Texas Tech University

Graduate Degrees

The School of Music offers six Master of Music degrees, a Doctor of Philosophy degree, and four Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. 

Bachelor + Master's Program in Music Education (BM+MMED)

This program allows exceptional students to enroll in 6 specified hours and dually counts them toward both the Bachelor of Music degree leading toward Teacher Certification and the Master of Music Education degree at Texas Tech University. These students enroll in the School of Music as well as in the Graduate School while they are still undergraduates.

Master of Music in Music

Fields of Specialization:

  • Composition
  • Conducting (pending NASM Plan Approval)
  • 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 Master of Music degree in string pedagogy or keyboard pedagogy may be attained with a 36-hour program without thesis or recitals. For the performance or the accompanying/chamber music student, two public performances are required. Both performances must be judged satisfactory by the student's applied music faculty committee. The conducting student may present either two performances or one with a paper in support of the 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.

Master of Music Education — Summers Only

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.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Fields of Specialization:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is a 45-hour program oriented toward professional practice in music emphasizing the creation or performance of musical works and the application and transmission of knowledge about musical works. A non-dissertation program, the degree culminates in four doctoral performance projects that are designed to suit the professional interests and aspirations of the student. Of singular importance is the inclusion of 9 credit hours of fine arts courses drawn from visual arts, theatre, aesthetics, and other related areas of study.

Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts

Field of Specialization: Music

The music field of specialization in the Ph.D. in Fine Arts consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours, which includes fine arts requirements and electives, an individualized music curriculum, and a dissertation. Concentrations are in administration, composition, conducting, music education, music history, pedagogy, performance, and theory. The residence requirement for the fine arts doctoral program is fulfilled by satisfactory completion of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework during one 12-month period.

Language Requirement

The musicology concentration in both the master's and the doctoral program requires one foreign language. Other concentrations may or may not have this requirement, depending on the dissertation area. Except for the musicology concentration (one foreign language), no foreign language requirement exists for the Master of Music degrees or for the Master of Music Education degree. Vocal performance students must demonstrate singing proficiency in French, German, and Italian.

Each department offering a doctoral program determines its language requirements, subject to the approval of the Graduate Council. Language requirements, if any, are described in the sections of this catalog devoted to instructional departments. To qualify for admission to candidacy in those programs that have a language requirement, applicants must demonstrate their competence in one of the following ways:

  • Students may fulfill the reading knowledge requirement by passing the second course of the sophomore sequence of the required language with a C- or better.
  • Students may satisfy the standard competency level by enrolling in one of the special 6-hour programs for graduate students offered in French, German, and Spanish by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. The second half of such a program must be passed with a grade of B- or better.
  • Students may fulfill the language proficiency requirement by passing a standardized examination in French, German, Spanish, or Latin given in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or by passing one of the examinations in French, German, or Spanish furnished by the Educational Testing Service and administered by the university's Testing Center. Arrangements for these examinations should be made in the applicable unit. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures will administer the examinations in any other foreign language in which instruction is offered by the department. Arrangements for testing for other foreign languages will be approved by the graduate dean.

Students majoring or minoring in foreign languages in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures are subject to higher performance levels in satisfying the doctoral requirement. Students should consult the graduate advisor of the appropriate language for guidelines. Some departments require a tool subject in lieu of or in addition to the language requirement. When this requirement exists, see the appropriate departmental section in this catalog for further information. If this provision is satisfied by formal courses, a grade of B or better is required either in a single course or in the last of a sequence of such courses passed not more than seven years prior to the student's approval for doctoral work.

For more information, click here for the Fine Arts Doctoral Program web site.

Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice provides graduate music majors with the option of tailoring their coursework and medium ensemble participation to focus on the research and performance of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. This resume-enhancing certificate is especially recommended for musicology, theory, choral, or vocal/instrumental students who wish to obtain the in-demand skills required of specialists in the dynamic area of early music scholarship and performance.

For more information, please contact Dr. Angela Mariani Smith at angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu, or visit the TTU Collegium Musicum web site.

Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

This graduate certificate is designed for the professional piano teacher. The 13-hour to 17-hour curriculum (with flexible scheduling) provides enrichment and skill development both musically and pedagogically. It can also assist participants in qualifying as Nationally Certified Teachers of Music through the Music Teachers National Association.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carla Davis Cash at carla.d.cash@ttu.edu.


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