The Tufts University Department of Music has a
growing and innovative graduate program and offers a Master of Arts
degree in the field. Graduate students in the Music Department have
the unique opportunity to study broadly across four exciting
sub-disciplines –composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and
theory-while receiving a focused training in one of them. Advanced
course work and thesis research support is strong in Western
classical music, African-American music, and World Music (Africa,
East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America).
The goal of the master's program is to deepen knowledge and skill in
one discipline while broadening one's grasp of research methods and
intellectual paradigms in related fields. The department also
emphasizes increasing familiarity with diverse musical traditions.
The program of study consists of ten courses, including a capstone project
that includes a substantial written component. The capstone project may
take the form of a master's thesis, composition, exhibit, lecture-recital,
or other rigorous academic work determined in consultation with the student's
advisor. Students take courses inside and outside their areas of concentration
and may participate in performance courses such as symphony orchestra, opera,
choruses, new music, jazz, African percussion, Arab music, and Indonesian gamelan.
Up to one credit from performance ensemble courses may be applied toward the degree.
The program prepares students for doctoral study, teaching, and careers in music
The fourteen full-time faculty members in the Department of Music
are internationally recognized for their scholarship, artistic
works, and teaching. Over thirty distinguished part-time and adjunct
members of the faculty greatly enrich the program. Because the
graduate program is kept small (about eight to ten new students in
all sub-disciplines and a total of twenty active students in a
typical year), graduate students work closely with faculty.
A valuable resource for graduate students, The Frederic Louis Ritter
Collection of rare music books and musical scores dating from the
sixteenth to nineteenth centuries is housed in Special Collections
in the Tufts library. The department hosts the Boston Village
Gamelan, and owns the Japanese and African musical instruments used
in performance courses. The new Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center
provides a world-class environment for music study at Tufts
University. Tufts is also part of a consortium with Brandeis, Boston
College and Boston University. Graduate students may enroll in
graduate courses at any of these other schools.
Tuition scholarships and teaching assistantships are awarded
annually based on merit. With its inclusive curriculum and
culturally diverse faculty, the department provides a comfortable
environment for students from underrepresented groups to pursue
their graduate studies
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Graduate Program Director –
Stephan Pennington, Associate Professor of Music, 617.627.2619 or email
For application inquires or to request further information, contact
Julia Cavallaro at 617.627.3564 or email