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Master of Music (MM)

The Hartt School offers a variety of majors within the Master of Music degree program. Curricula are designed to elevate student accomplishments to the highest possible professional levels. Master's degree programs require a minimum of 36 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. These credits normally are earned during four semesters of full-time study (minimum of 9 credits per semester, maximum of 13 credits); however, part-time study is possible. A maximum of 16 credits of studio lessons may count toward the degree. In most cases performance majors must complete two recitals for noncredit. Up to 4 credits in chamber music may be earned toward the degree. Students may begin their theses (if required) in the last (fourth) semester of full-time study or after the successful completion of 30 credits. The degree must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

Applicants for this degree will have completed a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school. The Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to decide if and when an applicant has the equivalent of a bachelor's degree. Applicants may be required to take a special examination to determine their level of proficiency or preparation for one of Hartt's degree programs.

Specific Undergraduate Prerequisites:

Choral Conducting

  • Score reading
  • Figured bass realization
  • Keyboard skills
  • Tonal counterpoint

Music History

  • A minimum of 24 credits in music history and literature
  • A thorough background in European history

Music Theory

  • Tonal harmony and counterpoint
  • Form and analysis
  • Instrumentation and orchestration
  • Keyboard skills
  • Score reading

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