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Graduate Degree Program: Master of Music


Texas State University is located approximately half an hour from Austin and San Antonio in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and is home to over 38,000 students including over 550 music majors. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Texas State University's School of Music offers graduate work leading to Master of Music degrees and a comprehensive array of ensembles.

The Master of Music - Music Education and Master of Music - Music are both 36-hour programs with a set number of hours in music core, major area, and elective credits related to the major area. Also offered are opportunities for independent studies with professors in their areas of specialization.

All concentrations are listed below and links to degree outlines are located on the right hand side of the page. Prospective Students should also visit the Graduate College MUS page if interested in a M.M. – Music degree program or the Graduate College MUSED page if interested in a M.M. – Music Education degree program.

M.M. - Music Education

The Master of Music with a major in Music Education requires final research / teaching projects.

M.M. - Music Concentrations

  • Choral Conducting
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Jazz Music Performance
  • Keyboard, String, or Guitar Performance
  • Latin Music Performance
    • Salsa Track
    • Mariachi Track
  • Music History/Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Performance and Pedagogy
  • Vocal Performance
  • Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance

All performance and conducting concentrations require a final graduate recital.

The music history/literature and music theory concentrations require a thesis.

The composition concentration require the development of a portfolio of original music, including solo, chamber, orchestral, and electronic pieces; one major original work must be submitted with an accompanying critical analysis to make up the requisite final project.

Graduate Assistantships (Instructional and Teaching) are available in various areas. For more information and application, go to the School of Music Graduate Music Teaching and Instructional Assistantships webpage. Assistantships may be combined with any other music scholarships, performance grants, or general university financial aid.

Contact the Associate Director for Graduate Studies for additional information.

Dr. Nico Schüler



Mailing Address:

Associate Director for Graduate Studies

School of Music

601 University Dr

San Marcos, TX 78666