Music Theory - M.A.
|DESCRIPTION:||The Master of Arts in Music Theory allows further study of musical analysis, pedagogy, history and teaching skills. An in-depth thesis requirement emphasizes research in the student's area of theoretical interest.|
|Official transcript(s); three letters of recommendation; and academic paper written in English.|
|Minimum 32 total credit hours.
||A maximum of two ensemble credit hours may be applied toward degree requirements. Students must petition the Graduate Studies Committee to count additional ensemble hours toward degree requirements. Piano performance majors may satisfy the ensemble requirement with MUS 55311 and/or MUS 55321.
Music ensembles are open to all qualified university students upon satisfactory audition. Membership in music organizations is not limited to music majors and minors. All master’s students are required to participate in an ensemble for two semesters. One summer session is considered equivalent to one semester.
|The Master of Arts program requires a thesis.
All students writing a thesis or essay must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis or essay and the student’s major area of study. A student electing the two-recital option must pass a final oral examination covering literature performed in recitals and the student’s areas of performance and study in the degree. Those completing a coursework option must pass a final oral examination covering all of the coursework in the master’s degree program. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.
|Candidates for the Master of Arts degree program in musicology or ethnomusicology must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language, normally German or French. With the approval of the advisor and the graduate studies committee, other languages may be substituted, especially for the student in ethnomusicology. Credit hours earned in meeting this requirement are not applicable toward the credit-hour requirement in the degree program.|
|ACCREDITATION:||National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)|