Master of Music

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Program Description

The Master of Music is specifically designed to develop the musician, scholar, therapist, or educator for a professional career in music. This degree is offered with tracks in the following areas: Performance, Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music, Conducting, Composition, Musicology, and Music Therapy.


Admissions

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in music must submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the following are required:

1. Graduate Application

2. Application fee

3. Students must complete the School of Music admission requirements:

  • Submit School of Music application form
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Complete an audition and/or interview (see individual tracks for specific requirements)

4. A submission of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. For a final admissions decision, GRE scores do not constitute the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant, nor do GRE scores constitute the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant. The applicant’s test scores will be compared with those of other applicants from similar socioeconomic backgrounds to the extent that those backgrounds can be properly determined and identified by the School of Music’s admissions process.

5. Transcripts from all previous college level academic work are required and should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. An undergraduate/Baccalaureate degree from a NASM accredited institution or equivalent international degree in music is required.

6. International students must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer based exam or at least 550 on the paper-based exam.


Degree Requirements

All students pursuing graduate degree programs must take and satisfy the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam, administered by the SHSU music faculty, prior to the first semester of residence. The Exam includes questions concerning music history, music theory, and if required, foreign language and diction (Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting, and Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music only). The purpose of the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam is to evaluate each student’s general musical knowledge and identify deficiencies.  Students deficient in any area will be required to retake and pass the Diagnostic Exam before they can schedule their M.M. comprehensive oral examination. Please see the website for specific date information.

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive oral examination is required for graduation. This exam, which is administered by a committee of three music faculty, is given during the final semester. Oral examination committees are appointed by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the Graduate Committee and student. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations.
  • All graduate music students must complete the following core hours and the specific track hours to meet the required minimum of 30 hours beyond the undergraduate degree:
Course Name Hours
Master of Music Core (9 hours)
MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques 3
MUSi 6398 Research Techniques 3
MUSI 5XXX Music History 3
Choose one of the following:
MUSI 5331 Seminar in Baroque Music 3
MUSI 5332 Seminar in Classic Music 3
MUSI 5337 Sem in Nineteenth-Century Mus 3
MUSI 5338 Sem in Twentieth-Century Mus 3

All degrees require a final graduate recital, project, or thesis.

Specific Track Requirements

Instrumental Performance Track
Course Name Hours
XXXX 5201 Applied Lessons 8
MUSI 6181 Recital I 1
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUSI 5398 Adv Studies in Appl Discipline 3
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble 2
Electives selected from the following (3 credit hours):
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 5367 Score Reading 3
MUSI 5XXX Music History 3
Other approved course 3
Performance Elective selected from the following (1 credit hour)  
MUSI 6182 Recital II 1
XXXX 5201 Applied 1
Or other approved course 1
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Instrumental Performance track must pass an entrance audition administered by the appropriate faculty member, or group of faculty members, in the area of study.  Students should contact the major professor in their area of interest for the appropriate level of repertoire required.

Vocal Performance Track
Course Name Hours
VOIC 5201 Applied Lessons 8
MUSI 6181 Recital I 1
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUSI 5398 Adv. Studies in Appl Discipline 3
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble 2
Electives selected from the following (3 credit hours):
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 5367 Score Reading 3
MUSI 5XXX Music History 3
Other approved course 3
Performance Elective selected from the following (1 credit hour)  
MUSI 6182 Recital II 1
MUEN 5118 Chamber Music 1
Or other approved course 1
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Vocal Performance track must pass an entrance audition administered by the appropriate faculty in the area of study. Audition requirements include the following memorized repertoire:  an operatic aria, an oratorio aria, a French, German, Italian and English art song.

Students interested in the Vocal Performance track are required to pass the foreign language and diction portion of the Graduate Diagnostic Exam. Students must show competence in languages including English, French, German and Italian. Students deficient in either area will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

Piano Performance Track
Course Name Hours
PIAN 5201 Applied Piano 8
MUSI 6181 Recital I 1
MUSI 6182 Recital II 1
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUSI 5398 Adv. Studies in Appl Discipline 3
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble OR MUEN 5118 Chamber Music 2
Electives selected from the following (3 credit hours):
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 5367 Score Reading 3
MUSI 5XXX Music History 3
Other approved course 3
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Piano Performance track must pass an entrance audition administered by the appropriate faculty member, or group of faculty members, in the area of study. Audition requirements include:  a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 545), or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49); two additional piano works from contrasting musical styles; major/minor scales and sight-reading.

Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music Track
Course Name Hours
PIAN 5201 Applied Piano 8
MUSI 6181 Recital I* 1
MUSI 6182 Recital II* 1
MUSI 6183 Recital III* 1
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUEN 5110 Accompanying Seminar  4
MUEN 5118 Chamber Music 2
Elective with advisor approval 1
Total 21

* One recital must be a vocal emphasis, one recital must be a string emphasis, and one recital must be a woodwind/brass emphasis.

Students seeking admission to the Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music track must pass an entrance audition administered by the appropriate faculty member, or group of faculty members, in the area of study. Audition requirements include:  a complete violin or cello sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms or Franck; a set of three songs of standard artsong literature; a solo piano work of candidate’s choice; major/minor scales and sight-reading.

