Master of Arts ProgramsMaster of Arts Program in Music Industry at West Virginia University provides students with the up-to-date, relevant knowledge and skills needed to productively operate, lead, and successfully manage the dynamic changes in the music industry. At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to creatively participate in all the music industry’s sectors as national and international leaders, and will be prepared to make major professional contributions in the field of the music industry.
Master of Arts in Musicology
completing the Master’s Program in Musicology develop a broad understanding of
the primary methods used in musicological and ethnomusicological research.
Courses and seminars explore a wide range of musical repertories and scholarly
debates, and the curriculum encourages students to engage meaningfully with the
field through pedagogical training and focused research. The theses of recent
graduates have explored the construction of female identity through sheet music
collection in the post-bellum U.S. South, the musical subcultures of
20th-century Greek and Italian immigrants to western Pennsylvania, and early
twentieth-century violin pedagogy and African American racial uplift. Recent
graduates have entered leading North American doctoral programs or have found
employment in occupations drawing heavily upon the expertise and skills
developed through our degree program.
M.A in Musicology Admission
Admission to the Master of Arts in Musicology requires academic transcripts, two letters of reference from academic faculty, a personal statement, and a representative sample of academic writing (minimum of 10 pages in length).
Master of Arts in Music Theory
The MA in Music Theory is intended for students
who desire advanced training in the analysis of Western art music and
preparation for teaching music theory in either a high school or college
setting. This degree can also prepare students for doctoral work in either
academic or applied areas, depending upon the electives chosen. All students in
this program will have the opportunity to independently teach a class from the
core curriculum. It is required that those considering this degree have above
average keyboard skills; specifically the student should be able to play a Bach
Applicants for Music Theory must submit:
· A sample of analytical writing about a musical topic of their choice. This should be e-mailed to Dr. Matthew Heap at email@example.com