Degree Programs 2006-2012

The School of Music offers the following graduate programs.  Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this School of Music section in the following order:

Graduate Majors (M.A.)
Music

Graduate Majors (M.M.)
Composition
Conducting
Jazz Pedagogy
Music Education
Music History
Performance
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Master of Arts Degree Program

Major in Music
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 M.A. Major in Music involves a course of study comprising a minimum of specialization 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.

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

A prospective major must take a written diagnostic examination in the areas of theory, music history, expository writing skills, and in the area of claimed competency, if different from the above (e.g., piano, brass, or woodwind instruments). 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 look under the M.A. degree. For more information visit www.uni.edu/music.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Arts (M.A.) must meet the graduate regulations and requirements for the master's program and the specific major requirements.

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-level course work is required for the thesis option, including 6 hours of 5xx:299 Research. A minimum of 12 hours of 200-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 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)

4 hours

Electives: music (all areas except applied music) 

8 hours

Other electives as approved by the department
(6 hours of 5xx:299 Research for thesis option)

7 hours

Total

30 hours


Master of Music Degree Programs

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 for Graduate Studies in Music prior to registration for the course. Detailed information concerning requirements and procedures will be provided, and specific evidence of previous accomplishments will be reviewed.

The Master of Music degree is a professional degree designed to prepare the graduate for:

  1. enhanced opportunity in public and private school music teaching,
  2. a college teaching career,
  3. a performance career as a professional musician or composer, or
  4. further graduate work at the doctoral level. The following majors are offered:

Composition
Conducting
Jazz Pedagogy
Music Education
Music History
Performance
Piano Performance and Pedagogy
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, conducting, music education, or music history. In addition to the common regulations and requirements applicable to all master's degree programs, the following are required for admission to the specific major:

Composition majors: portfolio and, if possible, tape recordings of compositions.

Conducting majors: in-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting faculty. It is also recommended the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A video recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Tapes should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two or three works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures.

Jazz Pedagogy: in-person audition and interview.

Music Education majors: in-person or telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Music Education faculty.

Music History majors: scholarly paper.

Performance majors and Piano Performance and Pedagogy majors: in-person audition (a tape 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, expository writing skills, and in the area of claimed competency, if different from the above (e.g., piano, brass, or woodwind instruments). This examination normally is taken immediately prior to initial registration as a graduate student. If a student is required to take remedial courses to make up any deficiency in preparatory work, those courses will not be counted toward degree requirements.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the Master of Music programs.

A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the thesis/recital option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 6 semester hours of xxx:299 Research. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the non-thesis option.

Successful completion of an oral and written comprehensive examination is required of all students in this degree program. 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 as well as all core courses in the specific degree plans. Under extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this policy must be approved by the instructor of record, the Associate Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the School of Music. For more information go to www.uni.edu/music.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Music (M.M.) must meet the graduate regulations and requirements for the master's program and the specific major requirements.


Major in Composition

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 34 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211 

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Specialization:

Applied Music: 540:254

12 hours

Music electives: 11 hours, primarily in the areas of music literature and theory

11 hours

Recital: 540:288

0 hours

Total

34 hours

Additional Requirements:

  1. Performance recital of candidate-generated compositions.
  2. Recital abstract.

Major in Conducting
This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Specialization:

Music Organizations and Ensembles: 530:1XX*
(Only one hour of ensemble per semester will count toward degree requirements.)

4 hours

Applied Music: 540:221 or 540:222

12 hours

Performance Literature and Repertory: 595:131 or 595:140 or 595:142

3 hours

Recital: 540:288

0 hours

Music electives: as approved by advisor 

6 hours

Total

36 hours

*Large ensemble placement will be determined by audition.

Additional requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with fulltime status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).
  2. Conducting recital.
  3. Recital abstract.
  4. Conducting document (research paper).
  5. Score reading:
    1. Choral Conducting Majors -- Ability to read and perform at the keyboard (allowing some time for advance preparation) an SATB open score of medium difficulty (e.g., Palestrina motet).
    2. Instrumental Conducting Majors -- Ability to read and interpret a moderately complex instrumental score.
  6. Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester that they present their required recital.

Major in Jazz Pedagogy

 

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required.
The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Specialization:

Music Techniques: 560:152 or 560:252*; 570:252

4 hours

Music Theory: 580:127; 580:128; 580:132

5 hours

Music Organizations and Ensembles: 530:116
(2 hrs. in jazz ensembles participation required each semester of residence)

8 hours

Research: 560:299

3 hours

Music electives to be selected from the following:
Applied Music: 540:140; 540:153; 540:156; 540:157.
Music Theory: 580:122.
Music History and Musicology: 590:160 preferred.

