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Music (2002-2003)

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Mark Hansen
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Paul Paccione
Department Office: Browne Hall 122
Department Telephone: 309/298-1544 Fax: 309/298-1968
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb only

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • James Caldwell, D.M., Northwestern University
    • Michael I. Campbell, D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory
    • Richard Cheadle, D.A., University of Northern Colorado
    • Jon R. Dugle, Ed.D., University of Illinois
    • Randall E. Faust, D.M.A., University of Iowa
    • Mark Hansen, D.M.A., University of North Texas
    • Claudia McCain, Ed.D., University of Illinois
    • Paul Paccione, Ph.D., University of Iowa
    • Cynthia Scully, D.M., Florida State University
    • James Stegall, D.M.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City
    • Elizabeth A. Wehrman, Ph.D., University of Colorado
    • Anita E. Werling, D.M.A., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professors
    • Matt Bean, D.M., Indiana University
    • Bruce C. Briney, D.M.A., Northwestern University
    • Sarah Hanks Karlowicz, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor
    • Michael B. Ericson, M.M., Indiana University
    • Eric Ginsberg, M.M, Juilliard School
    • John W. Vana, M.M., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor
    • Monte Belknap, M.M., University of Cincinnati
    • Douglas Huff, D.M.A., University of Iowa
    • Andrea Redcay, D.M.A., University of North Texas
    • Tammie Walker, D.M.A., University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Program Description

The Department of Music offers work leading to the Master of Arts degree in music. Students may specialize in performance, string pedagogy, music education, theory/composition, conducting, and music history/literature. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Admission Requirements

All students must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Students majoring in music must have an earned bachelor's degree or equivalent with a major in music from an accredited institution. The department may request an acceptable score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. The undergraduate major is subject to approval by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Prior to entrance, an advisory examination in music theory and music history/literature is required. The student will be advised to take specific courses to remedy any apparent weaknesses. This examination is administered regularly prior to the beginning of the summer and fall terms. In exceptional cases, the examinations may be taken on an individual basis by special arrangement. All students seeking admission into the Master of Arts program in music are required to submit evidence of ability and special interest in their chosen area of specialization. An audition before members of the music faculty, in the applicant’s major performance area, is required if the area of specialization is performance or music education. In addition to the audition, students specializing in music education must fulfill one of the following: a) from those applicants whose major performance area includes conducting, the submission of a sample of the applicant’s taped choral and/or instrumental school-ensemble performances; b) the visitation and evaluation, by members of the music education faculty, of the applicant in his/her current teaching position; c) an interview before the chairperson of the music education area and one other music education faculty member. For students specializing in music theory/composition, or music history/literature, the evidence of ability and special interest may consist of scores, arrangements, or research papers.

Graduate assistantships are available in all areas of study. The deadline for applications is April 15 of the year in which fall enrollment is desired. Application forms for assistantships may be obtained from the Department of Music or from the School of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in music, a student must complete 30 semester hours with the Thesis Option, or 34 hours with the Non-Thesis Option.

  • Graduate Core Requirements
    • MUS 580 Analytical Techniques or MUS 581 Analytical Techniques 3 s.h.
    • MUS 569 Introduction to Research in Music 3 s.h.
    • Music History period course (Select one) 3 s.h.
      • MUS 454G History of American Music
      • MUS 496G Ethnomusicology Seminar
      • MUS 570 Music in the Baroque Period
      • MUS 571 Studies in Classic and Romantic Art Music
    • Applied Performance Medium 4 s.h.
      TOTAL CORE 13 s.h.

