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Music – Graduate Degree

As a result of Western Carolina University's program prioritization process, the M.M,  M.A.T. and the M.A.Ed. in Music have been scheduled for discontinuation. If you have general concerns and questions, information can be found on the Program Prioritization webpage at or you can also contact the program director or the Department of Music at 828-227-7242.

School of Music

Degrees Offered: Master of Music (M.M.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Certificate Offered: Post Baccalaureate Music Education Certificate

Program Descriptions:

Master of Music (M.M.) The Master of Music program is an innovative and challenging curriculum in music that combines practical and academic studies. The unique core unites historical and theoretical approaches to the study of music. The M.M. is ideal for those who wish to continue their performance studies in voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, and commercial and electronic music.

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) The Master of Arts in Education degree allows students already holding a bachelor's degree in music education to specialize in choral music, or instrumental music, and it is designed for those planning careers in public education. It combines the foundations and principles of music education with experiences specifically designed to improve teaching skills.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) The Master of Arts in Teaching degree allows those candidates holding a bachelors degree in music to earn a teaching license. Specializing opportunities are also available in choral music, or instrumental music.

Information on the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. programs can be found in the College of Education and Allied Professions.

Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Certificate The Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Certificate  program is designed for students who have completed a non-teaching undergraduate degree in Music, but who now desire to pursue careers as public school music teachers. Depending on course scheduling and the number of undergraduate pre-requisite courses that may be required, the program may be completed in 1-3 semesters followed by a semester of student teaching. Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education leads to recommendation for initial North Carolina teaching licensure. Based on an assessment of candidate’s undergraduate coursework, applicants may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses (these may be taken concurrently with graduate-level coursework).


Admission Requirements:

M.M, M.A.Ed., M.A.T.

Graduate School Admission Requirements
          Program Admission Requirements
  • M.M. applicants must perform a live audition
  • M.A.Ed. applicants must hold or be eligible for the North Carolina "A" teaching license in music education.
  • M.A.Ed, M.A.T., applicants must audition and/or interview for the School of Music

Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Certificate

  • Transcripts. Official transcripts showing an in progress or conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a satisfactory overall GPA (3.0 or higher). Applicants completing the Bachelor's degree after accepting an admission offer must submit an official final transcript showing Bachelor's degree conferral. Your undergraduate academic background should relate to your proposed graduate study. Some departments may accept students who do not have related undergraduate credentials. Some applicants may be required to take undergraduate courses to build competency in the field.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music from an accredited institution with a 2.85 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Applicants must audition and/or interview for the School of Music

Additional Admissions Criteria: All candidates must demonstrate piano proficiency.

All candidates will take a graduate entrance exam in music history and music theory and pass these exams before taking graduate level history and theory courses.

Application Deadline: None

Prerequisites: None

Number of Graduate Faculty: 14

Number of Students: 14

Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee only for music courses

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Will Peebles
School of Music




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