May 30, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music (M.M.)


Admissions Information  

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.

Music History 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 only (thesis): Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Coursework


Student Learning Outcomes (Music History)


  1. Graduate music history specialization students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of specific musical periods.
  2. Graduate music history specialization students will demonstrate advanced research and writing skills.
  3. Graduate music history specialization students will develop increased knowledge and skill in analytical techniques applicable to musical genres.

Music Performance Specialization


Programs of Study

Music Performance-Vocal
Music Performance-Instrumental: Brass, Keyboard, Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion

Master of Music, Music Performance Plan A only: Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Coursework


Student Learning Outcomes (Music Performance)


  1. Graduate music performance specialization students will demonstrate increased written knowledge and skill in their applied instrument/voice area.
  2. Graduate music performance specialization students will demonstrate enhanced skills as a performer.
  3. Graduate music performance specialization students will demonstrate  in-depth knowledge of specific musical periods.  
  4. Graduate music performance specialization students will demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in analytical techniques applicable to musical genres.

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.

Master of Music, Music Education Plan A: Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Coursework


Master of Music, Music Education Plan B: Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Coursework


History of Musical Instruments Specialization *This program is on hiatus until further notice due to facility construction


The program of Study for this Master of Music degree is designed to develop competency with a broad range of topics within the field of organology. Students are encouraged to design their thesis projects with the resources of the National Music Museum playing a central role.

* Note: The National Music Museum is closed to the public during construction of an addition and renovation of the Carnegie building.  It is expected to reopen in early 2021. NMM staff are located in Julian Hall until the construction is completed.

Master of Music, History of Musical Instruments Plan A only (thesis): Total 30 credit hours


  • Music Bibliography 2 credit hours (online)
  • Core 9 credit hours
  • Thesis 6 credit hours
  • Major Area 13 credit hours

Major Area Coursework


Student Learning Outcomes (Music Education)


  1. Graduate music education students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in the pedagogy of music teaching.
  2. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  3. Graduate music education specialization students will demonstrate advanced research and writing skills. 
  4. Graduate music education specialization students will demonstrate  in-depth knowledge of specific musical periods.  
  5. Graduate music education specialization students will demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in analytical techniques applicable to musical genres. 

 

 

 

Master of Music, Collaborative Piano Specialization-Plan B only: Total 30 credit hours


Student Learning Outcomes (Collaborative Piano Specialization)


  1. Graduate collaborative piano specialization students will demonstrate increased written knowledge and skill in their applied instrument/voice area.
  2. Graduate collaborative piano specialization students will demonstrate enhanced skills as a performer.
  3. Graduate collaborative piano specialization students will demonstrate  in-depth knowledge of specific musical periods.  
  4. Graduate collaborative piano specialization students will demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in analytical techniques applicable to musical genres. 

 

Master of Music, Conducting Specialization-Plan B only: Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Coursework


Student Learning Outcomes (Conducting Specialization)


  1. Graduate conducting specialization students will demonstrate increased written knowledge and skill in their applied area.
  2. Graduate conducting specialization students will demonstrate enhanced skills as a performer.
  3. Graduate conducting specialization students will demonstrate  in-depth knowledge of specific musical periods.  
  4. Graduate conducting specialization students will demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in analytical techniques applicable to musical genres. 

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization