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MUSIC-MM

The Master of Music (MM) program provides graduate level study in the following options: (1) Performance, which will result in the improvement of students’ musical skills and techniques, as well as knowledge of music literature beyond the scope of undergraduate training; (2) Conducting, which will provide graduate level knowledge in choral, instrumental, and orchestral conducting; and (3) Pedagogy (Music Education), which will provide graduate level knowledge to teach at the elementary, secondary, college, and university levels; and 4) Ethnomusicology, which will provide music students the opportunity for concentrated study with an emphasis on the folk styles, instruments, literature, and music history of Mexico.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among natinal universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    •  Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Submission of an essay detailing professional goals.
    • Letter of intent detailing reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • Resume including educational background and work experience.
    • Personal interview.
    • Additional requirements specific to concentration selected:

      • Conducting – The applicant will need to provide video recording of conduction
        a large ensemble.

      • Music Education – The applicant will need to provide video recording of sample teaching including corresponding lesson plan. Length should be approximately 30 minutes. This recording may be either a guest coaching of a UTRGV ensemble (to be arranged by the graduate advisor and/or the ensemble director), or video of classroom/private teaching.

      • Performance – The applicant must perform an audition, either for the spring audition committee or for a graduate faculty committee organized by the appropriate applied teacher or graduate advisor. Specific repertoire, scales, and memorization requirements are available from the appropriate applied professor. The applicant will also be asked to sight read. Following the audition, the committee will recommend or not recommend the applicant for admission. Voice students seeking a degree in Music Performance must meet prerequisites in both conversational language study and lyric diction in French, German, and Italian. Deficiency in any of these areas will require additional course work.

      • Ethnomusicology – The applicant must submit a writing sample on a topic in music research. Any students seeking a degree in Ethnomusicology must take diagnostic exams to measure proficiency in Spanish and English. Deficiency in either of these areas will require additional course work.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Cynthia Cripps

    Phone: (956) 665-3474

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EPACB 2116

    E-Mail: cynthia.cripps@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

  • Course Requirements

    Conducting Concentration:
    Required Courses 3
    MUSI 6334: Research Methods in Music 3
     
    Music Theory 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6350: Music Theory(topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6351: Music Theory ‐20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6352: Music Theory – Counterpoint 3
    MUSI 6353: Music Theory – Composition/Arranging 3
    MUSI 6354: Music Theory – Analysis 3
     
    Music History 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6360: Music History and Literature – (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6361: Music History and Literature – Classical and Romantic 3
    MUSI 6362: Music History and Literature – 20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6363: Music History and Literature – Vocal/Choral 3
    MUSI 6364: Music History and Literature – Orchestra 3
    MUSI 6365: Music History and Literature – Keyboard 3
    MUSI 6366: Music History and Literature – Wind Band 3
    MUSI 6367: Music History and Literature – Medieval and Renaissance 3
    MUSI 6368: Music History and Literature – Baroque 3
    MUSI 6369: Music History and Literature – Music for the Stage 3
     
    Applied Instrument and Pedagogy 18
    MUEN 6121/6123: Core Ensemble (taken 3 times) 3
    MUSI 6199: Solo Recital 1
    MUSI 6201/6202: Instrumental Conducting Seminar/ Choral Conducting Seminar (taken 2 times) 4
    MUSI 6203/6204: Seminar in Instrumental Literature/Choral Literature and Resources 2
    MUAP 6283: Applied Conducting (taken 4 times) 8
     
    Music Elective 3
    Chosen with advisor’ consent (MUSI 6208 is recommended for Choral Conducting track)
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Oral Comprehensive Exam Written
    Written Comprehensive Exam Recital
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     
    Ethnomusicology Concentration:
     
    Required Courses 9
     
    MUSI 6334: Research Methods in Music 3
    MUSI 6337: Foundations of Ethnomusicology 3
    MUSI 6338: Music Ethnography and Fieldwork Methods 3
     
    Seminars in Culture Areas 3‐6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6335: Music of Greater Mexico 3
    MUSI 6336: History of Border Music and Performance 3
    MUSI 6373: Music of Africa and the African Diaspora 3
    MUSI 6374: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
     
    Seminars in Music and Culture 3‐6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6370: Seminar in Music and Culture (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6371: World Music Cultures 3
    MUSI 6372: Studies in Music and Gender 3
    MUSI 6375: Music, Race, and Ethnicity 3
     
