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Undergraduate Degree Programs

The School of Music offers degree programs for students interested in Performance, Composition, Music Education, Sound Recording Technology, and Pedagogy. Such programs can also help students prepare for continuing graduate study or for careers in music business, music technology, church music, private studio teaching, or many other allied fields.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate programs in music lead to the Master of Music in Conducting, Music Education, Performance, and Theory-Composition. They are intended to further the development of professional competency, critical thinking and intellectual maturity. The Master of Music in Performance and the Master of Music in Conducting are 36-hour programs. The Master of Music in Music Education provides students the option of completing either 31 semester hours and a master’s thesis or completing 36 semester hours without a thesis. The Master of Music in Theory-Composition is a 30-hour program that includes a thesis.

To help students who cannot attend class on the SFA campus regularly, many of the required courses are now available over the Internet. This includes all of the courses in the general music “core” and many courses in the music education sequence. One program, the elementary/general music concentration in the Master of Music in Music Education degree program, can be completed entirely via the Internet.