Dr. Jeanne Belfy
Graduate Program Coordinator and Advisor
Morrison Center C309
Admission will be granted to applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree in music (B.M., B.A., or B.S. with a music major) from an accredited college or university, and who give promise of meeting the standards set by the Department of Music and the University.
Students seeking Music Education Emphasis must possess the B.M.Ed. or equivalent with certification, and submit a teaching portfolio to include a formal writing sample, three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching, and a current resumé or vita.
Students seeking admission to the Performance Emphasis must submit a formal writing sample (short undergraduate academic research paper) and three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their work, and perform a satisfactory audition, in person, before the performance faculty of their major performance area (keyboard, winds, strings, etc.). Audition details are available from the Department of Music.
Graduate Degree Programs in Music
Master of Music in Music Education: This degree is designed to meet the needs of music education specialists who work in the public school system, grades K-12, or who aspire to further graduate study and teaching in music education. Students engage in critical inquiry in music education through graduate courses related to research, pedagogy, history, and philosophy, as well as graduate courses in music theory and history. Declaring an area of emphasis of either elementary, choral, or secondary instrumental, students structure elective credits to reflect their area, and conclude their studies with a culminating activity related to their emphasis.
Master of Music in Performance: This degree is designed for performance majors who seek to improve their performance and studio teaching skills, in preparation for a performance career, further graduate study, private studio teaching, and/or collegiate applied teaching. Their course work centers around applied study, music theory and history, and pedagogy and literature courses, and culminates in a graduate recital.
The Department offers four full graduate teaching and service assistantships, and three full graduate assistantships through the Blue Thunder Marching Band program. A cooperative program for string students, the Graduate String Quartet scholarship program, exists with the Boise Philharmonic. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for further information.