    Ensemble Coursework 2
    Choose from MUEN (ensemble) courses (taken 2 times) 2
     
    Electives in Supporting Disciplines 6
    Chosen from the following:
    ANTH 6333: US and Other World Cultures 3
    ANTH 6345: Anthropological Method and Theory 3
    ANTH 6348: Peoples and Cultures of Mexico 3
    ANTH 6385: Topics in Anthropology 3
    HIST 5340: Readings in Latin American History 3
    HIST 5345: Readings in Borderlands History 3
    SOCI 6362: Mexican‐American Society 3
    SOCI 6363: Border Studies 3
    Other appropriate electives approved by the Academic Advisor may be selected
     
    Music Electives 1‐7
    Chosen from the following:
    Choose from MUAP (Applied Instrumental/Voice) courses numbered 6231‐6283 2
    Choose from MUEN (Performing Ensembles/Large or Chamber) courses 1
    MUSI 6350‐6354: Music Theory 3
    MUSI 6340‐6347: Music Education 3
    MUSI 6360‐6369: Music History and Literature 3
     
    Capstone Requirement 6
    Thesis
    MUSI 7300: Thesis I 3
    MUSI 7301: Thesis II 3
    Completion of thesis
    Oral Comprehensive Exam 3
    Written Comprehensive Exam 3
    Recital 3
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     
    Music Education Concentration:
     
    Required Courses 6
    MUSI 6334: Research Methods in Music 3
    MUSI 6341: Foundations of Music Education 3
     
    Music Theory 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6350: Music Theory – (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6351: Music Theory ‐20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6352: Music Theory – Counterpoint 3
    MUSI 6353: Music Theory – Composition/Arranging 3
    MUSI 6354: Music Theory – Analysis 3
     
    Music History 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6360: Music History and Literature – (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6361: Music History and Literature – Classical and Romantic 3
    MUSI 6362: Music History and Literature – 20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6363: Music History and Literature – Vocal/Choral 3
    MUSI 6364: Music History and Literature – Orchestra 3
    MUSI 6365: Music History and Literature – Keyboard 3
    MUSI 6366: Music History and Literature – Wind Band 3
    MUSI 6367: Music History and Literature – Medieval and Renaissance 3
    MUSI 6368: Music History and Literature – Baroque 3
    MUSI 6369: Music History and Literature – Music for the Stage 3
     
    Applied Instrument and Pedagogy 6
    Choose from MUAP (Seminar in Applied Music) courses numbered 6231‐6281 (taken twice) 4
    Choose from MUSI (Pedagogy of Instrument/Vocal) courses numbered 6232‐6280 2
     
    Music Education 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6340: Seminar in Music Education 3
    MUSI 6342: Psychology in Music Education 3
    MUSI 6343: Seminar in Advanced Conducting 3
    MUSI 6344: Seminar in Elementary Music Education 3
    MUSI 6345: Seminar in Secondary Music Education 3
    MUSI 6346: Classroom Management 3
    MUSI 6347: Technology in the Classroom 3
     
    Capstone Requirement 6
    Choose one of the following options:
     
    Thesis
    MUSI 7300: Thesis I 3
    MUSI 7301: Thesis II 3
    Completion of Thesis
    Oral Comprehensive Exam
    Written Comprehensive Exam
     
    Project
    MUSI 6390: Final Project – Music Education Completion of Final Project 3
    Additional music elective 3
    Oral Comprehensive Exam
    Written Comprehensive Exam
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     
    Performance Concentration:
     
    Required Courses 3
    MUSI 6334: Research Methods in Music 3
     
    Music Theory 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6350: Music Theory – (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6351: Music Theory ‐20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6352: Music Theory – Counterpoint 3
    MUSI 6353: Music Theory – Composition/Arranging 3
    MUSI 6354: Music Theory – Analysis 3
     
    Music History 6
    Chosen from the following:
    MUSI 6360: Music History and Literature – (topic varies) 3
    MUSI 6361: Music History and Literature – Classical and Romantic 3
    MUSI 6362: Music History and Literature – 20th and 21st Century 3
    MUSI 6363: Music History and Literature – Vocal/Choral 3
    MUSI 6364: Music History and Literature – Orchestra 3
    MUSI 6365: Music History and Literature – Keyboard 3
    MUSI 6366: Music History and Literature – Wind Band 3
    MUSI 6367: Music History and Literature – Medieval and Renaissance 3
    MUSI 6368: Music History and Literature – Baroque 3
    MUSI 6369: Music History and Literature – Music for the Stage 3
     
