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MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Internationally renowned faculty members perform, compose, teach, conduct, publish, and present their research or music continually, from South Korea to Costa Rica to Rome. A low faculty-to-student ratio enables high-quality personalized instruction and collaboration. Instrumentalists are involved in coaching undergrads from the beginning, and graduate assistants enjoy opportunities reserved for doctoral students at other institutions. Students and faculty benefit from and contribute to Nashville’s nearby music industry and arts scene. Ensembles range from wind bands, orchestras, big bands, choral ensembles, and an opera company to a vocal jazz ensemble, myriad combos and chamber ensembles, an old-time music group, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and a salsa band. Core classes are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate those who work full-time.

MTSU awards the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with eight specializations offered: collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; and performance.
Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

Arts manager
Artistic director
Artist relations manager
Band director/leader
Choral/choir director
Church musician/worship leader
College professor/instructor
Concert promoter
Copyright specialist
Film music director/editor
Film-TV composer
General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
Instrumental performer
Instrument repair specialist
Instrument sales business owner
Music critic/journalist
Music educator
Music librarian
Music publisher/editor
Music software programmer
Music theater director
Musical director
Orchestra librarian
Product specialist
Record company manager
Recording technician/engineer/mixer
Studio musician
Private studio owner/instructor
Talent agent
Tour manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Bellevue Middle School
Belmont University
Cane Ridge High School
Case Western Reserve University
Chattanooga Symphony
Cumberland University
The Downtown Band
Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
EMBRA Artists, LTD.
Fairview Middle School
Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
Jonathan Fletcher Music
Lipscomb University
MEINL Percussion
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro City Schools
Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
Nashville State Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
Onks Woodwind Specialist
Siegel Middle School
Trevecca Nazarene University
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
University of Northern Colorado
Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville





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