Choral and Sacred Music

Master of Music – Choral Music


The MM in choral music is a two-year, 30-unit program that includes course work in choral conducting, choral music seminars, choral literature, choral development, music history, and vocal arts. The program culminates with a graduate recital.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (2 units)

MPVA 501 Individual Instruction Voice (lessons) (2 units)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 5__ 500-level music ensembles (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (16 units)

MUCD 541 Choral Conducting III (three 2-unit courses)
MUCM 440 Choral Development (2 units)
MUCM 541 Choral Literature I (2 units)
MUCM 542 Choral Literature II (2 units)
MUCM 543 Seminar in Choral Music (2 units)
MPVA 439 Vocal Pedagogy Practicum (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500-level Music History electives (two 2-unit courses)
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II (2 units)

Capstone Projects (2 units)

MUCM 590 Directed Research (preparation for recital) (2 units)
One Graduate Recital
Comprehensive Review

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical graduate credit load is eight units per semester.

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program. See this MGEE page for more information.