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Master's Summer Studies

Texas State University's School of Music offers a three year, summer only graduate program leading to a Master of Music – Music degree or a Master of Music – Music Education degree. The concentrations available during the summer include Choral Conducting, or Choral, General, Instrumental, and Kodály Education. With each of these programs, students will complete all of their degree requirements in three summer sessions only, provided the candidate passes their theory/history proficiency examinations. This is an ideal option for those who wish to pursue their master’s degree, but who must continue to work full-time.

The Master of Music – Music and Master of Music – Music Education are both 36-hour programs with a core of 12 semester hours, a major area of 12 semester hours, and an additional 12 semester hours of electives related to the major area. Also offered are opportunities for independent studies with professors in their areas of specialization.


Master of Music in Music (choral conducting)

Master of Music in Music Education (choral, general, instrumental, and Kodály)

Choral Conducting

  • Ideal for professionals with a minimum of five years’ experience
  • Focus on mastery of the choral art through lessons, seminars, and comprehensive study of choral literature and rehearsal technique
  • Final graduate recital is required
  • Faculty members include Joey M. Martin, Jonathan Babcock, Lynn Brinckmeyer, Craig Aamot and Craig Hella Johnson with guest artists from across the globe.

Contact Dr. Joey M. Martin ( for further information and to arrange an audition.

Choral, General, or Instrumental Music Education

  • Use your summers to get ahead with new knowledge, skills, strategies, and techniques
  • Classes designed for music teachers to be completed in June and July
  • No GRE examination required
  • Work with your university mentor on a master’s teaching project rather than writing a thesis.
  • Classes include Instrumental or Choral Techniques, Rehearsal Techniques, Conducting, Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, among others

Contacts: Dr. John Denis ( instrumental; Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer ( choral; Dr. Amanda Soto ( general; or Dr. Rebecca Tast ( strings for further information.

Kodály Music Education

  • Approved by the Organization of American Kodály Education (OAKE)
  • Leads to both Kodály Certification and a Master of Music – Music Education degree
  • Students complete the required 12 core semester hours with the remaining 24 credit hours in Kodály (taken in 3 week increments; one each July for 3 summers)
  • Requires a final research project
  • Faculty members include Drs. Míchéal Houlahan, Philip Tacka and Ms. Gabriela Montoya-Stier

Contact Katherine Johns ( for further information.