The Graduate Program in Music offers both MA and PhD degrees in broadly defined research areas that include composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, musicology, performance, and popular music.

Some common areas of student interest within the program include jazz, popular music, sacred music, concert repertoires, pedagogy, performance studies, urban music, composition, western art music, commercial music, recording industry, choral music, ethnography, theory, analysis, in addition to folk, country, and world musics.

Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in contemporary society and to the many contexts and issues which shape musical expression and research. Members of the program are concerned with the scholarly study of composition, improvisation, aural cognition, mediation and reception, performance, analysis, speculative theory, as well as cultural studies and criticism.