Contemporary Music

Western Oregon University

24 months
911 USD/year
639 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Musicians that want to expand their musical crafts, artistry, and knowledge to prepare them for the music profession.


What you will learn:

The masters degree in music incorporates a contemporary music curriculum that extends to music of the European art tradition, jazz, popular music and music of non-Western cultures. Encourages connections among diverse music cultures, between and within the arts and other expressions of human endeavor, and supports creativity, innovation, and discovery as students prepare for future professional involvement.

Learning outcomes:
  • Be knowledgeable and articulate about the practices and works of the music from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the core of musical knowledge prior to these centuries.
  • Develop advanced levels of expertise in their concentration areas and apply that knowledge in a broad range of musical environments.
  • Develop self-awareness as artists, educators, and music leaders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Research 
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Musicology 
  • Contemporary Readings in Music
  • Recording and Media Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed and signed application form and financial affidavit form.
  • $60 Application Fee + $80 International Express mailing fee.
  • Official transcripts from previous school(s).
  • Financial documentation
  • Photocopy of current passport ID page
  • Students from the People’s Republic of China must include a color copy of their Chinese citizenship ID card.
  • Official copy of English testing score report.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    911 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 911 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    639 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 639 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Contemporary Music
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