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
Advanced Study in Chamber Music, Certificate
This 24-credit performer’s certificate is designed for the instrumentalist who is admitted by audition to our Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music (ICM). The major focus is to provide professional training experiences in the performance of chamber repertoire, from traditional to contemporary works composed for duos to larger ensembles. This unique program includes a combination of weekly masterclasses, coachings, and private lessons as well as financial and facility support. Students enjoy a dedicated rehearsal and office spaces, professional mentorship, and contest travel finances in addition to generous fellowships.
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
Imagine yourself in one of these recent alumni roles:
- Collection Services Manager, Princeton University
Arthur Mendel Music Library – Brittany Nielson ’15
- Public Services Manager, Princeton University
Arthur Mendel Music Library – Jennifer Meixelsperger ’15
- Cataloging Lead, Alexander Street Press
Academic Database Publisher – Jacqueline Brellenthin ’14
- Collection Services Supervisor, Old Dominion University
The Diehn Composers Room – Maddie Dietrich ’13
- Music Library Coordinator, University of Houston
MD Anderson Library – Stephanie Lewin-Lane – ’12
Specific degree information and requirements can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with admission requirements, credits/courses, 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
Marketing & Sales
Music Store Owner
Record Label Administration
Composition & Technology
Audio Software Design & Programming
Contemporary Music Composition
Film, Television, Game Scoring, & Sound Design
Recording Engineering & Mastering
History & Literature
Writing & Journalism
Choral Music Educator
General Music (K-12)
Instrumental Music Educator
Private Studio Teacher
Orchestral & Wind Ensemble
Dedicated Music Graduate Faculty
Area Head, Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion
Associate Professor, Flute
Chamber Music Coach
Director, Choral Activities
Assistant Professor, Choral Conducting
Area Head, Music Education
Associate Professor, Music Education
Associate Professor, Horn
Department Chair, Music
Chamber Music Coach
Area Head, Theory
Associate Professor, Composition & Theory
Area Head, Guitar
Associate Professor, Classical Guitar
Director, Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music
Professor, Cello & String Pedagogy
Chamber Music Coach
Director, Orchestral Activities
Associate Professor, Conducting
Area Head, Vocal Performance
Associate Professor, Voice & Opera Theatre
Area Head, Music History & Literature
Director, Graduate Studies
Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology
Area Head, Composition & Technology
Professor, Composition & Theory
Area Heads, Strings
Associate Professor, Violin