18 credits): MUSIC 591
    2. Prepare a Thesis Composition approved by the supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive review (9 credits): MUSIC 700
  2. Other Studies (18 credits):
    1. Music Theory (12 credits): At least 12 credits of 400- or 500-level theory* and computer music courses.
    2. Music Electives (6 credits): Music History or Ethnomusicology courses at the 400- or 500-level
  3. Piano proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam

 Master Of Music (Harp)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

48 credits

  1. Major Area (27 credits)
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): from
      MUSICP 536, MUSICP 538
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits total):
      MUSEN 500/501/502/504/508/568 (1 credit ea.)
    4. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559 (A jury of divisional faculty must approve degree recitals.)
  2. Other Studies (21 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (6 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Music Electives (3 credits): Music History or Ethnomusicology
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass an oral master's examination conducted by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Harpsichord)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

59 credits

  1. Major Area (29 credits):
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 523
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Additional Keyboard (2 credits total): MUSICP 501 or MUSICP 502
    4. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits): Any Choral Ensemble or Studio Accompanying and 1 credit of MUSEN 569 or MUSEN 583
  2. Other Studies (30 credits):
    1. Music Theory (9 credits): at least 9 credits of 400- or 500-level theory courses*
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research (3 credits): MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Keyboard Harmony (6 credits): MUSIC 473 and MUSIC 474
    5. Figured Bass Realization: MUSIC 475
  3. Foreign Language: Pass a graduate foreign language competency examination in German, French, Italian or Latin
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Instrumental Conducting)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

51 credits

  1. Major Area (21 credits):
    1. Enroll in performance study each quarter until performance requirements are satisfied (18 credits total) from: MUSIC 580/581/582
    2. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (30 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Keyboard Harmony (6 credits): MUSIC 473/474
    5. Figured Bass Realization: MUSIC 475
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 (2 credits) or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee

 Master Of Music (Jazz Studies And Improvised Music)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

49 credits

  1. Major Area (31 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) (18 credits from the following or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 526, MUSICP 531, MUSICP 533, MUSICP 534, MUSICP 538, MUSICP 537, MUSICP 541
      1. Note: Jazz percussion requirements may be satisfied as follows: MUSICP 537 (12 credits) and MUSICP 541 (6 credits) OR MUSICP 541 (15 credits) and MUSICP 537 (3 credits)
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Two ensembles each quarter private lessons are taken (10 credits): MUSEN 504, MUSEN 545, MUSEN 546, MUSEN 584
      1. Note: Jazz percussion majors must take a minimum of 3 credits of MUSEN 504
    4. Master's recital: MUSIC 599 (3 credits)
  2. Other studies (15 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (3 credits): List maintained by department
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (3 credits): Music History courses at 400- or 500-level
    4. Jazz area (6 credits): from 400- or 500-level Ethnomusicology or Jazz History courses
  3. Electives (3 credits): At least 3 credits of approved electives at 400- or 500- level
  4. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam
  5. Master's Examination: oral master's examination conducted by supervisory committee

 Master Of Music (Opera Production)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

45 credits

  1. Major Area (23 credits):
    1. MUSIC 492 and 493
    2. MUSIC 532 (12 credits total)
    3. Complete a master's recital prior to the Master's Exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (22 credits):
    1. Music Theory (6 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses*
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUHST 500
    3. History of Opera (9 credits): from MUHST 407, MUHST 413, MUHST 419, MUHST 537
    4. Drama 502
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 (2 credits) or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Voice Proficiency: Pass a voice proficiency exam or take on quarter of voice lessons at the 300-level
  5. Graduate Foreign Language Competency Examination: In German, French, Italian or Latin
  6. Master's Examination (Choose one of the following):
    1. Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by your Supervisory Committee
    2. Students may elect to write a thesis (in lieu of the topics) approved by a supervisory committee and pass a comprehensive oral examination plus a thesis defense. Students must take at least 9 credits of MUSIC 700 to complete this option

 Master Of Music (Organ)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

65 credits

  1. Major Area (35 credits):
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 522
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Additional Keyboard: at least 2 credits of MUSICP 501 or MUSICP 503
    4. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits): Any Choral Ensemble or Studio Accompanying and 1 credit each of MUSEN 569 or MUSEN 583
    5. Organ Repertoire: MUSIC 458 and MUSIC 459
    6. Complete a master's recital prior to the Master's Exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (30 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUSHT 500 (3 credits)
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Figured Bass Realization: MUSIC 475
    5. Keyboard Harmony: MUSIC 473 and 474
  3. Foreign Language: Pass a graduate foreign language competency examination in German, French, Italian or Latin
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Percussion)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

