Banner Code: AR-BM-MUSI

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements and core coursework, as well as the requirements within one selected concentration.

Mason Core

Coursework within the major and concentration fulfills the information technology, global understanding, oral communications, fine arts, and synthesis requirements. Students must fulfill the requirements remaining in the following areas:

Quantitative Reasoning 13
Written Communication6
Literature3
Non-Lab Natural Science3
Western Civilization3
Social or Behavioral Sciences3
Information Technology 23
Total Credits24
1

Students in the Music Technology concentration, will fulfill this requirement as part of their concentration requirements.

2

Music Technology concentration students only.

Core Courses Required for All Concentrations

MUSI 113Aural Skills I1
One credit of1
Aural Skills II
MUSI 115Theory I3
MUSI 116Theory II3
MUSI 213Aural Skills III2
MUSI 215Theory III3
MUSI 251Musical/Oral Communication 13
MUSI 273Keyboard Skills III1
Five instances of:0
Recital Attendance
MUSI 431Music History in Society III (Mason Core)3
Total Credits20
1

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in oral communication for Music, BM students only. 

Concentration in Composition (CPO)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass  
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
MUSI 216Theory IV3
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology (Mason Core)3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 354Electronic Composition3
MUSI 361Class Strings1
MUSI 363Class Woodwinds1
MUSI 365Class Brass1
MUSI 366Class Percussion1
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
Three credits of3
Jazz Arranging
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Four credits of4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (M3E or Healing Arts Ensemble only)
MUSI 485Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) 11
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
Select 5 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 25
Total Credits70
1

Additional to M3E/Healing Arts Ensemble requirement.

2

As approved by Music advisor.

Emphasis Requirement

Composition: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 351Keyboard Pedagogy3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Four credits of4
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits9
Composition: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

Concentration in Jazz (JAZC)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 107Jazz and Blues in America (Mason Core)3
MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
MUSI 216Theory IV3
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology (Mason Core)3
MUSI 311Jazz Studies3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 338Music History in Society A3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
MUSI 450Jazz Improvisation I2
MUSI 452Jazz Improvisation II2
MUSI 454Jazz Arranging3
Six credits of6
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (Jazz Chamber Ensembles only)
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
Five credits of5
Selected Topics in Music (Topics in Jazz Studies only)
Select 3 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 13
Total Credits69
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Emphasis Requirement

Jazz: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10
Jazz: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits10

Concentration in Music Education (MUE)

Certification to Teach

The music education concentration at George Mason University is recognized by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as an approved teacher preparation program that imparts licensure. Even though an undergraduate student may declare music education as their major, this is not an official indication of a student's degree status. In order to be accepted into the degree, students must complete an application, meet all eligibility requirements, and pass the MTEC Interview and Skill Proficiency Exam. All entry requirements are described in Part 1 of the GMUsicEd Handbook located online.

The deadline for applying to the BME and taking the MTEC exam is the 4th semester of coursework. The 4th semester is defined as a minimum of 36 attempted credits. Transfer and continuing students entering GMU as an undergraduate with 36 or more credits will be required to apply to the BME no later than their 2nd semester of coursework at GMU.

Student must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
MUSI 216Theory IV3
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 6 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)6
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology (Mason Core)3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 323Music Education Recital0
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 361Class Strings1
MUSI 366Class Percussion1
MUSI 367Class Guitar1
MUSI 370Laboratory Ensemble (To be repeated six times)0
MUSI 393Music Administration and Management2
MUSI 432Music History in Society IV3
Six credits of6
Internship in Music Education (Mason Core) 1
EDRD 300Literacy and Curriculum Integration3
EDUC 301Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural3
EDUC 302Human Growth and Development3
or EDUC 539 Human Development and Learning PK-12
Total Credits54

Emphasis Requirement

Music Education: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Music Education: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
or MUSI 467 Instrumental Music Methods I: Orchestra
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Music Education: Keyboard Emphasis
Two credits of2
Applied Music in Voice
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 461The Teaching of General Music in the Elementary and Middle School3
MUSI 463The Teaching of Vocal Music in the Secondary School3
Select 1 credit from the following:1
Class Woodwinds
Class Brass
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 11
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Music Education: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
Seven credits of7
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
MUSI 467Instrumental Music Methods I: Orchestra3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 4991
Total Credits25
1

As approved by Music advisor.

