Read about the School of Music degree requirements.



  • MM Composition
  • MM Conducting
  • MM Instrumental Pedagogy
  • MM Jazz Studies
  • MM Keyboard Pedagogy
  • MM Music Education
  • MM Performance
  • MM Vocal Pedagogy

Graduate Certificates

  • Music Education Licensure
  • Music and Well-being Certificate
  • Performance Artist Graduate Certificate


  • DMA Composition
  • DMA Conducting
  • DMA Performance (classical or jazz emphasis)
  • PhD Music Education

Doctoral Resources:

Plan of Study Templates:


  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Technology
  • Music for Well-Being

Undergraduate Honors Advising

Undergraduate Placement Tests

The School of Music offers placement tests in Theory, Sight Singing, Ear Training and Keyboard Skills. These tests are optional for incoming freshmen music majors, but required for incoming transfer students. Should you plan to take these tests, prior notice to the School of Music is not necessary; you may show up and take the exams. These exams are only available the semester you enter Mason and cannot be scheduled for a later time.

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 8:30am
Place: MTB

Undergraduate Placement Test Information
Undergraduate Placement Test Study Guide

Graduate Placement Tests

The School of Music offers placement tests in Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, Ear Training and Keyboard Skills. These tests are required for all incoming Graduate students. Completion of these exams is required in order to register for any music courses.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 9:00am
Place: Music/Theater 1023