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Thinking About a Graduate Music Degree?

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Master of Music degrees in: Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy, and Performance.


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Why Belmont?

Belmont's School of Music offers its students the best of both worlds - a large high-powered music program, offering a variety of professional graduate degrees, in a small, liberal arts setting. Located at the end of historic Music Row near the heart of Nashville, Belmont's quiet, neighborhood campus provides a peaceful, inspiring environment for musicians to practice and learn.

Our nationally recognized faculty is here to offer personal support and guidance to each student in the program - this means that your seminars and classes are kept small to allow professors to work with you one on one. In addition, our mentoring committees work to nurture each musician in the program and guide them towards challenging and rewarding programs of study.

With dozens of showcases and performances every semester, Belmont offers abundant performance opportunities to its students. Of course, if you study at Belmont, you will be living in Nashville, Tennessee - a city with unparalleled opportunities for musicians of all kinds.

Many resources are available on the Belmont campus: a comprehensive music library with full-time staff; the Massey Performing Arts Center, which contains the 1,000-seat Massey Concert Hall and the 100-seat Harton Recital Hall; the Wilson Music Building, with state-of-the-art music technology labs; a vocal arts lab, numerous classrooms, studios and practice rooms; the Belmont Mansion Grand Salon, which provides a historic setting for chamber music; and a recently opened 876-seat venue for acoustic performances, McAfee Concert Hall. Read more about our School of Music Facilities.

What Master of Music majors do we offer?

The Belmont University Master of Music Degree includes six majors: Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy, and Performance. Our majors offer distinctive features.

  • Church Music coursework has an ecumenical emphasis and offers the applied option of conducting.
  • Commercial Music curriculum emphasizes all styles of commercial music and students work with industry professionals in an Apprenticeship.
  • Composition students make use of the New Music Ensemble as a performance lab.
  • Music Education coursework in Kodaly and Orff pedagogies is taught by renowned expert faculty.
  • Active artist faculty and pedagogues teach in the Instrumental Performance and Instrumental Pedagogy majors,
  • The Vocal Pedagogy program has an educational association with the Vanderbilt Voice Center and maintains a Vocal Arts Lab on Belmont's campus.
  • Students in Vocal Performance may participate in Belmont Opera activities each semester and apply for the Nashville Opera Fellows educational program.

Each of the strong musical and academic graduate curricula Belmont offers consists of 34 total hours. The Master of Music is designed to be completed in two (2) years; students have up to six (6) years to complete the degree. 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 paper), (b) full recital track (includes a recital paper), (c) thesis/project track, and (d) recording project track (includes a production paper).

Learn More:

We invite you to take some time to investigate our Web site and see what great opportunities await Belmont graduate students. (Click here to view our graduate music catalog.)

Please feel free to contact us or visit our campus if you would like to learn more about our programs.

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