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Degree Programs

Master's Program

The School of Music offers the Master of Music degree in Performance with concentrations in Performance, Collaborative Piano, and Conducting. Master's programs are also offered in Composition, Music Theory, Musicology, and Pedagogy (keyboard or strings), in addition to the Master of Music Education degree.

There is one foreign language required for the Master of Music degree in Musicology. Vocal Performance majors must demonstrate singing proficiency in French, German, and Italian.

The Master of Music in Performance requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work and two recitals, or a recital and a paper with the consent of the committee chair, and may be earned in:

  • instrumental or vocal performance
  • conducting (choral, instrumental, or orchestral)
  • collaborative piano

The Master of Music in Pedagogy (keyboard or string) requires a minimum of 36 hours of course work.

The Master of Music in Musicology requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work, which includes a thesis.

The Master of Music in Music Theory with a theory emphasis requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work, which includes a thesis.

The Master of Music in Composition requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work, including a major composition as the thesis project.

The thesis option for the Master of Music Education requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work, which includes a thesis. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 hours of course work.

Specific program guides may be found in the Forms section of this handbook.

Doctoral Program

The program requires a minimum of 45 hours of coursework distributed as follows:

  • Doctoral performance projects – 12 hours minimum
  • Related Area Courses – 18 hours minimum
  • Other Courses in Music – 15 hours minimum

Doctoral Performance Projects (four projects)
12 semester hours minimum

Each division has specific requirements for the projects in that division. In each division, one project is to be accompanied by a research document. If a student enrolls for a project in a given semester and does not complete it, a grade of CR (for work accomplished) will be given and the student will continue to enroll in that project number until the project is complete. To change to a letter grade, a grade of B or better is required. When the project is complete the instructor will file a change of grade form.

Doctoral qualifying examinations must be passed before the fourth doctoral performance project may be presented.

Related Area Courses
18 semester hours

12 semester hours are required in applied music study, literature, and pedagogy. 6 additional hours are chosen to support and enhance the student's major area of study and the final DMA project. Courses such as music ensemble, music history, music theory, or independent study are typically included in this category.

Other Courses in Music
15 semester hours

MUSI 7301 Bibliography and Research is required (3 hours). One course each in music history and music theory are also required (6 hours).  Two other courses in this section of the degree plan are selected from music history, music theory, music education, music administration, applied pedagogy, or visual and performing arts offerings.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 60 hours of coursework distributed as follows:

  • Fine Arts Core – 15 hours
  • Music courses – 33 hours minimum
  • Dissertation – 12 hours minimum

Fine Arts Core
15 hours

Five courses; three required, beginning with VPA 5301 (Colloquium), which functions as a prerequisite for the other courses, VPA 5310 and VPA 5314.  Two additional courses from VPA 5300, Philosophy 5310, or Philosophy 5314.

Music Courses
33 hours minimum

Within the major of music, specializations may be undertaken in administration, composition, conducting, music education, music theory, musicology, pedagogy, and performance. The music curriculum is individualized to the specialization and to the needs and professional goals of each student. Each student's degree plan is developed following the administration of the Preliminary (diagnostic) Examination and in consultation with the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The only required course is MUSI 7301 (Music Bibliography and Research) for all students. For students in Performance or Pedagogy, 8-16 hours of applied music study are required. For students in conducting, 6-12 hours of conducting study are required.

12 hours minimum

The dissertation requirement for the program may be satisfied by any one of three options: an internship, the solution of a professional problem, or traditional research. Details about these options are located in the FADP Guidelines. Students may choose to develop dissertations from an interdisciplinary approach. Regardless of the option chosen, the project will culminate in a formal dissertation to be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Doctoral Advisory Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Music must approve the student's project proposal. The two recitals required of the Conducting majors and the last two of the four recitals required of the Performance majors count as half of the dissertation project, resulting in a more concise written document. The student must be enrolled in MUSI 8000 (dissertation) while preparing any part of the dissertation project.


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