Graduate Studies in Music
Cynthia R. Curtis, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Kris Elsberry, Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Jeffery Ames, Anthony Belfiglio, Madeline Bridges, Wayne Causey*, Jennifer Coleman, Cynthia Curtis, Bruce Dudley, Sandra Dudley, Kris Elsberry, Deen Entsminger, Jocelyn Fisher*, Robert Gregg, Richard Hoffman, Jeff Kirk, Kristian Klefstad, Terry Klefstad, Barry Kraus, Peter Lamothe, Daniel Landes, Robert Marler, Keith Mason, Keith Moore, Keith Nicholas*, Christopher Norton, Kathryn Paradise, William Pursell, Richard Shadinger, Elisabeth Small, Robert Thompson*, Carolyn Treybig*, Joel Treybig, Roy Vogt*, Mark Volker, Jane Warren, Kristi Whitten, Ted Wylie
To be a nationally recognized, comprehensive graduate program where talented students and expert teachers practice scholarship, performance, and creativity in the study of music.
To provide a challenging environment where graduate students are encouraged to develop creativity, research, and excellence in the areas of music composition, church music, music education, performance, and pedagogy.
The goals for graduate study in music are:
1) To enhance and extend the educational knowledge of students preparing for careers in music.
2) To offer various curricula in graduate study for the student desiring to pursue advanced study in music.
3) To enrich the cultural and musical environment of the university community.
The Belmont University School of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The Master of Music Degree
The Master of Music Degree is a professional music degree designed for students seeking advanced study in music in the areas of Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy (keyboard, instrumental, vocal), or Performance (keyboard, instrumental, vocal). Students applying to this program typically will have completed undergraduate degrees in music. The professional goals of students in this program include doctoral study in music, careers in performance, elementary and secondary school music teaching, private or college teaching and church music positions.
Master of Music Curricula
The Belmont University Master of Music Degree includes six majors: Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy, and Performance. Each of the strong musical and academic curricula consists of 34 total hours. Graduate students in each major are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations as well as a culminating project. Culminating Project track options vary according to the major and include: (a) lecture recital track (includes a research project), (b) full recital track (includes a recital paper), (c) thesis/project track. Requirements of each track are described in the Guidelines to the Master of Music Degree available on the Belmont University web site.
Master of Music - Major in Church Music
Students pursuing advanced academic study in Church Music are preparing to be ministers of music, choirmasters, organists, children's choir leaders or a combination of these roles. Students in this program may focus on performance, research, or conducting.
Coursework is required in worship, church music education, hymnology, and choral literature. Supervised work in a church setting is a practical component of this curriculum. Supporting courses in music include research, theory, history, and applied studies.
Church Music majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations. The culminating project is the lecture recital track.
Master of Music - Major in Commercial Music
This major is designed for students wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills related to the performance and composition/arranging of commercial music. The major offers two emphasis areas: performance and media composition and arranging. Graduates of the Master of Music with a Major in Commercial Music should enhance their opportunities to become professional commercial performers, composers/arrangers, producers, and musicians in a variety of creative mediums in the commercial music industry. Courses in audio engineering, entrepreneurial challenges, and apprenticeship are included in the major. This degree/major will also make possible the pursuit of doctoral programs within certain discipline areas.
Master of Music - Major in Composition
The Master of Music in Composition is designed for students wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge in the area of music composition. Graduates with a major in Composition pursue careers as professional free-lance composers/arrangers, serve as adjunct instructors in regional and community colleges, and/or continue study in a doctoral program leading to a university teaching position.
Coursework is required in applied composition, composition seminar, compositional analysis, and theory pedagogy. Supporting courses in music include research, history, ensemble participation, and theory.
Composition majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations. The culminating project for the MM in composition includes a 50-minute chamber recital of original compositions as well as a recital paper.
Master of Music - Major in Music Education
The Master of Music in Music Education is designed to train today's music teacher as both musician and educator. Graduate students majoring in Music Education choose from three specializations: elementary/middle school, secondary choral, or secondary instrumental.
In addition to courses in the area of specialization, coursework also is required in music education foundations and contemporary educational issues. Supporting courses in music include research, theory, history, ensemble participation, and applied studies.
Music Education majors are required to successfully complete written and oral comprehensive examinations. The culminating project is a choice of either the lecture recital or thesis/project track.
Master of Music - Major in Pedagogy
Students entering the Pedagogy Major seek specialization in the teaching of their particular performance area. A secondary but important emphasis is placed on performance.
Pedagogy majors are interested in establishing private teaching studio businesses and/or teaching in community colleges. Some will continue graduate study in doctoral programs leading to college and university teaching positions.
Pedagogy courses include two semesters of pedagogy and one semester of supervised teaching. Applied study and repertoire are also part of the major. Supporting music courses include research, theory, and history.
Pedagogy majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations. The culminating project is a choice of either the lecture recital or the thesis/project track .
Master of Music - Major in Performance
Students who have achieved a high level of skill in their performance area during undergraduate careers and wish to further develop their performance abilities seek this degree. Performance majors specialize in their applied performance area with a secondary component in the teaching of that area.
In this degree, students prepare to become professional performing musicians. It is assumed that most graduates of the Performance Major will either become professional performers or continue study in Doctor of Musical Arts programs leading to university teaching positions.
Performance majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations and follow the full recital track for the culminating project.
Please see the header link "Academic Policies" at the top of this page for information including admission to the program, K-12 Licensure, undergraduates petitioning to take a graduate course, and basic scholarship information.
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