    Performance Coursework 15
    Choose from MUAP (major instrument/voice) courses numbered 6231‐6279 (taken 4 times) 8
    Choose from MUEN (Large Core Ensemble) courses (taken 2 times) 2
    Choose from MUEN (Chamber or Large Ensemble) courses (taken 2 times) 2
    MUSI 6199: Solo Recital 1
    Choose from MUSI (Pedagogy of Instrument/Vocal) courses numbered 6232‐6280 2
     
    Capstone Requirement 6
    Choose one of the following options:
     
    Thesis
    MUSI 7300: Thesis I 3
    MUSI 7301: Thesis II 3
    Completion of Thesis
    Oral Comprehensive Exam
    Written Comprehensive Exam
    Recital
     
    Non‐Thesis
    Additional music electives (Voice students are recommended to take: lyric diction, vocal/choral literature, 2nd performance project) 6
    Oral Comprehensive Exam
    Written Comprehensive Exam
    Recital
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     

    Course Descriptions

    MUAP 6231: Applied Piano               [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6233: Applied Voice              [2‐0]

    Advanced individual instruction in an applied voice, focusing on vocal technique, advanced vocal repertoire, musical style and expression, and effective performance. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6235: Applied Percussion              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6241: Applied Trumpet              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6243: Applied French Horn               [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6245: Applied Trombone              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6247: Applied Baritone/Euphonium              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6249: Applied Tuba              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6261: Applied Violin              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6263: Applied Viola              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6265: Applied Cello              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6267: Applied Double Bass              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6269: Applied Guitar              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6271: Applied Flute              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6273: Applied Oboe               [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6275: Applied Clarinet              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6277: Applied Saxophone              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6279: Applied Bassoon              [2‐0]

    Private lessons in any area of performance for which graduate instruction is available for one hour lesson per week. Quantity and difficulty of literature is indicative of graduate study, requiring considerable practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6281: Applied Composition              [2‐0]

    Students will create original music for solo instruments, chamber groups, electronic media, and large ensembles. Compositional techniques will be acquired through listening, analysis, and practice. A maximum of eight hours may be applied towards a degree.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUAP 6283: Applied Conducting               [2‐0]

    This course consists of private instruction in the area of conducting. The principles of conducting will be approached through baton technique,score study, and score reading which are to be applied during sectionals, rehearsals, and concerts.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by the instructor required.

    MUEN 6121: Wind Ensemble              [1‐0]

    The Wind Ensemble studies and performs a wide variety of music representing the literature and genres of wind music throughout history. Membership is open to the entire University student population. May be repeated for additional credit.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by instructor required.

    MUEN 6122: University Concert Band              [1‐0]

    Instrumental music ensemble open by audition to all University students who play appropriate instruments. Each course may be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by instructor required.

    MUEN 6123: Symphony Orchestra              [1‐0]

    The symphony Orchestra rehearses and performs symphonic literature composed and arranged for the symphonic or chamber orchestra. Membership is open to the entire University student population. Course may be repeated for additional credit.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by instructor required.

    MUEN 6124: Guitar Orchestra               [1‐0]

    The Guitar Orchestra emphasizes basic ensemble performance skills, reading ability, improvisation and repertoire. Membership is determined by permission of the director through audition. Advanced guitar skills required. Course may be repeated for additional credit.

    Prerequisite: Audition and acceptance by instructor required.

    MUEN 6125: Piano Accompanying              [1‐0]

    This is a course for college students who have an ability to play a piano and an interest in collaborating with other musicians. Each course may be repeated any number of times.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is necessary.

    MUEN 6126: Jazz Band              [1‐0]

    This is an instrumental music organization open to all college students who have an ability to play an appropriate instrument. Membership is determined by audition. Organization rehearses and performs popular, rock and jazz music for its own musical development and to satisfy requests on and off the campus. Each course may be repeated any number of times.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is necessary.

    MUEN 6127: Latin Band              [1‐0]

    This is an ensemble open to all college students who have an ability to play an appropriate instrument. This ensemble rehearses and performs pop, salsa, merengue, cumbia and other Latin styles of music to satisfy requests on and off the campus. Each course may be repeated any number of times.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is necessary.

