Department of Music

The graduate programs in Music (M.M. Music, Certificate in Music Performance) prepare students with advanced technical and artistic skills for a career in a music-related profession, to conduct creative work, inquiry, and investigation, and to act independently as a performer, scholar, and/or practitioner by achieving in-depth knowledge and competency in a specific concentration area. This will be accomplished through a program of study with concentration areas in composition, conducting, music education, music technology, and/or performance as appropriate to the goals and aspirations of the student.

The MM program supports the college and university missions as it aims to create a culture of student engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends learning beyond the classroom, and promotes academic excellence and student success. This degree is designed for individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music who would like to hone their musical skills to a higher level, to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree for professional advancement, or to prepare for admission to a Doctoral program in music.

Music Degree

MUSA   5110G   Coaching for Singers

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide career-track singers with an opportunity to work with an expert on such matters as interpretation, diction, and artistic communication. Graduate students will have additional requirements as assigned by instructor.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   5110.

MUSA   7113   Applied Music-Percussion

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7114   Applied Music-Piano

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7115   Applied Music-Strings

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7115S.

MUSA   7115S   Applied Music-Strings

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s):(s): MUSA   7115.

MUSA   7116   Applied Music-Voice

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7116S.

MUSA   7116S   Applied Music-Voice

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7116.

MUSA   7117   Applied Music-Woodwinds

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7117S.

MUSA   7117S   Applied Music-Woodwinds

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7117.

MUSA   7118   Applied Music-Brass

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7118S.

MUSA   7118S   Applied Music-Brass

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7118.

MUSA   7121   Percussion

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7123   Applied Music-Percussion

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7124   Applied Music-Piano

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7125   Applied Music-Strings

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7125S.

MUSA   7125S   Applied Music-Strings

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7125.

MUSA   7126   Applied Music-Voice

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7126S.

MUSA   7126S   Applied Music-Voice

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7126.

MUSA   7127   Applied Music-Woodwinds

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7128   Applied Music-Brass

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7133   Applied Music-Percussion

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7134   Applied Music-Piano

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7135   Applied Music-Strings

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7135S.

MUSA   7135S   Applied Music-Strings

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7135.

MUSA   7136   Applied Music-Voice

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7136S.

MUSA   7136S   Applied Music-Voice

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7136.

MUSA   7137   Applied Music-Woodwinds

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7137S.

MUSA   7137S   Applied Music-Woodwinds

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7137.

MUSA   7138   Applied Music-Brass

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7138S.

MUSA   7138S   Applied Music-Brass

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cross Listing(s): MUSA   7138.

MUSA   7191   Recital

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7192   Composition

1-3 Credit Hours.   0.5-1.5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSA   7199   Applied Conducting

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Applied Conducting lessons.

MUSC   5030G   Selected Topics Music Literature

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically announced area in music literature. Graduate Students must complete an extra project for the course.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5030.

MUSC   5031G   Selected Topics in Music

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5031, MUSC   5031S.

MUSC   5231G   Music in the Classic Period

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of major historical trends, aesthetic and stylistic developments, significant figures, and selected repertory from the Classic period. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5231.

MUSC   5232G   Music in the Romantic Period

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of major historical trends, aesthetic and stylistic developments, significant figures, and selected repertory from the Romantic period. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5232.

MUSC   5233G   Music in the Contemporary Period

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of major historical trends, aesthetic and stylistic developments, significant figures, and selected repertory from the Contemporary period.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5233.

MUSC   5234G   History of Opera

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of major historical trends, aesthetic and stylistic developments, significant figures, and selected repertory in opera history. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5234, MUSC   5234S.

MUSC   5236G   Jazz History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A jazz survey course which emphasizes the historical, musical, and chronological development of jazz music. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5236.

MUSC   5237G   Symphonic Literature

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of major historical trends, aesthetic and stylistic developments, significant figures, and selected repertory in symphonic literature. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5237, MUSC   5237H.

MUSC   5239G   Selected Topics in Music History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music history. Graduate students must complete an extra project for this course.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5239.

MUSC   5332G   Jazz Styles and Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The study of most of the major jazz styles which have been documented in recordings. Emphasis in post-1940's styles of big bands and combos, and in the musical analysis of those jazz styles. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MUSC   3132 and MUSC   5236 or MUSC   5236G.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5332.

MUSC   5411G   Jazz Pedagogy

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Emphasizes the materials and methods available for the teaching of jazz music at all levels from middle school through university. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5411.

MUSC   5430G   Advanced Choral Arranging

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in arranging for various vocal combinations, score analysis, score reading, and manuscript preparation for publishers. Graduate students must complete an extra project for the course.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5430.

MUSC   5431G   Advanced Instrumental Arranging

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of issues and techniques in composing arrangements for various types of instrumental ensembles with practical experience.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5431.

MUSC   5432G   Advanced Jazz Arranging

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of issues and techniques in composing arrangements for various types of jazz ensembles with practical experience.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5432.

