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. 

Two concentrations are available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Performance and Commercial Music.

  • The Performance concentration prepares music students for professional careers as soloists, composers, conductors, or private studio teachers, and/or for the pursuit of further academic study in wind or choral conducting, composition, or performance (instrumental, piano, voice, guitar)
  • The Commercial Music concentration instructs graduate students in advanced composition, arranging and music production for film, television and digital media.
  • 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 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 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: 

More Information

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


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