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Music - Graduate Studies

MSU offers two Master of Music concentrations: Music Education and Performance. The concentration in music education provides a curriculum that allows for a significant amount of study in voice, brasswinds, woodwinds, percussion, orchestral strings, keyboard instruments, guitar, Kodály, jazz, or instrumental and choral conducting with additional opportunities to study music history and literature, and music education. With the unique combination of online courses and face-to-face summer courses, this degree may be completed in three years, without having to take leave from teaching duties.

The concentration in performance is centered around a specialization in voice, brasswinds, woodwinds, percussion, orchestral strings, keyboard instruments, guitar, jazz, or instrumental and choral conducting.



These programs are offered on the Morehead campus.


  • Master of Music (MM): Concentration in Music Education
  • Master of Music (MM): Concentration in Performance

the Kodály institute of kentucky

Kodály involves an integration of ideas, techniques and approaches to develop music training programs. It is a hands-on, experience-based approach to teaching music and recognized as the most comprehensive and advanced training for music professionals.

Kodály levels I, II and III programs of music study can be taken for graduate work toward a master’s program or for professional development. The programs address both national and state music standards, including Kentucky Content Standards.

For more information, contact Michele Paise.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate music courses above the freshman level
  2. General admission to graduate study at Morehead State
  3. Completion of the Graduate Music Entrance Examination in music history/literature and music theory (analysis) is required. The music entrance examination must be completed prior to the first semester of enrollment and is administered at the start of the Fall, Spring and Summer I semesters by the coordinator of graduate studies in music.
  4. Successful completion of an audition for the appropriate music faculty is required for admission to the performance concentration. When a live audition is not possible, an audition via Skype or other live video conferencing medium will be arranged.
  5. Prior to enrollment in graduate-level music education courses, graduate students pursuing the Master of Music Concentration in Music Education must have earned a bachelor's degree in music education from an accredited institution or must enroll in the Post-Baccalaureate Integrated Music P-12 Initial Certification Program and complete the education and music education course requirements.

For a complete list or program requirements for each concentration and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website or contact the music graduate advisor, David Oyen .

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Career Opportunities

Career activities for music professionals are widely varied and often intertwined.  Most practitioners of this art form have a combination of facets to their professional activities.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.