Department of Music

The Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree, a Graduate Certificate in Instrumental Performance, and a Graduate Certificate in Music Pedagogy (Voice or Keyboard).

Master of Music Degree

The Master of Music degree program in the Department of Music is currently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Master of Music degree offers the opportunity for qualified students to pursue advanced study in music with an emphasis in Instrumental or Choral Conducting, Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Music Education, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, or Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. The Master of Music degree is designed to develop and foster high achievement in performance and teaching; to prepare the student for a career as a performer, conductor, or educator; or to serve as a basis for pursuing doctoral studies in music.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University-wide admission requirements, applicants are expected to hold the Bachelor of Music degree or Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in their intended area of graduate emphasis or the equivalent, submit three recommendations from established professionals commenting on the appropriateness of graduate study in music for the applicant, complete a statement of intent concerning graduate school, and successfully complete one of the following audition requirements:

Choral and Instrumental Conducting

Provide a recent 20-30 minute video (private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in rehearsal and performance situations. Candidates will be invited to on-campus audition and placement examinations after pre-screening.

Music Education

Submit a 20 minute digital video of classroom teaching (private YouTube link), documentation of teaching experience (résumé or curriculum vita), and a self-composed short essay (1-2 pages) that describes the reasons for becoming a teacher, commitment to music education, and future career goals. Candidates will be invited to campus for music education faculty interview and placement examinations after pre-screening.

Instrumental Performance

Prepare 20-30 minutes of music for an in-person audition (or with acceptable justification approved by the auditioning committee, provide a recent high-quality recording via private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed performance medium. Some instrumental areas may require candidates to submit a pre-screening video. Candidates will also complete placement examinations on scheduled audition date.

Vocal Performance

Provide a recent video of a minimum of two selections (private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed performance medium for pre-screening. Candidates will be invited to on-campus audition and placement examinations after pre-screening.

Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Prepare 20-30 minutes of music for an in-person audition (or with acceptable justification approved by the auditioning committee, provide a recent high-quality recording via private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed performance medium. Candidates will also complete placement examinations on scheduled audition date.

Vocal Performance and Pedagogy

Provide a recent video of a minimum of two selections (private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed performance medium for pre-screening. Candidates will be invited to on-campus audition and placement examinations after pre-screening.

Placement Examinations 

Students in all emphases are required to take placement examinations in music theory, aural skills, and music history, and, where appropriate, complete the corresponding review classes before taking graduate topics courses in music history and music theory. 

Students in the vocal performance, vocal performance and pedagogy, and choral conducting emphases are required to take diagnostic examinations in French, German, Italian, and English lyric diction. If the student is found deficient in any one of the languages, the appropriate course(s) will be required. The student’s advisor will counsel the student in correcting deficiencies and selecting courses for the student’s degree program. 

Placement examinations are administered on official audition days.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 33 to 36 hours, depending on the emphasis. Courses in which a grade of “C” or lower is earned are not applicable toward coursework for the Master of Music degree. (Please note that the number of semester credit hours required for the different emphases in this degree, 33-36 hours, differs from the requirements in earlier catalogs. These changes are pending final approval.)

Degree candidates for each respective program must complete the following requirements:

Master of Music with a Conducting Emphasis (Instrumental or Choral)

A. 9 semester credit hours in music history, music theory, and research:9
Topics in Music Theory
Introduction to Music Research
Topics in Music History
B. 16 semester credit hours of studies in music selected according to the area of emphasis and approved by the student’s advisor:16
Rehearsal Techniques
Music Performance (4 semesters)
Recital
Graduate Chamber Ensemble (4 semesters)
Graduate Large Ensemble
C. 4 semester credit hours of music electives, approved by the student's advisor4
Ensemble Repertoire
Recital Project
D. 6 semester credit hours of additional electives, approved by the student’s advisor. Non-music electives may be used with consent and approval of the student’s advisor.6
Total Credit Hours35

