Master of Arts in Music

Objective

This program will give students a comprehensive foundation to support careers in music by offering a wide range of courses. This program will allow students to develop the expertise to make independent and original contributions to the profession. In addition, it will provide the necessary academic foundation for those seeking doctoral degrees.

Admission

For unconditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate academic average of 3.0 in their major area of study and must present a minimum of 49 semester hours in undergraduate music courses and hold a bachelor’s degree in some area of music. All applicants must complete a formal audition before the graduate music faculty on campus to show that the student has the requisite skills to be successful in the Masters Degree Program. Additionally, during their visit to the University, students will be given two formal examinations to demonstrate their general knowledge in music history and music theory. All applicants must be interviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator and meet the entrance requirements specified in the Handbook for Graduate Music Students, available at the Office of the Graduate Coordinator.

General Requirements

At the beginning of their studies, all students will prepare a program of study in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and submit a copy to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. All students are required to complete the Common Core Curriculum of 15 credit hours. Changes will be made only with departmental and Graduate School approval.

All students must pass the departmental comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The degree program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

Common Core Curriculum

     MUSC XXX Applied Lesson (3)

     MUSC 524: The History of Black Music (3)

     MUSC 536: Form and Analysis (3)

     MUSC 595 Research in Music (3)

     MUSC 799: Thesis Seminar, OR MUSC 795 Recital Seminar (3)

     Common Core Total: 15 credits

Electives

Students may choose from the following concentrations: Vocal; Organ/Sacred Music; Instrumental/Instrumental Conducting; Choral Conducting; Piano; or Theory/Composition. Electives will include additional courses in Applied Lessons, Ensemble, Advanced Theoretical Studies, and Music History.

Students will be advised of electives according to their concentration:
  

       Electives: 18

       Total Credits: 33

 

Sample Programs of Study

Vocal Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits

Electives may include: MUSC 573 Opera Studio (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 538 Vocal Pedagogy (3), MUSC 540 Advanced Lyric Diction (3), and Free Electives (6)

Organ/Sacred Music Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits

Electives may include: MUSA 521 Conducting (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 592 Seminar in Sacred Music (3), MUSC 598 Apprenticeship with church or choral group (3), and Free Electives (6)

Instrumental/Instrumental Conducting Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits

Electives may include: MUSC 516 Seminar in Instrumental Music (3), MUSC 539 Applied Pedagogy (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 569 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3), and Free Electives (6)

Choral Conducting Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits 

Electives may include: MUSC 512 Advanced Choral Literature (3), MUSC 546 Advanced Choral Arranging (3), MUSC 592 Seminar in Sacred Music (3), MUSC 598 Apprenticeship with church or choral group (3), and Free Electives (6)

Piano Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits 

Electives may include:
MUSC 539 Applied Pedagogy (3), MUSC 544 The Art of Accompanying (3), MUSC 563 Repertoire Seminar (3), MUSC 540 Advanced Lyric Diction (3), and Free Electives (6)

Theory/Composition Concentration

Common Core Curriculum: 15 credits

Electives may include: MUSC 526 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3), MUSC 547 Advanced Orchestration (3), MUSC 585 Contemporary Harmony (3),  MUSC 591 Composer Seminar (3), and Free Electives (6)