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Master of Music


The EWU Music Department offers an exciting and rigorous Master’s program with concentrations in Performance, Music Education, Composition, and Jazz Pedagogy. Members of the Music Department faculty are leaders in their fields. There is also a General Master’s degree in music that allows students interested in other areas to create a curriculum which will suit their needs.

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    The exciting and rigorous Master of Music program at EWU is available with emphases in PerformanceMusic EducationCompositionJazz Studies, or Liberal Arts (with online and summer options). We welcome students from regional, national and international populations.

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    Program Overview

    Master of Music at EWU

    The emphasis in Music Education is also available with on-line and summer options, and performance auditions are not required for this concentration. Full time students who will be on campus may apply for a resident or non-resident Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA, NRGSA), which includes a tuition waiver and stipend. If awarded, responsibilities will be assigned in the relevant areas of teaching, assisting and or performance related activities as per the strengths of the candidate.  Please contact Dr. Jody Graves, Graduate Program Director at for information on completing applications with the EWU Office of Graduate Studies, music scholarship applications, GSA and NRGSA applications and performance auditions.  Members of the EWU Music Department faculty are leaders in their fields, world-class performing artists, published researchers and composers. For detailed information about individual faculty members, follow this link to our faculty web page.

    Areas of Concentration: Performance (Instrumental/Vocal/Piano/Conducting), Composition, Jazz Studies, Liberal Arts and Music Education (with summer and online options)                                      



    Applications  all GSA or NRGSA award applications/materials received by March 3, 2019, will receive priority . Students intending to pursue the Master of Music degree should hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, as we are accredited by NASM. The GRE is no longer required. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample of no less than three pages. This should be an undergraduate term paper or other essay that contains references to secondary sources that are cited in an accepted scholarly style. If no writing sample of this type is available, another type of sample is acceptable; examples might include program notes, a statement of teaching philosophy for music education applicants, a statement of creative process for composition applicants or any other demonstration of the applicant's writing ability. Please consult with the Graduate Program Director if you have questions about this component. All masters candidates, with the exception of Music Education applicants, must audition on their instrument with a minimum of three contrasting works, either in person or by uploading a recording on the Graduate Application website.  (See specific details below for each area of concentration.) Conductors can submit a DVD or YouTube video of their work. Please contact the Graduate Program Director in music if you have any questions.


    Master of Music in PIANO PERFORMANCE The internationally renowned piano faculty at Eastern Washington University has modeled the MM degree in Piano Performance after the guiding principles outlined by the National Association of Schools of Music. The purpose of this Master of Music degree is to refine skills in performance, pedagogy, applied teaching, chamber music and collaborative pianism.  Graduate students will have exciting opportunities to perform and teach while studying with acclaimed and world-class artist faculty.  We also offer numerous experiences to perform in guest artist master classes, preparation for regional and national competitions, and mentoring that is tailored to the individual career goals. Exceptional masterclasses are offered to students, recent guests including Paul Barnes, Scott Rednour and Tony Caramia. Auditions are available at any time by making an appointment with Dr. Jody Graves, Director of Keyboard Studies.  The graduate piano audition requirements include three contrasting (memorized) works from the standard repertoire, technique and sight reading.  Qualified applicants may be awarded a GSA  or NRGSA(teaching assistantship) in the areas of accompanying, group piano teaching and applied teaching.  Please contact to inquire about the graduate piano performance program.

    EWU GRADUATE CATALOG (Online version)


    GRADUATE HANDOOK 2018-2019



    What will I study?

    Music Education (with summer and on-line options)

    Performance (Instrumental/Vocal)



    Liberal Arts

    Contact Information

    EWU Music Department
    119 Music Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2241
    fax: 509.359.7028

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