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 Graduate College

Music (MM)

School of Music

www.uni.edu/music/graduate_students/index.html
115 Russell Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr John Vallentine
Phone: (319) 273-2024
E-mail: John.Vallentine@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Julia Bullard
Phone: (319) 273-3074
E-mail: Julia.Bullard@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog descriptions:

Students wishing to take a course for graduate credit in the School of Music or wishing to pursue a degree program in this department must consult with the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in Music prior to registration for the course. Detailed information concerning requirements and procedures will be provided, and specific evidence of previous accomplishments will be reviewed.

The Master of Music degree is a professional degree designed to prepare the graduate for:

  1. enhanced opportunity in public and private school music teaching
  2. a college teaching career
  3. a performance career as a professional musician or composer
  4. further graduate work at the doctoral level. The following majors are offered:
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Jazz Pedagogy
    • Music Education
    • Music History
    • Performance
    • Piano Performance and Pedagogy

An applicant for a graduate degree program in the School of Music should possess the baccalaureate degree in music or a demonstrated equivalent. The student should have attained a high degree of proficiency in one or more of the following areas: performance, theory-composition, conducting, music education, or music history. In addition to the common regulations and requirements applicable to all master's degree programs, the following are required for admission to the specific major:

Composition majors: portfolio and, if possible, recordings of compositions.

Conducting majors: in-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting faculty. It is also recommended the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A DVD or digital video file recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Recordings should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two or three works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures.

Jazz Pedagogy: in-person audition and interview.

Music Education majors: in-person or telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Music Education faculty.

Music History majors: scholarly paper.

Performance majors and Piano Performance and Pedagogy majors: in-person audition (a recording would be accepted if the in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

A prospective major must take a written diagnostic examination in the areas of theory, music history, expository writing skills, and in the area of claimed competency, if different from the above (e.g., piano, brass, or woodwind instruments). This examination normally is taken immediately prior to initial registration as a graduate student. If a student is required to take remedial courses to make up any deficiency in preparatory work, those courses will not be counted toward degree requirements.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the Master of Music programs.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the thesis/recital option. Students completing the thesis option (not a recital and abstract) must have 6-9 semester hours of ____ 6299 (5xx:299) Research. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the non-thesis option [course prefix MUSIC, MUS APPL, MUS ED, MUS ENS, MUS HIS MUS LIT, MUS TECH, MUS THEO (520-595)].

Successful completion of an oral and written comprehensive examination is required of all students in this degree program. This examination normally will take place after the candidate has completed the course work required for the degree. The grade B- or above is required for all courses in the Graduate Music Core as well as all core courses in the specific degree plans. Under extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this policy must be approved by the instructor of record, the Associate Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the School of Music. For more information go to www.uni.edu/music.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Music (M.M.) must meet the graduate regulations and requirements for the master’s program and the specific major requirements.

 

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the School of Music for other admission requirements.  Graduate Information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Major in Composition

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 35 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Specialization

Applied Music:

MUS APPL 6540 (540:254)

Composition

12

Music Electives: primarily in the areas of music literature and theory:

11

Recital:

MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital

Total Hours

35

Additional Requirements:

  1. Performance recital of candidate-generated compositions.
  2. Recital abstract.

Major in Conducting

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Specialization:

Music Organizations and Ensembles: 530:1xx/5xxx *

4

Applied Music:

Select one of the following:

12

MUS APPL 6210 (540:221)

Instrumental Conducting

MUS APPL 6220 (540:222)

Choral Conducting

Performance Literature and Repertory:

Select one of the following:

3

MUS LIT 3310/5310 (595:131g)

History and Literature of Large Choral Forms

MUS LIT 3400/5400 (595:140g)

History and Literature of the Orchestra

MUS LIT 3420/5420 (595:142g)

History and Literature of the Wind Band

Recital:

MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital

Music Electives: as approved by advisor:

5

Total Hours

36

*

Only one hour of ensemble per semester will count toward degree requirements. Large ensemble placement will be determined by audition.

Additional requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with fulltime status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).
  2. Conducting recital.
  3. Recital abstract.
  4. Conducting document (research paper).
  5. Score reading:
    1. Choral Conducting Majors - Ability to read and perform at the keyboard (allowing some time for advance preparation) an SATB open score of medium difficulty (e.g., Palestrina motet).
    2. Instrumental Conducting Majors - Ability to read and interpret a moderately complex instrumental score.
  6. Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester that they present their required recital.

