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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
  • Other courses in Music – 15 hours minimum
  • Electives – 9 hours minimum
  • Required electives – 9 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.

Other Courses in Music
15 semester hours minimum

These courses are chosen to support and enhance the student's major area of study. Courses such as applied music repertoire, applied music pedagogy, music ensemble, etc. are typically included in this category. Selected music history and music theory courses may be included.

9 semester hours minimum

MUSI 7301 Bibliography and Research is required. Other courses in this section of the degree plan are selected from music history, music literature, and music theory offerings. Courses from music education, music technology, and other areas may also be chosen. Recommendations may be made based on the evaluation of the Preliminary (diagnostic) Examination.

Required Electives
9 semester hours minimum

Courses to meet this requirement may be chosen from ART 5310, ART 5314, TH A 5310, TH A 5314, PHIL 5310, and PHIL 5314. The student is required to choose one course from the list above. The 5310 courses focus on Historical and Critical Perspectives and the 5314 courses focus on Arts in Contemporary Context. Two additional courses outside of the major area are to be chosen in consultation with the major professor and the Graduate Advisor.

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

Select any five of the following: Art 5310 and 5314, Theatre Arts 5310 and 5314, and Philosophy 5310 and 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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