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.
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
- 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Master of Arts in Music
Find out more about the overall graduate music degree curriculum, emphases areas, learning outcomes and more.
Explore our catalog for more details about admission requirements for our Master’s in Music and degree courses for the general track and emphases areas.
Because this graduate music degree requires private music lessons and participation in ensembles, it is only offered at the Webster Groves, Missouri campus, just 15 minutes outside of St. Louis.
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:
- Music Director
- Band Director
- Orchestra Director
- 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
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