Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Pedagogy


Effective February 13, 2023 - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the degree title change from Master of Arts to Master of Music.

The Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Pedagogy is for vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists who are interested in refining their knowledge and skills for effective studio teaching in public or private settings. The curriculum focuses on teaching strategies, literature, and improving performance skills.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Connect theory with professional practice​.
  2. Integration and facilitation of research​.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

 Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

Special requirement

A grade of A or B for courses to be counted toward the degree.

Final Examination

An oral examination will include a comprehensive review of the major area of emphasis and the culminating project. The result of the exam will be reported as:

  1. pass,
  2. not pass, or
  3. deferral (exam may only be repeated once).

A lecture-recital will satisfy the recital requirement. Voice pedagogy students take a placement exam in sight-reading and keyboard proficiency and are expected to be proficient in German, French, and Italian diction.


Major Area
MU 5553Seminar in Music3
MU 5753Music Pedagogy I3
MU 5763Music Pedagogy II3
MU 5803Graduate Recital3
Other Studies in Music
MU 5901Special Topics (Research in Performance & Pedagogy)1
MU 5933Styles in Music3
or MU 5453 Women in Music
MU 5403Music Theory Pedagogy3
Select 9 SCH from the following
Wind Symphony
Jazz Ensemble
Chamber Music
Opera Ensemble
Concert Choir
Chamber Singers
Electives 8
Not specified - Select 8 SCH
Total SCHs36