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Curricular Outlines

Master’s Degree

The Master of Arts in Music is awarded in recognition of demonstrated accomplishment in the field of music, with special emphasis in historical musicology or theory. The Master of Music is awarded in recognition of musical accomplishment with special emphasis in performance (including conducting). The master’s degree programs require 24 to 30 credits of course work (depending upon the specialty). The Master of Arts program also requires 9 research credits (Grad 5950), plus a thesis which does not receive specific numerical credit. Students in performance must present a public recital.

New students must take the Graduate Theory Placement Examination as part of the application process. (See the description on the Admission page.) On the basis of this test, some students will be required to complete Music 4371 (Theory Review) in their first semester, as a prerequisite to the required course, Music 5302 (Analytic Techniques). The examination may be taken at any time in the Music and Dramatic Arts Library; call the Library at (860) 486-2502 to make an appointment.

The following outlines list the courses and credits required for each masters program. A complete listing of individual courses and course descriptions is given in the Graduate Catalog. For other requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study and Final Requirements as indicated.


Master of Music in Performance — Applied Music

Courses Credits
Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5323 Applied Music (Major instrument) 14
Music 5397 Recital 1
Music Electives (in History, Theory or Literature) 3
Electives 6
Total Credits 30

In addition, students with an emphasis in voice must demonstrate proficiency in foreign languages and diction.

See Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study for other requirements (especially Ensemble Participation and Recitals), and Final Requirements (especially Master’s Degree Project and Master’s Degree Final Examination).


Master of Music in Performance — Choral Conducting

Courses Credits
Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5305 Graduate Performing Ensemble (Two semesters minimum) 2
Music 5323 or 3222 Voice/Piano 2
Music 5323 Private lessons in conducting (Three semesters of two credits each) 6
Music 5330 Advanced Instrumental Conducting 2
Music 5365 Choral Literature I 2
Music 5366 Choral Literature II 2
Music 5367 Choral Literature III 2
Music 5397 Recital 1
Music History one course chosen from Music 6411, 6412, or 6413 3
Electives 2
Total Credits 30

In addition, students are expected to participate in Conducting Seminar during each semester of residence.

See Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study for other requirements (especially Ensemble Participation and Recitals), and Final Requirements (especially Master’s Degree Final Examination).


Master of Music in Performance — Instrumental Conducting

Courses Credits
Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5305 Graduate Performing Ensemble (Two semesters minimum) 2
Music 5323 Private lessons in conducting (Three semesters of two credits each) 6
Music 5364 Advanced Choral Conducting 2
Music 5372 Wind Band Literature and Techniques 3
Music 5373 Orchestra Literature 3
Music 5397 Recital 1
Music History one course chosen from Music 6411, 6412, or 6413 3
Electives 4
Total Credits 30

In addition, students are expected to participate in Conducting Seminar during each semester of residence.

See Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study for other requirements (especially Ensemble Participation and Recitals), and Final Requirements (especially Master’s Degree Final Examination).


Master of Arts in Music History

Courses Credits
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 6411, 6412, or 6413 Four courses in Music History, concentrating on important genres, major composers, and historical style periods. At least one seminar must focus on a pre-eighteenth century topic, and at least two on post-seventeenth century topics. 12
Music Theory Elective one course from Music 5348, 5353, 5354, or 3371Q/5379 3
Open Electives 3
Thesis 0
Total Course Credits: 24
Grad 5950 Research Credits 9
Total Credits 33

In addition, attendance and participation in the Music History/Theory Colloquium is expected during each semester of residence.

See Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study for other requirements (especially Research Credits and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Master’s Degree Thesis and Master’s Degree Final Examination).


Master of Arts in Music Theory

Courses Credits
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis 3
two additional courses in Music Theory chosen from: 6
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory & Analysis
Music 5353 Theory Seminar
Music 5356 Theory Teaching
Music 5359 History of Music Theory
Music 5379 Atonal Theory & Analysis
Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music History two courses from Music 6411, 6412, or 6413 6
Electives 3
Thesis 0
Total Course Credits: 24
Grad 5950 Research Credits 9
Total Credits 33

In addition, attendance and participation in the Music History/Theory Colloquium is expected during each semester of residence.

See Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study for other requirements (especially Research Credits and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Master’s Degree Thesis and Master’s Degree Final Examination).

Doctoral Degrees

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is the highest practice-oriented degree in the field of music. It is intended to give persons of outstanding ability the opportunity to become creative contributors in both performance and scholarship. The Doctor of Philosophy in Music is awarded in recognition of distinguished scholarly achievement in the field of music. The acquisition of the degree testifies to the mastery of the general subject of music, to a concentration of knowledge or skill in some specialty within the field of music, and to the acquisition of research skills applicable to the activities of scholarship and teaching in music.

It is important for students to realize that work towards a doctoral degree is not merely a matter of accumulating course credits or of satisfying other requirements. The degree will be conferred only after the Advisory Committee and the Graduate Faculty are convinced that the student has developed independence of judgment and mature scholarship in the chosen field.

The following outlines list the courses and credits required for each doctoral program. A complete listing of individual courses and course descriptions is given in the Graduate Catalog. For other requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study and Final Requirements as indicated.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Courses Credits
APPLIED MUSIC (performance study)
Music 5323 (private lessons)
4 semesters @ 4 credits each 16
ENSEMBLE (large or small)
4 semesters @ 1 credit each 4
Ensembles chosen from:
Music 5305 (Graduate Performing Ensemble) OR
Music 5324 (Graduate Chamber Ensemble) OR
Music 5325 (Opera Theatre)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
MINOR FIELD either Theory OR History
4 courses @ 3 credits each 12
Theory chosen from:
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis
Music 5353 Theory Seminar
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis
Music 5356 Theory Teaching
Music 5359 History of Music Theory
Music 3371Q OR 5379 20th Century/Atonal Theory and Analysis
History chosen from:
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice
Music 6411 Seminar: The Life and Works of Individual Composers
Music 6412 Seminar: Style Periods in Music History
Music 6413 Seminar: History of Musical Forms
DIRECTED ELECTIVES (chosen with the approval of the Major Advisor and the Advisory Committee)
minimum 7
Electives may be chosen from music courses such as Literature, Diction, History, Theory, Conducting, Performance, Composition and Tutorials.
Electives may also be chosen in areas outside of music.
It is strongly recommended that the student and the Advisory Committee include literature courses appropriate to the student’s area of concentration.
RECITALS Music 5397 – Recital*
3 recitals @ 1 credit each 3
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (Minimum): 45
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60

*All D.M.A. degree recitals must consist of a minimum of 60 minutes of music.

In addition, students with a vocal emphasis must demonstrate proficiency in foreign languages and diction.

For additional requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study (especially Residency, Research Credits, Ensemble Participation, Recitals and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Admission to Candidacy, Doctoral General Examination, and Dissertation Defense).


Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

Courses Credits
APPLIED MUSIC (conducting study)
Music 5323 (private lessons)
4 semesters @ 4 credits each 16
ENSEMBLE (orchestra, concert choir, or wind ensemble) 4
2 semesters @ 2 credits each
(conducting majors must serve as observers and assistant conductors of one of these major ensembles for two semesters. They receive 4 hours of credit under Music 6400, Tutorial)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
MINOR FIELD either Theory OR History
4 courses @ 3 credits each 12
Theory chosen from:
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis
Music 5353 Theory Seminar
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis
Music 5356 Theory Teaching
Music 5359 History of Music Theory
Music 3371Q or 5379 20th-Century/Atonal Theory and Analysis
History chosen from:
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice
Music 6411 The Life and Works of Individual Composers
Music 6412 Seminar: Style Periods in Music History
Music 6413 Seminar: History of Musical Forms
DIRECTED ELECTIVES (chosen with the approval of the major advisor and the Advisory Committee)
minimum 7
Electives may be chosen from music courses such as Literature, Diction, History, Theory, Conducting, Performance, Composition and Tutorials.
Electives may also be chosen in areas outside of music.
It is strongly recommended that the student and the Advisory Committee include literature courses appropriate to the student’s area of concentration.
RECITAL One recital and two non-credit large ensemble conducting appearances (1/2 program) are required for conducting majors.
Music 5397 – Recital*
1 recital @ 1 credit 1
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (Minimum): 43
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60

*All D.M.A. degree recitals must consist of a minimum of 60 minutes of music.

