Online Master’s Degrees in Music

An online master’s degree in music may be ideal for individuals who wish to concentrate in a specific area of music or in music education. In this one to two-year program, students may choose specializations such as music technology, education, and symphony conducting. Program coursework may include specialized electives as well as core courses including music history, applied conducting, and pedagogy of music theory.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment in their desired area or pursue a doctoral degree in music. Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in classical conducting, music publishing, and choir direction.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 10% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level music degree programs may consist of some specialized electives alongside major-specific coursework. These classes may teach students how to lead an orchestra, write and arrange music, and conduct recording sessions. Core music classes may include the following:

  • Renaissance Vocal Music
  • World Music and Culture
  • Music History
  • Instrumental Techniques and Materials
  • Pedagogy of Music Theory
  • Topics in Advanced Music Research and Analysis
  • Applied Conducting

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may find employment opportunities in music education, classical orchestras, recording studios, music publishing, and choir direction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in music direction and composing are projected to increase by 10% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Music Director
  • Composer
  • Music Educator
  • Recording Artist
  • Music Therapist

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree in music may wish to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral program. A doctoral degree in music may be ideal for individuals who plan to pursue a career in post-secondary education. The education requirements for graduates in music may vary.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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