The Master of Arts in Music candidate must complete 36 hours of coursework, including a full graduate conducting recital. In addition, he or she must complete the capstone experience by passing a comprehensive examination in the areas of conducting, music theory, and music literature.
Total Hours: 36
Music Core Courses (14 credit hours)
- MUSC 621 Research Methods in Music (3 credits)
- MUSC 622 Music History and Literature I - Gregorian Chant to J. S. Bach (3 credits)
- MUSC 623 Music History and Literature II - Classical to 20th century (3 credits)
- MUSC 626 Analysis and Performance (3 credits)
- MUSC 699 Graduate Project - full conducting recital (2 credits)
Emphasis (Students complete one of the following)
Choral Conducting Emphasis (22 credit hours)
- MUSC 614 Applied Conducting – Choral (1 credit hour x 4 semesters)
- MUSC 631 Practicum in Choral Conducting (1 credit x 4 semesters)
- MUSC 603 Applied Music – Voice (1 credit hour x 4 semesters)
- MUSC 632 Choral Methods and Pedagogy (3 credit hours)
- MUSC 633 Choral Literature and Style Analysis (3 credit hours)
- MUSC 612 Graduate Ensemble – Choral Union (1 credit x 4 semesters)
Instrumental Conducting Emphasis (22 credit hours)
- MUSC 615 Applied Conducting–Instrumental (1 credit hour x 4 semesters)
- MUSC 641 Practicum in Instrumental Conducting (1 credit x 4 semesters)
- Applied Music (1 credit hour x 4 semesters)
MUSC 601 Piano, MUSC 602 Organ, MUSC 604 Woodwind, MUSC 605 Brass, MUSC 606 Percussion, MUSC 607 Strings
- MUSC 642 Instrumental Methods and Pedagogy (3 credit hours)
- Instrumental Literature (3 credit hours) – choose one from the following:
MUSC 643 Symphonic Literature, MUSC 644 Historic Wind Band Literature, or MUSC 645 Contemporary Wind Ensemble Literature
- MUSC 613 Graduate Ensemble – Wind Symphony (1 credit x 4 semesters)
Diagnostic Exams for New Students
All students entering the MA in music program must take a diagnostic exam in music theory prior to the start of their first semester. If additional coursework in this area is required after the exam, you must enroll in MUSC 504 Graduate Music Theory Review in your first semester at LC. Credit for review coursework will not be applied toward the degree.
Comprehensive Examination Requirement
Students must pass a comprehensive examination in the last semester of study. You will schedule your final examination through the office of the program coordinator at the beginning of your final semester.
The comprehensive examination consists of 2 portions: written and oral. The purpose of the written and oral examinations is to assess the candidate's broad base of knowledge in music as well as in the area of conducting. The written exam will be evaluated by the committee (major advisor, music theory faculty, and music history faculty) and will be used to guide discussion in the oral portion of the comprehensive examination.
Areas included in the written examination will include:
- Theory Area: Two works of contrasting style will be provided. The candidate will do a thorough score analysis/conducting preparation as directed in the Analysis and Performance class. Students must be able to demonstrate theoretical analysis and be able to discuss the construction of the works thoroughly — beyond the formal aspects to all aspects of musical analysis relevant to the conducting profession.
- History Area: Two to three short essays will be written and selected from a variety of topics provided by the music history faculty — include tracing of important musical genres and musical activities and citing major composers and their important works.
- Conducting Area: Several questions in the major area will be provided to candidates by the candidate's major professor.
The oral examination is a follow up to the written examination and will be held in the candidate's major advisor's office with a theory faculty member and a music history faulty member present. This exam will provide the candidate a chance to elaborate on his or her written answers.