In addition, all graduate conducting students are expected to participate in Conducting Seminar during each smester of residence.

For additional requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study (especially Residency, Research Credits, Ensemble Participation, Recitals and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Admission to Candidacy, Doctoral General Examination, and Dissertation Defense).


Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory and History

The following music theory and history requirements must be completed before the student is admitted to candidacy. Note that these are courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. Similar graduate courses taken at another accredited institution may fulfill some of these requirements if the student is able to demonstrate knowledge or skill approximately equivalent to that expected of students who have completed the corresponding courses below:

PREREQUISITES
Before being admitted into this program, the student is expected to demonstrate, through testing and interviews with members of the faculty, a level of competence equivalent to undergraduate coursework in the following areas:

  1. The principal periods of Western music history, including important composers and other historical figures, the history and development of standard musical genres, and representative musical works.
  2. Musical performance (on the student’s principal instrument or voice).
  3. Harmony and voice leading; conventions of part writing and figured bass.
  4. Aural skills, including sight singing; keyboard facility.
  5. Sixteenth- and eighteenth-century counterpoint.
  6. Standard formal designs of the common practice period.
  7. Twentieth-century music literature and compositional techniques.
  8. Basic principles of score reading, instrumentation and orchestration.
  9. Research and bibliographic skills sufficient for effective writing in the discipline.

A student with a limited background in one or more of these areas may be admitted to the program with the understanding that appropriate undergraduate course work will be completed as soon as possible.

Courses Credits
REQUIRED COURSES (36 Credits)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis 3
Music 5359 History of Theory 3
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis 3
Music 5379 Atonal Theory and Analysis 3
Music 5353 Seminar in Music Theory 3
Music 6411, 6412, or 6413: Four Seminars in Music History, chosen from these course numbers. At least one seminar must focus on a pre-eighteenth century topic, and at least two on post-seventeenth century topics. 12
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice 3
Music 6491 Advanced Research Procedures in Musicology 3
DIRECTED ELECTIVES Courses chosen by the student in consultation with the Advisory Committee, and guided by the student’s individual interests and research area. These courses may not be taken until the student is within 6 credits of completing the list of required courses above.
minimum 6
OTHER REQUIREMENTS 1. Reading proficiency in one language (normally German).
2. In addition, more language study (in the same or a different language) or 6 credits in a supporting area may be required by the Advisory Committee, depending on the student’s proposed area of research. This work, if required, may not be applied to the Directed Elective credits described above.
3. Practical or applied musical skill: significant experience in performance, conducting, composition or musical technology.
4. Teaching ability: successful experience in academic or applied teaching.
5. Scholarly activity: evidence of success through publications or public presentations.
6. Attendance and participation in the Music History and Theory Colloquium during each semester of residence.Competence in these areas will be evaluated by the student’s Advisory Committee.
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (minimum, excluding any credits taken under “Other Requirements” described above) 45
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60

 

Performer’s Certificate Programs

All certificate programs require a public recital, which carries no academic credit.


Certificate in Strings, Winds, or Percussion

Courses Credits
Music 5323 Applied Music (tseven credits in the fall semester and 1 credit in the spring) 8
Music 5305 Orchestra or Wind Ensemble (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Music 5324 Graduate Chamber Ensemble (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Total Credits 12

Certificate in Piano

Courses Credits
Music 5323 Applied Music (seven credits in the fall semester and 1 credit in the spring) 8
Music 5324 Graduate Chamber Ensemble (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Music 5300 Special Topics — Accompanying (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Total Credits 12

Certificate in Voice

Courses Credits
Music 5323 Applied Music (seven credits in the fall semester and 1 credit in the spring) 8
Music 5305
or Music 5325
Chorus or Opera (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Music 5300 Special Topics — Repertory/Coaching (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Total Credits 12

Certificate in Conducting

Courses Credits
Music 5323 Applied Music (seven credits in the fall semester and 1 credit in the spring) 8
Music 5305 Chorus, Orchestra or Wind Ensemble (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Music 5331 Conducting Seminar (two semesters at 1 credit per semester) 2
Total Credits 12