The Master of Music (MM) is a professional degree in music with emphasis in either 1) music education or 2) performance. The emphasis in education is designed to meet the needs of music education specialists who work in the public school system, grades K-12, or who aspire to further graduate study and teaching in music education. Students engage in critical inquiry in music education through graduate courses related to research, pedagogy, history, and philosophy, as well as graduate courses in music theory and history. Declaring an area of emphasis of either elementary, choral, or secondary instrumental, students structure elective credits to reflect their area, and conclude their studies with a culminating activity related to their emphasis. Performance majors seek to improve their performance and studio teaching skills, possibly in preparation for a performance career, further graduate study, private studio teaching, and\/or collegiate applied teaching. Their course work centers around applied study, music theory and history, and pedagogy and literature courses, and culminates in a graduate recital or other appropriate culminating project.
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