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Master of Music (M.M.)

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The Master of Music degree is a 32-semester hour program consisting of 13 semester hours of core requirements plus 19 semester hours taken within one of three specializations: music education, music performance or individualized study. 

Degree requirements for the M.M. can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please contact the coordinator of graduate studies for more specific information.

Specialization 1: Music Education

Applicants are admitted to this specialization only after review of application documents and a brief interview/audition with a committee of the music education faculty. Applicants must have public school teacher certification and a minimum of three years of public school teaching experience to be considered for admission. New for music education: MUSC 699 portfolio option.

Specialization 2: Music Performance

Applicants are admitted to this specialization only upon the recommendation of a committee of the performance faculty after an audition and review of application documents. Candidates should be prepared to perform a full-length program of the undergraduate senior recital caliber or higher for their audition. Where distance precludes an in-person audition, a CD or DVD of a full recital program may be submitted.

Specialization 3: Individualized Study - Music

Typical individualized specializations where the program concentrates entirely on music include composition, world music, jazz studies, and recording arts. Applicants are admitted to this specialization only upon the recommendation of a committee of the music faculty after an in-depth examination for competence in music and/or other applicable fields, and a review of application documents.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

James R. Brown
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Office: 815-753-7975
jbrown35@niu.edu

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music@niu.edu

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