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Master of Music

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Our Master of Music provides intensive experiences in performance, conducting, or composition, as well as courses geared to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the literature of your area of concentration - and a greater understanding of music in general. Our program is tailored for aspiring musicians who wish to make a career as a performer, conductor, or composer. It is also appropriate if you plan to continue your studies at the Ph.D. or D.M.A. level.

Graduates of Rowan's Master of Music program have gone on to major doctoral programs, orchestral careers, arts leadership positions, and careers as college professors and public school teachers.

The M.M. at Rowan University is designed to be four semesters long, but can be completed in two or three semesters - depending on number of hours taken/semester and the course rotation schedule.

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Instrumental Performance Concentration and Vocal Performance Concentration

  • Music Theory and Music History placement exams the first week of classes (not admission bearing)
  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 34-38 s.h
  • Culminating Experience (Recital): a recital jury is only required under special circumstances
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis Requirement: none

The Master of Music Performance offers the following focus areas: Guitar, Keyboard, Orchestral Instruments, and Vocal. The number of credits required to complete this program depends on the chosen focus area.

The following courses make up the Master of Music program.

  • Required Courses: 6 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Required Graduate Performance Music Courses: 12-16 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Concentration Courses: 2-4 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Elective Courses: 3-7 semester hours (s.h.)
    • Choose focus area approved electives.
      • Focus Area - Orchestral Instruments: 12 semester hours (s.h.)
      • Focus Area - Guitar: 5 semester hours (s.h.)
      • Focus Area - Keyboard: 7 semester hours (s.h.)
      • Focus Area - Vocal: 3 semester hours (s.h.)
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 6 S.H.
MUS 04560 Form and Analysis 3
MUSG 05547 Music and the Related Arts 3
Required Graduate Music Performance Courses: 12-16 S.H.
MUS 10509 Graduate Applied Instrument I 4
MUS 10510 Graduate Applied Instrument II 4
MUS 10511 Graduate Applied Instrument III 4
MUS 10512 Graduate Applied Instrument IV 4
MUS 10513 Graduate Applied Voice I 4
MUS 10514 Graduate Applied Voice II 4
MUS 10515 Graduate Applied Voice III 4
MUS 10516 Graduate Applied Voice IV 4
MUS 10517 Graduate Applied Instrument I 6
MUS 10518 Graduate Applied Instrument II 6
MUS 10519 Graduate Applied Instrument III 6
MUS 10520 Graduate Applied Instrument IV 6
MUS 10521 Graduate Applied Voice I 6
MUS 10522 Graduate Applied Voice II 6
MUS 10523 Graduate Applied Voice III 6
MUS 10524 Graduate Applied Voice IV 6
Concentration Courses: 2-4 S.H.
MUS 10539 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10540 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10538 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10537 Graduate Ensemble: Concert Choir 1
MUS 10541-10544 Graduate Ensemble: Jazz Band 1
MUS 10545-10548 Graduate Ensemble: Lab Band 1
MUS 10549 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10550 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10551 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10552 Graduate Ensemble: Orchestra 1
MUS 10553 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10554 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10555 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 10556 Graduate Ensemble: Wind Ensemble 1
MUS 04536 Chamber Music I 1
MUS 04537 Chamber Music II 1
Elective Courses: 3-7 S.H.
MUSG 06546 Development and Interpretation of Symphonic Literature 3
MUSG 06509 String Instrument Literature 3
MUSG 06542 Opera Literature 3
MUSG 06503 Jazz History 3
MUSG 06506 Art Song Literature 3
MUSG 06511 Twentieth Century Band Literature 3
MUS 04565 Seminar in Band Conducting 3
Focus Area Courses: Orchestral Instrument Courses:
MUS 04536 Chamber Music I 1
Focus Area Courses: Guitar Courses: 5 S.H.
MUS 04536 Chamber Music I 1
MUS 04537 Chamber Music II 1
MUSG 06505 History and Literature of Guitar and Lute 3
SMED 32506 Guitar Pedagogy 3
Focus Area Courses: Keyboard Courses: 7 S.H.
MUSG 06510 Keyboard Literature 3
MUS 04551 Piano Accompanying I 1
SMED 32507 Piano Pedagogy 3
Focus Area Courses: Vocal Courses: 3 S.H.
MUSG 06506 Art Song Literature 3
MUSG 06542 Opera Literature 3
MUS 04551 Piano Accompanying I 1
MUS 04545 Opera Role Study I 3
MUS 04546 Opera Role Study II 3

*The Vocal Focus Area requires an approved French, German, or Italian language course.

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed Music Audition Application
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Performance Audition (at which any required foundation courses are determined)
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Career Outlook

Many musicians pursue advanced degrees to develop a better understanding of their craft, create meaningful connections with music, and hone their practice. Our master's degree in music will provide the intensive experience that is necessary to carry your music career aspirations to the next level - for performers, conductors or composers.


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