As a graduate student at UL Lafayette, you gain the knowledge and technical skills you need to become a professional musician, with access to the enhanced opportunities you need and want before and after graduation with the Masters of Music.
In our five concentrations, you'll get an individualized approach to your specific area of interest with opportunities to take courses uniquely suited to your interests. Small class sizes and individual instruction mean you'll get a personalized education that fits your goals and aspirations. Upon graduation you will have a mature understanding of your area as well as a more refined knowledge of analysis and repertoire.
You'll get to work with Grammy-award-winning artists. You'll understand the theory and mechanics of great music, and how to shape your own career. And you'll get to share your love of music with your peers and the community.
We offer the Master of Music with concentrations in Performance (Classical and Jazz), Theory/Composition, Performance Pedagogy, Conducting (Choral and Instrumental), and Music Education.
Master of Music Degree Concentrations
This concentration is intended primarily for students wishing to specialize on a specific instrument or voice, in either jazz or classical style. Students graduating with this concentration go on to careers as professional performers in orchestras, service bands, opera companies, or to further graduate study in preparation for teaching at the university level. Learn more about music performance.
This concentration is intended primarily for school band or choral directors who are already certified and wish to enhance their credentials with a graduate degree. This degree is offered exclusively through the School of Music. Learn more about music education.
This concentration is intended primarily for students with strong backgrounds in music theory who wish to pursue careers as composers, or university instructors. Students graduating with this concentration go on to careers as professional composers or to further graduate study in preparation for teaching at the university level. Learn more about theory/composition.
This concentration is intended primarily for students wishing to pursue careers in the field of orchestral, band, or choral conducting. Students graduating with this concentration normally pursue further graduate study in preparation for teaching at the university level. Learn more about conducting.
The focus of this curriculum is the study of advanced pedagogy techniques, teaching special populations, and the performance practice and pedagogy of advanced piano literature. Students pursuing this concentration typically are pianists who are primarily interested in teaching rather than a career as a professional performer. Learn more about performance pedagogy.