The School of the Arts, through its Division of Music, provides graduate studies in three major fields: church music, music education and piano performance and pedagogy. Each of these programs has a strong vocational focus, equipping students to serve in music ministries, teach music in the classroom setting or perform and teach music in the private studio. Beyond the areas of specialization, the Division of Music through its graduate programs aims to prepare well-rounded professionals who demonstrate a high level of musicianship, competence in solo performance and conducting, a secure knowledge of historical and analytical approaches to music literature and the ability to do research and writing appropriate to the vocational areas.
The small size of the graduate program in music enables individual attention in all curricular areas and in professional and personal development. At the same time, each graduate student has access to the resources of the Division of Music and the School of the Arts, such as ensembles of various sizes; to related professional areas, including the School of Divinity and the School of Education and Professional Studies; and to the wider resources of the university.
- Graduate Degrees:
- Graduate Program Manual
- Graduate Program Manual (includes audition guidelines, admission procedures, and oral comprehensive examination; revised 08/15/13)
Dr. Demondrae Thurman
Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Samford University, School of the Arts
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
(205) 726-2165 (fax)