    MUEN 6128: Mariachi Ensemble              [1‐0]

    This is an ensemble open to all college students who have an ability to play an appropriate instrument. This ensemble rehearses and performs to satisfy requests on and off the campus. Each course may be repeated any number of times.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is necessary.

    MUEN 6131: Chamber Music for Winds               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians tin various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6132: Chamber Music for Jazz               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6133: Chamber Music for Strings               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6134: Chamber Music for Guitar               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6135: Chamber Music for Piano               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6136: Chamber Music for Percussion              [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6137: Music and Dance Collaboration Ensemble              [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of dancers and musicians in various settings.

    MUEN 6140: Graduate Chamber Music               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6141: Chamber Music for Voice               [1‐0]

    A course designated to promote collaboration of three or more musicians in various chamber music settings.

    MUEN 6142: University Choir              [1‐0]

    The University Choir studies and performs a wide variety of choral music, from madrigals and folk songs to modern arrangements and masterworks. Membership is open to the entire University student population. May be repeated for additional credit.

    MUEN 6143: Opera Workshop              [1‐0]

    An ensemble that stages scenes or complete works from opera and Broadway theater, open by audition to all University students. Each course may be repeated any number of times.

    MUSI 5350: Music Theory Survey              [3‐0]

    This course is designed for entering Master of Music students who need to review music theory content due to low diagnostic exam score or at the suggestion of the advisor. This course does not count toward the 36 credit hours to complete MM degree.

    MUSI 5360: Music History Survey               [3‐0]

    This course is designed for entering Master of Music students who need to review music history content due to low diagnostic exam score or at the suggestion of the advisor. This course does not count toward the 36 credit hours to complete MM degree.

    MUSI 6195: Independent Study              [1‐0]

    Individual readings and/or research on a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required and permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6197: Performance Project              [1‐0]

    A semester long project culminating in a public performance, offering graduate students performance experience in a specialized area of interest. Performance projects may include: a full length lecture recital on a literature, pedagogy, or other research topic, performance of a principal opera role with a university organization, or performance as soloist of a major oratorio or concert work with a major ensemble. Opera and Oratorio projects are subject to voice faculty approval.

    MUSI 6198: Chamber Recital               [3‐0]

    Preparation and presentation of a full‐length Chamber recital. Literature and quality of performance must be indicative of graduate level study. Student must pass a qualifying recital hearing at least 10 days prior to performance.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6199: Solo Recital              [1‐0]

    Preparation and presentation of a full‐length recital in the student’s major area of performance. Literature and quality of performance must be indicative of graduate level study. Student must pass a qualifying recital hearing at least ten days prior to performance. Repertoire memorization requirements are determined by the applied area. A requirement for graduation for students selecting the performance option.

    Prerequisite: At least 20 degree hours, including six hours of applied music. Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6201: Seminar in Instrumental Conducting              [2‐0]

    A study of the fundamentals of conducting a wind ensemble, to develop psychomotor and score‐reading skills, and to expand repertoires of gestures for large and small ensembles. This course deals with methods of studying instrumental curricula, selecting repertoire, analysis, planning lessons, programming, teaching musical literacy and evaluation.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6202: Seminar in Choral Conducting              [2‐0]

    A study of the fundamentals of conducting a choir, to develop psychomotor and score‐ reading skills, and to expand repertoire of gestures for large chorus and chamber choirs. This course deals with methods of studying voice curricula, selecting repertoire, analysis, planning lessons, programming, teaching musical literacy, and evaluation.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6203: Seminar in Instrumental Literature and Resources              [2‐0]

    A detailed examination of the standard and atypical wind instrument repertoire for large and small ensembles. Graduate students will be expected to explore the compositions in a thorough scholarly manner as demonstrated through coursework.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6204: Seminar in Choral Literature and Resources              [2‐0]

    A detailed examination of the standard and atypical choral repertoire for large and small ensembles. Graduate students will be expected to explore the compositions in a through scholarly manner as demonstrated through course work.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6208: Lyric Diction              [2‐0]

    An advanced study of the rules of French, German, and Italian diction and of phonetic knowledge and skills, including use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, that can be applied to other languages represented in vocal repertoire.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6210: Topics in Vocal Literature               [2‐0]

