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 Credit Hours Required: 36
Music Core Courses (14 Credits)
Emphases – Choral or Instrumental Conducting (22 Credits)
Choral Conducting Emphasis
Instrumental Conducting Emphasis
Music Theory Placement Test
All students entering the MA in music program will take a diagnostic exam in music theory prior to the start of their first semester. If additional prerequisite coursework is required after the exam, students will enroll in MUSC 504 Graduate Music Theory Review in their first semester. Credit for the review course is not 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.
- Written Examination: Areas included in the written examination will include:
- Music 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.
- Music 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.
- Score Analysis and Conducting Area: Several questions in the major area will be provided to candidates by the candidate’s major professor.
- Oral Examination: 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.