In addition, all music students must elect one of the following in consultation with the music department graduate adviser:

  • Thesis Plan
    • Graduate core: 13 s.h.
    • MUS 601 Thesis: 3-6 s.h.
    • Directed electives in area of specialization: 11-14 s.h.
    • Final oral exam
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 30 s.h.
  • Two-Recital Plan
    • Graduate core: 13 s.h.
    • Directed electives in area of specialization: 21 s.h.
    • Two recitals
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 34 s.h.
  • One-Recital Plan
    • Graduate core: 13 s.h.
    • Directed electives in area of specialization: 21 s.h.
    • One recital plus a paper relating to the recital or pedagogy literature
    • Final oral exam for those who choose to write a paper
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 34 s.h.
  • All Course Work Plan
    • Graduate core: 13 s.h.
    • Directed electives in area of specialization: 21 s.h.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 34 s.h.

All degree candidates will be given written comprehensive final exams in music research, music history, music theory, and their area of specialization.

Area of Specialization: The areas of specialization are performance, piano pedagogy, music education, music theory/composition, conducting, and music history/literature. Courses for the specialization and electives will be chosen with the approval of the music department graduate adviser.

The Department of Music will normally accept a total of six to nine semester hours credit in transfer, subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee. A total of 24 semester hours credit may be accepted from WIU extension centers, subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee. No more than six hours of music workshop credit may count toward the Master of Arts degree.

Before the student is admitted to candidacy, a committee of four faculty members, consisting of the adviser and three members of the graduate faculty, will be chosen by a student in consultation with the graduate adviser. At least one member of the committee must be qualified in music history and literature, and at least one member of the committee must be qualified in music theory. Music education committees will have one of the above areas represented.

Course work for all programs may be completed in one year, but the degree in most circumstances will require two years for completion because of the recital and/or thesis requirements. Students who wish to pursue the performance specialization must be in residence during the regular term.

Course Descriptions

410G String Literature I. (2) History of stringed instruments and early performance practices including performers, pedagogical treatises, and literature through the 18th century.

413G String Pedagogy. (1–2, repeatable to 8) Study of the methods and approaches to the teaching of strings in class and studio. Laboratory observation and teaching. Prerequisites: String principal and consent of instructor.

440G, 441G Piano Literature. (2 semester hours/semester) Survey of keyboard literature considered from its historical, formal, stylistic, and aesthetic aspects. Nonsequential. Prerequisite: Piano major and permission of the instructor.

443G, 444G Piano Pedogogy. (2 semester hours/semester) Examination of piano literature and materials at the beginning through early advanced levels. Discussion of the psychology of learning and piano teaching techniques. Student participation in teaching experiences. In sequence. Prerequisites: MUS 002 and 240; ENG 180 and 280; PSY 100 and 221.

454G History of American Music. (3) The history of music in America from colonial times to the present.

460G Organ Literature I. (2) Survey of organ literature from the 15th century to 1725. Prerequisites: Organ major and permission of the instructor.

461G Organ Literature II. (2) Survey of organ literature from 1725 to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 460G or permission of the instructor.

463G Organ Pedagogy. (1) Examination of introductory organ methods and literature for the beginning organ student. Student participation in teaching experiences. Prerequisites: Organ major and permission of the instructor.

465G Church Service Playing I. (2) Practical training in the playing of hymns and liturgy, choral, and solo accompaniments. Discussion of hymnody and liturgies, and selection of music for the church service. Prerequisites: Organ major and permission of the instructor.

466G Church Service Playing II. (1) Advanced techniques of church service playing including varied hymn accompaniments and introductions, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS 465G.

480G Counterpoint. (3 semester hours/semester) Studies in tonal counterpoint. Representative techniques and genres including invention and fugue. Prerequisites: MUS 002, 281.

482G Materials of Twentieth–Century Music. (3) Studies in 20th-century compositional practices and styles through analysis and exercises in 20th century techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 281.

483G Orchestration. (3) Study of instruments and instrumentation through practical exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 281 or graduate standing.

485G Techniques of Electronic Music. (3) Fundamental concepts in electronic music and classical techniques in studio work.

496G Ethnomusicology Seminar. (3) Study of analytical approaches and research techniques in ethnomusicology from the late 19th century to the present. In-depth study of one analytical topic or musical region. Prerequisite: MUS 394.

