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Master of Arts [MA] (Music) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    ARTS

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Music

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

Updated On - November 17th 2017

Master of Arts Music Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

Master of Arts in Music is a 2 year post graduate course, eligibility to which is a graduation degree with honors in Music or Music as one of the subjects studied in graduation from a reputed institute. The duration is divided into four semesters.

A select few of the colleges also demand a minimum of 45-50% marks in graduation for selection through merit. Some also conduct their own entrance examination for screening students.

Some of the main institutes that offer M.A. Music are:

The fee for the course varies between INR 1,180 to INR 1,10,000 in India.

The course is a specialization for people looking for studying and understanding the roots of music and also practicing music for the value it offers. The course is a mandate for delving further into study of the said topics and also for pursuing Ph.D. for doctor of music or M.Phil degree in music

Graduates of M.A. in Music have a wide range of job opportunities like Orchestras and Bands, Performing arts centers, Entertainment companies, Music and film studios, music and video stores, colleges and universities, educational departments etc. The opportunities are not limited to the said fields. Once completed, the graduate may pursue further studies or may take up said job opportunities associated. The average salary for a fresher ranges between INR 6500 and 18000 a month and increases with experience and knowledge.

M.A. Music: Course Highlights

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration of the Course2 years
Examination TypeSemester
EligibilityGraduation degree with honors in music/ Graduation with courses in music from a reputed institute.
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based (May also look at graduation percentage) / Merit Based
Course FeeINR 1,180 to 1,10,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 6500 to 18000
Top Recruiting CompaniesEducational institutions, Govt. research, Music and film studios, Orchestras and Bands, Performing arts centers.
Job PositionsMusic professor, Research assistant, Musician, singer, Journalist, Artist Manager.

M.A. Music: What is it about?  

MA in Music course provides an overview of the history and the origins of different kinds of the music as we practice it today. It shows us the proper roots of our music along with giving us intense time and exposure to know and practice music in all of its formats.

The students who are enrolling for the course need to have the genius of the putting all the beats from the aalaps to the end together. They should have the patience to get it right and the tolerance to keep practicing so everyone is in sync and produce a beautiful composition at the end.

Talent, dedication, hard-work and most importantly team work are most important qualities to have in the field and the course ensures that students are well versed in these attributes. The course is a mandate for conducting any kinds of research involving music with the govt. and also for further studies.

M.A. Music: Top Colleges

Name of the InstituteLocationTotal Fees(INR)
Miranda House, DUDelhi21660
Ramjas University, DUDelhi9380
Dr. B. Ambedkar UniversityAurangabad18400
Nehru Gram Bharati UniversityAllahabad, UP14000
Bangalore UniversityBangalore11640
Eternal UniversitySirmaur, Himachal Pradesh110000
Dr. Hari singh gour UniversityMadhya Pradesh9840
Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasi7290
Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetra9026
Queen mary’s collegeChennai1180
Andhra UniversityVishakapatnam10200
Mohammed ali jauhar universityRampus, UP8000
Tripura UniversityTripura5200
Potti sriramulu telugu universityHyderabad2000
Banasthali UniversityJaipur88000
Avinashilingam university for womenCoimbatore14280
Govt Kalidas Girls CollegeUjjain, Madhya Pradesh1650
Gulbarga UniversityGulbarga15575

M.A. Music:  Eligibility

Basic Eligibility is a graduation degree with honors in Music or many institutes also prefer candidates with a graduation with courses in Music with a minimum percentage between 45 and 50.

Admission to the institute will be based on the total marks in the graduation or the marks obtained in the entrance examination.

M.A. Music: Admission Process

The Admission is by merit to some of the institutions. Other institutes conduct their own entrance exam every year. The top college admission based on the mode can be divided as:

Merit Based: Admissions are offered to candidates based on merit in graduation degree. Some of these institutes are Ramjas College, Daulat Ram College, Miranda House, University of madras, Andhra University.

Entrance Exam Based:  These colleges conduct their own entrance tests: Tripura University, Bangalore University, Banaras Hindu University, and University of Kerala.

M.A. Music: Syllabus and Course Description

The two years of study is divided into four semesters and each of the semester has some compulsory courses.

Semester ISemester II
Theory(History and Aesthetics in music)Theory (General and applied Theory)
Practice paper I (Stage Performance)Practice Paper II (Viva – voce)
 -Practice Paper III (Revision of ragas and sessional)
Semester IIISemester IV
Theory (History of Indian Music)Theory (Applied Theory and Musical Competitions)
Practice Paper IV (Stage performance)Practice Paper V(Viva- voce)
 -Practice Paper VI (Revision of the ragas and sessional)

M.A. Music: Career Prospects

Career prospects of a historian and archivists are many depending on the level of expertise and inclination of practice. They are hired for profiles from teachers to music managers. The average salary is between INR 6,500 and 18,000. The employment areas are among Educational Institutions, Entertainment companies, FM channels, government research, media companies, news channels, Artists, Film and Music Industry, bands etc.

The job profiles for these positions range as Performer(Vocal or Instrumental), Teacher, Composer, songwriter, music publisher, music journalist, disk jockeys, video jockeys, music therapist, artist manager, TV channels, Private FM channel stations, Music channels, bands, Music troops, govt. research assistant etc.

The compensation and salaries for these individual jobs are very area specific depending on the kind of music and the method of practice and also depend on expertise and level of operation.

Advance courses in Music:

  • Ph.D. in Music.
  • M.Phil. in music.
Master of Arts (MA) Music annual salary
Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage annual salary
Lecturer or professorTeaching a class of students at school or university or taking private classes at home or online. Typically involves teaching an instrument or singing.7 to 8 lakhs Per annum
Music managerA music manager (or band manager) may handle career areas for bands, singers, and DJs. Involves taking care of music schedules of artists and talking to clients. Needs good communication skills and proper experience in planning3LPA to 7LPA
Radio JockeyInvolves hosting shows on the radio and performing to a crowd that may involve a lot of people or a private set.2LPA to 6LPA
Musical PerformerInvolves performing for a live audience. Either an instrument or vocal performance. Solo or with a whole team5-6 LPA
Music DirectorInvolves creating a music stream and a background score for an entire feature film. The earning depends on the commercial success5 - 10 lakhs per movie.
Singers in FilmsInvolves singing tracks for feature film. Either solo or duet or a group. For an established singer the payment maybe in lakhs depending on the experience and commercial success.1 to 6 Lacs