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mAster of arts in music

This flexible graduate program with a 100% online option aims to equip musicians to practice their discipline in an increasingly digital and intersectional world. 

Building on the legacy of Wesleyan’s long-standing excellence in music education, this trail-blazing graduate music program is the only one in Georgia and the Southeast. 

Highlights of this innovative, flexible master of arts program
  • 100% online option
  • 32 credit hour program
  • Open to male and female students
  • All core seminar-style courses delivered online
  • Ensemble, applied lessons and internship options can be in-person or online (as chosen by student)
  • Concentrations in performance (voice, organ, piano, collaborative piano, choral conducting) and composition

The Master of Arts in Music* features include
  • Integrated technology components throughout curriculum and assignments
  • No residency requirement 
  • No pre-requisites for course work 
  • Flexible scheduling (8-week split terms) as full-time or part-time student
  • First program of its kind in Georgia and Southeast with these concentrations 
  • Builds upon Wesleyan’s legacy in music from Wesleyan Conservatory

Goals for Student Outcomes

The MA in Music program at Wesleyan College aims to equip musicians to practice their discipline in an increasingly digital and intersectional world. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition of the MA degree, this program will teach students to adapt to a quickly changing professional landscape, think critically and creatively about music, and develop practical skills in collaboration, teaching and technology use. The program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility due to the mix of online and in-person options offered, up to 100% online.  Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer semester and take courses full- or part-time to complete the 32 hours. Though a standard two-year plan is shown above, students may be able to complete the degree in as little as one year, or take longer as needed. Furthermore, individually scheduled courses (such as Collaborative Musicianship, Applied Lessons, Internship, and Thesis) may be completed in an 8-week Summer Term

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Music program will be equipped to:
  1. Make artistic and intellectual judgments about music and its roles in various contexts
  2. Demonstrate professional level of competence for music instruction
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to the liberal arts and the place of music in a larger social-historical context
  4. Collaborate effectively with other musicians
  5. Integrate technical performance skills and musical understanding in chosen area of specialization
  6. Use technology effectively as tools in learning, creating and teaching within the field of music

*Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools CommissIon on Colleges.

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Why should you join us? To find out more about Wesleyan’s fast-track hybrid graduate programs designed for working professionals. Our programs include online courses for student flexibility as well as Wesleyan's signature seminar-style traditional classes on campus on weekends. All classes are taught by faculty with real world professional experience and outstanding academic credentials.


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Admissions Criteria (men and women):
  1. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in music from an institution of higher education accredited by an institutional accreditor, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Students from universities outside of the United States must demonstrate U.S. Bachelor’s Degree equivalency through Silny ( or a comparable accreditation agency.
  2. Students who have not majored in music in their undergraduate degree must take and pass a Music Theory and Music History Entrance Exam administered by the Wesleyan College Music Department.  
  3. International students from countries where English is not the official language must have a minimum TOEFL iBT Score of 90, with no less than 20 on any single section, or IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in each section, or minimum 90 on the DuoLingo English Test ( Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  4. Applicants are required to complete an application form online, supply a CV and personal statement, provide 2 letters of professional reference, and have an interview with the Program Director.
  5. Auditions are required for candidates seeking a Performance Concentration (Voice, Organ, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Choral Conducting). The auditions may be live or via video, with a 15-minute minimum length--works presented may be in any style and should demonstrate a skill level that is comparable to an undergraduate music major for the chosen concentration. A portfolio of works is required for candidates seeking a Composition Concentration--works may be presented in any style or format.  
  6. Final admission decisions are made by the Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the Music Department, and are binding. 
Graduation Requirements: 

Graduate candidates are required to maintain a 3.00 grade point average. MA candidates may earn a grade of “C” in no more than two courses in their graduate program. Any candidate who earns more than two "C" grade(s) or one "F" grade will be reviewed for continuance in the program and may be suspended or dismissed from the program. Additionally, students must pass an Oral Qualifying Exam administered by a committee of 3 faculty members (two of which should be full-time). Graduate degrees are conferred upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, as announced on the program academic calendar. 

Program Curriculum
MUS 500 Research Methods (2 hours)

Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of research in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional musical reference and research materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies. 

MUS 510 Analytical Techniques (3 hours)

This course covers advanced harmonic and structural analyses in various periods of Western music, from antiquity to the contemporary era. Emphasis will be placed upon analysis as a tool to lead to more insightful, informed, and effective practices in performance and/or teaching.

MUS 520: Technology and Video for Musicians (3 hours)

Literacy in video and technology is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous skill in every industry of modern society, and Music is no exception. This course teaches students to use various general and music-specific technologies and apply them to performance and teaching. Students will also learn the intricate processes involved in capturing, editing, and producing effective videos. 

MUP 540 Collaborative Musicianship (1 hour)

Under the guidance of faculty, students will learn to collaborate with others in a musical setting and present a final product or performance of their collaborations. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. To that end, students will have the opportunity to design a custom project based on active musical collaboration with others. 

MUS 600 Music Pedagogy Seminar (3 hours)

Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of teaching and learning in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional teaching materials, method books and supplemental materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies. Emphasis on observation and evaluation of live teaching done by students will be an important component. Content will be tailored to each student’s concentration.

MUS 610: Philosophy of Music (3 hours)

In this course, students will explore several key existential questions related to Music: What is it? Why does it exist? Why does it matter? Students will discuss how humans function and interact with music, and address the value of music as it relates to various historical contexts and stylistic genres.  

MUP 501, 502, 601, Applied Lessons in Primary Instrument, Composition or Conducting (1 hour)

In this course, students will have intensive, one-on-one meetings with faculty to explore advanced artistic and technical topics through a wide range of repertoire. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. In collaboration with faculty, students will have the opportunity to design custom learning goals and present a final product or performance of their efforts at the end of the course. 

MUS 620 Advanced Literature Seminar (3 hours)

In the course, students will explore and examine significant works of music literature relevant to their chosen concentration. In addition to a survey of standard repertoire, innovative styles and genres may also be covered. Students will learn to discuss and evaluate literature and repertoire for teaching and performance purposes. Content may vary according to the performance area studied. 

MUS 630: Practicum/Internship (1 hour)

This course will give students an opportunity to explore professional and real-life training in a music-related field outside of academic coursework. Under the guidance of faculty, students will be able to select appropriate experience(s) or projects to fulfill this requirement and participate in active reflection during and after the experience.  

MUP 640: Master’s Thesis/Recital- (3 hours)

This course represents the culminating, capstone project in the M.A. program. Students will prepare and present their work in a final performance or product. As part of the project, students will be expected to integrate and demonstrate advanced musical, artistic, and/or technical skills that they have learned as part of the program.  

Tuition and Fees

Program Costs:

  • $650 per credit hour. 32 credit hour program over 14 months. Textbooks included. 

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Additional specific costs may be considered as an adjacent to cost of attendance, for more information contact the Financial Aid Office at or (478) 757-5205. 


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Nadine Cheek
Mildred Heyward Chair of Music (478) 757-5127 Profile
Chenny Q. Gan
Associate Professor of Music (478) 757-5147 Profile
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Ellen Hanson '83
Instructor of Music
Michael McGhee
Associate Professor of Music (478) 757-2433 Profile

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