Master of Music with a Music Education Emphasis

A. 9 semester credit hours in music history, music theory, and research:9
Topics in Music Theory
Introduction to Music Research
Topics in Music History
B. 12 semester credit hours of studies in music selected according to the area of emphasis and approved by the student’s advisor:12
Psychological Foundations of Music Education
Foundations of Music Education
Rehearsal Techniques
Elementary Music
Seminar in Music Education
C. 12 semester credit hours of additional electives, approved by the student’s advisor, of which no more than 2 hours may be in a music ensemble. Non-music electives may be used with consent and approval of the student’s advisor.12
Total Credit Hours33

Master of Music with a Performance Emphasis (Instrumental or Vocal)

A. 9 semester credit hours in music history, music theory, and research:9
Topics in Music Theory
Introduction to Music Research
Topics in Music History
B. 16 semester credit hours of studies in music selected according to the area of emphasis and approved by the student’s advisor:16
Topics in Performance Literature
Applied Performance Literature
Music Performance (4 semesters)
Graduate Chamber Ensemble (4 semesters)
Graduate Large Ensemble
Recital
C. 4 semester credit hours of music electives, approved by the student’s advisor4
Graduate Pedagogy I
Pedagogy Practicum I
Recital Project
D. 6 semester credit hours of additional electives. Non-music electives may be used with advisor approval.6
Total Credit Hours35

Master of Music with a Performance and Pedagogy Emphasis (Piano or Vocal)

A. 9 semester credit hours in music history, music theory, and research:9
Topics in Music Theory
Introduction to Music Research
Topics in Music History
B. 10 semester credit hours of studies in music selected according to the area of emphasis and approved by the student’s advisor:10
Graduate Pedagogy I
Pedagogy Practicum I
Graduate Pedagogy II
Pedagogy Practicum II
Advanced Pedagogy Practicum
Pedagogy of Classroom Instruction
Project in Music Pedagogy
C. 12 semester credit hours of music electives, approved by the student’s advisor12
Music Performance (4 semesters)
Topics in Performance Literature
Applied Performance Literature
Recital
D. 5 semester credit hours of additional electives, approved by the student’s advisor. Non-music electives may be used with consent and approval of the student’s advisor.5
Total Credit Hours36

Special Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting, Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance, or Instrumental Performance must complete a total of 35 semester credit hours. Candidates for the Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education must complete a total of 33 semester credit hours. Candidates for the Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Piano Performance and Pedagogy or Vocal Performance and Pedagogy must complete a total of 36 semester credit hours.

In addition to the semester credit hours set forth above, candidates for the Master of Music degree are required to successfully pass comprehensive examinations tailored to the student's program and area of emphasis. 

Graduate Certificate in Instrumental Performance

The Certificate in Instrumental Performance is a graduate option that allows exclusive focus on the performance aspects of musicianship. Admission requirements to the Certificate Program are the same as admission requirements to the Master of Music program (audition, three letters of reference, and a grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work).         

The Certificate in Instrumental Performance requires the following 12 semester credit hours:

Required Courses (8 semester credit hours):8
Music Performance (2 semesters)
Graduate Large Ensemble (two semesters for a total of 2 credit hours)
Graduate Chamber Ensemble
Recital (two recitals – one solo, one chamber – for a total of 2 credit hours)
4 semester credit hours of related music electives with student's advisor approval4
Total Credit Hours12

Individuals interested in pursuing the Certificate in Instrumental Performance should contact the Department of Music Keyboard Area or Instrumental Performance Area Coordinator.

Graduate Certificate in Music Pedagogy (Voice or Keyboard)

The Certificate in Music Pedagogy is designed for the active private voice or piano teacher with interest in continuing their education through a program that is focused on practical courses in their field. Admission requirements to the Certificate Program are the same as admission requirements to the Master of Music program (audition, three letters of reference, and a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work).

