Georgia Southern University’s Master of Music degree provides musicians with an opportunity to further develop and refine their musical skills. It prepares students who wish to pursue doctoral studies and provides L-5 certification to music educators who have already received or who are eligible to receive basic certification. The M.M. assists all students to hone their abilities in planning, conducting, and presenting independent research in their particular area of emphasis. Degrees are granted after a demonstration of proficiency through the presentation of a recital or a final project.
M.M. in Composition: The M.M. in Composition allows students to work extensively with a teacher/mentor in broadening their portfolio of compositions in a variety of genres and styles. Students take supporting courses in music technology, advanced analysis, and the history of music. The capstone is a full solo recital involving many different types of soloists, ensembles, and media. Students may elect to do considerable work in the Department Electronic and Digital Music Studio.
M.M. in Music Education: The M.M. in Music Education fosters creativity and proficiency in dealing with the teaching and learning of music on primary and secondary levels. Music education courses are available in the areas of band, choral and general music instruction, advanced analysis, and the history of music. Supporting courses include music theory, interdisciplinary music education, technology, music history, and general education. The capstone is a written or practical final project developed in consultation with a teacher/mentor.
M.M. in Performance: The M.M. in Music Performance gives students an opportunity to work extensively with a teacher/mentor to improve their technical and interpretative skills and to broaden their solo performing repertory. Students take supporting courses in the literature of their instrument or voice type, advanced analysis, and the history of music. The capstone is a full solo recital that demonstrates proficiency in performing a broad range of musical styles.
M.M. in Music Technology: The M. M. in Music Technology is an advanced program offering students training in the musical use of cutting edge digital audio tools. Students explore areas from musical signal processing to studio techniques examining both the technical aspects and the aesthetic consequences of technological advancements in music. While technology plays a major role, music and creativity remain the focus of the Master of Music degree in Music Technology. Students take advantage of elective courses offered by Georgia Southern University College of Information Technology to augment their facilities in computing arts while also taking electives within the Music Department to further their musical skills. The capstone is a final project developed and produced in consultation with a teacher/mentor.
l Graduate Entrance Exam in Music Theory and Music History before proceeding past 12 hours into the degree. These exams are usually given just before the start of each semester
M.M. in Conducting: The M.M. in Conducting is designed for candidates who have earned a bachelors degree in music performance or music education, and wish to further develop and enhance their musicianship, conducting skills, and artistry to better serve them in a current professional position or to prepare them for conducting study at the doctoral level. Coursework includes Seminar in Advanced Conducting, Advanced Score Reading Techniques, Advanced Analytical Techniques, a Recital, and electives in applied conducting and literature within the candidate’s main area of emphasis – choral, orchestral, wind band.
Program Contact Information:
Dr. Gregory Harwood
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator
Phone: (912) 478-5813