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Graduate Studies in Music at
West Texas A&M University

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At a Glance - Master of Music in Performance

At a Glance - Master of Arts in Music

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The Graduate School at West Texas A&M University

Music Applicants for Master’s degrees must first apply to the Graduate School. The MA and MM degrees are degree programs offered by the West Texas A&M University through a community of scholars comprised of graduate faculty and students known as the graduate school. The following steps outline how to become part of that community.
Graduate School Admission

Potential graduate students in music are expected to have attained a bachelor's degree in music or other comparable certification to demonstrate significant knowledge of the subject material in regard to Theory, History, and Performance.

An application and application fee must be filed on-line with the Graduate School.

For more information about a specific master's degree please fill out the
Information Request Form

Official transcripts of all previous and current college work may sent to:

Graduate School
WTAMU Box 60215
Canyon, TX 79016

Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are not required for music.

The School of Music at West Texas A&M University

The School of music consists of 26 faculty members and over 225 music majors. This music community has performed around the world as ensembles, chamber groups, soloists, composers and has presented in kind with clinics, seminars, articles, books, lectures, and research.

Admission to the Department

Applicants for the department are required to submit a letter of intent detailing their degree focus, performance medium, and professional goals and aspirations. A program-specific audition is required for prospective graduate music students. Contact Dr. BJ Brooks, the department Graduate Advisor, for details regarding your audition requirements or for other regarding graduate studies in music at West Texas A&M University.

 

Master Programs in Music-

The MM & MA at a glance

WT offers the following options for the Master of Music degree:   

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Master of Music (5202) - Major in Music Performance - conducting features include:
4 semesters of 3-credit hour applied music in conducting
Conducting, rehearsing and performing with a university ensemble
Required 2 semesters of each of the following -
   Music History, Music Theory, Music Literature

Master of Music (5202) - Major in Music Performance - instrumental features include:
4 semesters of 3-credit hour applied instrumental music
   You may select among the following applied Music options-
   Bassoon, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Horn, Oboe, Organ,
   Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Cello
Graduate Instrumental Recital

Master of Music (5202) - Major in Music Performance - vocal features include:
4 semesters of 3-credit hour applied music with your medium
Graduate Vocal Recital

Master of Music (5202) - Major in Music Performance - composition features include:
4 semesters of 3-credit hour applied composition
Graduate Composition Recital

 

All Master of Music degrees include the following requirements-

 

2 semesters of each of the following - Music History, Music Theory, Music Literature
Each semester of enrollment in nine semester hours or more (four semester hours or more in a summer session),
   the student must enroll in a major ensemble.
Prior to graduation, candidates will be required to pass an oral examination over the thesis or the literature in their recital,
   depending on the option selected, and the major field of study.

 

WT offers the following options for the Master of Art in music degrees:

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Master of Arts (5203) Major in Music - Recital Option - 30 Hours - features include:
2 semesters of applied music with your medium (maximum of 8 hours)
4 semesters of 3-credit hour applied instrumental music
You may select among the following applied Music options-
   Bassoon, Clarinet, Conducting, Composition, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Horn,
   Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Cello
Graduate Recital

Master of Arts (5203) Major in Music - Composition Option - 30 Hours - features include:
2 semesters of composition thesis
Maximum of 8 hours of applied lessons

Master of Arts (5203) Major in Music - Thesis Option - 30 Hours - features include:
2 semesters of composition thesis
Thesis direction as a result of close interaction with thesis advisor

Master of Arts (5203) Major in Music - Non-Thesis Option - 36 Hours - features include:
36 hours of varied classes with numerous graduate music electives

 

All Master of Art in Music degrees have the following requirements:

 

Each semester of enrollment in nine semester hours or more (four semester hours or more in a summer session),
   the student must enroll in a major ensemble.
Prior to graduation, candidates will be required to pass an oral examination over the thesis or the literature
   in their recital, depending on the option selected, and the major field of study.

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