Academic Catalog

Music (M.M.)

The Master of Music degree provides a program for students pursuing a professional concentration in:

  • Composition/Theory
  • Conducting
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Performance
  • Vocal Performance

Admission Requirements

Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, all master's degree applicants in music must:

  1. apply to the Graduate School as a Music Major;
  2. possess an undergraduate degree in the same field for which he or she wishes to pursue graduate study, or its equivalent in course work, private study, or experience;
  3. complete pre-admission auditions or interviews. Audition and interview requirements are available from the Department of Music.

All students admitted to master's degrees are required to pass departmental placement examinations in theory and history. 

Program Requirements

The Master of Music degree is offered under the following options:

Plan A (concentration in Composition/Theory): Twenty-four credits in course work, plus an eight-credit thesis.  Students may choose the composition track or the theory track. For composition-track students, an original composition, separate from the work completed in MUH 7100 and approved by the Program Advisor, serves as the thesis. For theory-track students, a written thesis drawing on current research in theory and analysis, applied toward a project of the student's choice with approval by the Program Advisor, serves as the thesis.

Plan C (concentrations in Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Jazz Performance, and Vocal Performance): Thirty-two credits in course work, plus a graduate recital.

Candidacy must be established by the time twelve credits have been earned toward the master's degree. Applicants become degree candidates only upon recommendation of the Departmental Graduate Officer and submission of an approved Plan of Work.

Oral Examination: An oral examination is required of all students M.M. program.

Academic Scholarship: The University requires that each student achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0, in order to be eligible for a graduate degree. All courses in the student's major must be completed with a grade of ‘B-minus’ or higher to be counted towards program credit. Grades below 'B-minus' are unsatisfactory and constitute valid cause for dismissing a student from a graduate program. The Department of Music permits a student to accumulate a maximum of six credits of 'B-minus' grades (in courses other than the area of concentration) as long as they are offset by higher grades so that a 3.0 grade point average is maintained at all times. Additionally, credits of B-minus and below in excess of six credits may result in dismissal from the program, regardless of whether the courses are included in the student's Plan of Work. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts 

Music: Composition/Theory (M.M.)

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music with a concentration in composition/ theory or its equivalent in coursework, background, or experience. As part of the pre-admission interview, applicants must present scores and/or theory research materials as evidence of preparation for graduate work in composition or theory.

Music History
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUH 73XX Music History Electives (selected in consultation with Program Advisor)6
Seminar in Music History
Studies in Renaissance Music
Studies in Baroque Music
Studies in Classical Music
Studies in Romantic Music
Studies in Twentieth Century Music
Studies in American Music
Studies in Jazz History
Music Composition and Music Theory
Select twelve credits in consultation with the Program Advisor. Composition students must elect nine credits of MUT 7100.12
Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis
Seminar in Twentieth Century Music
Seminar in Music Theory Pedagogy
History of Theory
Advanced Jazz Theory and Analysis
Graduate Composition (students on the composition track must elect 9 credits of MUT 7100; max. 12)
Special Topics in Theory
Directed Study in Theory (max. 6)
MUT 8999Master's Thesis Direction (see below) 18
Music or Non-music Electives3
Oral Examination0
Total Credits32
1

For composition-track students, an original composition, separate from the work completed in MUH 7100 and approved by the Program Advisor, serves as the thesis. For theory-track students, a written thesis drawing on current research in theory and analysis, applied toward a project of the student's choice with approval by the Program Advisor, serves as the thesis.

Music: Conducting (M.M.)

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music with a concentration in music education, organ/church music, or performance, or the equivalent in course work, training, or experience. All applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission audition and interview that includes demonstrating proficiency in score reading and piano.

Music History
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUH 7370Studies in Advanced Literature for Conductors3
MUH 73XX Music History Electives (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)6
Seminar in Music History
Studies in Renaissance Music
Studies in Baroque Music
Studies in Classical Music
Studies in Romantic Music
Studies in Twentieth Century Music
Studies in American Music
Studies in Jazz History
Music Theory
MUT 7020Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis3
MUT 7XXX Music Theory Elective (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)3
Seminar in Twentieth Century Music
Seminar in Music Theory Pedagogy
Advanced Jazz Theory and Analysis
History of Theory
Special Topics in Theory
Directed Study in Theory
Conducting and Ensemble
Major Ensemble (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor) (req. 2)2
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
MUP 739X (Major Private Instr. in Conducting) (req. 9, max. 12)9
Conducting: Major Instruction
Conducting: Major Instruction
Conducting: Major Instruction
MUP 8290Recital1
Music or Non-music Electives2
Oral Examination0
Total Credits32

Music: Jazz Performance (M.M.)

