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Master of Arts in Music

Faculty working with Students: 27
Students: 15
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOEFL 80 or higher

Degree Description:

The music program in the School of Music offers the degree of Master of Arts in Music, which may be earned face-to-face or with Global Campus through study in areas of music education, composition, music history and literature, conducting, and performance studies.

Four emphases are available:

  1. Music education: Provides advanced studies for experienced or prospective teachers.
  2. Performance: Selected by students wishing to teach at the college level or enter professions such as music performance and conducting.
    Note: This emphasis is not available for Global Campus students.
  3. Composition: Prepares students to enter professions in music such as composition and arranging.
  4. Jazz emphasis: Focuses on one or more aspects of jazz, including performance, composition, arranging, pedagogy, or history, in preparation for careers in jazz.

The degree may also be completed without an emphasis.

The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options, designed according to the goals of the student.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL is required for all International Students for whom English is not their primary language.

The School of Music requires an audition, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, please submit: for the composition emphasis, a composition portfolio with recordings; for the music education emphasis, your written philosophy of teaching; performance (including conducting) requires a more in-depth audition. Contact the music program for details. Once admitted to WSU, each student takes assessments in music theory, history, and keyboard skills, and auditions for music ensembles during the week prior to the first day of classes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Critical, Creative and Musical Reasoning: This includes learning to analyze and interpret music, to express the composer’s intention, the character of the music and to convey the  emotion of the work.
  2.  Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning: This involves taking the abstract symbols on the page and making musical sense of them, interpreting the rhythmic and pitch elements of the  music and making expressive choices based on the notation on the page.
  3.  Information Literacy: Musicians must understand the historical and cultural aspects of the music that they are performing to present a musically and artistically convincing  performance. Also, students must become familiar with a wide range of important works from the musical canon. Students are required to use several outside sources, including  library and online resources, to gain this knowledge.
  4.  Communication: A musical performance is not successful unless there is communication with the audience.
  5.  Diversity: To perform music of different styles and genres, it is essential to understand diverse cultures and musical views. This is related to information literacy.
  6.  Integration of Learning: For a musical performance to be truly successful, all of these Learning Outcomes—creative thinking, symbolic reasoning, information literacy, communication  and diversity must be integrated by the performer.

Student Opportunities:

The flexibility of the degree program provides graduate students with numerous valuable opportunities. They conduct and rehearse ensembles and teach undergraduate courses. Students prepare for major competitions in performance and composition. Additionally, students tour regionally, nationally, and internationally with School of Music ensembles. Graduates of the program have been featured in major publications and have published their compositions.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates are prepared to embark on professional careers in music including work as performers, educators, composers, arrangers, and recording artists.

Career Placements:

Our graduates have obtained teaching positions at major universities, community colleges, and public schools throughout the Northwest, the United States, and abroad. Others perform in professional ensembles around the country and participate in major music festivals. Graduates have also continued their education for doctoral studies at prestigious music programs.

Faculty Members:

Agulay, Aaron, D.M.A.

Research Interests

Vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, and diction

Bennefield, Troy, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Symphonic Band and Marching Band

Blasco, Scott, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Composition, electronic music, music theory

Boden, Ruth Adair, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Low strings pedagogy, contemporary music, non-traditional performance.

Cebulske, Austin

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Saxophone and jazz studies

Dickey, Chris, D.M.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Tuba, euphonium, and LGBTQ+ studies

Haas, Cesar, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Guitar and jazz studies

Kim, Christian, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Music business, composition, and jazz studies

King, Martin, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Horn and music education

Luethi, Dean, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Choral conducting, message fatigue in solo/choral works with text, Ralph Vaughan Williams, choral symphony, vocal technique, early requiem mass, and Vivaldi choral works

McCarthy, Keri, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Oboe, music history, and commissioning and performing new works by American and Southeast Asian composers

Menchetti, Fabio, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Piano Performance, Keyboard Pedagogy

Miller, Albert, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Low brass and brass pedagogy

Miller, Sarah, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Trombone Performance and Pedagogy

Myers, Matthew, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Choral conducting and music education

Parkhurst, Melissa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

First Nations music in the Pacific Northwest, how music promotes personal and community resilience, and the role of music in cultural revitalization.

Pham, Danh T, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Orchestra and wind ensemble conducting

Rodrigues, Christiano, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Violin and viola

Roh, Yoon Wha, D.M.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Applied Piano, Piano Literature, Chamber music, Arts Administration

Scott, Shannon, D.M.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Clarinet, avant-garde performance techniques, chamber music for flute and clarinet, newly composed solo and chamber music for clarinet

Singleton, Darryl, D.M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Jazz percussion, jazz studies, music of Black America, and social justice

Svendsen, Jacob

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Jazz Piano, Composition

Tegart, Sophia, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Flute, women/gender in music, madness in music, musical ekphrasis, and nature and music

Turnbull, David Ray, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Trumpet performance, conducting, composing/arranging.

Wieck, Julie, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Classical vocal literature, opera and musical theatre, voice pedagogy and diction, Ukrainian and Russian art song.

Wilson, Christopher, D.M.

Research Interests

Classical Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Pedagogy

Wilson, Jacqueline, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Bassoon, bassoon pedagogy, and music featuring underrepresented perspectives and lived experiences

Contact Information:

Dr. Chris Dickey
Office: Kimbrough 454
(509) 335-8844