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The Master of Arts in Music provides advanced preparation for teaching, performing, and/or further graduate study.
A core of music courses required for the degree provides essential background in history, literature, research, and theory. Other specialized courses, seminars, and individual studies in performance, conducting, composition, theory, history, and literature aid the student in achieving his or her career goals.
The Master of Arts in Music: Composition Concentration offers students the opportunity for in-depth study of music composition at EIU. Click here for more information on this program.
The Master of Arts in Music: Conducting Concentration allows focused study in a primary area of conducting (instrumental, orchestral, or choral) and is intended for those who wish to improve their conducting technique and rehearsal skills for use in the public schools or to prepared for continued work at the doctoral level. Click here for more information on this program.
The Master of Arts in Music: Keyboard, Instrumental, and Vocal Concentrations prepare you for a career in the performing arts by focused study in advanced music performance, ensembles, recitals, and studio performance opportunities. Click here for more information on this program.
You've already proven your love for music and your dedication as a music educator. Now is the time to take the next step in your professional career and enroll in the Master of Arts in Music: Music Education Concentration at EIU. Click here for more information on this program.
Percussionist Jamie V. Ryan thrives on playing and teaching many types of music. He performs regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. An active solo and chamber musician, Jamie is a member of the Galaxy Percussion Group, with Michael Udow, Anthony DiSanza, and Roger Braun, which toured South Korea and the United States in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Paul Johnston has enjoyed teaching at Eastern since 2004. He directs the Jazz Lab Band, coordinates the combo program, and teaches courses in jazz piano, improvisation, and arranging. Paul remains very active as a teacher, performer, and composer.
Danelle Larson is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Education Division at Eastern Illinois University. Her responsibilities include teaching courses in music education and supervising student teachers. Her research interests include the use of chamber music in instrumental music curricula, 19th and 20th century female bands, and gender research in music education. In spring of 2016, Dr. Larson was awarded the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award in recognition of her work guiding music education students in their own research projects.
"I sought answers and help to be the best teacher I could be, and every music faculty member was always willing to give me the assistance I needed to be successful. I had a strong desire to be successful, and the music faculty always gave me the opportunities I wanted to grow and be a better teacher."Christopher Mroczek (2010)