    Advanced study of specialized areas of vocal repertoire. Topics may include (but are not limited to): 19th and 20th Century Art Song, German Lieder, French Melodie, Hispanic Art Song, Opera Literature, Oratorio and Concert Literature, Orchestral Song. This course may be repeated for elective credit when topics vary to satisfy degree requirements.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6232: Piano Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied piano and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6234: Voice Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied voice, including the structure and function of the singing mechanism; fundamentals of respiration, resonance, registration, and articulation; and studio teaching techniques including a supervised teaching practicum.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6236: Percussion Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied percussion and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6242: Trumpet Pedagogy              [3‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied trumpet and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6244: French Horn Pedagogy               [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied French horn and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6246: Trombone Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied trombone and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6248: Baritone/Euphonium Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6250: Tuba Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6262: Violin Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6264: Viola Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6266: Cello Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6268: Double Bass Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6270: Guitar Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6272: Flute Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6274: Oboe Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6276: Clarinet Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6278: Saxophone Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6280: Bassoon Pedagogy              [2‐0]

    Advanced study of the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching of applied instrument and studio teaching techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6295: Independent Study              [2‐0]

    Individual readings and/or research on a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6334: Research Methods in Music              [3‐0]

    Music bibliography and criticism. Survey of standard research tools in music. Development of research tools and techniques and methods of research design. Recommended to be taken near the beginning of graduate study. Required of all graduate students in music.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.

    MUSI 6335: Music of Greater Mexico              [3‐0]

    This course is an exhaustive survey of Music of Mexico focusing on regional folk and popular genres as well as art music traditions informed by indigenous and folk genres. The course will explore how economics, politics, migration and globalization have all affected the evolution of music in Mexico. Likewise we will discover the work of important composers, songwriters and performers who have helped shape Mexican music and popular culture. To that end, music in Mexican films will also be examined.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6336: History of Border Music and Performance               [3‐0]

    This course is designed to promote a greater awareness of music’s role in the US/Mexico border region, with special attention to the historical development of folk and popular genres in South Texas. However, just as much as this course is about history of music on the U.S.‐ Mexico border, it is also about exploring “the border” itself and how it is defined based on geographic, political, cultural, historical, ideological references. We explore this rather “fluid” notion of the border, which contributes to the conflict and contradictory circumstances of living on, near, and “in‐between” the border space.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6337: Foundations of Ethnomusicology              [3‐0]

    A study of the history of ethnomusicology since the early 20th century; to provide an overview of the historical and bibliographic resources; to provide an understanding of the interdisciplinary relationship between ethnomusicology and other areas of musical processes and humanistic inquiry.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6338: Music Ethnography and Fieldwork Methods               [3‐0]

    This course is an introduction to ethnographic fieldwork in ethnomusicology. The first part of the course introduces students to influential musical case studies written by ethnomusicologists, anthropologists and folklorists. In the second part, students will learn and critique research methodologies, approaches to interviewing and fieldwork, issues, and ideas, archiving strategies, and analytical methods from different world regions.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6340: Seminar in Music Education               [3‐0]

    Intense examination of issues and problems related to teaching, learning and performance. Subject matter varies with each topic. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours when topics vary to satisfy degree requirements.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6341: Foundations of Music Education               [3‐0]

    This course will explore the structure, principles, and current issues in music teaching and learning, including music education philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6342: Psychology in Music Education              [3‐0]

    This course will explore topics such as music perception, music learning theories, physiological and psychological responses to music, acoustics of sound, music pedagogy, and assessment of music behaviors.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6343: Seminar in Advanced Conducting              [3‐0]

    This course will develop conducting techniques for instrumental and vocal ensembles of varying sizes and types, including appropriate rehearsal techniques, score reading, score study, stylistic performance practice, symbiotic and empathic gestural communication, and expression.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6344: Seminar in Elementary Music Education              [3‐0]

    This course is an in‐depth study of teaching and learning in the elementary school music classroom and the processes by which children achieve musical growth, including teaching methods and philosophies, classroom management and materials.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6345: Seminar in Secondary Music Education               [3‐0]

    This course will explore methods for teaching music in secondary school settings, including rehearsal techniques for large and small ensembles, classroom management and current issues in secondary school music teaching.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6346: Classroom Management              [3‐0]

    This course is a systematic review of theory and research relevant to improving classroom management and social learning environments in music classrooms.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6347: Technology in Classroom              [3‐0]

