Texas Tech University

Overview of Master's Degrees

From the TTU Graduate School:

- Master's Overview (Thesis) | Master's Overview (non-Thesis)
- Master's Checklist of Detailed Actions (both)

Master of Music

Concentrations: Composition, Conducting Music Theory, Musicology, Pedagogy, Performance

The Master of Music degree consists of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work, including recitals for the performance student, thesis for the musicology or music theory student, and an original composition for the composition student. The conducting student may present either two performances or one with a paper in support of the performance.

The Master of Music degree in Conducting is offered in three areas of specialization: Choral, Orchestral, and Wind, and is attained with a 30-hour program that includes two recitals. Both performances must be judged satisfactory by the student's applied music faculty committee.

The Master of Music degree in Pedagogy is offered in two areas of specialization (2nd concentrations), Strings and Keyboard. MM Pedagogy degrees are attained with a 36-hour program without thesis or recitals.

The Master of Music degree in Performance is offered in five areas of specialization: Jazz, Keyboard, Strings, Voice, and Winds/Percussion, and is attained with a 32-hour program that includes two recitals. Both performances must be judged satisfactory by the student's applied music faculty committee.

There is one foreign language requirement for the master's degree with a field of specialization in music history; also, MM Voice Performance students must demonstrate singing proficiency in English, French, German, and Italian.

Track/Concentration Degree Plans:

MM Composition
MM Conducting:
  MM Choral Conducting | MM Orchestral Conducting | MM Wind Conducting
MM Music Theory
MM Musicology
MM Pedagogy:
     MM Keyboard Pedagogy |MM String Pedagogy
(under revision)
MM Performance:
 
MM Jazz Performance | MM Keyboard Performance | MM String Performance | MM Voice Performance | MM Winds/Percussion Performance

Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education degree may be attained with a 30-hour program that includes a thesis or a 36-hour program without a thesis.

All MME degree programs include 5 required courses (3 specified music education courses; 1 choice in musicology; 1 choice in music theory). All other hours are elective based on the interests of the student and advice of the major professor.

Elective hours may be selected to emphasize: Best Practices in Band/Orchestra/Choir/Elementary, Conducting, Kodaly Certification, Music Technology, Music Research, Applied Lessons, Ensembles, additional Musicology or Music Theory, other topics of interest.

Coursework for all MME degree plans may be completed:

- during the long terms (Fall and Spring)
- during the summers
- at a distance
- any combination of the above

MME DEGREE PLANS Thesis Track Non-Thesis Track

Distance Only - Master of Music Education

MME DISTANCE DEGREE PLANS: Thesis Track | Non-Thesis Track

The Master of Music Education degree described above may be earned completely at a distance.

Distance options include:

  • online-only classes (asynchronous – no class meetings)
  • classes taken at a distance via video-conferencing (synchronous – must be online at the times the classes meet)

Download distance degree plans, course listings, and application/registration instructions at the TTU Music Education home page.

Summers Only - Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education degree described above may be completed in residence during long terms, in summers only, or in summers plus long term coursework. Click here for more information.

CONTACT: Dr. Jacqueline C. Henninger, 806.834.2661,  jacqueline.henninger@ttu.edu

Bachelor + Early Admission Masters Program in Music Education (BM+ Early Admission MMED)

This program allows exceptional students to enroll in 9 specified hours and dual count them toward both the Bachelor of Music Leading toward Teacher Certification degree and the Masters of Music Education degree at Texas Tech University. These students enroll in the School of Music as well as the Graduate School while they are still undergraduates.

CONTACT: Dr. Jacqueline C. Henninger, 806.834.2661,  jacqueline.henninger@ttu.edu