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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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The Department of Music offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Music (MM) degree with specializations in music education and in performance. The graduate curricula are designed to provide advanced preparation for professional work as a teacher and/or performer. All students must satisfactorily complete placement examinations in music theory and music history/literature, as well as a performance audition if appropriate to the student's specialization. These examinations must be completed or the review courses (MUS 500a,b) passed before students are permitted to enroll in courses to be counted towards the degree (except MUS 440, 441, 501, 540, 541, 565, 566, 567) without prior written consent from the graduate adviser.


An applicant for admission to the graduate program is expected to have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music and at least a 2.8 (A=4.0) overall grade point average in undergraduate work. An applicant in music education must have state certification in music; an applicant in performance must pass an audition.

The audition for admission to the specialization in music performance can be accomplished in one of the following ways: (1) a personal audition before a graduate auditioning committee; (2) a tape recording of a full recital that may serve as a basis for provisional acceptance to be followed by a personal audition; or (3) the Senior Recital at

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville that may serve as the audition, provided the student makes application through the graduate program director in music at least three weeks prior to the recital. A student who fails to matriculate in the master's degree program within one year following the Senior Recital will be required to re-audition.

Entering graduate students concentrating in voice or accompanying should have completed one year each of two of the following: Italian, French, and German. Deficiencies can be removed by enrolling in undergraduate foreign language classes and diction class. Students pursuing an instrumental concentration are not required to pass foreign language proficiency examinations.


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

Music Education Specialization

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 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.

Performance Specialization

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

In addition to the required courses in music, the program of study includes 8 hours in the principal area of performance and 2 to 6 hours in music literature. Students pursuing a piano performance concentration must take at least 4 hours of MUS 565 (Advanced Piano Ensemble-Accompanying and Chamber Music). Students pursuing a jazz performance concentration must take at least 4 hours of MUS 566 (Instrumental Ensemble) and MUS 509 Advanced Jazz Arranging/Composition (2 hours). Students pursuing voice, choral conducting, and piano majors following the chamber music/accompanying option must take MUS 539 Advanced Diction (2 hours). Additionally, choral conducting students must take 4 credit hours of MUS 540Q Applied Voice.

Electives: Up to 4 hours in the principal applied area and, with approval of the graduate adviser, may include courses outside the field of music to a total of 6 hours. Additional elective hours as needed to complete the minimum program requirement of 32 hours.

Graduate Recital (1 to 4 hours): MUS 590.

Accompanying majors will perform three recitals of ensemble music, including both vocal and instrumental repertoire.


A comprehensive final examination is required of all students. The examination is based on the student's program of study, including theory, literature, and area of emphasis. The examination, which may be both written and oral, will be conducted and evaluated by the advisory committee. Students who fail the examination may repeat it upon recommendation of the committee.


The Department of Music offers post-baccalaureate certificates in piano pedagogy and vocal pedagogy. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy is designed for piano teachers who wish to advance their skills in performance, pedagogy, literature, and theory. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy is designed for voice teachers who wish to advance their skills in pedagogy and literature. Students who complete the certificate may apply the course work (except MUS 440 and 500A) toward a master's in Piano Performance or Vocal Performance if accepted into that program.


An applicant for admission to the certificate program is expected to have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music and at least a 2.5 (A=4.0) overall grade point average in undergraduate work and must complete a successful audition for applied piano or voice placement.


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy (18-20 hours):

Required Courses (16 hours)

Piano Pedagogy - 561a, 561b (6 hours)
Seminar in Materials and Techniques - 553c (2 hours)
Applied Piano - 440k or 540k (4 hours)
Piano Literature - 513a, 513b (4 hours)

Electives (Select 2-4 hours)

Counterpoint - 442a (3 hours)
Applied Theory Ear Training - 530 (2 hours)
Graduate Music Theory Review - 500a (2 hours)
Applied Piano - 440k or 540k (2 hours)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy (18-20 hours):

Required Courses (14 hours)

Vocal Pedagogy - 519a, 519b (4 hours)
Vocal Literature - 511f (2 hours)
Applied Voice - 440q or 540q (4 hours)
Advanced Diction - 539 (2 hours)
Practicum in Vocal Pedagogy - 593 (2 hours)

Electives (Select 4-6 hours)

Applied Voice - 440q or 540q (2-4 hours)
Graduate Music History Review - 500b (2 hours)
Applied Theory and Ear Training - 530 (2 hours)


The student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and complete the course requirements within four (4) calendar years.

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