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music with a concentration in jazz studies or jazz performance or the equivalent in course work, private study, or experience. All applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission audition.

Music History
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUH 5360Jazz History3
MUH 7390Studies in Jazz History3
Music Theory
MUT 7070Advanced Jazz Theory and Analysis3
MUT 7XXX Music Theory Elective (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)3
Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis
Seminar in Twentieth Century Music
Seminar in Music Theory Pedagogy
History of Theory
Special Topics in Theory
Directed Study in Theory
Performance
MUP 73XX (Major Private Instruction) (req. 9, max. 12)9
Jazz Piano: Major Instruction
Jazz Piano: Major Instruction
Jazz Piano: Major Instruction
Jazz Strings: Major Instruction
Jazz Strings: Major Instruction
Jazz Strings: Major Instruction
Jazz Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Jazz Percussion: Major Instruction
Jazz Percussion: Major Instruction
Jazz Percussion: Major Instruction
Jazz Guitar: Major Instruction
Jazz Guitar: Major Instruction
Jazz Guitar: Major Instruction
MUA 7820Jazz Big Band (req. 3)3
Small Jazz Ensemble (select from the following in consultation with Program Advisor) (max. 2):1
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Jazztet
Jazz Combos
MUP 8290Recital 11
Music or Non-music Electives3
Oral Examination0
Total Credits32
1

Recital program must include original compositions/arrangements.

Music: Instrumental Performance (M.M.)

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music with a concentration in instrumental performance or equivalent in course work, study, or experience. All applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission audition.

Music History
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUH 73XX Music History Electives (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)6
Seminar in Music History
Studies in Renaissance Music
Studies in Baroque Music
Studies in Classical Music
Studies in Romantic Music
Studies in Twentieth Century Music
Studies in American Music
Studies in Jazz History
Music Theory
MUT 7XXX Music Theory Electives (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)6
Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis
Seminar in Twentieth Century Music
Seminar in Music Theory Pedagogy
Advanced Jazz Theory and Analysis
History of Theory
Special Topics in Theory
Directed Study in Theory
Performance
MUP 7XXX (Major Private Instruction) (req. 9, max. 12)9
Organ: Major Instruction
Organ: Major Instruction
Organ: Major Instruction
Piano: Major Instruction
Piano: Major Instruction
Piano: Major Instruction
Strings: Major Instruction
Strings: Major Instruction
Strings: Major Instruction
Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Woodwinds: Major Instruction
Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Brasswinds: Major Instruction
Percussion: Major Instruction
Percussion: Major Instruction
Percussion: Major Instruction
Harp: Major Instruction
Harp: Major Instruction
Harp: Major Instruction
Classic Guitar: Major Instruction
Classic Guitar: Major Instruction
Classic Guitar: Major Instruction
Large Ensemble (select from of the following in consultation with Program Advisor) (req. 1, max. 2) 11-2
University Bands
University Symphony Orchestra
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
MUA 7880Chamber Music and Special Ensembles (req. 1, max. 2) 11
MUP 8290Recital1
Music or Non-music Electives4
Oral Examination0
Total Credits32
1

Major ensemble and chamber music elections must total a minimum of 3 credit hours.

Music: Vocal Performance (M.M.)

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance or its equivalent in course work, study, or experience. All applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission audition.

Music History and Theory
MUH 5300Music Research3
MUH 73XX Music History Electives (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)6
Seminar in Music History
Studies in Renaissance Music
Studies in Baroque Music
Studies in Classical Music
Studies in Romantic Music
Studies in Twentieth Century Music
Studies in American Music
Studies in Jazz History
MUT 7XXX Music Theory Elective (chosen in consultation with Program Advisor)3
Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis
Seminar in Twentieth Century Music
Seminar in Music Theory Pedagogy
Advanced Jazz Theory and Analysis
History of Theory
Special Topics in Theory
Directed Study in Theory
Performance
MUP 7221Voice: Major Instruction3
MUP 7222Voice: Major Instruction3
MUP 7223Voice: Major Instruction3
MUA 7730Advanced Diction3
Major Ensembles (select from the following in consultation with Program Advisor) (req. 3, max. 3)3
Choral Union
Concert Chorale
Opera Workshop
MUA 7880Chamber Music and Special Ensembles1
MUP 8290Recital1
Music or Non-music Electives3
Oral Examination0
Total Credits32
 
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