Major in Jazz Pedagogy

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Specialization:

Music Thechniques:

4

MUS TECH 6520 (560:252)

Advanced Instrumental Jazz Improvisation *

or MUS TECH 3520/5520 (560:152g)

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation

MUS ED 6520 (570:252)

Jazz Pedagogy

Music Theory:

5

MUS THEO 3270/5270 (580:127g)

Jazz Arranging I

MUS THEO 3280/5280 (580:128g)

Jazz Arranging II

MUS THEO 3320/5320 (580:132g)

Jazz Composition Class

Music, Organizations and Ensembles: **

8

MUS ENS 3160/5160 (530:116g)

Jazz Band

Research:

MUS TECH 6299 (560:299)

Research

2

Recital:

MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital

Music electives:

Select 5 hours of electives from the following:

5

Applied Music:

MUS APPL 3400/5400 (540:140g)

Percussion

MUS APPL 3530/5530 (540:153g)

Jazz Guitar

MUS APPL 3560/5560 (540:156g)

Jazz Bass

MUS APPL 3570/5570 (540:157g)

Jazz Piano

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 3220/5220 (580:122g)

Music and Technology

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 3600/5600 (590:160g)

Jazz History and Styles (preferred)

Total Hours

36

*

2 hrs. in jazz ensembles participation required each semester of residence.

**

Strongly recommended.

Additional requirements:

  1. Jazz performance recital
  2. Recital abstract
  3. Jazz bass proficiency
  4. Jazz piano proficiency
  5. Jazz drum set proficiency

Major in Music Education

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, contingent on availability of faculty. Both options require a minimum of 33 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option and a minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Music Education core:

Research in Music Education and Methods:

MUS ED 6210 (570:221)

Research Methodology in Music Education

3

Research:

MUS ED 6299 (570:299)

Research

3 or 6

Thesis option (6 hrs.)

Non-thesis option (3 hrs.)

Music Education and Methods:

MUS ED 3450/5450 (570:145g)

Developments and Trends in Music Education

3

MUS ED 6300 (570:230)

Foundations of Music Education

3

MUS ED 6820 (570:282)

Seminar: Music Learning and Behavior

3

Music Education electives as approved by music education faculty:

Select one or two from the following:

3 or 6

MUS ENS 5xxx (530:1xxg) (1-2 hrs.)

MUS APPL 5xxx (540:1xxg) (1-4 hrs.),

MUS TECH 3210/5210 (560:121g)

Conducting III—Instrumental

MUS TECH 3220/5220 (560:122g)

Conducting III—Choral

MUS TECH 3350/5350 (560:135g)

Accompanying

MUS TECH 3520/5520 (560:152g)

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation

MUS ED 3300/5300 (570:130g)

Vocal Pedagogy

MUS ED 3750/5750 (570:175g)

Pedagogical Approaches to Music Education

MUS ED 3970/5970 (570:197g)

Instrumental Upkeep and Repair

MUS ED 6870 (570:287)

Measurement and Evaluation in Music

MUS ED 6550 (570:255)

School Music Administration and Classroom Management

MUS THEO 3270/5270 (580:127g)

Jazz Arranging I

MUS HIST 3510/5510 (590:151g)

Music of World Cultures

MUS LIT 3310/5310 (595:131g)

History and Literature of Large Choral Forms

MUS LIT 3400/5400 (595:140g)

History and Literature of the Orchestra

MUS LIT 3420/5420 (595:142g)

History and Literature of the Wind Band

Thesis option (3 hrs.)

Non-thesis option (6 hrs.)

Total hours

33

Thesis Option (contingent on availability of faculty):

Required

Research:

MUS ED 6299 (570:299)

Research (in lieu of 3 hours of electives)

3

Note: A maximum of 2 hours of ensembles MUS ENS xxxx (530:xxx) and 4 hours of applied music MUS APPL xxxx (540:xxx) may be counted toward fulfilling minimum degree requirements.

Major in Music History

This major is offered on the thesis option only, and requires a minimum of 31 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one of the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Specialization:

Music History and Musicology:

12

MUS HIST 6299 (590:299)

Research (research for thesis - 6 hrs.)

MUS HIST 5xxx (590:1xx) (6 hrs.)

Electives:(maximum of 2 hrs. may be in applied music) *

7

Total Hours

31

Additional requirement:

Reading proficiency in either German or French.

Major in Performance

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 32-36 semester hours (depending on specialization chosen). A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required of all majors.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Recital:

MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital

Specialization: (choose A,B, or C)

20-24

Total Hours

32-36

Specialization:

A.  Wind, Percussion, Keyboard or Strings

Music Ensemble: MUS ENS 5xxx (530:1xxg) ***

2-4

Applied Music: MUS APPL 6xxx (540:2xx) (variable)

10

Performance Literature and Repertory: *

2-4

MUS LIT 3200/5200 (595:120g)

Performance Literature: _________________

Music electives: primarily in the areas of music theory and music literature

5-7

Total hours

21-23

B. Voice

Music, Organizations and Ensembles:

2

MUS ENS 3190/5190 (530:119g)
  & MUS ENS 3100/5100 (530:110g)

Opera
   and Chorus **

Applied Music:

8

MUS APPL 6490 (540:249)

