Master's Degree

Music (M.M.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Music degree program in the Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Master of Music degree offers the opportunity for advanced study for qualified students who wish to emphasize in several areas. Students may emphasize in instrumental or choral conducting, vocal or instrumental performance, music education, or piano or vocal Pedagogy.  The Master of Music degree is designed to develop and foster high achievement in performance and teaching; to prepare the student for a career as a performer, conductor, or educator; or to serve as a basis for pursuing doctoral studies in music.

Degree Requirements:

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 31 to 36 hours depending on the emphasis.

Admission requirements and pre-requisites:

Applicants are expected to hold the Bachelor of Music degree or Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in their intended area of graduate emphasis or the equivalent.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores:  Not required

Resume:  Not required

Letters of Recommendations:  3 L/R Required- from established professionals commenting on the appropriateness of graduate study in music for the applicant

Statement of Purpose:  Recommended

Instrumental and Choral Conducting: Audition in person or provide a recent digital video (CD or DVD format preferred, VHS videotape accepted) demonstrating the mastery in a rehearsal or performance situation.

Vocal or Instrumental Performance: Audition in person (or with acceptable justification approved by the auditioning committee provide a recent digital recording) demonstrating the mastery in the proposed performance medium.

Music Education: Submit a digital video of teaching skills (CD or DVD format preferred, VHS videotape accepted), a curriculum vitae or portfolio, document two years of successful elementary or secondary level teaching, and complete written entrance exam.

Piano Pedagogy and Performance or Vocal Pedagogy and Performance: Audition in person or provide a recent digital recording or video (CD or DVD preferred, VHS videotape accepted) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed pedagogy and performance medium.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants):  550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants):  6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- May 15

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Drew Stephen, Ph.D.
Email Address: Drew.Stephen@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-5686

Department Website: http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/graduate-students


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