MA in Music

General

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Program Description

The Tufts University Department of Music has a growing and innovative graduate program and offers a Master of Arts degree in the field. Graduate students in the Music Department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across five exciting sub-disciplines:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musicology
  • Theory

Advanced course work and thesis research support are strong in Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East, and Southeast Asia, and Latin America).

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to write and speak critically about music and/or for composers to demonstrate with music critical knowledge of its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Cultivate advanced research and technical skills pertinent to the student's chosen area of music study and gain exposure to other contrasting research methods.
  • Through presentations of original research and/or performance of original art work, demonstrate through communicative commitment a thorough awareness linking academic knowledge production and community/civic engagement.
  • Prepare for career pathways in music and develop an individualized set of objectives in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • GRE no longer required
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Applicants intending to concentrate on composition should submit at least one score
  • Applicants intending to concentrate on composition should submit a 10-15 minute video of a rehearsal. A 10-15 minute video of a performance excerpt is also encouraged. A select number of Conducting applicants will be invited to Tufts for an in-person interview, and will conduct a live rehearsal with a Tufts Music department ensemble. 
Last updated Oct 2020

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