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Graduate Programs and Requirements
Master of Music (M.M.)
Church Music (M.M.)
Piano Performance and Pedagogy (M.M.)
Vocal Performance (M.M.)
Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)
Music: Pattern 1: Traditional Program (M.M.E.)
Music: Pattern 2: Fifth Year Non-Traditional Program (M.M.E.)
Music (National Board Cohort) (M.M.E.)
Master of Music/Master of Divinity (M.M./M.Div.)
The Division of Music offers graduate programs that meet requirements for the master of music and master of music education degrees. In cooperation with the Beeson School of Divinity , the School of the Arts also offers a joint degree in music and divinity (M.M./M.Div.)
Master of Music in Church Music: The master of music in church music (M.M.) is designed to prepare persons for ministry through music in a church setting. The degree program includes studies in performance and research, in addition to academic and professional coursework in church music and supervised experience in ministry. The degree concludes with a recital and an oral comprehensive examination.
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy: The master of music in piano performance and pedagogy (M.M.) prepares students to be proficient performers and scholarly musicians who are ready to pursue professional careers as teachers of piano. Emphasis is placed on musical artistry and pedagogical professionalism, together with developing students’ research skills. The degree requires two recitals and an oral comprehensive examination.
Master of Music in Vocal Performance: The master of music in vocal performance (M.M.) prepares students to be proficient performers who are ready to pursue professional careers. Emphasis is placed on musical artistry and professionalism, together with developing students’ research skills. The degree concludes with a recital and an oral comprehensive examination.
Master of Music Education: The master of music education in music (M.M.E.) is designed to prepare students for increasing responsibilities in the field of music teaching. Completion of this degree qualifies the individual for an Alabama Class A teaching certificate. Two distinct programs are offered. The traditional program (Pattern 1) is for persons who hold an Alabama Class B teaching certificate or its equivalent. The fifth year non-traditional program (Pattern 2) is for persons whose previous education does not make them eligible for an Alabama Class B teaching certificate. Both programs conclude with an oral comprehensive examination.
Master of Music Education in Music (National Board Cohort): The master of music education in music with national board cohort (M.M.E.-MNBC) is designed specifically for in-service (practicing) music teachers who hold initial (Class B) certification in K-12 music in Alabama. The cohort design requires 15 months of continuous enrollment from start to finish, comprising two summers of full-time study plus part-time studies (fall and spring semesters) during the in-between academic year. The degree concludes with an oral comprehensive exam in the Division of Music. Class A teacher certification is granted by the State of Alabama’s Department of Education and will be issued by ALSDE upon meeting the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards (AQTS). Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission to the program.
Master of Music/Master of Divinity: The M.M./M.Div. joint-degree program, offered in conjunction with the School of Divinity, allows students to use credits from each school as part of the other school’s degree.
A bachelor of music (B.M.) degree, or an equivalent degree, from an institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music is required for admission to all programs. An applicant whose undergraduate preparation does not meet these specifications may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that course work stipulated at the time of admission be completed to ensure that preparation is equivalent to that of a graduate of the bachelor of music degree program offered by the Division of Music at Samford. Courses completed in satisfying this requirement must earn a grade of at least B and do not count toward the master’s degree.
Unconditional admission to any program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Admission to the master of music education programs requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in music courses and on the undergraduate degree as a whole. There will be no exceptions. Minimum GPA for conditional admission to all other programs is 2.5 on a 4-point scale. All applicants for the master of music education programs must have passed the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) examination. Applicants for the master of music education (traditional program) must also submit minimum scores of 150 on the Music: Content Knowledge Exam (Test #0013) on the Praxis II Examination.
International applicants must contact the director of graduate studies in music for additional procedures.
A complete application includes:
- The application form and fee ($35).
- An official transcript from each institution attended since high school. Applicants for the master of music education degrees must provide two official transcripts.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), on which a minimum score of 90 is required.
- Three (3) recommendations from teachers or supervisors who can assess the student’s competence to undertake graduate study
In addition to application materials, each applicant must audition and interview for the appropriate music performance faculty.
CoursesMusic - Graduate - Church MusicMusic - Graduate - ConductingMusic - Graduate - Music Education & PedagogyMusic - Graduate - Music History & LiteratureMusic - Graduate - Music Theory & CompositionMusic - Graduate - Performance-RelatedMusic - Graduate - EnsemblesMusic - Graduate - Performance Instruction
For performance courses offered for graduate credit, the 5000 level will be used, with the amount of credit varying according to study requirements.Music - Graduate - Class Instruction
All class instruction courses earn 1 credit.