Graduate students in music 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.

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Medford, MA 02155
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M.A. in Music

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
  • Theory

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).

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Joseph Auner
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Schoenberg, Sound Studies, Music and Technology, Music since 1900
Rich Jankowsky
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
North Africa and the Middle East; Trance and Ritual
Jane A. Bernstein
Ph.D. , University of Berkeley
Renaissance Music and Women's Studies
Alessandra Campana
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Opera, Performance, Audiovisual Media
Frank Lehman
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Music Theory, Film Music, 19th-Century Music, Neo-Riemannian Theory
David Locke
Ph.D. , Wesleyan University
Music, Dance, and Cultures of Ghana (West Africa)
John McDonald
D.M.A. , Yale School of Music
Composition and Performance
Stephan Pennington
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California at Los Angeles
Transgender Vocality and the Black Banjo Revival
Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Music, Identity, and Religious Experience

The application deadline for fall enrollment is January 15.

GRE General Test scores required.

Applicants intending to concentrate on ethnomusicology, musicology, or music theory should submit a writing sample.

Applicants intending to concentrate on composition should submit at least one score.

For more information, visit the Department of Music.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Associate Professor Richard Jankowsky.

Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
Tufts University
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 617-627-3564