The Certificate in Music Pedagogy requires the following 14 semester credit hours:

Required Courses (10 semester credit hours):10
Graduate Pedagogy I
Pedagogy Practicum I
Graduate Pedagogy II
Pedagogy Practicum II
Advanced Pedagogy Practicum
Pedagogy of Classroom Instruction
Project in Music Pedagogy
4 semester credit hours in related music electives with student's advisor approval.4
Music Performance
Special Topics (2 semesters)
Advanced Pedagogy Practicum
Music Performance
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours14

Individuals interested in pursuing the Certificate in Music Pedagogy (Voice emphasis) should contact the Department of Music Voice Area Coordinator. Individuals interested in pursuing the Certificate in Music Pedagogy (Keyboard emphasis) should contact the Department of Music Keyboard Area Coordinator.

Music (MUS) Courses

MUS 5002. Graduate Music Theory Review. (2-1) 2 Credit Hours.

Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music Theory Placement Examination. Harmonic analysis, part-writing, form, sight-singing and aural skills, as well as twentieth-century materials will be reviewed. A grade of “B-” or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music theory. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program. (Formerly MUS 5003. Credit cannot be earned for both MUS 5002 and MUS 5003.) Course Fee: GL01 $60.

MUS 5013. Graduate Music History Survey. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music History Placement Examination. Alternatively, this course may be used as a music elective credit for students not pursuing a Master of Music degree. Surveys the styles, periods, composers, and historical developments of Western art music. A grade of “B-” or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music history. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5042. Graduate Aural Skills Review. (2-1) 2 Credit Hours.

Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Aural Skills Placement Examination. Offers an overview of sight-singing methodology and ear training techniques, as well as an opportunity to train in aural skills with an emphasis on rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials. A grade of "B-" or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music theory. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program. Course Fee: GL01 $60.

MUS 5123. Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. Lecture course serving as a conceptual and practical introduction to digital audio workstation software, synthesizers, sequencers, and other audio hardware and software for the purpose of creating original compositions, with an emphasis on sound-processing techniques and timbral manipulation. Includes a survey of the history and literature of electronic music. Generally offered: Spring.

MUS 5133. Topics in Music Theory. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of selected areas of music theory. Topics may include twentieth-century analytical techniques, Schenkerian analysis, theory pedagogy, performance and analysis, history of theory, theory and aesthetics of music, and rhythmic analysis. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5143. Advanced Compositional Techniques. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of selected techniques of composition from the post-common practice, post-tonal era. Topics will focus on counterpoint, texture, orchestration and timbre. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 5163. Composition. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and consent of instructor. Private study for the development of techniques and tools for composition, with emphasis on the craft of writing chamber works for various media in contemporary styles. Seminar attendance may be required. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently. Course Fees: GL01 $90; M001 $300.

MUS 5223. Ensemble Repertoire. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of repertoire for ensembles including a historical perspective. Topics are (1) Choral; (2) Instrumental; and (3) Keyboard. May be repeated for credit. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5233. Introduction to Music Research. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. This course offers an opportunity for students to apply knowledge of references and sources included in graduate music courses, how to write and format research/scholarly papers, and about current research methods in the various fields of music. It may also help music teachers investigate topics related to teaching and learning. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5263. Topics in Music History. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of works and styles appropriate to the topics listed. Topics are (1) Middle Ages; (2) Renaissance; (3) Baroque Period; (4) Classic Period; (5) Romantic Period; (6) Music Since 1900; (7) World Music; and (8) Music Practices and Styles. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5313. Music Theory Pedagogy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. The exploration of techniques and materials relevant to teaching music theory at the secondary and college levels.

MUS 5323. Aural Skills Pedagogy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. Exploration of techniques and materials relevant to teaching aural skills at the secondary and college levels.

MUS 5342. Keyboard Skills for Music Theory. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. This course will focus on the development of keyboard skills necessary to demonstrate music theory concepts and perform musical excerpts.

