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.
Andrew Cheetham joined the EIU Department of Music in the fall 2011 semester and now holds the rank of Associate Professor of Trumpet. A native of Columbia, MO, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance, and a Performer's Certificate. Andrew also holds a Doctorate in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Certificate of Excellence in Performance, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his area, and a minor in Music History.
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.
Jonathan Bowman joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 2013 after completing advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Bowman has performed as a soloist around the United States as well as Germany, Italy, and Japan. His areas of academic emphasis include Baroque performance practice, the church music of Franz Liszt, and the piano music of Italy’s “generazionee dell’ottanta
"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)