Voice

Music Techniques:

8

MUS TECH 3450/5450 (560:145g)

Vocal Coaching

MUS TECH 3610/5610 (560:161g)

Opera Performance II

MUS TECH 6230 (560:223)

Advanced Vocal Performance

Performance Literature and Repertory:

4

MUS LIT 3200/5200 (595:120g)

Performance Literature: _________________

Music Education and Methods:

2

MUS ED 3300/5300 (570:130g)

Vocal Pedagogy

Total Hours

24

C.  Multiple Woodwind

Music Ensemble: MUS ENS 5xxx (530:1xxg) **

2

Applied Music:

MUS APPL 6xxx (540:2xx) (primary instrument)

6

MUS APPL 5xxx (540:1xxg) (secondary instrument)

4

Performance Literature and Repertory:

MUS LIT 3200/5200 (595:120g)

Performance Literature: _________________ (section 09, 10, or 12)

2

Instrumental Pedagogy:

2-6

MUS ED 3380/5380 (570:138g)

Instrumental Pedagogy

Music electives: ***

4

Total Hours

20-24

*

Students in the Keyboard specialization are required to take MUS LIT 3200 sections 03 and 04.

**

Students in the Voice specialization must take one semester of either Chamber Singers or Concert Chorale (to be determined upon formal audition for the choral conducting staff), and one semester of Opera Performance Ensemble. Students in the Instrumental specialization will choose Jazz Band I, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Wind Symphony, but only 2 hours of Jazz Band I may be counted toward minimum degree requirements. Students in the String specialization are required to complete 4 hours of ensembleMUS ENS 3170/5170 (530:117g) Symphony Orchestra. Chamber Music and/or accompanying may be elected by keyboard specialization.

***

Primarily in the areas of music theory, music history, music techniques, and performance; only 2 hours of 560:110g may count toward this requirement.

Additional requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with fulltime status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester);
  2. Performance recital of at least sixty (60) minutes in length;
  3. Recital abstract;
  4. Two successful applied jury examinations (grades B or higher);
  5. Voice specialization must:
  6. Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester they present their recital.
  7. Multiple Woodwind specialization must:
    • Demonstrate proficiency on a third woodwind instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, or saxophone).
    • Students studying bassoon as one of the three required instruments must take at least one hour of Double Reed Making MUS TECH 3100/5100 (560:110g) Section 1: Bassoon.  Students studying oboe as one of the three required instruments must take at least one hour of Double Reed Making MUS TECH 3100/5100 (560:110g) Section 2: Oboe.
    • Students must perform on at least two of the 5 woodwind instruments listed above on the graduate recital.
    • Students studying flute as the primary or secondary instrument must take MUS ED 3380/5380 (570:138g) Instrumental Pedagogy: Flute.
    • Students studying clarinet as the primary or secondary instrument must take MUS ED 3380/5380 (570:138g) Instrumental Pedagogy: Clarinet.All students on this specialization must take MUS ED 3380/5380 (570:138g) Instrumental Pedagogy: Woodwinds.

Major in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

This major is offered on the thesis/full recital and non-thesis/half solo recital and pedagogy project options. Both options require a minimum of 34 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the thesis/full recital option. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required of all majors enrolled for the non-thesis/half solo recital and pedagogy project option.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Required

Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I

3

MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II

3

Music History:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music

3

Select one from the following:

3

MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History—Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History—Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History—Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History—Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History—20th Century

Piano performance:

Applied Music:

6

MUS APPL 6460 (540:246)

Piano

Music Literature:

4

MUS LIT 3200/5200 (595:120g)

Performance Literature: _________________ (Piano I)

MUS LIT 3200/5200 (595:120g)

Performance Literature: _________________ (Piano II)

Piano pedagogy:

Music Education and Methods:

10

MUS ED 3480/5480 (570:148g)

Piano Pedagogy: Elementary

MUS ED 3495/5495

Music Learning and Motivation

MUS ED 6570 (570:257)

Piano Pedagogy: Intermediate

MUS ED 6580 (570:258)

Piano Pedagogy: Group and Adult

MUS ED 6600 (570:260)

Piano Pedagogy: Internship

Recital:

MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital

Electives

Select 2 hours from the Recommended List:

2

MUS ENS 3120/5120 (530:112g)

Ensemble

MUS APPL 6460 (540:246)

Piano

MUS TECH 3350/5350 (560:135g)

Accompanying

MUS ED 6500 (570:250)

Projects in Music Education

MUS ED 6600 (570:260)

Piano Pedagogy: Internship

MUS ED 6285 (570:285)

Readings

MUS THEO 3220/5220 (580:122g)

Music and Technology

Total Hours

34

Additional requirements:

Final project-
Options:

  • Full solo recital/recital abstract
  • Half solo recital and pedagogy project (workshop or research paper)
  • Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester they present their recital.