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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
    
 
  Sep 16, 2019
 
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Music, M.M. (Music Theory Concentration)



Admission

The general requirements for admission are: completion of an undergraduate degree in music (or the equivalent); satisfactory score on the general section (verbal/quantitative/analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination of the Miller Analogies Test; and fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including the submission of three recommendations. Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. Normally, the minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (internet-based) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5. Applicants for the Master of Music degree in composition and opera theatre - whose TOEFL score is below the normal minimum will be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. Such applicants must demonstrate exceptional abilities in the major area and evidence through past academic or professional activities strong promise for future professional success. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total application portfolio, with particular weight given to the audition (for those applying in the area of opera theatre, composing experience (composition), or research/writing abilities (music history and music theory.)

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to perform musical works representative of a wide array of music styles and genres, and do so in a manner commensurate with masters-degree level musicianship. 
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of music history, music theory, and compositional styles by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of their primary instrument or voice (including instrument history, repertoire, notable composers, and renowned pedagogues) by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting these elements in relation to contemporary practice
  • Candidates will demonstrate mastery of skills need to generate, write, and produce original research reflective of masters-level work in music theory.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of music history by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of music theory and compositional styles by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.

Degree Requirements (32 Hours)

Master of Music with concentrations in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music history, music theory, opera theatre, and piano pedagogy.

Courses required of all Master of Music students:


Music Theory Concentration Requirements:


Major Area (12 hours)


Other Studies in Music (12 hours)