Program Overview

Master of Music in Music



The Master of Music degree may be taken in preparation for a career in music performance, music theory and analysis, music composition, or private applied studio instruction. It may also serve as a foundation leading to doctoral study. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician.

The course for the Master of Music degree requires a rigorous and thorough approach to exploring many aspects of music. Degree candidates study to advance their performance skills, strengthen their abilities to investigate, organize, integrate and evaluate information, and develop their overall professional expertise. Students in this program are expected to possess the self-motivation and discipline to complete the individual study, research and project preparation that constitutes the majority of the degree program. The Department of Music and Dramatic Arts is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Master of Music degree program has other strengths:

  • Our highly qualified faculty of twenty-three full-time and twenty-one part-time teachers and scholars is devoted to teaching and providing a positive and supportive learning environment for all of their students. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields, holding offices in state and national professional organizations and receiving national and university awards in teaching, research, and creative activity. They can be heard performing nationally and internationally in live concerts and on compact discs.
  • The quality of performance teaching is reflected through the accomplishments of our students in competitions, placements, audition results, graduate school placements, and fellowship awards, etc.
  • Our student body is diverse our students come from throughout the United States and several foreign countries, including Honduras, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Germany, the Republic of Moldova, and Mexico.
  • Graduates continue to distinguish themselves in a variety of ways, as successful on-stage performers and as educators in public schools, colleges, and universities.
  • The Community Music School at Southeastern Louisiana University provides the Northshore region with a vital community-based program of music education. The Community Music School provides an opportunity for Southeastern music students to teach students and have their teaching evaluated by Southeastern faculty members.