Applied Study: (1–4, repeatable to 24) Private study in music performance and composition. All lessons offered each semester. Exception: Summer Term (see summer catalog). Specialists in performance or composition will receive four semester hours of credit. All others will receive a maximum of two hours of credit per semester. Prerequisite: audition and/or written permission of area chairperson and instructor.

  • 510 Violin
  • 511 Viola
  • 512 Cello
  • 513 Contrabass
  • 514 Piano
  • 515 Organ
  • 516 Voice
  • 517 Composition
  • 518 Conducting
  • 520 Clarinet
  • 521 Saxophone
  • 522 Flute
  • 523 Oboe
  • 524 Bassoon
  • 525 Trumpet
  • 526 Trombone
  • 527 Euphonium
  • 528 Horn
  • 529 Tuba
  • 530 Percussion

536 Piano Pedagogy. (1-2, repeatable up to 10 hours) Materials, methods, teaching techniques and learning theories as applied to the teaching of (college-level) piano classes and advanced-level studio lessons. Lecture/discussion meetings are complemented with practice in class and studio teaching.

537 Organization and Supervision of Music Program. (3) The planning, administration, and supervision of a fully integrated music program that fits into the general curriculum and administrative pattern of a school system: content, scope, finance, equipment, personnel, scheduling, and teaching methods. Prerequisite: MUS 320, 337, 338, 339, or permission of the instructor.

538 Foundations of Music Education. (3) The historical development of music education in America, and its changing philosophies. Examination of problems of value, knowledge (learning), aesthetics, and trends in school music related to these problems. Extensive reading in the literature of music education. Prerequisites: MUS 320, 337, 338, 339, or permission of the instructor.

550 Workshops in Music. (1–3, repeatable) As announced.

568 Advanced Conducting and Score Analysis. (1–4, repeatable to 4) Advanced techniques of conducting. Preparation to assume leadership of advanced instrumental ensembles. Permission of the instructor.

569 Introduction to Research in Music. (3) An introduction to research in music. The study of library tools, research techniques, and form and style in writing. Research paper or papers will be prepared.

570 Music in the Baroque Period. (3) Selected studies in the history and literature of music in the baroque era.

571 Studies in Classic and Romantic Art Music. (3) An exaination of various musical genres, works, compositional styles and their evolution in the context of late eighteenth and nineteenth-century culture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

577 Ensemble Problems. (1, repeatable) Band, orchestra, chorus, or smaller ensembles.

578 Literature of Applied Field. (1–2, repeatable) Areas of study include: strings, woodwinds, brass, keyboard, percussion, solo vocal, choral or instrumental ensemble literature.

580 Analytical Techniques. (3 semester hours/semester) A study of the structural, formal, and stylistic elements of tonal music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Nonsequential.

58l Analytical Techniques. (3) A study of various analytical techniques and approaches, including Tovey, Schenker, Reti, and Schoenberg.

590 Seminar in Music. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Selected topics in music designed to meet the needs and interests of the students involved.

599 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 6) An investigation of problems related to the student's major or area. Students will arrange the topic, procedures, and methods of reporting with the instructor. An appropriate written report will be required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department chairperson required.

601 Thesis. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Thesis direction under the guidance of a professor in his/her area of specialization, in order to meet the needs of the student engaged in a research project. A written thesis will be presented to the Departmental Graduate Committee.

602 Recital. (0, repeatable) Recital will be either two full recitals, or one full recital and a paper relating to the recital literature. Graded S/U.

603 Comprehensive Examination in Music. (0) The student will write a comprehensive examination in music history, music theory, and his/her area of specialization. Graded S/U.

NOTE: All seminars carry one, two, or three semester hours credit and may be repeated with the permission of the instructor and department chairperson since different topics will usually be chosen each semester. All proseminars are repeatable to a maximum of six hours.

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