The Professional Master of Arts (PMA) in Music combines comprehensive training in musicology with mastery of a relevant sub-specialization to assist you in pursuing a managerial or organizational career in music.

As a PMA student, you receive well-rounded training that balances music performance and scholarship with the elements of professional management. Your curriculum explores music in interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual contexts that you will integrate with the following sub-specializations:

  • Music Communications
  • Arts Administration
  • Information Management

You’ll receive mentoring and instruction from a faculty of highly trained performers and scholars, along with an interdisciplinary bridge to programs at CGU’s Center for Information Systems & Technology and Drucker School of Management. Upon earning your master’s degree, you will possess knowledge and skills essential for management and leadership positions in the world of professional music.

Program Highlights
  • The Music Department puts on an array of concerts that offer ample performance opportunities.
  • You’ll work closely with renowned faculty from CISAT and the Drucker School of Management.
  • CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.

Program at a Glance

36 units

2 years

Fall | Spring


Professional Master of Arts in Music

Featured Courses

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.

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.

ENG 370
Introduction to Literary Theory

Provides an overview of Textual Criticism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, New Historicism, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism.

MGT 360
Applied Operational Methods

Develops a general managerial perspective on the role of operations management in the function of a firm, at both the tactical and strategic levels.

MGT 345
Organizational Behavior

Introduces fundamental skills students will need to understand, diagnose, and manage organizational behavior in order to attain the organization’s mission more effectively.

IST 302
Database Concepts

Discusses database concepts and practices emphasizing the relational model and techniques for the development and use of databases.

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

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    Robert Zappulla

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

    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

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    Jenny Soonjin Kim

    Assistant Professor of Practice

    Research Interests

    Fortepiano, piano, 18th century performance practices, 20th century atonal piano compositions, digital keyboard laboratory, the board of directors of Los Angeles Master Chorale: Education Committee and Gala Host Committee

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