logo

Areas of study

Composition

The College of Musical Arts offers a master’s degree in music composition. Admission is by audition. Majors receive a weekly private lesson and attend a bi-weekly seminar. Works are regularly performed in Student Composers’ Forums. Numerous guest artists visit the campus and present lectures and give private lessons.

Music Education

Education features three specializations:

  • Comprehensive Music Education (Plan I and II)
  • Choral Music Education
  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Teaching Artistry

Music History

The Master of Music in Music History allows students to pursue detailed work in music history and prepares them for further work in musicology. The program includes courses in performance practice, notation and genres, as well as specially designed topical seminars. These experiences are reinforced by participation in the departmental ensembles: the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, the Balinese Gamelan, the Early Music Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble.

Ethnomusicology

The Master of Music in Ethnomusicology is a 34-credit-hour program that includes seminars in ethnomusicology, music history and disciplines related to the field such as popular culture, ethnic studies and women’s studies. Students study history and literature of ethnomusicology and the music cultures of Indonesia and/or the African diaspora, as well as receive training in field methodology and special topics. The degree offers performance opportunities in Balinese Gamelan and Afro-Caribbean Ensembles, as well as music workshop options in Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. The program culminates in a thesis and prepares students for further work in ethnomusicology.

Music Theory

The Master of Music in Music Theory degree totals 34 semester hours and normally takes two years to complete. Included are seminars in research techniques, structural analysis, style analysis and 20-century analysis. Electives and independent studies allow students to pursue subjects of special interest to them. Oral examinations in aural skills, bibliography and analysis are taken in residence. Study culminates in a thesis.

Performance

Performance majors may select from the following. Considerable flexibility is permitted within an individual program to meet the special needs of students.

  • Choral Conducting
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Instrumental Specialist in Strings, Woodwinds and Brass
    The instrumental specialization option consists of a concentration in a major instrument and at least two minor instruments within the brass, strings and woodwind areas.
  • Jazz
    Bowling Green State University offers a MM in Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz. The program’s core curriculum is augmented by opportunities to perform that prepare the advanced jazz student to enter the professional arena as a player and educator. The graduate student assumes a leadership role in the community and is given the opportunity to coach small ensembles as well as teach certain undergraduate classes. This experience enables the graduate student to mentor at the same time they are being mentored.
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Piano
    • Master of Music in Performance-Piano Performance
    • Master of Music in Performance-Piano Pedagogy
    • Master of Music in Performance-Collaborative Piano
  • Voice
    The Master of Music in Voice program offers intensive advanced studies in technique, style, repertoire, stage work, and pedagogy, preparing graduate students for professional auditions, young artist programs, concert, recital, and stage work, and academic careers.