 Music Education: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Applied Music in Keyboard
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 461The Teaching of General Music in the Elementary and Middle School3
MUSI 463The Teaching of Vocal Music in the Secondary School3
Select 1 credit from the following:1
Class Woodwinds
Class Brass
Select 7 credits from the following:7
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
Music Education: Woodwind Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Two credits of2
Class Woodwinds
Two credits of2
Class Brass
MUSI 368Class Voice1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 464Instrumental Music Methods I3
MUSI 466Instrumental Music Methods II3
Select 1 credit from MUSI 100-MUSI 4991
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits25
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Concentration in Music Technology (MTEC)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Engineering
  • Recording

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
Six credits of6
Applied Music in Composition 1
MUSI 252Popular Music Arranging3
MUSI 254Music and Technology3
MUSI 338Music History in Society A3
MUSI 354Electronic Composition3
MUSI 355Recording Techniques3
MUSI 358Music Programming3
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology3
Music Ensemble Options 23
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 438Music History in Society B3
MUSI 439Music History in Society C3
MUSI 490RS: Musical Communication in Context (Mason Core)3
PHYS 103Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core)4
6-7 credits of general electives6-7
Total Credits53
1

See Music advisor for permission and course options. 

2

Transfer students must earn at least 2 credits at Mason. 

Emphasis Requirement

Music Technology: Electroacoustic Music
Core Courses
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology 13
Four credits of4
Applied Music in Composition
Two credits of2
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (Healing Arts Ensemble or M3E)
MATH
Select one from the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core)
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework
Select 13-14 credits from the following: 113-14
Applied Music in Composition
Applied Music in Composition
Applied Music in Composition
Topics in Music Technology
Teaching Internship
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (1-3 credits)
Coursework from any of the following prefixes:
Total Credits26
1

Must be electroacoustic music emphasis.

2

At least one credit of additional coursework or general electives must come from 300 or 400 level courses.

Music Technology: Engineering Emphasis

A double degree in a STEM field or the following:

MATH
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
or MATH 115 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework 1
Coursework from any of the following prefixes: 22
CS
ECE
IT
MATH
MBUS
PHYS
Total Credits26
1

At least 10 credits from additional coursework or general electives must come from 300 or 400 level courses.

Music Technology: Recording Emphasis
Courses
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
MUSI 359Topics in Music Technology 13
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MATH
Select one from the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core)
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Honors) (Mason Core)
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Additional Coursework 2
Select 14-15 credits of additional coursework from the following:14-15
Applied Music I (1-4 credits)
Topics in Music Technology
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core) (1-3 credits)
Coursework from any of the following prefixes:
Total Credits26
1

Topic must be in Recording emphasis.

2

At least 5 credits from additional coursework or general electives must come from 300 or 400 level courses.

Concentration in Performance (PFM)

Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as requirements for one of the following emphases:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • String
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Courses Required for All Emphases

MUSI 214Aural Skills IV2
MUSI 216Theory IV3
Select 8 credits from MUSI 242-MUSI 248 (see Applied Music Options)8
Select 8 credits from MUSI 442-MUSI 448 (see Applied Music Options)8
MUSI 259Music in Computer Technology (Mason Core)3
MUSI 319Class Composition and Arranging3
MUSI 324Junior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 331Music History in Society I3
MUSI 332Music History in Society II3
MUSI 424Senior Recital (Mason Core)1
MUSI 432Music History in Society IV3
MUSI 491Musical Communication in Performance (Mason Core)1
Total Credits39

