Graduate Study

Note: the M.M. degree program with a specialization in the history of musical instruments (described below) is currently on hiatus until further notice. Applications will not be reviewed until the program is reinstated

Except for the current hiatus mentioned above,the Department of Music at the University of South Dakota offers the M.M. degree with a specialization in the history of musical instruments (a terminal, professional degree offered nowhere else in the country), music performance, and music literature. Within these concentrations, students can emphasize historically informed performance, scholarship, or both. Programs of study are tailored to meet student needs and interests. The M.M. degree with a specialization in the history of musical instruments is a research-driven thesis program.

Graduate students enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions who want to utilize the specialized resources and staff expertise available at the University of South Dakota are invited to enroll as a special student for an academic year, a semester, or a summer session. Note: portions of the NMM's resources and staff will not be available for graduate research until further notice. 

Students who need to utilize the NMM's resources and staff expertise for substantial research (presentations, theses, and dissertations) must first consult with the NMM staff to discuss the relationship of their project to the NMM's collections and archives, as well as to determine staff availability for consultation and supervision.  Note: portions of the NMM's resources and staff will not be available for graduate research until further notice. 

Students needing to conduct scholarly and/or technical research at the NMM must make an appointment at least two weeks in advance by completing the Request for Permission to Conduct Research at the NMM. This allows time for staff scheduling and instruments to be moved, if necessary. Any use of the NMM's collections and data in theses, dissertations, or other publications must be credited.  Note: portions of the NMM's resources and staff will not be available for graduate research until further notice. 

Requests to make use of the NMM’s resources will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The NMM reserves the right to require contractual agreements for compensation of staff time, use of equipment, etc.

The NMM will evaluate requests for access on the following criteria (Note: portions of the NMM's resources and staff will not be available for graduate research until further notice):

  1. The request is consistent with the mission of the NMM.
  2. The request respects the physical integrity of the objects and associated collection information.
  3. The degree to which the NMM’s staff and facilities can accommodate the request.
  4. The student requesting access is qualified and competent to conduct research as demonstrated by professional training and experience, affiliation with peer institutions, publications, references, etc.