    This class will explore current technology available to the music teacher, including computer programs for music learning and composition, Internet resources, basic sound processing techniques, synthesizer programming, sampling, MIDI, and other relevant technologies.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6350: Music Theory              [3‐0]

    Advanced study of musical forms, structures and instrumentation. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours with varying topics to satisfy degree requirements.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6351: Music Theory – 20th and 21st Century               [3‐0]

    This course will explore the compositional techniques of the twentieth and twenty‐first centuries. Topics covered include polytonality, pandiatonicism, atonality, twelve‐tone music, serial procedures, and set theory. Course will consist mostly of listening and score analysis.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6352: Music Theory – Counterpoint               [3‐0]

    This course will focus on modal and tonal counterpoint. Course work will consist of written exercises modeling the counterpoint styles of previous eras. Counterpoint has long been important training for composers and conductors. An understanding of counterpoint allows for a deeper understanding of how music is put together. It reveals the true mastery of the great composers of all periods.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6353: Music Theory – Composition/Arranging               [3‐0]

    This course will focus on basic composition and arranging skills for educators and performers. An analysis component will be incorporated to facilitate better arranging skills. A deeper insight into music will be gained through an understanding of how music is composed.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6354: Music Theory – Analysis               [3‐0]

    This course will explore advanced analytical methods such as Sonata Form Theory and Schenkerian analysis. Emphasis will be given to works from the Classical and Romantic periods. Concepts learned will be provide additional analytical tools for the conductor and performer.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6360: Music History and Literature               [3‐0]

    Advanced study of the history and literature of music. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours with varying topics, to satisfy degree requirements.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6361: Music History and Literature – Classical and Romantic               [3‐0]

    This course will review aspects of orchestral, chamber and vocal music: from Haydn to Mahler‐growth in the size of orchestras, length of works, and emotional scope of orchestral music, particularly the symphony, (including Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner); from Haydn to Brahms‐growth in the length and emotional scope of chamber music, particularly the string quartet, (including Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms); from Mozart to Wagner and Verdi‐developments in vocal music, particularly opera (including Schubert, Weber, and Mendelssohn); and the war between absolute and program music.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6362: Music History and Literature – 20th and 21st Century              [3‐0]

    Resolution of the absolute/program music divide. Recalling earlier schools of composition, e.g. neo‐Classic, neo‐Baroque, etc. Exploration of electronic synthesized sounds, ethnomusicology, Jazz and other popular musics. Impressionism and expressionism as it grew out of Wagner and extended tonality, through atonality. Other concepts include: polytonality and extended techniques.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6363: Music History and Literature – Vocal/Choral              [3‐0]

    This course will explore genres for solo voice and voices in combination, with or without instrumental accompaniment, concentrating in, but not limited to Western Music. It will incorporate monophonic and polyphonic music, Gregorian Chant, the development of the art song and opera, and touch on 20th century blues and modern music.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6364: Music History and Literature – Orchestra              [3‐0]

    This course will explore the evolution of the modern orchestra from pre‐Haydn to the present. Developments in quality of instruments, instrumental pedagogy, and orchestration as composers learn to write for the improved instruments and players. Special attention will be paid to the instrumental concerto and refinement of the symphony concert to the present shape.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6365: Music History and Literature – Keyboard               [3‐0]

    This course explores the development of keyboard music from virginal, harpsichord, celesta, piano, synthesizers, etc. and its application in genre such as chamber music, concerti, and sonatas including its use in contemporary music. Other topics may include types of tuning (temperaments), innovations, and significant composers from major musical periods.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6366: Music History and Literature – Wind Band              [3‐0]

    This course explores the modern wind band, or Wind Ensemble, as a result of the evolutionary process over the past three hundred and fifty years. The role of a wind instrument player has changed from a minor role in the orchestral setting, to a supportive ceremonial role in military situations, to a key player in an all wind professional performance group. These changes have required instrument makers to improve the quality of their product and have inspired composers to write for a completely new genre of music.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6367: Music History and Literature – Medieval and Renaissance               [3‐0]

    Topics to be reviewed are: Romanesque and Gothic, Gregorian Chant, organum, the transition from monophonic music to polyphony; The Notre Dame school, including Leonin, and Perotin, Machaut, the first non‐ anonymous composers. Adam d la Halle. Renaissance: the earliest “modern‐sounding” music, with imperfect consonance becoming accepted. Sacred choral genres, the motet and the mass, and madrigal. Consideration of Troubadours/trouveres, minnesingers. Instrumental genres such as the canzona and the recercar and the phenomenal growth in the polyphony and the music of Josquin, Janequin, Palestrina, and Lassus.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6368: Music History and Literature – Baroque              [3‐0]

