With CGU’s Master of Arts in Music, you will develop the necessary tools, knowledge, and experience to pursue a serious career in professional music.

Our program strikes a critical balance between music performance and scholarship, examining music in its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual contexts while providing a mastery of the theory and practice of performance. Faculty includes highly trained performers and musical scholars whose diverse interests range across musicology, performance, and composition. They bring their passion for music and scholarship into the classroom and serve as invaluable mentors. Under their guidance, you’ll join a long list of accomplished graduates who have gone on to careers as college and university professors, members of professional ensembles, music directors in churches, and solo performing artists.

Program Highlights
  • The Music Department puts on an array of concerts that offer ample performance opportunities.
  • Studio faculty are drawn from the Claremont Colleges and the outstanding pool of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.
  • Historical performance practice programs connect you with period instruments that include three harpsichords, a fortepiano, a chamber organ, and various stringed instruments.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
34–38 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEPARTMENT
Music

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Music

Featured Courses

MUSIC 301A&B
Music Literature and Historical Styles Analysis

Provides an overview of music literature from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century with concentrated analysis of representative works, using analytical techniques that fit each period.

MUSIC 302
Research Methodology & Bibliography

Introduces the many types of electronic and print bibliographic tools needed to pursue research in music, as well as research methods, citation practices, and ways to evaluate research.

MUSIC 303
Interdisciplinary Music Criticism & Cross-Cultural Aesthetics

Introduces the study of aesthetics, its historical basis and vocabulary of concepts as well as the application of these concepts specifically to music in the late eighteenth century.

MUSIC 311A
Application of Music Technology I

Explores music technology, the basics of MIDI and audio, music notation software, digital audio workstations and sequencing software, and music sample libraries.

MUSIC 405
Romantic: 19th Century

Addresses the conceptual roots of romanticism, early uses of the term as well as its influence, the period of time customarily assigned to this “era” for the study of music history, and repertory.

MUSIC 406
20th Century

Surveys concert music literature in Europe and the United States from approximately 1900 to the present, focusing on musical style and structure during this period and the many remarkable changes that occurred in the last century.

Areas of Concentration

 

Program Requirements

Qualifying Examinations
All music students are required to take written and oral qualifying examinations at regularly scheduled, posted times during the academic year.

Participation and Attendance
All students are encouraged to take part in the performance groups of the Claremont Colleges.

Language and Research Tool Requirements
You can satisfy the research tools requirement by qualifying in:

You can fulfill the language tool requirement by demonstrating competency at translating an approved language into English.

Recitals and Projects
All recitals and projects must be approved by the Music Department.

Capstone Project
For those who write music, the culmination of their CGU music education is the opportunity to present an original composition. Though there is no strictly prescribed form, in most cases, work will involve orchestra or large ensemble (soloists, choral forces, or electronics as additional components are possibilities). Whether you write and perform a symphony or concerto, it’s the best way to test and establish your musical vision.

Faculty & Research

  • Robert Zappulla profile image

    Robert Zappulla

    Fred W. Smith and Grace Hobson Smith Chair in Music
    Chair, Music Department

    Research Interests

    Harpsichord, Historical performance practices, Baroque music

  • Nancy van Deusen profile image

    Nancy van Deusen

    Professor of Music
    Louis and Mildred Benezet Chair in the Humanities

    Research Interests

    Piano, Musicology, Music theory

  • Peter Boyer profile image

    Peter Boyer

    Professor of Music
    Helen M. Smith Chair in Music

    Research Interests

    Composition, Conducting, American film music, 20th- and 21st-Century music, American composers

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

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Amy Sandefur

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7811
E: amy.sandefur@cgu.edu