Graduate Students

The Aaron Copland School of Music offers conservatory-level training in classical performance, jazz performance, and jazz composition, leading to the Master of Music (MM) degree. It offers university curricula in musical composition and scholarship leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree. In conjunction with the Division of Education, the School of Music offers a music education program leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree in Music Education. In addition, the School of Music offers Certificate and Diploma programs in classical performance.

The School of Music Building includes the LeFrak Concert Hall with tracker organ, a smaller recital hall, choral and orchestral rehearsal spaces, classrooms surrounding a central skylit atrium, practice rooms and teaching studios, an expanded music library to house the extensive music collections, an expanded electronic music studio, music education workshop facilities, two recording studios, faculty offices, and student and faculty lounges. The building is acoustically isolated and is one of the most advanced music facilities in the area.

Master of Music in Classical Performance

The MM in Classical Performance includes private instruction in the major instrument or voice, ensembles, studies in historical performance practice, and other courses geared to the needs of classical performers. A student may major in a standard orchestral, keyboard, or early-music instrument, in classical guitar, voice, or conducting (orchestral or choral).

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Master of Music in Jazz Studies

The MM in Jazz Studies includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suited to the needs of today’s jazz musician. Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.

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Master of Arts in Music

The MA in Music provides necessary training for classical composers, for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in musicology or theory, and for students who plan to enter other music-related fields. Students may major in composition, theory, or music history (musicology).

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Master of Science in Education (Music Education)

The MS in Education (Music) includes methods, conducting, and rehearsal techniques, as well as research courses in music education. It is designed to provide professional training for those who are teaching or expect to teach general music or vocal, choral, and/or instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. Electives are planned for the needs of the school music teacher or are drawn from other graduate music offerings.

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Certificate and Diploma Programs in Classical Performance

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