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Department of Music


The faculty and staff of the Music Department welcome you to the Master of Arts program in Music! We hope you find graduate study at Fresno State to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Our faculty consists of scholars, performing artists, and teachers with national and international reputations dedicated to providing a high quality graduate education. We look forward to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals.

The Master of Arts degree program in music is designed to increase the candidate's professional competence, to increase the ability for continued self-directed study, and to provide opportunity for greater depth in the chosen area of emphasis within the field of music. The Department offers two options within the Master of Arts degree: Music Education and Performance. Emphases within the area of Performance include: choral conducting, composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, and vocal performance. The Music Education Option is designed for new or experienced teachers seeking advanced study in classroom music instruction, theories of teaching and learning, and research in music education.

Please be sure to read through this Graduate Student Handbook carefully. The Handbook is intended to provide an overview of the program, its requirements, and processes. Hyperlinks have been included to allow for more detailed information. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.