31 Masters of Arts in Music

The Master of Arts degree is an opportunity for students to continue with their course of study. However, this advanced degree offers more than was expected from a bachelor’s degree. An MA program generally provides more individual direction, ongoing multidisciplinary exposure, the opportunity to focus more directly on a subject, and a more rigorous course of academic study. An MA in Music i… Read more

The Master of Arts degree is an opportunity for students to continue with their course of study. However, this advanced degree offers more than was expected from a bachelor’s degree. An MA program generally provides more individual direction, ongoing multidisciplinary exposure, the opportunity to focus more directly on a subject, and a more rigorous course of academic study. An MA in Music is full of potential opportunities for the serious student.

What is an MA in Music? This program is typically available to those undergraduates who have demonstrated excellent musical skills and a maturity of music appreciation. Courses will provide support for these students to further develop as creative and/or performing artists. Depending upon the students’ interests, classes may focus on solo instruments, classical composers and techniques, voice studies, compositional techniques, and a wide range of musical influence.

The world of professional music is highly competitive. Graduates from the MA in Music program will have opportunities that other students will lack. With individualized instruction, access to talented faculty, and many opportunities for performance, students in this master’s program can enjoy further enhancing their musical talents. 

There are many costs associated with pursuing an MA in Music. However, these costs vary from one school to another and from one country to another. Students may contact schools directly in order to obtain specific information. 

Many graduates of the MA in Music program intend to seek a career as a professional musician. Others choose to find jobs in the education sector or look for careers as composers. They are typically able to find jobs within the media, culture, and education industries. Some students already have satisfying careers and pursue this advanced degree to supplement their existing skills. In all cases, a master’s degree offers a legitimate means to further career development and the enhancement of current talent and experience.

Prospective students can find information about the different schools and programs available to them by browsing our extensive database of program listings. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. 

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Longy School of Music of Bard College
Cambridge, USA

Longy offers the first, one-year accredited degree program in the world inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that is changing the lives of children in underserved co ... +

Longy offers the first, one-year accredited degree program in the world inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that is changing the lives of children in underserved communities through intensive music instruction. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program was developed with the LA Phil to establish a hands-on approach to learning. Now in partnership with the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and Street Symphony, you will “learn by doing” by working in the surrounding underserved neighborhoods of the Rampart District of Los Angeles. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

The M.A. in Music is a two-year part-time or one-year full-time Master's Degree for music educators and other holders of a first degree in music. This flexible course covers d ... +

The M.A. in Music is a two-year part-time or one-year full-time Master's Degree for music educators and other holders of a first degree in music. This flexible course covers different study areas, and students choose courses according to their professional interests and musical aspirations. The programme is designed to develop in graduates the philosophy and skills necessary for postgraduate studies in music: to provide a theoretical framework for research and creative work; to develop opportunities for the application and communication of musical ideas in a variety of settings; and to develop a wider perspective of music and its applications in a changing world context. All courses are taught in English, except for those related to Chinese music which may be taught in Chinese. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English, Chinese
Sep 2020
31 May 2020
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kin ... +

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kinds, and to understanding how they can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces. -
MA
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2020
31 Mar 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing ... +

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA

This master of arts program combines the unparalleled artistic resources of New York City, the world's music business capital, with cross-disciplinary coursework, including co ... +

This master of arts program combines the unparalleled artistic resources of New York City, the world's music business capital, with cross-disciplinary coursework, including courses at the NYU Stern School of Business. Study with industry leaders and learn the necessary skills to become a leader in today’s global music marketplace. A concentration in Music Technology is also available, as well as an accelerated global option in which you can complete the degree in three semesters while completing coursework and internships in London and Rio de Janeiro. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules.

This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

Master's students in the Music department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting sub-disciplines: composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theo ... +

Master's students in the Music department have the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting sub-disciplines: composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory. Advanced course work and thesis research support are strong are Western classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa, East, and Southeast Asia, and Latin America). -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London, United Kingdom

A distinctive route through fine art

A distinctive route through fine art -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, USA

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts in Music (Applied Pedagogy). Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already ... +

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts in Music (Applied Pedagogy). Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already have a bachelor's degree in music for successful college-level teaching; in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching; or continuation into doctoral degree work. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Ghent, Belgium

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes ... +

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Pécs
Pécs, Hungary

These programs are for the truly committed – for those young artists who do have the aim to be on stage regularly. In the instrumental performance, classes held two times a we ... +

These programs are for the truly committed – for those young artists who do have the aim to be on stage regularly. In the instrumental performance, classes held two times a week through four semesters the goal is to achieve: technical abilities of a real virtuoso. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom

Build your practical and theoretical experience in the creative and innovative applications of music technology in a studio environment. This course will give you the skills t ... +

Build your practical and theoretical experience in the creative and innovative applications of music technology in a studio environment. This course will give you the skills to take your ambition further and provide you with the confidence to work for major record labels and recording artists across a range of genres. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music acros ... +

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree ... +

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 10 specialist pathways that you can choose from across musicology, composition and performance; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Online
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generations of music industry leaders ... +

This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generations of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 

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