Master of Music (MM) in Performance
Our degree programs permit concentration in chamber music, collaborative piano (vocal or instrumental), guitar, instrumental, keyboard and voice.
- Chamber Music Performance
- Collaborative Piano (Instrumental)
- Collaborative Piano (Vocal)
- Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion
Students have increasingly opted to add a second concentration to the MM degree. In most cases this has been a concentration in chamber music in addition to a performance degree, but some students have also opted to add a concentration in Music History and Literature, and string players have also opted to add a concentration in string pedagogy to their performance degree. Students with two concentrations take the core graduate music curriculum and complete the remaining degree requirements for both concentrations. Generally, dual concentration students take three years (6 semesters) to complete the degree.
This 14-18-credit performer’s certificate is designed for advanced study in any area of performance desired by the student. It can be completed as a post-baccalaureate certificate, or after completion of the MM degree. It includes study with studio faculty as well as participation in large ensembles but could also include intensive work on chamber music performance, preparation for auditions, or further study to prepare for graduate-level study.
MM in Conducting
This concentration is designed primarily for the student with an undergraduate degree in music education or performance who wishes to pursue advanced training in choral, orchestral or wind-band conducting. Students may also elect related studies in music performance or other allied areas.
MM in Music Education
This concentration is designed for practicing music educators who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in both music and music pedagogy. An undergraduate degree in music education is required with two years teaching experience in a school setting. The program is intended to build on the student’s understanding of teaching pedagogy in any area of music education (general, choral or instrumental), strengthen the philosophical underpinnings of that teaching, bring to light opportunities for action research within a school setting, and provide additional areas of exploration including applied instrumental or vocal study, conducting technique, music theory and music history.
Core music education courses are offered both in the summer and evenings, some provided in online format. Other courses are offered during the academic year in late afternoon and evening hours.
MM in Music History & Literature
This concentration is designed primarily for students who wish to do advanced study in music history and literature. For some students, the degree is a terminal degree (for example, music teachers who may wish to pursue graduate work in music history rather than in music education), while for others it serves as preparation for the study of musicology at the doctoral level.
MM in String Pedagogy
This concentration is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession with a private studio or to prepare for a terminal degree (doctorate) and ultimately a career in higher education. What makes our pedagogy program unique is the combination of performance and hands-on teaching opportunities with students of all levels provided by a partnership with the String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM. Curriculum focuses on current methods such as Suzuki and Rolland, and organization teaching of instrumental technique and repertoire.
MM in Theory and Composition
This concentration is designed for the person possessing creative talent in acquiring and utilizing the techniques and craft of musical composition. We foster development in instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic composition, with an emphasis on contemporary and experimental techniques. Interested students should preferably have experience in computer notation, midi applications, theory, literature, and analysis pedagogic areas.
MM/MLIS Coordinated Degree Program
In cooperation with the School of Information Studies, the Department of Music offers a M.M./MLIS coordinated degree program to prepare students for positions as music librarians. Students in the program will concurrently pursue a Master of Music degree program (with a concentration in Music History and Literature) and a Master of Library and Information Science degree program. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.
Graduating students have a 97% job placement rate
Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.
“We can read history books, but the closest we can get to experiencing it would be from a composition of that time or a novel written in a particular era. It’s a personified action of what happened at that point in history and given to us in a nutshell." -Alicia Storin, founding member of the Cadance Collective and Riso Quartet
Careers in Music
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Choral Music Educator
Community Arts Organizer
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Early Music Performer
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Folk Music Performer
Instrumental Music Educator
Marketing & Sales
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Store Owner
Musical Theatre Artist
Outreach & Educational Programming
Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
Private Studio Teacher
Program Notes Author
Record Label Administration
Theatre Stage Manager
Video Game Scoring
Graduate Faculty: Music
Faculty within the graduate program are comprised of select faculty and staff dependent upon your chosen focus of study. For a list of all Peck School of the Arts Music faculty please follow the link below.