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Degree Programs

Master of Music
The Master of Music degree at LSU is offered in the following areas:

  • Collaborative keyboard
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Jazz studies
  • Music education
  • Music theory
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Piano pedagogy

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (33 for the MM in Music Theory) is required to complete the degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The master’s degree must be completed within five years.

The Curriculum Guides and Handbooks are PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Graduate Handbooks

This curriculum guide is currently under revision. The right is reserved to make corrections or additions.

Specific questions about a particular area of music? Contact the appropriate faculty member

ADMISSIONS
Admission to this degree program is by audition only. Requirements and procedures vary from area to area; you are encouraged to check with the Director of Graduate Studies for the specific requirements of your instrument or voice type. Taped auditions are possible; however a live audition is preferable.

You may also write for this material at the following address:

Director of Graduate Studies
Louisiana State University
School of Music
102 New Music Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504

Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is offered with specializations in:

  • Choral conducting
  • Orchestral conducting
  • Wind conducting
  • Performance (brass, organ, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds).

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be artist-performers and conductors in either university settings or in the professional arena.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (33 for the MM in Music Theory) is required to complete the degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The master’s degree must be completed within five years.

The Curriculum Guides and Handbooks are PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Graduate Handbooks

This curriculum guide is currently under revision. The right is reserved to make corrections or additions.

You may also write for this material at the following address:

Director of Graduate Studies
Louisiana State University
School of Music
102 New Music Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504

Doctor of Philosophy in Music
The Board of Regents has recently approved the consolidation of all Ph.D. programs in the School of Music into a Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree with concentrations in:

Curriculum guides for each degree as well as the following handbooks are available online:

Graduate Handbooks

This curriculum guide is currently under revision. The right is reserved to make corrections or additions.

COMPOSITION The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Composition is offered to students who show promise as outstanding composers.
The degree requires 78 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (48 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC & DIGITAL MEDIA The PhD curriculum in Experimental Music & Digital Media (EM/DM) is designed to prepare students to be composers, performers or music researchers whose work explores music technology, digital media and experimentation in either professional or academic settings. Graduates will also be prepared to teach electroacoustic music, digital media and music technology at the college-university level.

Relevant sites to the Experimental Music & Digital Media curriculum

MUSIC EDUCATION The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Education is offered to students who show promise as outstanding researchers and master teachers of music.
The degree is awarded to candidates who complete the course of study with distinction, demonstrating outstanding ability in original research, scholarly study, and excellence in teaching.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (53 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

MUSICOLOGY The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Musicology is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music and to prepare students for teaching music history at the college/university level. The curriculum also serves as a gateway to careers in such fields as librarianship, editing, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, film production, law, and arts/graphics.

The degree requires 83 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in musicology).

MUSIC THEORY The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in Music Theory is intended to develop in students the knowledge, concepts, and techniques for research in music theory and to prepare students for teaching at the college/university level.
The degree requires 81 acceptable hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree (51 hours beyond the master’s degree in music).

The Curriculum Guides and Handbooks are PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Graduate Handbooks

This curriculum guide is currently under revision. The right is reserved to make corrections or additions.

You may also write for this material at the following address:

Director of Graduate Studies
Louisiana State University
School of Music
102 New Music Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504