Depending on the area of specialization, students may complete Plan A or Plan B. Some areas only allow one option. See individual degree program of study for appropriate plan option. The student’s advisory committee must approve the program of study.
In addition to meeting all graduation requirements of the Graduate School, Master’s candidates must satisfy all music program requirements. These requirements include completing all of the required course work and passing the final written comprehensive examinations. All graduate music students are required to take MUS 781, Introduction to Music Bibliography. Full time graduate students, who study during the regular academic year will be expected to participate in one ensemble each semester unless excused by the advisory committee.
Any information that the student may need regarding thesis requirements, final comprehensive exams, guidelines for graduate recitals, degree auditions, the music education concentrated project, etc. can be found in the Department of Music’s graduate student handbook. The handbook can be obtained directly from the Department of Music and on the department website.
All core course work for the Master of Music degree comes from three music disciplines and includes: Music Bibliography, Music Theory, and Music History. All Master of Music students, except those students in the History of Musical Instruments degree, are required to take MUS 781–Introduction to Music Bibliography and MUS 713–Forms and Analysis.
The Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance may not be completed solely during summer sessions. This degree must include some work in the regular academic year.
History of Music Specialization
- Reading proficiency in one foreign language is required in Plan A and Plan B for the music history degree
Master of Music, Music History Plan A (thesis): Total 30 credit hours
Master of Music, Music History Plan B (non–thesis): Total 32 credit hours
Music Performance Specialization
Programs of Study
Music Performance—Instrumental: Brass, Keyboard, Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion
Master of Music, Music Performance Plan A: Total 30 credit hours
Music Education Specialization
The Master of Music degree in Music Education is a hybrid degree that offers courses online and face-to-face during the summer and academic year. The disbursement of the course materials are structured to meet the needs of the working public school teacher and the post-undergraduate looking for an advanced degree. The degree program is flexible in its offerings to allow for successful completion within a two year period.
Programs of Study
Instrumental Music Education
Vocal/Choral Music Education
Plan A and B are available for this specialization. This is a Master of Music degree with two Programs of Study available: Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/Choral Music Education. The core for the Music Education Concentration includes: Music Bibliography, Music Theory, Music History and Literature, and Music Education.
Students choosing to complete a Music Education Project (Plan B) for the degree requirement must fill out the Project Proposal form found in the Department of Music Graduate handbook. The project must be approved by the Advisory Committee and the form signed prior to beginning the work. Details of the project must be worked out with the advisory committee chair and must be outlined on the form. A final oral presentation of the graduate project will be given to the Advisory Committee.
Master of Music, Music Education Plan A: Total 30 credit hours
Master of Music, Music Education Plan B: Total 32 credit hours
Instrumental Music Education course work
Supporting Area Coursework
Vocal/Choral Music Education course work
Supporting Area Coursework
History of Musical Instruments Specialization
The Program of Study for this Master of Music degree is a flexible one, designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of backgrounds, training, and interests. Students can choose to focus on conservation, research, cataloging, and/or performance practices, among others that best suit the student’s needs and interests. This will help to develop an individualized program of study in consultation with the student’s advisory committee.
Master of Music, History of Musical Instruments Plan A only (thesis): Total 30 credit hours
- Core 9 credit hours
- Music Bibliography 2 credit hours (online)
- Major Area 13 credit hours
- Thesis 6 credit hours
Master of Music, Collaborative Piano Specialization: Total 30 credit hours
Master of Music, Conducting Specialization: Total 30 credit hours