5 hours

Recital: 540:288

0 hours

Total

36 hours

*Strongly recommended

Additional requirements:

  1. Jazz performance recital.
  2. Recital abstract.
  3. Jazz bass proficiency.
  4. Jazz piano proficiency.
  5. Jazz drum set proficiency.
  6. Jazz Pedagogy Research Paper

Major in Music Education

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. Both options require a minimum of 32 semester hours.  A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required for the thesis option and a minimum of 12 semester hours of 200-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Music Education core:

Research in Music Education and Methods: 570:221; 570:299

6 hours

Music Education and Methods: 570:230; 570:255; 570:282

9 hours

Performance Literature and Repertory: 595:131 or 595:140 or 595:142 

3 hours

Music Education electives as approved by music education faculty (choose from the following)
540:1XXg (1-4), 560:121, 560:122, 560:135, 560:152, 570:130, 570:153, 570:175, 570:179
570:197, 570:287, 580:127, 590:151

3 hours

Total

32 hours

Thesis Option (contingent on availability of faculty):

Required:

Research: 570:299 (in lieu of 3 hours of electives)

Note: A maximum of 2 hours of ensembles (530:xxx) and 4 hours of applied music (540:xxx) may be
counted toward fulfilling minimum degree requirements.


Major in Music History

This major is offered on the thesis option only, and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Specialization:

Music History and Musicology: 590:299 (research for thesis -- 6 hrs.);
590:1XX (music literature -- 6 hrs.)

12 hours

Electives: (maximum of 2 hrs. may be in applied music)

7 hours

Total

30 hours

Additional requirement:
Reading proficiency in either German or French.

Major in Performance

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 32-36 semester hours (depending on specialization chosen). A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the thesis/recital option.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Recital: 540:288

0 hours

Specialization: (Choose A or B)

21-25 hours

Total

32-36 hours

Specialization:
A. Wind, Percussion, Keyboard or Strings Major

Music Ensemble: 530:1XX(g)*** 

2-4 hours

Applied Music: 540:2XX (variable)

10 hours

Performance Literature and Repertory*: 595:120

2-4 hours

Music electives: primarily in the areas of music theory and music literature

5-7 hours

Total

21-23 hours

B. Voice Major

Choral Ensemble: 530:110 and 530:119***

2 hours

Applied Music: 540:223

4 hours

Applied Music: 540:249 (variable)

8 hours

Music Techniques: 560:145; 560:155; 560:161

5 hours

Performance Literature and Repertory: 595:120** (section 8, 9, 10, or 12)

4 hours

Music Education and Methods: 570:130

2 hours

Total

25 hours

*Keyboard majors are required to take 595:120 sections 03 and 04.

**595:120 section 08 is required if vocal literature has not been taken at the undergraduate level.

***Students in the Voice major must take one semester of either Chamber Singers or Concert Chorale (to be determined upon formal audition for the choral conducting staff), and one semester of Opera Performance Ensemble. Instrumental majors will choose Jazz Band I, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Wind Symphony, but only 2 hours of Jazz Band I may be counted toward minimum degree requirements. String majors are required to complete 4 hours of ensemble 530:117(g) Symphony Orchestra. Chamber Music and/or accompanying may be elected by keyboard majors.

Additional requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with fulltime status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).
  2. Performance recital.
  3. Recital abstract.
  4. Two successful applied jury examinations (grades A or B).
  5. Voice majors must:
    1. Demonstrate diction proficiency (by diagnostic examination) in English, Italian, German, and French at the level of Diction II (560:031). Otherwise one must successfully complete 560:030 and/or 560:031.
    2. Have successfully completed one semester of college-level study in two of the following languages: Italian, German, or French prior to entering UNI. Otherwise one must fulfill this requirement during the residency at UNI.
  6. Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester they present their recital.

Major in Piano Performance & Pedagogy

This major is offered on the thesis/full recital and non-thesis/half solo recital and pedagogy options. Both options require a minimum of 33 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the thesis/full recital option. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the non-thesis/half solo recital and pedagogy option.

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

Required:

Graduate music core:

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211

6 hours

Music History and Musicology: 590:221

2 hours

One course from the following -- 590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

3 hours

Piano performance:

Applied Music: 540:246

6 hours

Music Literature: 595:120 (Piano I); 595:120 (Piano II) 

4 hours

Piano pedagogy:
Music Education and Methods: 570:148; 570:149; 570:257; 570:258; 570:260

10 hours

Electives                                               
Recommended: 530:112; 540:246; 560:135; 570:250; 570:260; 570:285; 580:122.

2 hours

Total

33 hours

Additional requirements:
Final project--
Options:
Full solo recital/recital abstract
Half solo recital and pedagogy project
(Pedagogy project: workshop or research paper)

Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester they present