Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014
This program is offered in Durham.
Please view as well, the course listings for music education (MUED).
Degree Offered: M.A.
The Department of Music offers programs leading to the degree of master of arts with options in music studies and music education. The program is flexible, allowing the student to emphasize any of a variety of areas, and is built around a core curriculum stressing a broad knowledge of music. Graduates have established successful careers in performance, conducting, public school teaching, college teaching, and research. The program also serves as excellent preparation for doctoral study.
For the music studies option, a bachelor's degree in music, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution is required for admission. For the option in music education, applicants must already have teacher certification and a bachelor's degree in music. Graduate Record Exams are not required. However, an entrance exam in music theory is required for admission. Please contact the Department of Music graduate coordinator for details. A placement examination covering aural skills and music history will be administered to incoming students prior to registration. Any deficiencies in aural skills or music history must be remediated by the end of the second semester in order to remain in the program. In the music studies option, a reading knowledge of both German and French is strongly recommended for candidates who intend to continue on for a Ph.D. in musicology.
Applicants planning to enter the music studies option should contact the graduate coordinator concerning additional application requirements. Applicants for the music education option must arrange for an interview with the music education coordinator.
Graduate students interested in earning teacher certification in music should apply for the master of arts in teaching offered through the Department of Education.
Music Studies Option
This option offers the opportunity for in-depth study of music history and literature. The option has also proven valuable to students who wish to augment undergraduate degrees in performance and/or music education with more intensive studies in music theory, composition, music literature, instrumental and vocal performance, historical performance practices, and conducting. Required courses are MUSI 955, 956, 957, 958, 991, and 994. Additional courses at the 800 and 900 levels in music, or at the 800 and 900 levels in other departments, may be selected with the approval of the student's adviser to augment the required courses for a minimum total of 30 credits. Candidates pursuing advanced study in performance, conducting, or composition may also present a recital in consultation with their adviser and major teacher. A written essay of a substantive nature on a topic of the candidate's special interest is required, as approved by the adviser. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive oral examination that includes questions on the essay and on a number of unidentified scores from different historical periods. (Students are allowed to study these scores two hours prior to the exam.)
Music Education Option
The goal of the option in music education is to develop a broad knowledge at the graduate level in the fields of music education, performance, history, and theory. Required courses are MUSI 955, 994, and two courses selected from MUSI 805, 807, 809, 811, 813, 815, 956, 957, and 958. Also required are MUED 996 and either MUED 983 or 984. Each candidate will also complete an independent project (MUED 995) of a substantive nature in an area of the candidate's special interest as approved by the adviser. Additional courses at the 800 and 900 levels in music, or at the 800 and 900 levels in other departments, may be selected with the approval of the student's adviser to augment the required courses for a minimum total of 30 credits. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive oral examination that includes questions on the final project as well as on music history and/or theory, to be determined in consultation with the members of the candidate's oral examination committee.
For a complete listing of courses, check both music and music education.