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Graduate Studies in Music at EKU

The EKU School of Music engages graduate students in a variety of learning opportunities, providing a contextual understanding of the historical, stylistic, and theoretical aspects of music. Students will leave with the artistic, technical and collaborative skills to create, perform and teach a variety of music. The National Association of Schools of Music, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education accredit our music degrees.

Our primary functions are to prepare music specialists for service in the public schools, to prepare students for careers in private studio teaching, concert performance, professional ensemble performance, teaching in colleges and universities, and other aspects of professional musicianship including the music industry.

Degree Programs Offered

The School of Music at Eastern Kentucky University offers three concentration options in the Master of Music program which include:

To apply for any of our graduate programs, visit

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are available to qualified candidates. To apply for an assistantship, applicants must be admitted to a concentration program within the School of Music. In addition, students should return the following application and accompanying materials by February 15th to:

Dr. Nathan Jasinski, Graduate Coordinator
EKU School of Music – Foster 101
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-1351

Core Courses For All Degree Concentrations

MUS 887 Analytical Techniques 3 credits
MUS 873 Music in Society 3 credits
MUS 898 Research in Music 3 credits
MUS 896
MUS 897
MUS 899

Special Project*

3 credits

GRD 857

MUS xxx

Comprehensive Exams

Advisor Approved Electives

0 credits

6 credits

*as specified by the selected degree option.

Concentration in Conducting

MUS 844 Conducting Lessons 4 credits
MUS 756 Choral Music Literature 2 credits
MUS 757 Symphonic and Wind Band Literature 2 credits
MUS 881 Seminar in Choral Conducting 1 credit
MUS 882 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting 1 credit
MUS 701 Music Leadership 2 credits

Concentration in Music Education

MUS 878 Foundations of Music 3 credits
MUS 885 Psychology of Music 3 credits
MUE 702 Technology for Music Teaching & Learning 2 credits
MUS 803 Learning and Behavior Modification in Music 2 credits
MUS 802 Assessment in Music 2 credits

Concentration in Music Performance

MUS 8xx

Applied Lessons 4 credits
MUS 8xx Ensembles 2 credits
MUS 750 Teaching Techniques 1 credits
MUS 751 Performance Literature 2 credits

MUS 756 or 757

MUS 701

Choral or Symph. & Wind Band Literature

Music Leadership

2 credits

2 credits

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