Master’s Programs

Overview

The Department of Music offers a variety of Master’s Degrees. The master’s degree programs require 24 to 33 credits on coursework, depending on the concentration. The Master of Arts degree also requires 9 research credits and a thesis, and the Master of Music requires a recital. Degrees and concentrations are listed below.

For the Master’s Degree Plan of Study, please click here.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Historical Musicology
Music Theory

Master of Music (M.M.)

Instrumental Performance
Vocal Performance
Instrumental Conducting
Choral Conducting

Master of Arts in Historical Musicology

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).

Master of Music in Performance

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 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 Music in 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).