GRADUATE MUSIC DEGREES

The Master of Music (M.M.) with Major in Music is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles and chamber music coaching. Florida Atlantic University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Department adheres to nationally accepted standards regarding the faculty's creative and scholarly research, including making music, studying music and its influences, advancing the pedagogy of music and facilitating music activities. 

Multiple concentrations are available for the Master of Music (M.M.) in Commercial Music, Choral Conducting, Composition, Orchestral String Performance, Piano Performance, Wind Conducting, Wind and Percussion Performance, and Vocal Performance.  Master of Music Curriculum

How to apply

To be eligible for the M.M. degree, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in music with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The preferred deadline for consideration is February 20.  Applications received after the preferred deadline will only be considered if positions remain.  

Prepare the following materials:

  • Graduate College Application
  • Department of Music Audition Application
  • Audition Information (Conducting and Performance)
  • Portfolio Information (Composition and Commercial Music)
    • Composition:
      • Submit a portfolio which must consist of at least three original scores and matching recordings. MIDI is acceptable, but live recordings are preferred. The compositions should best demonstrate the compositional abilities of the applicant.
      • To submit your portfolio, please send a link to a cloud-sharing folder, such as Dropbox or Google Docs, to Dr. Kevin Wilt at wiltk@fau.edu.
      • For questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Wilt at wiltk@fau.edu.
    • Commercial Music:
      • Submit a C.V. and portfolio, which must consist of at least three original compositions, one of which should be scored for full orchestra. The orchestration may be synthesized, although live instrumentation is preferred. A full score must accompany each composition. Submission should best represent your work as a composer.
      • Applicants must have knowledge of music production, computer music sequencing, music notation, arranging, and orchestration.
      • To submit your portfolio, please send a link to a cloud-sharing folder, such as Dropbox or Google Docs, to Prof. Michael Zager at mzager@fau.edu.
      • For questions, please contact Prof. Michael Zager at mzager@fau.edu

Graduate Assistantships

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for Graduate Assistantships, which provide full tuition waivers and a monthly stipend during the academic year. To apply for an assistantship, please submit the following to Dr. Marc Decker at deckerm@fau.edu in addition to the above materials:

  • Two letters of recommendations, sent directly from their authors
  • A one-page statement of professional goals
  • A current curriculum vitae

For more information on Graduate Assistantships, please visit: http://www.fau.edu/graduate/tuition-benefits/index.php 

More Information

For more information, please visit the following links from the FAU Graduate College

Questions

For other questions about the Master of Music program or application process, please contact the Department of Music Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Marc Decker at deckerm@fau.edu