The graduate program in the School of Music offers innovative, inspiring study leading to the prestigious master of music degree, with tailored options in music education, musical theater, performance, and composition/music technology. Seminar-style, intimate classroom experiences combine with traditional one-on-one teaching to provide the graduate student a flexible, personalized approach to quality learning in a rich, friendly environment. More than two dozen resident faculty, representing a diverse background of musical experiences and excellent preparation, join with visits and residencies by internationally renowned guest artists/clinicians to carefully nurture, supervise, and personally mentor each graduate student, affording individual attention within the context of traditional graduate level standards and expectations. This is a graduate program in music focused on the needs and anticipations of the individual. Missoula's abundant cultural and artistic community organizations and activities serve to further enhance learning and experiential opportunities for personal, academic and musical growth. Outstanding performance and learning facilities include an outstanding recital hall and concert auditorium, state-of-the-art computer and recording lab facilities, and the well-designed, functional music building.
|Music (Music Education Option)
|Music Education (online/summer option)
|Music (Musical Theater Option)
|Music (Performance Option)
Thesis: Written or performance graduate project, 30 credits, and oral comprehensive examination; Non-thesis music education: 36 credits and written and oral comprehensive examinations; and musical theater: 36 credits and professional project.
For specific curricular requirements, please contact the School of Music office.
1. Application Materials and Deadline
The deadline for fall, spring, and summer terms are open.
Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission section on this web site.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the School of Music also requires:
- A brief letter stating objectives in pursuing graduate study.
- Three letters of recommendation (We prefer electronic submission through the Admission Application. If the electronic method is used there is no need to send paper copies to the department.)
- Live or taped audition of solo musical performance (performance only).
- Examples of original compositions - written scores and recordings (composition only).
- Live or taped audition of solo or ensemble musical performance (musical theater only)
- Teaching philosophy statement (music education only)
2. Program Requirements for Admission
3. Assistantship Application and Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by April 1 when applying for a teaching assistantship. Incoming and current students requesting a teaching assistantship should submit a letter of application and resume to:
Dr. Maxine Ramey, Director
School of Music
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
4. International Students
The School of Music offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships, available during the normal academic year only. Graduate students in these positions assist faculty with course instruction and grading of assignments and exams as well as important programmatic needs. Service in these positions can be used to enhance professional resumes and often result in strong job references. Graduate teaching assistants are selected by the School of Music according to their suitability of background and the School's needs. Appointments are made annually on full-time basis, working approximately 15 hours per week. Usually, only applicants admitted under full status to the Graduate School are eligible for teaching assistantships. In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition fee waiver (in-state or out-of-state). Fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for 6 credits each semester.
For additional information about financial assistance, see the Financial Information section on this web site.
Music Building, Room 101
Federal Express Delivery - Street Address
32 Campus Drive #7992
Missoula, MT 59812-7992
Graduate Coordinator and School Director
Dr. Maxine Ramey, Director