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The HNU Music Department nurtures students’ talents as they transition to become successful music teachers and professionals. Candy Liwen Chen ’95, a known international pianist, traveled 6,612 miles to perform in HNU’s annual Alumni Concert.

Master's Degree in Music

The graduate music programs at Holy Names University provide teacher preparation in three related areas: music education with Kodály emphasis, piano pedagogy and vocal pedagogy. The programs share a core curriculum of musicianship, conducting, and music literature. Students receive program-specific training in pedagogical methods and materials, as well as supervised teaching experience during the academic year. Depending on the program, the course of study may include private lessons, recitals, a thesis or lecture-demonstration of teaching, or a final oral comprehensive examination.

Our programs are designed to prepare students to teach in a variety of settings — public and private schools, school, church and community choirs, and in private studios. Our faculty is nationally and internationally recognized, and often includes guest teachers from the Liszt Academy in Hungary. Graduates of our programs provide leadership in the field of music education and pedagogy throughout the United States and abroad.

HNU’s graduate music programs provide all of the following:

  • An individually-tailored course of study
  • Supportive faculty who are renowned performers and teachers
  • Student teaching under the direction of master teachers
  • Musicianship training with nationally recognized Kodály specialists
  • A variety of performance opportunities within the culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area

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