Master of Music

As one of the region’s most recognized music programs, CBU’s Master of Music (MM) degree is designed to help you live your purpose in performance, conducting and music education. 

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Program Intro

CBU's Master of Music program balances music theory with application to equip individuals with the skills, experience and confidence to achieve professional excellence.

36 Units

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2 Years
$690 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn a Master of Music at CBU?

Learn from distinguished faculty

CBU's distinguished School of Performing Arts faculty includes educators, conductors and performers with real-world experience teaching and performing in an array of private and public venues as well as educational and religious settings. Because MM class sizes are limited to no more than 17 students per class, students develop strong, supportive relationships with their faculty as well as fellow candidates. 

Go beyond the classroom

CBU's MM program extends the learning experience beyond the classroom walls, allowing students the opportunity to put music theory into practice. Candidates engage with faculty and fellow students in a variety of environments and settings, including conducting seminars, reading sessions, and master classes.

Practice in a top-of-the-line facility

Students also benefit from our newest facility, the JoAnn Hawkins Music Building, equipped with the latest technology, including a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art recording studio, music labs, and 27 private rehearsal rooms each furnished with a baby grand piano. 

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's Master of Music program will learn to:

Program Details

MUS 511: Musical Structure and Style

A study of the forms and structure of music from 1750 to current, including the influence of form on interpretation.

MUS 512: Choral Conducting I

Applied studies in conducting a choral ensemble.

MUS 520: Orchestration

Discussion, study, and analysis of orchestration techniques, including scoring for various instrumental and choral groupings.

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  • Composition Concentration
  • Conducting Concentrations
    • Instrumental
    • Vocal
  • Music Education Concentration
  • Performance Concentrations
    • Instrumental
    • Vocal 

1. When do classes meet?
The graduate program in music is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Typically, classes are held Mondays and Tuesdays between 4 and 10 p.m.

2. How many students are in the typical class?
M.M. class sizes are purposefully kept small, with no more than 17 students per class. We offer an excellent faculty/student ratio, allowing our students to have direct access to and the personalized attention of their instructors.

3. Are scholarships available?
 Scholarships are available for students who participate in performance groups. If you are interested in qualifying for a performance scholarship, please contact the School of Performing Arts to schedule an audition.

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Jennifer Cruz, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Keyboard Studies
Instructor - Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Office Phone: 951-343-4253
Office Location: Hawkins Building 201

Gene Moon, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Orchestral Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8352
Office Location: Hawkins Building - 220

Glenn Pickett, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

Office Phone: 951-343-4500
Office Location: Hawkins 217

Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's Master of Music program can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Songwriter
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Music Program Director
  • Private Instructor
  • Worship Leader
  • Minister of Music
  • College Educator
  • Secondary School Music Teacher
  • Elementary School Music Teacher 

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