200,000+
Alumni from our Global Campuses

Advance in a Noteworthy Career with Webster’s Master of Arts in Music

Follow your passion for music with Webster University’s Master of Arts in Music, and take the next step in your career. During this two-year program, you’ll gain the skills needed to teach applied music in the studio or classroom, perform with or conduct ensembles, compose or arrange music or pursue doctoral studies in musicology, theory or another field.

You’ll study alongside peer musicians to deepen your knowledge of music history and theory and learn from professional music educators to fine-tune your skills through one-on-one lessons.

Music student playing violin and one playing piano

Choose Your Path

Our Master of Arts in Music allows you to choose a general path or specialize in one or more fields, such as:

  • Piano Pedagogy/Performance
  • Vocal Pedagogy/Performance
  • Music Education
  • Jazz Studies
  • Conducting
  • Composition/Arranging
  • Music History/Theory
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Chamber Music

Whichever you choose, you’ll balance courses in music theory, music history and music performance with courses related to your personal and professional interests.

Beth Fritz
Student Perspective

“Webster University made me excited to go back to school for my master’s degree ... I am so pleased that I got to study with professors who are such talented, intelligent, professional and accomplished musicians. Webster was exactly what I needed and wanted.”

Beth Fritz
Beth Enloe Fritz

MA in Music, '05

 

Choose Webster for a Master of Arts in Music

Study Under Top Musicians

Our faculty are dedicated composers, teachers, performers, conductors, historians and artists with professional experience in their fields. Small class sizes and private lessons mean you’ll benefit from a meaningful mentorship relationship.

Top-Ranked University

Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Additionally, Webster University is listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report.  

Scholarships

The Department of Music offers scholarships to graduate students based on merit, including the Buder Foundation Scholarships, James Moroney Nigh Endowed Scholarship Fund in Opera and TKT Jazz Scholarship.

Performance Opportunities

You won’t have to look far for opportunities to share your sound. Choose one of the local vocal, instrumental or jazz organizations, like the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jazz St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. And check our music performance calendar for a chance to enjoy music on campus from faculty, peers and professional groups from around the world.

Top-Tier Facilities

As a Department of Music student, you’ll practice and perform in our historic Thompson Music Building. Inside, you’ll find a 45-seat recital hall, 21 rehearsal rooms with pianos, 10 studios and three classrooms. Webster is designated as an All-Steinway School, one of just four in Missouri. In addition, students can use our Digital Keyboard Lab in the lower level of the Loretto-Hilton Center.

Explore the Thompson Music Building

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Music?

As a graduate of Webster’s Master of Arts in Music, you’ll develop skills, like teamwork, communication, creative thinking and discipline, to position yourself for a variety of roles, such as:

  • Performer
  • Music Director
  • Band Director
  • Orchestra Director
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher

Career Outlook for Musicians

Jobs in the music industry are expected to keep pace with or grow faster than other industries over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means you can feel confident that time spent studying under renowned faculty and honing your craft will help you advance your career.

Salaries for Master’s in Music Graduates

A graduate music degree can propel you into an exciting career as a music educator, director, performer or composer. While salaries vary depending on which avenue you pursue, earning your Master’s in Music will help set you apart in the job market, making it a worthwhile investment.

Get Started on Your Graduate Music Degree

Take the next step toward earning your Master of Arts in Music. We are here to help you get started.

Explore

Learn more about our academic programs and our main campus and locations.

Engage

Connect with our admissions counselors and academic advisors.

Apply

Apply to Webster and take the next steps for financial aid and scholarships.

Contact the Admissions Office to Find Out More

If you have more questions about the program, your application or other enrollment-related inquiries, contact our Admissions Office.

Call 314-246-7800 or 800-753-6765 or send an email to admit@webster.edu.