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. Career 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:
Accompanist Actor Arts manager Artistic director Artist relations manager Band director/leader Choral/choir director Church musician/worship leader College professor/instructor Composer/arranger/orchestrator Conductor 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 Musicologist Orchestra librarian Product specialist Publicist Record company manager Recording technician/engineer/mixer Salesperson/marketer Songwriter Studio musician Private studio owner/instructor Talent agent Tour manager Vocalist
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