Degree Programs

MASTER OF ARTS

  • MA IN MUSIC EDUCATION
  • MA IN MUSICOLOGY

MASTER OF MUSIC

  • MM IN COMPOSITION
  • MM IN CONDUCTING
  • MM IN MUSIC EDUCATION
  • MM IN PERFORMANCE

MASTER OF ARTS

The master of arts degree is offered with Music Education and Musicology specializations. The prerequisite for a specialization in Music Education is a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with competency equivalent to requirements of that degree at Brigham Young University. The prerequisite for a specialization in Musicology is either a BA or BM in music. A student who has academic deficiencies may be required to complete additional prerequisite courses during work for the MA.

MA in Music Education.

This program is for those with an undergraduate degree in Music Education who wish to pursue further academic study as a means to develop professionally. The culminating project is the completion of a thesis. Coursework combines the study of philosophical, research-based, and theoretical views of teaching and learning music with pragmatic approaches to improving music instruction. Efforts are made to plan a program of study based on individual students’ needs and interests while maintaining standards of musical and scholarly excellence. Available for full-time or summers-only study.

Requirements for Specialization—Music Education.

  • Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree in music or equivalent.
  • Credit hours (32): minimum 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Music 699R).
  • Required courses: Music 501, 672, 673, 674, 675, 698A, 699R; and one appropriate research course outside of music (as approved by advisor).
  • Choral Emphasis: Music 533R;
  • Instrumental Emphasis: Music 595.
  • Electives: 9 hours from graduate music courses and/or graduate courses outside the music field.
  • Thesis.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written examination; (B) final oral exam and defense of thesis.

MA in Musicology.

This program prepares students to be teachers and scholars who will promote musical understanding and appreciation for the arts. Students are expected to add to the body of historical and analytical publication that has increased understanding of the history, practice, sociology, and aesthetics of the cultural heritage of Western (and to a lesser degree non-Western) music. This effort should also increase awareness of cultural and historical diversity represented in concert programs and recordings.

Requirements for Specialization—Musicology.

  • Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree in music or equivalent.
  • Credit hours (32): minimum 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Music 699R).
  • Required courses: Music 500, 699R.
  • Any four courses (12 hours) from 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606.
  • Any three courses (9 hours) from Music 483, 503, 581, 583, 595, 596, 683.
  • Electives: 3 hours in music or other departments.
  • Thesis.
  • Examinations: (A) department language proficiency examination, normally in French or German; (B) comprehensive written examination; (C) final oral exam and defense of thesis.

MASTER OF MUSIC

The master of music degree is offered with specializations in Composition, Conducting,Music Education, and Performance. A performance emphasis is available in, keyboard (organ or piano), orchestral instrument, or voice. The basic prerequisite for a specialization in Composition, Music Education, Conducting, or Performance is a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in the respective specialization equivalent to the same degree at Brigham Young University. A student who has academic deficiencies may be required to complete additional prerequisite courses during work for the MM.

MM in Composition.

The purpose of this specialization is to produce graduates who are prepared to make a significant contribution to the art form, either as composers or as teachers and scholars in composition and theory, and to provide aesthetic enrichment to both the composer and listener.

Requirements for Specialization—Composition.

  • Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree in music composition or equivalent in previous training.
  • Credit hours (32): minimum 27 course work hours plus 5 master’s composition hours (Music 687R).
  • Required courses: Music 500, 503, 587R (5 hours), 650, 683, 687R (5 hours); 3 hours from 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606; 6 hours from 581, 583, 591, 596.
  • Electives: 3 hours.
  • Composition.
  • Examinations: (A) final oral examination and defense of composition.

MM in Conducting.

Students develop advanced, personal conducting skills and techniques that are precise and suited to a variety of musical needs; attain confidence, poise, and clarity with the baton; learn effective rehearsal techniques; and become familiar with a variety of instrumental and choral scores representing the repertoire of various music periods and sacred and secular styles. They learn to convey through gesture music’s power and gentleness and its directness and subtlety to both the performer and audience and to select and bring to the community the great masterpieces of instrumental and choral literature.

Requirements for Specialization—Conducting.

  • Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree in music;
  • Credit hours: minimum 32 course work hours including recital (Music 697A,B).
  • Required courses: Music 500, 660R (conducting, 4 hours), ensemble (2 hours), 697A,B.
  • Band Emphasis: Music 510, 532, 595, 606, and 5 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below.
  • Choral Emphasis: Music 506, 507, 533R (6 hours), and 4 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below.
  • Orchestra Emphasis: Music 508, 509, 532, 595, and 6 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below.
  • Electives: 6 hours in nonperformance music graduate courses (as approved by graduate committee) from one or more of the following areas: music education, music history, or music theory.
  • Recital.
  • Examinations: (A) jury examination each semester of enrollment in 660R; (B) repertory examination; (C) final oral examination.

MM in Music Education.

This program is for those with an undergraduate degree in Music Education who wish to pursue further academic study as a means to develop professionally. The culminating project is the completion of a professional improvement project. Coursework combines the study of philosophical, research-based, and theoretical views of teaching and learning music with pragmatic approaches to improving music instruction as well as instruction on a primary/secondary instrument, conducting and/or teaching methodologies. Efforts are made to plan a program of study based on individual students’ needs and interests while maintaining standards of musical and scholarly excellence. Available for full-time or summers-only study.

Requirements for Specialization—Music Education.

  • Prerequisite: public school music teacher certification; baccalaureate degree in music.
  • Credit hours: minimum 32 course work hours including a professional improvement project (Music 698A,B).
  • Required courses: Music 501, 560R (4 hours), 673, 674, 675; 698A, B.
  • Choral Emphasis: Music 533R (6 hours), and 10 hours of electives.
  • Instrumental Emphasis; Music 595; 6 hours from 508, 509, 510, 532R, 534R, 535R; and 8 hours of electives.
  • Professional Improvement Project.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written examination; (B) final oral examination and defense of project.

MM in Performance.

The intent of the specialization is to prepare students with outstanding performance potential to be competitive in performance and teaching careers and to be advocates for the arts in their communities. They may help meet the needs for skilled performers of solo and small and large ensemble music, and they will be able to teach privately and help meet the considerable community demand for excellent private studio teachers.

Requirements for Specialization—Performance.

  • Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree in performance or equivalent; proficiency in German, French, and Italian diction for voice candidates.
  • Credit hours: minimum 32 course work hours including recital (Music 697A,B).
  • Required courses: Keyboard Instrument Emphasis: Music 500, 505A,B, ensemble (2 hours), 591, 660R (6 hours), 665, 670R (2 hours), 697A,B, and 2 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below. The ensemble requirement listed above includes 644R.
  • Orchestral Instrument Emphasis: Music 500, 505A,B, large ensemble (2 hours), chamber ensemble (2 hours), 660R (6 hours), 665, 670R (2 hours), 697A,B, and 2 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below. Scholarship students may have additional ensemble requirements; see your graduate adviser for details.
  • Voice Emphasis: Music 500, 505A,B, ensemble (2 hours), 660R (6 hours), 665, 670R (2 hours), 697A,B, and 4 hours of electives in addition to the 6 hours of electives listed below.
  • Electives: 6 hours in nonperformance music graduate courses (as approved by graduate committee) from one or more of the following areas: music education, music history, or music theory.
  • Recital.
  • Examinations: (A) jury examination each semester of enrollment in 660R; (B) repertory examination; (C) final oral examination.
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