MA in Music

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2 years
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Hone your musical craft

Enhance your music technique to become a more proficient musician ready to perform at a high level. Webster University’s Master of Arts in Music combines training with top musicians, performance opportunities, and access to top-tier facilities to ensure you reach your personal and professional goals. In just two years, you’ll be ready to step into the spotlight or share your passion with the next generation.

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Why a master’s in Music from Webster?

Study under top musicians

Our faculty are dedicated composers, teachers, performers, conductors, historians and artists. Their professional experience includes performing with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Boston Pops, the Bach Society of Saint Louis, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others. Small class sizes and private lessons mean you’ll benefit from a meaningful mentorship relationship. This program is ideal for musicians who aspire to:

Build your musicality

Through coursework, lessons, and performances, you’ll build your technique and musicality. You’ll graduate with:

Pursue your passion

You’ll balance courses in music theory, music history, and music performance with courses related to your interests. Our Master of Arts in Music allows you to choose a general path or specialize in one or more fields, such as:

Your course list

The 32 credit hours required for Webster’s master’s in Music are divided among core, performance, and supportive coursework.

Core Curriculum
  • Analytical Techniques I, II
  • Seminar in Music Literature
  • Seminar in Music Pedagogy

Performance Courses

Applied Lessons – Two semesters (4 hours) to be selected from:

  • Applied Instrument
  • Applied Jazz
  • Applied Organ
  • Applied Piano
  • Applied Voice

Major Ensemble – Two semesters (2 hours) to be selected from:

  • Webster University Aurelia
  • Webster University Chamber Singers
  • Webster University Chorale
  • Webster University Jazz Ensembles (Jazz Studies only)
  • Webster University Orchestra
  • Webster University Wind Ensemble

Supportive Courses
  • Additional coursework in music or in another related field such as art, literature, philosophy, or history
  • Additional Music Literature course selected from the following:
    • Secondary Choral Methods and Literature
    • The Art Song (3 hours)
    • Operatic Literature (3 hours)
    • Piano Literature I, II, III
    • Piano in Chamber Music Literature
    • Orchestral Literature
    • Advanced Studies in Music: Jazz History
  • Final Project/Recital Program
  • Graduate Colloquium (taken every semester)
  • Music electives chosen in consultation with the Director of Area of Study
  • Oral examination

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A world of music at your doorstep

Our Master of Arts in Music is offered on campus in Webster Groves, Missouri, just 15 minutes outside of St. Louis. Enjoy private lessons and ensemble performances in addition to music performances from faculty, peers and professional groups from around the world. You’ll also have access to local vocal, instrumental or jazz organizations, like the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jazz St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to enhance your learning experience.

Compose your career

Jobs in the music industry are expected to keep pace with or grow faster than other industries over the next decade. A graduate music degree sets you apart in the job market and can propel you into an exciting career, such as:

Music Director or Composer


Median Annual Salary,
(National, May 2022)

Musician/Singer Performer

$39.14 per hour

Median Annual Salary,
(National, May 2022)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Achieve your personal and professional goals

We’re here to help

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your Master of Arts in Music.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). An important marker of standing among music programs in the U.S., NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.

Learn from experts

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience performing or conducting locally and around the world. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.

What sets Webster apart?

Webster University made me excited to go back to school for my master’s degree. I am so pleased I got to study with professors who are such talented, intelligent, professional and accomplished musicians. Webster was exactly what I needed and wanted.

- Beth Enloe Fritz
MA in Music, '05