Texas Tech University

Purpose of Graduate Degrees

Master of Music in Composition

Students demonstrate advanced competencies in composition. Studies in this area comprise as much as two-thirds or at least one-third of the total curriculum. Students gain knowledge and skills in one or more fields of music outside the major such as history and literature, theory and analysis, musicology and ethnomusicology, performance, and pedagogy. Such supportive studies in music that broaden and deepen musical competence comprise at least one-third of the total curriculum.

Master of Music in Conducting

The Master of Music in Conducting program develops skills in pedagogy, score study and preparation, musical literacy, listening, and baton technique. Graduates will be prepared to meet many of the challenges of working with advanced ensembles.

Master of Music in Music Theory

Students in the Master of Music in Music Theory program will develop a broad base of knowledge in graduate-level music theory topics and will be prepared for professional work or doctoral studies in music theory.

Master of Music in Musicology

The Master's degree in musicology creates candidates who are sophisticated, incisive, and professional readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and thinkers about music as a part of human culture.

Master of Music in Pedagogy

Students in the Master of Music in Pedagogy program will be teachers whose own performing has reached a high level of attainment, and whose teaching incorporates comprehensive knowledge of techniques, methods, repertoire, and educational psychology. Graduates will be highly qualified as private teachers and as faculty members in higher education.

Master of Music in Performance

Students will be prepared to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level of achievement. Students will be able to apply skills in solo settings and in small and large ensemble settings. After completing all degree requirements, students should find opportunities for specialized performance careers or advanced performance study at the doctoral level.

Master of Music Education

Masters in Music Education is designed to prepare music educators for leadership positions in K-­‐12 music and/or for successful entrance into doctoral degree programs.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition

The doctoral degree program in composition stresses creative activity emphasizing the development of a personal aesthetic expressible in sound. Competencies also include a broad knowledge of historical and contemporary compositional practices, music theory, history and criticism, and creative approaches to relationships of these aspects to the compositional process.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

The Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting program leads students to develop advanced skills as conductors and pedagogues in the choral, orchestral, or wind areas of music. Graduates will be highly qualified as conductors and as faculty members in higher education.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Students will be prepared to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level of achievement. Students will be able to apply skills in solo settings and in small and large ensemble settings. After completing all degree requirements, students should find opportunities for specialized performance careers in the professional arena.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy will produce teachers of piano whose own performing has reached a high level of attainment, and whose teaching incorporates comprehensive knowledge of techniques, methods, repertoire, and educational psychology. Graduates will be highly qualified as private teachers and as faculty members in higher education.

Fine Arts Doctoral Program

The Fine Arts Doctoral Program offers a unique multidisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy, and thereby provides a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts and of aesthetic principles.

 

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