Students interested in the Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music track are required to pass the foreign language and diction portion of the Graduate Diagnostic Exam. Students deficient in either area will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

Conducting Track

Conducting Track
Course Name Hours
COND 5201 Applied Conducting 8
MUSI 6181 Recital I 1
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUSI 5398 Adv. Studies in Appl Discipline 3
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble 2
Electives selected from the following (3 credit hours):
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 5367 Score Reading 3
MUSI 5XXX Music History 3
Other approved course 3
Performance Elective selected from the following (1 credit hour)  
MUSI 6182 Recital II 1
XXXX 5201 Applied lessons 1
Or other approved course 1
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Conducting Track (both Choral and Instrumental) must complete an interview and submit a conducting video of a recent concert and/or rehearsal, and audition on their primary instrument/voice. Those students with piano skills will be given preference for admission to the Choral Conducting track.

Students interested in the Choral Conducting track are required to pass the foreign language and diction portion of the Graduate Diagnostic Exam. Students deficient in either area will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

Composition Track
Course Name Hours
COMP 5201 Applied Composition 4
COMP 5202 Applied Composition-large ens 4
MUSI 6181 Recital I 1
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 5367 Score Reading 3
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble 2
Electives selected from the following (4 credit hours):
XXXX 5201 Applied lessons
MUSI 5112 Graduate Ensemble
MUSI 5XXX Music History
Other approved course
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Composition track must complete an interview with the appropriate composition faculty and submit a portfolio of recent compositions. Students must also demonstrate piano proficiency by performing a short prepared piece or two (totaling no more than five minutes), and by sight-reading during the interview. Students deficient in this area must take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

Musicology Track
Course Name Hours
MUSI 5398 Adv Studies in Appl Discipline 3
MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUSI 6399 Thesis 6
Select from the following with approval of advisor (6 credit hours):
MUSI 5331 Seminar in Baroque Music 3
MUSI 5332 Seminar in Classic Music 3
MUSI 5337 Sem in Nineteenth-Century Mus 3
MUSI 5338 Sem in Twentieth-Century Mus 3
Electives with advisor approval (3 credit hours) 3
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Musicology track must complete an admission interview with the musicology coordinator and submit a sample of academic writing.

Students who graduate with an emphasis in Musicology are required to pass a language proficiency examination in either German or French. The language requirement should ideally be fulfilled by the end of the second semester of residence.

Music Therapy Track
Course Name Hours
MUSI 5222 Philo & Theory of Mus Therapy 2
MUSI 6332 Adv Music Therapy Practice 3
Select one course from Graduate Practicum or Clinical Supervision (2 credit hours):
MUSI 5223 Graduate Practicum 2
MUSI 5224 Clinical Supervision 2
MUSI 5221 Research in Music Therapy 3
MUSI 6099 Thesis 3
MUSI 5068 Independent Study 3
Electives with advisor approval 3
One course in research and statistics 3
Total 21

Students seeking admission to the Music Therapy track must complete an admission interview with the music therapy faculty and submit a sample of academic writing and a video of a music therapy session.

Music Therapy Equivalency
Course Name Hours
Year 1: Fall
MUSI 2333 Intro to Music Therapy 3
MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Guitar 3
MUSI 3365W Obser & Measure iMus Therapy 3
MUSI 3336 Instr Skills Mus Therapy Set I 3
MUSI 3366, MUSI 4395, or MUSI 4396 Music Therapy Techniques 3
Year 1: Spring
BIOL 2445 Human Anatomy 4
MUSI 2339 Psychology of Music 3
MUSI 1365 Fundamentals of Singing 3
MUSI 3110 Study of Percussion 1
MUSI 3337 Instr Skills Music Therapy Set II 3
MUSI 3111, MUSI 4110, or MUSI 4111 Practicum in Music Therapy 1
MUSI 3366, MUSI 4395, or MUSI 4396 Music Therapy Techniques 3
Year 2: Fall
MUSI 3111, MUSI 4110, or MUSI 4111 Practicum in Music Therapy 1
MUSI 3366, MUSI 4395, or MUSI 4396 Music Therapy Techniques 3
PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology 3
SPED 2301 Intro to Special Education 3
MUSI 5222 Philo & Theory of Mus Therapy 2
Year 2: Spring
MUSI 4397 Internship in Music Therapy 3
MUSI 4398 Internship in Music Therapy 3
Year 3: Fall
MUSI 6221 Research in Music Therapy 3
MUSI 5223 Graduate Practicum OR MUSI 5222 Clinical Supervision 2
PSYC 53XX Elective in Psychology 3
Year 3: Spring
MUSI 6332 Adv Music Therapy Practice 3
PSYC 5387 or SOCI 53XX Advanced Statistics 3
Year 4: Fall
MUSI 6399 Master's Thesis 3
MUSI 5068 Indipendent Study 3
Total 71

Students seeking admission to the Music Therapy Equivalency track must complete an admission interview with the music therapy faculty, pass a Music Therapy audition and submit a sample of academic writing.


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