Catalog 2010-2012


Students wishing to take a course for graduate credit in the School of Music, or wishing to pursue a degree program in this department, must consult with the Associate Director of the School of Music for Graduate Studies prior to registration for any course. Detailed information concerning requirements and procedures will be provided, and specified evidence of previous accomplishments will be reviewed.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

The M.A. Major in Music involves a course of study comprising a minimum of specialization in an applied area and a maximum of curricular flexibility. (Master of Music majors are listed immediately following the M.A. in Music.)

An applicant for a graduate degree program in the School of Music should possess the baccalaureate degree in music or a demonstrated equivalent. The student should have attained a high degree of proficiency in one or more of the following areas: performance, theory-composition, music education, or music history. Applicants must audition in person in their applied specialization (an audio recording would be accepted if the in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

A prospective major must take a written diagnostic examination in the areas of theory, music history, and expository writing skills. This examination normally is taken immediately prior to initial registration as a graduate student. If necessary, a student will take courses to make up any deficiency; such courses will not count toward degree requirements.

Successful completion of a final comprehensive written examination is required for both thesis and non-thesis options. This examination normally will take place after the candidate has completed the course work required for the degree. The grade B- or above is required for all courses in the Graduate Music Core. Under extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this policy must be approved by the instructor of record, the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and the Director of the School of Music. For discussion of credit for applied music under the M.A. degree, see pages xxx-xxx. For more information visit

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Arts (M.A.) must meet the graduate regulations and requirements for the master=s program as described on pages xxx-xxx and the specific major requirements.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the School of Music for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at


Program Requirements

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students selecting the non-thesis option will write a research paper. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option, including 6 hours of 5xx:299 Research. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option, including 3 hours of 5xx:299 Research (course prefix 520-595).


  Graduate Music Core:

    Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211.....6 hours

    Music History and Musicology: 590:222.....3 hours

    Music Literature: one course from the following - 590:110, 590:111, 590:112, 590:114, 590:115.....3 hours

  Specialization: Applied Music (540:1xxg/5xxx).....4 hours

  Research.....3 or 6 hours

     (6 hours of 5xx:299 Research for thesis option - with course prefix 520-595).

     (3 hours of 5xx:299 Research for non-thesis option - with course prefix 520-595).

Electives: music (all areas except applied music).....8 hours

Other electives as approved by the department.....0 or 3 hours

  Thesis option - 0 hrs.

  Non-thesis option - 3 hrs.

30 hours