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Degrees, Programs & Curricula

The University of Tennessee School of Music offers both the Masters of Music degree and the Artist Certificate.

Master of Music

The Master of Music degree is an advanced professional collegiate degree in music. Its primary emphasis is the refinement of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. The School of Music at UT offers the Master of Music degree with concentrations in:

Areas

  • Collaborative Piano
    The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree is designed for students who desire careers in vocal coaching and/or accompanying.  Students who complete the program should be able to collaborate with a wide variety of solo and chamber ensemble musicians as well as coach other musicians in the preparation of their own performance.
  • Music Composition
    The Master of Music in Composition degree prepares students for careers as composers, both with traditional instruments and voices and with electronic instruments. The degree is also intended to prepare student composers for further study in composition at the doctoral level.
  • Choral Conducting
    The Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree is intended for students who wish to have a career as conductors of school, church, community, or college/university choral ensembles. The program is also appropriate for those who wish to pursue doctoral work in conducting.
  • Instrumental Conducting
    The Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree is designed for students who desire a career as the conductor of school, civic, or college/university ensembles. The program is also appropriate for those who wish to pursue doctoral work in conducting.
  • Jazz Studies
    The Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree is designed for musicians who intend to pursue careers as performers/teachers in the field of jazz and so provides training and experience in the performance, composition, and history of jazz.
  • Music Education
    The Master of Music in Music Education is designed for persons who seek advanced training in contemporary pedagogy and for persons who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in music education. One track of the program also provides for acquiring certification to teach in the state of Tennessee along with the master's degree.
  • Music Theory
    The Master of Music in Music Theory is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study in music theory, theory pedagogy, and/or music theory/technology, and for students who desire further study in theory at the doctoral level.
  • Musicology
    The Master of Music in Musicology is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in musicology. The degree is intended to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level and/or teach music history-related courses at the college/university level.
  • Music Performance
    The Master of Music in Performance is designed for accomplished performers who intend to pursue careers as performers or teachers. Graduates of the program are qualified to pursue doctoral work in performance. The program is available with piano, organ, strings, wind/brass/percussion, or vocal concentrations.
  • Pedagogy
    The Master of Music in Pedagogy (piano and vocal concentrations) is designed for accomplished performers who intend to pursue careers as teachers of piano or voice in private studios and college/university settings. The degree program aims to provide the student training and experience in pedagogy and literature and the application of this knowledge in the field of teaching.

Certificate Programs

The Graduate Artist Certificate
The Graduate Artist Certificate program is a full-time graduate performance program designed to prepare the most talented, outstanding keyboard and string performers for careers as professional performing musicians. Students accepted into this program must demonstrate the ability to perform advanced repertoire with technical and artistic mastery and have the potential for success at major competitions or auditions for major orchestras, or want to begin a professional career.  Students in this program will take courses that build the repertoire, artistry, and performance skills necessary for a professional performer.

The Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy
Students who are already in a Masters of Music program may also earn a Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy. This program will provide students with the coursework and practical experience needed to teach high school or undergraduate music theory courses.

Graduate Curricula

Click on the name of the degree above for specific requirements for the degree.

Core requirements

All students in the Master of Music curricula are required to complete the following core courses:

Description

Course Name

Hours

Music Bibliography

Mus Gen 510

3

Music Theory Elective

Mus Theory 500 level (Excluding Music Theory 590 and 595)
or Mus Gen 520

3

Musicology Elective

Musicology 500 level

3

Music Electives, when not otherwise qualified, may include any course offered for graduate credit with the exception of Ensembles, to which the following limitations apply:

  • Ensemble courses may not be counted as Music Electives in concentrations that require 4 hours in Ensemble.
  • In other concentrations, a maximum of 2 hours in Ensemble may be counted as Music Electives. Students in the Wind and Percussion concentration may count 3 hours of Ensemble as Music Electives.

 



 

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