Emphasis Requirement

Performance: Brass Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Performance: Guitar Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Performance: Keyboard Emphasis
MUSI 351Keyboard Pedagogy3
MUSI 371Techniques of Accompanying I1
MUSI 372Techniques of Accompanying II1
MUSI 373Advanced Accompanying and Musicianship Skills3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 382Piano Ensemble (Mason Core)1
or MUSI 485 Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
Six credits of6
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Three credits of3
Selected Topics in Music
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Performance: Percussion Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Performance: String Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
Eight credits of8
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core) (8 credit)
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits of8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Performance: Voice Emphasis
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 325Performance Seminar and Vocal Literature for Singers and Accompanists I2
MUSI 326Performance Seminar and Vocal Literature for Singers and Accompanists II - German and French2
MUSI 341Diction for Singers I: Italian Diction and English Diction2
MUSI 342Diction for Singers II: German Diction and French Diction2
MUSI 352Vocal Pedagogy and Lab3
MUSI 388Fundamental Techniques of Stagecraft for Opera and Music Theater2
MUSI 391Conducting I2
MUSI 396Conducting II2
Four credits of4
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Foreign language (French, German, and/or Italian)9
Select 8 credits from the following:8
University Chorale (Mason Core)
Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)
Chamber Singers (Mason Core)
Total Credits40

Performance: Woodwind Emphasis

MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 353Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature3
MUSI 379Jazz Improvisation1
MUSI 391Conducting I2
Two credits of2
Teaching Internship
MUSI 396Conducting II2
MUSI 419Orchestration3
or MUSI 493 Topics in Music Theory
Eight credits8
Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from MUSI 100-MUSI 499 19
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Symphony (Mason Core)
Symphonic Band (Mason Core)
Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)
Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)
Total Credits40
1

As approved by Music advisor.

Applied Music Options 

See Music advisor for registration permission and options.
MUSI 242Applied Music in Keyboard2
MUSI 243Applied Music in Voice2
MUSI 244Applied Music in Woodwind2
MUSI 245Applied Music in Brass2
MUSI 246Applied Music in String2
MUSI 247Applied Music in Percussion2
MUSI 248Applied Music in Composition2
MUSI 442Applied Music in Keyboard2-3
MUSI 443Applied Music in Voice2-3
MUSI 444Applied Music in Woodwind2-3
MUSI 445Applied Music in Brass2-3
MUSI 446Applied Music in String2-3
MUSI 447Applied Music in Percussion2-3
MUSI 448Applied Music in Composition2-3

Music Ensemble Options

MUSI 380Wind Symphony (Mason Core)1
MUSI 381University Chorale (Mason Core)1
MUSI 382Piano Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 383Symphonic Band (Mason Core)1
MUSI 384Symphonic Chorus (Mason Core)1
MUSI 385Chamber Singers (Mason Core)1
MUSI 387Symphony Orchestra (Mason Core)1
MUSI 389Jazz Ensemble (Mason Core)1
MUSI 485Chamber Ensembles (Mason Core)1

Music, BM (Performance)/Music, Accelerated MM (Performance)

Overview

Students in the Music, BM (Performance concentration) have the option of obtaining an accelerated Music, MM (Performance concentration).

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit the following:

  • An Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Studies
  • 1-2 page Goals Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • In addition, all applicants must complete a live performance audition. Arrangements for an audition must be made in advance by contacting the School of Music before the scheduled audition date. Auditions are held approximately once per month. Audition dates and audition application forms are available through the School of Music website.

Interested students should contact the Senior Academic Advisor, School of Music, for more details about the application process.

Degree Requirements & Reserve Graduate Credit

After admission and having earned 90 undergraduate credits, accelerated master's students complete 6 credits of graduate coursework in their field of study (with a 3.00 GPA or better in each course), specified by their undergraduate and graduate advisors. These credits will apply to the undergraduate degree and provide the student advanced standing in the MM Performance program. All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment. While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Students in the BM (Performance)/MM (Performance) accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree, including a minimum of 18 applicable graduate credits taken after the bachelor's degree has been completed and posted to the student's academic record. Successful completion of the accelerated MM will require one summer of coursework between years 4 and 5.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students amy need a longer timeframe to complete requirements. 

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Academic Policies.

Music, BM/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Overview

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. The regular designed timeframe would be a start in the Fall and completion of all coursework in the Summer five years later with the exception of Capstone, which is only offered in Fall and Spring. Students may need a longer timeframe to complete all requirements.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Music and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Admissions

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degree (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 100 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master's Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Studies. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office for more details about the application process. 

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Option Requirements.

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master's student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form (which shall incorporate all of the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students will begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Music. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.