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School of Music 9 Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

men playing cellos outsideThe EKU School of Music engages graduate students in a variety of learning opportunities, providing a contextual understanding of the historical, stylistic, and theoretical aspects of music. Students will leave with the artistic, technical, and collaborative skills to create, perform, and teach a variety of music. The National Association of Schools of Music, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education accredit our music degrees.

Our primary functions are to prepare music specialists for service in the public schools, to prepare students for careers in private studio teaching, concert performance, professional ensemble performance, teaching in colleges and universities, and other aspects of professional musicianship including the music industry.

Degree Programs Offered

The School of Music offers three concentration options in the Master of Music program which include:

To apply for any of our graduate programs, visit the Graduate School website.

Graduate Assistantships


I. Apply online to the Graduate School at Eastern Kentucky University. The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

II. Submit the following pre-screening materials to Dr. Rebekah Daniel, Director of Bands, at

  • Links to conducting videos of rehearsal and performance (20 minutes maximum.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation authored by professional references
  • Optional supplemental materials: links to marching band performances directed by the applicant, and drill design and/or arranging samples.

The deadline for pre-screening materials is February 1, 2024; early submission is encouraged.
Applicants who pass the pre-screening process will be invited to complete steps III. and IV.

III. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship

IV. Selected applicants will be invited to campus for a live audition with a university ensemble. Auditions will be held in the spring. Specific dates will be arranged at the time of invitation.

Core Courses For All Degree Concentrations

MUS 887 Analytical Techniques 3 credits
MUS 873 Music in Society 3 credits
MUS 898 Research in Music 3 credits
MUS 896
MUS 897
MUS 899
Special Project*
3 credits
GRD 857 Comprehensive Exams 0 credits
MUS xxx Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits

*as specified by the selected degree option.

Concentration in Conducting

MUS 844 Conducting Lessons 4 credits
MUS 756 Choral Music Literature 2 credits
MUS 757 Symphonic and Wind Band Literature 2 credits
MUS 881 Seminar in Choral Conducting 1 credit
MUS 882 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting 1 credit
MUS 701 Music Leadership 2 credits

Concentration in Music Education

MUS 878 Foundations of Music 3 credits
MUS 885 Psychology of Music 3 credits
MUE 702 Technology for Music Teaching & Learning 2 credits
MUS 803 Learning and Behavior Modification in Music 2 credits
MUS 802 Assessment in Music 2 credits

Concentration in Music Performance

MUS 8xx Applied Lessons 4 credits
MUS 8xx Ensembles 2 credits
MUS 750 Teaching Techniques 1 credit
MUS 751 Performance Literature 2 credits
MUS 756 or 757 Choral or Symph. and Wind Band Literature 2 credits
MUS 701 Music Leadership 2 credits

School of Music

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Phone: 859-622-3266

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