Master of Music (MM)

Master of Music (MM)

Masters in Music

The Petrie School’s graduate program provides the advanced training necessary for successful musical careers or doctoral study. Petrie School graduate students have the opportunity to study with dedicated artist-teachers. Our faculty are professional artists who have collectively performed in 48 states and in 47 countries. They are leaders in their fields who hold degrees from the country’s most prestigious conservatories and universities. The school’s outstanding facilities boast two nationally recognized performance halls and one of the largest music research libraries in the Southeast.

Graduate degree programs are offered in the following:


The Master of Music degree requires 32 hours of coursework. Graduate students pursuing a degree in Performance choose their major concentration from voice, piano, strings, winds and percussion. The primary focus is individual performance instruction, but the program also emphasizes music theory and history/literature, pedagogy and ensemble participation.

Learn more about the MM in Performance

Music Education

The graduate program in Music Education is designed to enrich musicianship, enhance classroom and rehearsal teaching, expand knowledge of current research in the field and assist students in finding answers to questions they have about becoming better music teachers. The Master of Music degree requires 30 hours of course work.

Learn more about the MM in Music Education

Music Education with Initial Certification

Those students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a music area other than Music Education and would like to earn a teaching certificate can earn a Master of Music degree in Music Education with Initial Certification. The Master of Music in music education with initial certification degree requires 23 hours of prerequisite undergraduate education and 40 hours of graduate study.

Learn more about the MM in Music Education – Initial Certification

For consideration of admission to the Master of Music program, the applicant should have the following credentials:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution
  • For full, non-provisional admission, the applicant must have an overall cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work
  • Complete the graduate admission application including the $40 application fee.
  • Complete a graduate music audition application (U.S. applicants) or the international graduate audition application (international applicants).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Master of Music Education applicants must submit scores from either the PKE or the Music Area Test of the ETS Praxis II series. * Applicants for the Music Education with Initial Certification degree program must submit scores from the PPST (Praxis I).
  • In addition to the application materials, each student must audition and/or be interviewed by the appropriate music faculty before he/she will be admitted to graduate study in the Petrie School of Music. See Audition Requirements.

For International Educational Credentials

One of the following organizations must evaluate international students’ credentials:

  • World Educational Services
  • Educational Credential Evaluators
  • Joseph Silny and Associates
  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for applicants whose native language is not English.

Deadline for Completed Application and Materials

  • February 15

Fee Cost
2019-20 Tuition $416/credit hour
Access Fee $80 each Fall/Spring term; $50 each Jan/Summer term
Graduation Fee $150

*Tuition and fees subject to change

Private Music Lessons

Fee for students taking one hour lesson per week

Fall Term: $530
January Term: $175
SpringTerm: $530

Fee for students taking one half-hour lesson per week

Fall Term: $257.50
January Term: $85.00
SpringTerm: $257.50


The Petrie School of Music offers a number of graduate assistantships each year. Assistantships carry a waiver of College tuition and may also carry a stipend. Each assistantship carries specific duties and responsibilities. Learn more about assistantships and financial aid opportunities.


Donna Gallagher ’10

Master of Music, Vocal Performance

“Majoring in Vocal Performance in the Petrie School of Music graduate program has really challenged me, encouraging me to strive to achieve up to and beyond my limits. I have found that the Petrie School of Music faculty is completely dedicated to creating a professional level of performance within the school, and also works to prepare students for the highly competitive field of music after college. I feel that through my experience there, I have excelled beyond my expectations, while also building up the confidence needed to help carry me through my future professional life.”


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