Character Description

The Master of Music (M.M.) is a professional degree that provides students with both the technical skills required for success in the field and a broad knowledge base in music theory, history, and literature. Specific emphases are available in Composition, Conducting, and Performance.

Degree Description

The M.M. with an emphasis in Composition provides in-depth knowledge of musical forms and compositional idioms of the various periods of music history, and skills essential for future creative expression. Primary career opportunities for graduates of this degree program include professional work in composition or orchestration and teaching at the two- or four-year college level. The degree also prepares graduates for future study in composition at the Ph.D. or D.M.A. level.

The M.M. with an emphasis in Conducting prepares the graduate to analyze and interpret musical scores, use appropriate rehearsal techniques with various types of musical ensembles, and communicate musical interpretation through appropriate conducting gestures. Specializations are available in Choral, Orchestral, and Wind Conducting. Students with an emphasis in conducting are prepared to enter the professional field, pursue a higher degree, or teach at the two-or four-year college level.

The M.M. with an emphasis in Performance provides the student with the technical ability required for professional-level performance of vocal or instrumental music and an interpretive understanding of the appropriate body of repertoire. It provides a broad knowledge base in music theory, history, and literature and allows the student to choose from a variety of concentrations, including Brass, Percussion, Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds.

Degree Awarded: MM

Degree Code: MM_MUSI


School/College: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732


Academic Department: School of Music

250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-7287

Graduate Coordinator: Adrian Childs


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