Music M.M.

Degree Requirements: 33 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Regular

  1. A completed bachelor's degree in music or equivalent.
  2. A minimum 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  3. Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
  4. Requirements pertinent to the student's intended area of concentration:
    1. Composition: satisfactory sample scores for at least three different types of compositions
    2. Conducting: a successful audition (please see the audition process and requirements for specific performance areas at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/music/applications/graduate-application/) and a satisfactory agreement with the conducting faculty committee about how the practical conducting requirement will be managed. Generally, full-time students will be assigned to work with various University ensembles; other students may request permission to work with an ensemble (such as a school band or choir) with which they are currently involved.
    3. Music Education: Level 4 certification by the State of Georgia or its equivalent
    4. Music Technology: a statement of purpose and a portfolio of previous work in music technology.
    5. Performance: a successful audition (please see the audition process and requirements for specific performance areas at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/music/applications/graduate-application/).
  5. International students whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degree was not completed at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English must have official TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted directly from the Testing Service to Georgia Southern University. For consideration to be admitted to the M.M. program, a minimum TOEFL score of 80, with subscores of at least 20 in both speaking and writing is required, or an IELTS scores of at least 6.5, with no single subscore below 6.0. International students who meet all other admission requirements but who are deficient in English will normally be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted students must successfully complete the highest level in the university's English Language Program (ELP) and achieve a minimum score of 80 on the ELP's standardized English proficiency exam prior to matriculating into the M.M. program and taking any music classes. ESL exit level for these students is a MTLEP score of 255, with no subsection lower than 80.

Provisional

Students may be admitted, at the discretion of the graduate admissions committee, on a provisional basis if one or more of the requirements listed above are judged to be marginal. Specific provisions for exiting provisional status will be set in each case by the admissions committee and must be satisfied before proceeding past the first 12 credits of course work.

Departmental Entrance Examination

All students entering the program must pass a Departmental Entrance Examination to demonstrate acceptable undergraduate-level proficiency in music theory, analysis, and history. This examination is administered online prior to the start of the student’s first semester, and details about the contents of the test and its administration will be sent to each student after s/he has been admitted. Students who do not pass the examination will be required to take a review course and may not take Advanced Analytical Techniques (MUSC   7331) until they have passed the review course. Students who cannot pass the review course will be dropped from the program.

All M.M. candidates are required to pass a comprehensive oral examination, covering coursework and their recital or final project.

Concentration in Composition, 33 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
MUSA   7191Recital3
MUSC   7192Composition6
MUSC   6131Music Reference Tools and Resources3
MUSC   7331Advanced Analytical Techniques3
Select one of the following music history courses from the series: 13
Music in the Classic Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the Contemporary Period
History of Opera
Jazz History
Selected Topics in Music History
Select one of the following:3
Digital Audio Montage
Sound Design and Processing
Interactive Media
Advanced MIDI Sequencing
Select 12 credit hours of Free Electives Approved by Student’s Advisor12
Total Credit Hours33
1

Music in the Contemporary Period (MUSC   5233G) (3) is strongly recommended for students in Composition.

Concentration in Conducting, 33 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Select 6 credits of Conducting from either or both of the following:6
Applied Conducting
Seminar in Advanced Conducting
MUSA   7191Recital3
MUSC   6131Music Reference Tools and Resources3
MUSC   7331Advanced Analytical Techniques3
MUSC   7633Advanced Score Reading Techniques3
Select one of the following music history courses from the series:3
Music in the Classic Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the Contemporary Period
History of Opera
Jazz History
Selected Topics in Music History
Select 6 credit hours from additional courses in music literature, music history, music theory, and/or composition6
Select 6 credit hours of Free Electives Approved by Student’s Advisor6
Total Credit Hours33

Concentration in Performance, 33 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Complete 6 credits of graduate-level MUSA instruction in the same instrument or voice6
MUSA   7191Recital3
MUSC   5030GSelected Topics Music Literature (with specific topic related to student’s performance area)3
MUSC   6131Music Reference Tools and Resources3
MUSC   7331Advanced Analytical Techniques3
Select one of the following music history courses from the series:3
Music in the Classic Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the Contemporary Period
History of Opera
Jazz History
Selected Topics in Music History
Select 12 credit hours of Free Electives Approved by Student’s Advisor12
Total Credit Hours33

Concentration in Music Education, 33 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
MUSC   6131Music Reference Tools and Resources3
MUSC   7231History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MUSC   7232Research in Music Learning3
Select one of the following: (or other music education course approved by advisor)3
Selected Topics in Music Education
Choral Literature
Wind Ensemble Literature Before 1950
Wind Ensemble Literature After 1950
Music and the Brain
MUSC   7331Advanced Analytical Techniques3
MUSC   7931Music Education Final Project3
Select 3 credit hours of Performance from the following:3
Any graduate-level MUSA course(s) (may be repeated for credit)
Any graduate-level MUSE course(s) (may be repeated for credit)
Seminar in Advanced Conducting
Select one of the following music history courses from the series:3
Music in the Classic Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the Contemporary Period
History of Opera
Jazz History
Selected Topics in Music History
Select 9 credit hours of Free Electives9
(Students should plan with their Advisor a combination of graduate-level elective courses from Music, Education, Instructional Technology, or other areas that will maximize the degree's usefulness for their intended career path.)
Total Credit Hours33

Concentration in Music Technology, 33 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Select 9 credits of Music Technology from the following:9
Selected Topics in Music Technology
Digital Audio Montage
Sound Design and Processing
Interactive Media
Advanced MIDI Sequencing
MUSC   5630GMusic, Technology and Contemporary Culture3
MUSC   6131Music Reference Tools and Resources3
MUSC   7932Music Technology Final Project3
Select one of the following music history courses from the series: 13
Music in the Classic Period
Music in the Romantic Period
Music in the Contemporary Period
History of Opera
Jazz History
Selected Topics in Music History
Select 12 credit hours of Free Electives12
(Students should plan with the head of the Music Technology area a combination of graduate-level elective courses from Music, Computer Science, General Technology, Graphics Communication Management, Instructional Technology, or other areas that will maximize the degree's usefulness for their intended career path.)
Total Credit Hours33
1

Music in the Contemporary Period (MUSC   5233G) (3) is strongly recommended for students in Music Technology.

Advisement

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Music
Graduate Program Director
Music Dept., GSU
P.O. Box 8052
Statesboro, GA 30460
phone (912) 478-5813
fax (912) 478-0583