24 months
56487 USD/year
56487 USD/year
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The Department of Music at Stanford University brings together music-making and scholarly research in composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies.


Key facts

Departmental activities serve a broad and diverse constituency on campus and in local communities, with an abundance of courses, concerts, performance opportunities, research projects, workshops, and lectures throughout the year. Ensembles from a variety of world cultures are open to all students: orchestras, jazz and chamber ensembles, taiko, guzheng, steelpan, and several choral groups. Many of the faculty have affiliations with other departments, programs, and interdisciplinary centers, such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Art and Art History, German Studies, Neuroscience, Symbolic Systems, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Islamic Studies. Alumni include faculty in universities and conservatories around the world, researchers in the technologies of music and acoustics, members of major orchestras, soloists, chamber musicians, and sound artists, composers and arrangers in contemporary, film and game music.

The department of Music at Stanford University expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. The department's aim is to educate students to be:

  • artists and scholars who research, interpret, and create music in an informed and thoughtful way.
  • literate in fundamentals of music, aesthetics, and historical thought.
  • prepared to engage in musical and scholarly discourse.
  • sensitive to cultural and historical perspectives in thinking about music analytically and critically.
  • Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Musical Genius: Exemplars in the History of Organized Sound
    • Music, Mind, and Human Behavior
    • Indian Classical Music
    • The Symphony

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines




    45 SCH


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    English requirements

    We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    A minimum of 45 academic units is required for a master's degree in Music. At least half of those units must in courses with the career GR code in the Bulletin; all must be at the 100-level or higher.

    No course used to fulfill degree requirements for the BA in Music may be used to fulfill degree requirements for a graduate degree in Music, unless specifically required for both degrees.

    Only work that receives a grade of 'A,' 'B,' or 'S' (a passing grade in an instructor-mandated credit/no credit course) in Music courses numbered 100 or higher taken as a graduate student is recognized as fulfilling the advanced-degree requirements.

    Courses numbered 100 or higher taken as electives in other departments may be taken for credit or letter grade.

    The expectation is that a student will be able to complete the required 45 units of coursework by the end of their second year.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      56487 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 56487 USD per year during 24 months.
    • National

      56487 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 56487 USD per year during 24 months.

    Living costs for Stanford

    1100 - 1600 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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