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MUSC: Music

Department of Music

College of Fine Arts

MUSC 501 Advanced Choral Conducting 2 cr.

Material will include large choral works with and without accompaniment. Student will be expected to develop skills in reading score.

MUSC 502 Advanced Instrumental Conducting 2 cr.

An intensive study of large instrumental works. Skill development of each individual will be stressed.

MUSC 503 Practicum in String Pedagogy 1 cr.

Practical applications of string methods and string pedagogy techniques for instruction in hands-on teaching experiences in individual and ensemble settings. Emphasis will be on sequential instruction and reflective assessment of teaching techniques and goals. Prerequisites: FBI, Act 34, and Act 151 clearances, approval of instructor

MUSC 510 Seminar in Music 3 cr.

Subject matter will change each semester. Students will make presentations and write an extensive research paper. Seminar may be repeated (with departmental approval), provided subject matter is not. An in-depth study can be made of narrowly defined areas, such as life and/or works of a specific composer or group of composers.

MUSC 511 Composition 3 cr.

Composition of music in various song forms through the rondos and the larger sonata allegro form. Careful analysis of similar forms of major composers. Instruction will be highly individualized and will depend considerably on personal interest of the student.

MUSC 512 Advanced Orchestration 3 cr.

Consideration to problems of scoring for full symphony orchestra, string orchestra, and chamber orchestra. Students will produce a full score and orchestra parts so that orchestra may be tested by actual playing by the University Symphony.

MUSC 515 Advanced Counterpoint 3 cr.

A study of the contrapuntal style of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries in the late Baroque era, which includes learning the essence of the "species" counterpoint of J. J. Fux and applying it to written exercises based on a given cantus firmus, as well as original compositions in the style of Bach. In addition to close study of Bach's Two-part Inventions and of the fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, students will hear and discuss their exercises and compositions in class so that they may learn from each other.

MUSC 516 Analytical Techniques 3 cr.

Extends and refines the student's analysis skills in the area of music theory and their relation to pedagogy. Considerations include: functional harmony, post-tonal set theory and serial technique. Issues regarding musical architecture (form) will also be explored. Focus on analysis will also be linked to rehearsal instruction and padagogy. Prerequisite: Graduate status in music

MUSC 537 Techniques of the Marching Band 2 cr.

Theory and practical application of fundamentals of precision drill. This course also deals with building “half-time shows” and with materials and instrumentation of the marching band.

MUSC 540-550 Summer Music Workshop 1-3 cr.

Concentration in special interest areas. Content varies.

MUSC 551 Italian and English Diction 2 cr.

MUSC 553 French Diction 2 cr.

MUSC 554 German Diction 2 cr.

MUSC 575 Music Ensemble 1-3 cr.

Provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in up to three ensembles. Each student must audition for ensemble placement at the beginning of each semester.

MUSC 581 Special Topics 1-3 cr.

MUSC 600 Bibliography of Music 3 cr.

Introduces graduate students to various types of music, music literature, and bibliographical tools which exist and which may be used in research in music. As a project, students will prepare an extensive annotated bibliography of a music subject within their special interest.

MUSC 618 Comprehensive Musicianship 3 cr.

Combines undergraduate concepts and skills in music theory, literature, and performance at an advanced level using an integrated approach. Prepares student to function in a variety of musical roles.

MUSC 619 Methods for Comprehensive Musicianship 3 cr.

Includes learning strategies, experiences, and activities appropriate for introducing comprehensive musicianship at elementary and secondary school levels.

MUSC 620 Foundations of Music Education 3 cr.

Study of historical, philosophical, and social foundation of music education, including educational thought and implications for school music programs.

MUSC 622 Composition II 3 cr.

MUSC 623 Composition III 3 cr.

MUSC 631 Administration and Advocacy in Music Education 2 cr.

Reviews current conventional and historical administrative organization of music education in public schools. Considerations include problems of scheduling, program funding, and program evaluation. Examines current issues in music education and public education in general, including standards-based curriculum development.

MUSC 632 Research Techniques in Music 3 cr.

Study of techniques appropriate for music and music education, including selection of research problem, collection of data, types of research, survey of current research studies in music, and use of library in connection with research problems. Elements of statistics are introduced as needed to interpret research reports. As part of requirements, student will prepare a written plan for research project or thesis.

MUSC 635 Psychology of Music Education 2 cr.

An analysis of the latest evidence produced by the field of psychology in music as applied in actual classroom situations.

MUSC 636 Advanced Technology in Music Education 2 cr.

Examination and application of current communications media and their role in music education. Advances proficiency in the use of software applications useful in music education for both teaching and learning and develops the ability to choose and/or adapt applications for use in the K-12 music classroom.

MUSC 640 Formative Assessment and Action Research in Music Education 2 cr.

Provides a practicum for formative assessments in music teacher practice in K-12 settings that are based in action research. Action plans to address particular pedagogical issues will be identified by individual students from their school settings. Formative assessments for improvement will be developed by faculty instructors and course-based learning community through analysis of observational data, such as on-site visits to school sites and/or video observation of teaching, lesson plans, or other observable teaching materials and praxis. Students must have an in-service practice (school, private studio, church setting, community ensemble, or the like) for action research projects. Prerequisites: Graduate status in music education, In-service practice in music education.

MUSC 681 Special Topics 1-4 cr.

MUSC 698 Internship 3 cr.

MUSC 699 Independent Study in Music 1-6 cr.

 APMU 740 Graduate Music Recital 4 cr.

This is the culminating activity for students in the MA Music Performance Track. Students prepare a 60 minute solo recital of selected works to be determined by close work and study with their major professor. Prerequisite: APMU 561 or higher

MUSC 795 Thesis 4 cr.

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