Graduate Study in Music


"Webster University made me excited to go back to school for my master's degree. The professors, my advisor, and the staff were very helpful and flexible; they worked with my schedule as a working graduate student. They allowed me to basically get a "Beth degree," within my requirements. This knowledge was immediately applicable to my current job. When I look back now I am so pleased that I got to study with professors that are such talented, intelligent, professional and accomplished musicians. Webster was exactly what I needed and wanted."
~Beth Enloe Fritz, MA' 05

Master of Music

Graduates of the MM program are trained to further their careers in doctoral study, in private studio teaching, private or public school music teaching, or public performance as soloists, ensemble members, conductors, or composers.

The emphasis for each student's training is determined by individual consultation with the major professor, the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, and the Committee for Graduate Studies in Music.  A core of music history and music theory courses is the basis of every degree.

For all MM degrees, specific information is found in the Webster University Graduate Catalog.

Master of Arts in Music

Matt McKeever at a concert.Graduates of the MA program are qualified to teach applied music in the studio or classroom, perform with or conduct ensembles, compose or arrange music, pursue doctoral studies in musicology, theory, or another field, or establish an expertise in any one or several additional areas.

The MA in Music is offered without an official area of specialization, although any one or more of several fields within music may be emphasized through elective courses that meet individual needs and career goals. The area of emphasis is determined by the student in consultation with Committee for Graduate Studies in Music and the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

In contrast to the performance-related Master of Music, academic studies in music and related fields are emphasized in the MA in Music degree program. Performance and creative musical endeavors, however, are central to the course of study for many students.

Specific information regarding this degree is found in the Webster University Graduate Catalog.

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