Master of Music

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Master of Music (one-year and two-year programs)

Combines the study of performance, pedagogy, music theory, music history, and scholarly research and writing. Individualized programs, developed in consultation with an advisor, may be developed through the use of electives.

One Year MM (12 credits)

Two Year MM (18 credits)

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Special Options

Double Majors

Students meeting both the entrance and the terminal requirements of two programs may receive a master's degree with two areas of concentration. Applicants should indicate their interest on the application for admission, and must submit appropriate materials for both programs. Curriculum is determined under the supervision of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Services, Director of Graduate Studies, and the faculty coordinators of both programs. As some courses may satisfy the requirements of both degrees, a double major will require at least 18 units of credit but may require as many as 24. Double majors are taken in one area of applied music study and one academic area. Two performance areas are not permitted.

Northwestern University/Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellowship

Through a faculty nomination process, select string students who audition for and are accepted by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) may be eligible for full-tuition scholarships for two years of study toward the MM degree in String Performance.