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The Master of Music degree (M.M.) is available in the areas of Keyboard Performance, and Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy

Individual instruction, ensemble experience, master classes, teaching opportunities, as well as performance opportunities both on and off-campus enhance private study with internationally renowned artist teachers. Supporting academic instruction, now with an additional courses available focusing on artist development, enriches the performance experience, which culminates with a final recital.

The competitive reality of the market for performers and teachers has never been more demanding. We are proud that many of our students have gone on to DMA studies, win awards at piano competitions, have been invited to publish in recognized periodicals, and are currently in teaching positions both in the U.S. and abroad.

Our current and past FSOM piano students have participated and won prizes at competitions such as:

  • Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Queen Elizabeth Competition
  • Van Cliburn Competition
  • Sydney International Piano Competition
  • Paderewski Piano Competition

Our mission at the Frost School of Music is to have you join them!

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Master of Music

If you are a musician or music professional with a bachelor’s degree and are interested in pursuing a career in teaching or competitive performance, a master of music degree may be for you. With a high level of focus in your instrument, you will combine further musical training with expertise in music theory, musicology, music history, or another area of focus. A master of music is a flexible degree that affords you more time to devote to becoming an expert in your field. The master of music degree will put you at a competitive advantage in the job market in addition to making you a more well-versed, well-rounded musician.

How Do I Know if I Need a Master of Music?

Before seeking a master of music, you will need to attain a bachelor’s degree in a music-related field. A bachelor’s degree will give you the fundamental and foundational skills you need to succeed during your master’s degree. You may want to seek a master of music degree if you would like more time to work closely with award-winning faculty to expand and enhance your musical skills. Deciding whether to pursue a master of music is also dictated by your career goals. Do you want to teach in higher education or another elite institution? Are you interested in music history, theory, or another area of study? A master of music degree gives you an additional credential that can help you achieve your goals.

What Do Master of Music Graduates Go On To Do?

Some master of music graduates pursue further study by applying to a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Other graduates pursue teaching opportunities, enter fields in music business, or work in the field of music law. Other graduates focus seriously on performance. These graduates have spent a significant amount of time practicing and studying to perform at a high level. With a master of music degree, you will be able to work closely with faculty who can help you identify which opportunities are a good match for your trajectory. These faculty can also help you determine what additional skills you need to gain in order to meet your long-term goals. Faculty have worked with numerous students in your shoes and know what it takes to help get you to where you want to be.

What is the Role of Collaboration in a Master of Music Program?

No matter which master of music program you choose to pursue, collaboration will be a key component of your success. In any high-level program, your cohort will be the people with whom you will learn and grow. Working together not only in performance, but in terms of research, entrepreneurship, and other areas will help you become a high-level, competitive player. Your goal may be to become a composer, a conductor, or a professionally-performing musician. No matter the music field, professionals who can navigate collaboration, problem-solve effectively, and use strong interpersonal skills are worth their weight in gold. Faculty, visiting musicians, and other leaders remember strong collaborators and know that these individuals can move to the next level.

How Do I Find the Right Master of Music Program for Me?

Researching and contacting the program of your choice in advance is the best way to identify whether a master of music program is right for you. If possible, arranging a visit can also help you determine if it’s a good fit. It’s also important to research the faculty you’ll be working with. What are their accomplishments? The Frost School of Music faculty members are in a league of their own: GRAMMY, Emmy, Oscar, DownBeat, Rome, Van Cliburn, Fischoff, Naumburg, and Tchaikovsky awards and nominations are just a few of their countless accolades. Asking plenty of questions will help you get the information you need to make a decision. The Frost School of Music Admissions team is ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.