Graduate Degree Programs
Admission will be granted to applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree in music (B.M., B.A., or B.S. with a music major) from an accredited college or university and who give promise of meeting the standards set by the Department of Music and the University.
Students seeking Music Education Emphasis must possess the B.M.Ed. or equivalent with certification and submit a teaching portfolio to include a formal writing sample, three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching, and a current resumé or vita.
Students seeking admission to the Performance Emphasis must submit a formal writing sample (short undergraduate academic research paper) and three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their work and perform a satisfactory audition, in person, before the performance faculty of their major performance area (keyboard, winds, strings, etc.). Audition details are available from the Department of Music.
The Department offers four full graduate teaching and service assistantships and three full graduate assistantships through the Blue Thunder Marching Band program. A cooperative program for string students, the Graduate String Quartet scholarship program, exists with the Boise Philharmonic. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator below for further information.
MM: Music Education
Students engage in courses related to research, pedagogy, history, philosophy, and music theory. Declare with an 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.
MM: Music Performance
Designed for those seeking a performance career, further graduate study, private studio teaching, and/or collegiate applied teaching. Coursework centers around applied study, music theory and history, pedagogy and literature courses, and culminates in a graduate recital.
MM: Conducting (Choral Emphasis)
Conducting majors seek to improve their conducting and classroom teaching skills, possible in preparation for a conducting career, further graduate study, classroom teaching, and/or collegiate teaching. Their coursework centers around applied study, music theory and history, and pedagogy and literature courses, and culminates in a graduate recital.