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Master of Music Education

Sample Curriculum - Music Education

The Master of Music degree program requires a minimum of 32 semester hours for completion.

Required courses in music (4 hours): MUS 501, 502.

Required courses in music education (12 hours): MUS 520, 525, 530, 535, and 560. Instrumentalists must also complete MUS 415; vocalists must complete MUS 519a.

Electives in Music Education & Pedagogy (6 hours): Students may substitute up to four semester hours of graduate courses in education if, prior to electing these courses, they submit a written request to the Director of Music Education and obtain approval.

General Music Electives (6 hours): At least one elective (2 hours) in music theory, music history, and ensemble/applied instruction. Students completing the recital with supporting paper must complete a minimum of four semester hours of private applied instruction (MUS 540 or 541) in addition to MUS 591. Thesis or Graduate Recital with Supporting Paper (4 hours): MUS 599 or MUS 591.

These scholarly projects come at the end of graduate study and demonstrate the graduate student’s ability to produce an original research document of merit. Most degree candidates complete a thesis, but students desiring to perform a recital and write a supporting paper instead of the thesis may do so with approval from the Director of Music Education, the applied instructor, and the audition committee.

Like the thesis, the supporting paper must be relevant to music education. This paper may focus on issues such as (1) pedagogical implications of the instrument’s construction and capabilities, principally as these relate to the recital repertoire; (2) the history and structure of the recital repertoire; particularly as these relate to performance and instruction; and (3) other factors pertaining to teaching, learning, and performing on the instrument.

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