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The Master of Music (M.M.) degree is designed for graduate students who desire focused, professional study in composition, conducting, music education or performance within the context of a major research university.

All of our M.M. degrees can be completed in two years and require thirty credit hours of graduate-level work. Most M.M. degrees culminate in a recital or other major project but do not require a traditional thesis.

The M.M. degrees in performance, conducting and composition include four semesters of individual instruction, courses in music theory, history, pedagogy and literature.

The M.M. in music education is designed for practicing educators who are interested in honing their professional skills (music educators considering graduate study culminating in the Ph.D., should consider our M.A. degree in music education instead). Learn more about our music education program.


Requirements for the M.M. degrees vary by emphasis, but with the exception of those concentrating in music education, M.M. students generally complete thirty credit hours divided between:

  • Individual instruction
  • Courses in music theory, history, pedagogy and literature
  • Recital or other final project