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M.M. Contemporary Music

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This degree can prepare you for:

  • Doctoral music program
  • Music career in:
    • performing
    • composing
    • arranging
    • audio engineering
    • teaching
    • conducting

    To start, you need:

    • A bachelor’s degree in music at an accredited university

    Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

    Finishing will take:

    • 2 years
    • 54 credits
    • Studio-produced audio recording
    • Public recital

    Begin your Master of Music in Contemporary Music program:

    Preferably in the fall term; mid-year entry, however, may be allowed if special circumstances exist.

    Where you will take classes:

    • On campus

    Technology you will need:

    • All technology for your masters in music is available via the department’s technology labs: recording facility and midi keyboard facility.

    What you will learn:

    The masters degree in music incorporates a contemporary music curriculum that extends to music of the European art tradition, jazz, popular music and music of non-Western cultures. Encourages connections among diverse music cultures, between and within the arts and other expressions of human endeavor, and supports creativity, innovation, and discovery as students prepare for future professional involvement.

    Learning outcomes:

    1. Be knowledgeable and articulate about the practices and works of the music from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the core of musical knowledge prior to these centuries.
    2. Develop advanced levels of expertise in their concentration areas and apply that knowledge in a broad range of musical environments.
    3. Develop self-awareness as artists, educators, and music leaders.


If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Dr. Kevin Walczyk- Program Coordinator, Professor or 503-838-8274

"As a composition student, the music program at WOU provided me great hands-on training with accomplished faculty who are excellent teachers, as well as opportunities to work with world-class musicians in numerous clinics hosted by the department. I would highly recommend this program."

Christian Kaltwasser '15
MM in Contemporary Music

"My experiences at Western Oregon University were such a profound part of my educational growth and development. I am so grateful for the opportunities I had to gain real world experience and create a professional portfolio that I could use immediately after graduating. I currently serve as Executive Director of Salem Chamber Orchestra, and continue to do freelance music performance, private music lessons, and various recording and arranging projects."

Terra Hurdle '15
MM in Contemporary Music