    This course explores the developments in opera from its roots to its establishment as a genre in 1600 as recitative, to opera seria (including operatic abuses) to the employment of the castrato singer to the impending changes approaching the Classical Period. The opera overture: first the French overture, then the Italian overture, which evolved into the Symphony in the Classical Period. Exploration of sacred music, especially the Cantata and the Oratorio. Instrumental forms considered will include the fugue and the Concerto Grosso.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6369: Music History and Literature – Music for the Stage              [3‐0]

    This course explores various subjects in relation to music for the stage. Focusing on opera and including other forms of musical theater in Western and non‐Western traditions, course materials and activities address topics such as the aesthetic, philosophical, literary, and economic, and social developments of various genres of musical theater.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6370: Seminar in Music and Culture              [3‐0]

    Historic and ethnographic studies focusing on a specific topic surrounding Western and Non‐ Western musical traditions, historical and stylistic periods and musical repertoires. Possible topics: The Politics of Music, Music and Globalization, Opera and Society. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.

    MUSI 6371: World Music Cultures              [3‐0]

    This course will introduce students to a variety of musical styles outside the Western art music and within cultural, social and/or political contexts. They will acquire knowledge about specific music traditions and will learn to write critically about music as an aspect of culture and society. The study of music from a cultural perspective illustrates the important role of music as a means of expression grounded in religious, political, social, and cultural identity. The course will cover a wide range of musical traditions from various parts of the world including Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6372: Studies in Music and Gender              [3‐0]

    This course brings together work in cultural theory, ethnomusicology, musicology feminism/queer theory, and music interpretation to explore connections between music, sexuality, and gender. Students will examine readings that seek to expand our knowledge of the musical activities of women, examine how concepts of gender and sexuality shape are shaped by musical practices and discourses, and investigate the construction of desire and sexuality through music. Discussions will be organized around particular topics (rather than chronology) and in relation to musical works, critical readings, and music from western classical, folk and popular traditions to non‐western genres.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6373: Music of Africa and the African Diaspora              [3‐0]

    The course introduces students to the broad issues involving the representation of traditional and popular African music, the role of music in African social life, and the ways in which African musical styles have impacted and been impacted by colonialism and globalization. Students also examine how African musical systems have traveled, changed, and incorporated new sounds, how the African experience differs around the globe and how displaced communities share core social processes and characteristics. Discussion will also center around the concept of blackness as a broad and heterogeneous set of qualities that extend beyond the boundaries of Africanism and African‐Americanism.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6374: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean               [3‐0]

    This course provides the student with an overview of music from diverse cultures in Latin American and the Caribbean. It will serve as an introduction to the many styles and traditions that grew out of pre and postcolonial Latin America and European‐African‐Caribbean developments. In particular, we will explore distinct European, African, and Indigenous aesthetic and instrumental influences as well as the social, cultural and religious contexts for musical expression and practices.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 6375: Music, Race and Ethnicity              [3‐0]

    Primarily drawing from social theories and case studies in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, and cultural studies, this course explores intersections of musical notions and practices with concepts of race and ethnicity. The course problematizes the biological and cultural constructions of “race” and “ethnicity” and addresses their articulation in and through various musical contexts.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 6390: Final Project – Music Education              [3‐0]

    The preparation of an original project approved by an advisory committee in the Department of Music and Dance. This final project can be completed by various means and should reflect the interests and expertise of each student. Possible projects may include a conducting recital, a lecture recital, a lecture demonstration, creation of an instructional/method book, or development of a new curriculum. All projects must include a written document in addition to any other materials needed to complete the project. A student may enroll in MUS 6390 upon successful completion of 18 graduate hours toward the Master of Music (Music Education‐ without Thesis option) degree.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required. Successful completion of 18 graduate credit hours toward the Master of Music (Music Education‐without Thesis option) degree.

    MUSI 6395: Independent Study               [3‐0]

    Individual readings and/or research on a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    Preparation of original research and approval of the thesis topic under the supervision of the student’s major professor and advisory committee.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required.

    MUSI 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    Continuation of MUSI 7300.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music required; completion of MUSI 7300.

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