49 credits

  1. Major Area (26 credits):
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied) from:
      MUSICP 537, MUSICP 540, or MUSICP 541
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (5 credits): MUSEN 500/501/502/504/546
    4. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (18 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (3 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Music Electives (3 credits): Ethnomusicology or Jazz History at the 400- or 500-level
    5. Electives (5 credits):
      approved electives at the 400- or 500-level
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 (2 credits) or pass a piano proficiency exam at the equivalent level
  4. Master's Examination: Pass an oral master's examination conducted by your Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Piano)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

52 credits

  1. Major Area (26 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) (18 credits from the following or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 521
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken. (Students are exempt from the ensemble requirement during each quarter they are enrolled in MUSIC 559. TAs and GAs are exempt from the ensemble requirement each quarter they have an appointment.)
    4. Complete a master's recital prior to the Master's Exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559
  2. Other Studies (26 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives: at least 9 credits of 400- or 500-level theory courses*
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research: MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Free Music Electives (5 credits): approved 400- or 500- level Music courses
  3. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by your Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Strings)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

51 credits

  1. Major Area (27 credits)
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): from
      MUSICP 524, MUSICP 525, MUSICP 526, MUSICP 563
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits total): MUSEN 500
    4. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559, Master's Recital (3 credits) (A jury of divisional faculty must approve degree recitals.)
  2. Other Studies (24 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (3 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUSHT 500
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
    4. Music Electives (9 credits): at least 9 credits of approved 400- or 500-level electives
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass an oral master's examination conducted by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Voice)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

56 credits

  1. Major Area (44 credits)
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): MUSICP 520
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (4 credits total):
      MUSEN 507, 551, 569, 575, 580, 582, 583, 584
    4. Complete Vocal Repertoire: MUSIC 460, 461, 462, 476, 477, 478
    5. Complete Vocal Pedagogy: MUSIC 435, 436
    6. Complete two master's recitals prior to the Master's Exam, one solo and one chamber: MUSIC 559, Master's Recital (3 credits ea.) (A jury of divisional faculty must approve degree recitals.)
  2. Other Studies (12 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (3 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUHST 500
    3. Music Electives (6 credits): MUHST, MUSIC, or MUSED courses at the 400- or 500-level
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Foreign Language: Pass a graduate foreign language competency examination in German, French, Italian or Latin
  5. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral master's examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

 Master Of Music (Woodwinds)


Completion Requirements

Below are the common requirements applying to all options in the degree program. Specific requirements vary by degree option, see additional requirements section for option-specific information.

  1. Major Area (21-36 credits):
    1. Performance study (private lessons) until all recital requirements are met
    2. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken
    3. Master's culminating requirements (exams, recitals, thesis) vary by option chosen; see additional requirements section below
  2. Other Studies (18-33 credits)
    1. Coursework in music theory, music history, methods of musical research, music electives
    2. Additional option-specific requirements as specified
Additional Completion Requirements

48 credits

  1. Major Area (27 credits)
    1. Enroll in performance study (private lessons) (18 credits or until performance requirements are satisfied): from
      MUSICP 527, MUSICP 528, MUSICP 529, MUSICP 530, or MUSICP 531
    2. Pass a jury at the end of each year of private instruction unless a jury-approved recital has been completed
    3. Enroll in an ensemble each quarter private lessons are taken (6 credits total):
      MUSEN 500/501/502 (1 credit ea.)
    4. Complete a master's recital prior to the master's exam (3 credits): MUSIC 559(A jury of divisional faculty must approve degree recitals.)
  2. Other Studies (21 credits):
    1. Music Theory Electives (9 credits): 400- or 500-level theory courses
    2. Seminar in Methods of Musical Research, MUHST 500
    3. Music History Electives (9 credits): Music History courses at the 400- or 500-level
  3. Piano Proficiency: Complete MUSAP 235 or pass a piano proficiency exam
  4. Master's Examination: Pass a written and oral examination on approximately 10 topics approved by Supervisory Committee.

Additional Information
  • Financial Aid: A limited number of teaching and staff assistantships (including accompanying) are available. Competitive auditions for performance scholarships for new and returning students are held each year. See the school's Website (above) for more information about applications and audition dates.
  • Research Facilities
    • The Music Building contains the music library, an electronic composition laboratory, a listening center, and the ethnomusicology archives, as well as the studio, practice, and classroom facilities of a modern music department.
    • Ensembles available for student participation include University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, Opera Chorus, Contemporary Group, Wind Ensemble, University Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Singers, as well as non-Western ensembles with visiting artists from around the globe.