MUSC   5539G   Selected Topics in Music Technology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music technology. Graduate students must complete an extra project for this course.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5539.

MUSC   5630G   Music, Technology and Contemporary Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the development of sound technology, the impact of music technology on listeners, performers, and composers, the diversification and globalization of musical styles, and the changing sociological roles of music in contemporary culture from both historical and ethnographic points of view. Students will also explore specific topics of their own interest in a seminar setting. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   5630.

MUSC   6111   Method and Pedagogy, Violin/Viola I

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This course emphasizes string techniques in terms of methodology with an organized method of teaching approaches.

MUSC   6112   Method and Pedagogy, Violin/Viola II

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This course emphasizes string techniques in terms of methodology with an organized method of teaching approaches which will include practical training and repertoire application.

MUSC   6131   Music Reference Tools and Resources

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of basic and advanced reference sources and tools relating to music, both printed and on-line; methods for locating, evaluating, and citing manuscript and printed musical sources, including critical editions; resources for finding music-related materials on the Internet; and tools for dealing with music reference materials in foreign languages.

MUSC   7039   Selected Topics in Music Pedagogy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music pedagogy.

MUSC   7092   Selected Topics in Music

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor.

MUSC   7192   Composition

1-3 Credit Hours.   0.5-1.5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Development of skills in advanced composition.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   7391S.

MUSC   7231   History and Philosophy of Music Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of historical and philosophical currents which have shaped current music education practices.

MUSC   7232   Research in Music Learning

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is a presentation of quantitative and qualitative research methods, with emphasis on connecting research to music learning and performance contexts. Students will develop skills in design, data interpretation, and application to practice.

MUSC   7239   Selected Topics in Music Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music education.

MUSC   7330   Chamber Music Analysis and Literature

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examination, discussion, and analysis of selected chamber music literature from the Baroque to the present.

MUSC   7331   Advanced Analytical Techniques

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Techniques for analyzing form and other stylistic elements of music, emphasizing larger and more complex works; overview of major analytical methodologies; issues in interpreting published analytical research; combining analytical and historical research.

MUSC   7339   Selected Topics in Music Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music theory.

MUSC   7391S   Composition

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MUSC   7432   Choral Literature

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of choral literature. Students will study the major genres from the Pre-Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the mass, motet, requiem, and oratorio.

MUSC   7436   Wind Ensemble Literature Before 1950

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Survey of the historical development of wind band literature and ensembles up to 1950 with respect to composers, composition, performers, instrumentation, and events.

MUSC   7437   Wind Ensemble Literature After 1950

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Survey of the historical development of wind band literature and ensembles after 1950 with respect to composers, composition, performers, instrumentation, and events.

MUSC   7530   Digital Audio Montage

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Explores digital audio theory and practice, sound recording techniques, sound and music representation, sound transformation, and compositional methods of morphological montage through the creation and performance of musical works in the electronic medium.

MUSC   7533   Sound Design and Processing

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Examines sound design and processing through the use of the Supercollider 3 programming language for musical digital signal processing. Students will explore fundamentals of object-oriented computer programming and musical digital signal processing through the creation and performance of musical works in the electronic medium and the creation of their own audio synthesis and transformation software.

MUSC   7534   Interactive Media

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Examines the use of interactivity in multimedia. Students will learn high-level programming concepts, algorithmic design, and cross-modal aesthetic principles using Max/MSP/Jitter.

MUSC   7535   Advanced MIDI Sequencing

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course explores the core concepts of acoustics and psychoacoustics, the MIDI protocol, music composition and performance using MIDI, hardware-based sound synthesis, hardware-based effects, and audio sampling through the creation and performance of musical works in the electronic medium.

MUSC   7630   Seminar in Advanced Conducting

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Refinement of conducting and rehearsal techniques including issues related to preparation, gesture, blend and balance, intonation and diction, error detection, pedagogy, and rehearsal strategies. Includes supervised rehearsal and performance practicum. May be repeated for credit toward the degree.

MUSC   7631   Advanced Score Reading Techniques

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A capstone course to review concepts of music theory and examine current systems and materials used in teaching music theory.

MUSC   7633   Advanced Score Reading Techniques

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Score study techniques and discussion of issues in preparation for conducting across all areas of band, choral, orchestral, and mixed ensembles.

MUSC   7634   Music and the Brain

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course investigates aspects of music performance, perception, understanding and skill development through a cognitive lens. Course materials will be drawn from recent neurological and behavioral research, as well as from popular press.

MUSC   7639   Selected Topics in Conducting

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of a specifically-announced area in music conducting.

MUSC   7891   Special Problems in Music

1-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor.

Cross Listing(s): MUSC   7891S.

MUSC   7891S   Special Problems in Music

1-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor.

MUSC   7931   Music Education Final Project

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Planned Project, written or practical, directed by the student's project advisor.

MUSC   7932   Music Technology Final Project

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Planned project directed by the student's project advisor.