MUS 5403. Psychological Foundations of Music Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor. A study of the psychological foundations of music education. An investigation of topics such as perception of and responses to music, the nature of musical attributes, music learning, and the measurement of musical behavior. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5423. Foundations of Music Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor. Overview of principles, methodologies and practices of music education. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5431. Applied Performance Literature. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 5432 required. A focused study of the solo, chamber, and/or orchestral repertoire. Specific literature will be assigned in support of topic in MUS 5432 and will vary by instrument or voice. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 5432. Topics in Performance Literature. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of a representative composer, group of composers, or major musical genre. Individuals and musical works are considered within the contexts of historical, social and cultural identities and the frameworks of intellectual history and institutional practices. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 5431 required. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 5463. Introduction to Music Industry. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. The Introduction to the Music Industry course will present a broad overview of the recording and music industry, and explains how the various segments operate on a day-to-day basis: where monies are generated, who the key players are, how deals are made and broken, how interests are protected, and what the new developments in digital technology are that are changing the way that music is marketed, promoted, distributed, and heard. This course will have several hands-on opportunities aligned with students' interests. Several emerging business models including arts administration and non-profit opportunities will also be discussed. Students will be encouraged via the assignments to think as entrepreneurs as well as marketers.

MUS 5473. Introduction to Music and Arts Nonprofit Organizations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. The introduction to the Music and Arts Nonprofit Organizations course will focus on strategies of management, financial structuring, artistic direction, the use of technology, and marketing, primarily within the context of opera companies, symphony orchestras, ballet companies, theatres and other performing arts venues, museums and chamber music organizations. the course includes an examination of the challenges of audience development and discussion of the role of art in contemporary society.

MUS 5511. Secondary Performance. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Placement by audition. Private instruction for graduate students desiring secondary study in the following areas: baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice. Seminar attendance and/or concurrent enrollment in an assigned University ensemble may be required. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $30; M001 $100.

MUS 5521. Pedagogy Practicum I. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 5522 required. Survey of techniques, practices and materials related to the development and execution of one-on-one music instruction. Specific course content will vary based upon the individual student's principal instrument or voice.

MUS 5522. Graduate Pedagogy I. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 5521 required. The exploration of topics and concepts relevant to the pedagogy of one-on-one music instruction. Topics may vary based upon instrument or voice.

MUS 5523. Rehearsal Techniques. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of rehearsal techniques, including tone development, phrasing, rehearsal score study, style, and rehearsal organization. Topics are (1) Choral; and (2) Instrumental. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5531. Pedagogy Practicum II. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A continuation of MUS 5521. Applications of topics covered in MUS 5532. These may include observations, instructional activities, and/or supervised teaching of level-appropriate students (varies by instrument or voice). Concurrent enrollment in MUS 5532 required.

MUS 5532. Graduate Pedagogy II. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in music. A continuation of MUS 5522. Concurrent in enrollment in MUS 5531 required.

MUS 5541. Advanced Pedagogy Practicum. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in music. Assigned observations of cooperating instructors and student teaching under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 5542. Music Performance. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and successful audition. Private instruction in baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, or voice. Seminar attendance may be required. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $60; M001 $200.

MUS 5554. Music Performance. (0-0) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and successful audition. Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and program advisor. Private instruction in baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, or voice. Seminar attendance may be required. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $120; M001 $400.

MUS 5572. Pedagogy of Classroom Instruction. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of pedagogical techniques and materials used for group instruction in the classroom for instrumentalists and/or vocalists. Students will have an opportunity to tutor individual students under the supervision of the instructor. (Formerly titled "Class Piano Pedagogy.") Course Fee: GL01 $60.

MUS 5593. Elementary Music. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of the current methods and materials used in teaching elementary music. Classroom instruments are also studied. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 5613. Entrepreneurship in Music. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. The Entrepreneurship Music course will present an advanced study of the startup culture in the business of music, including historical examinations of social trends, technological advances, legal issues, and commercial practices that have influenced the development of the music industry in both the fine arts and popular culture. Strategies for career building in music business are explored with an emphasis on knowledge and skills that support entrepreneurial activities in music.

MUS 5711. Graduate Chamber Ensemble. (0-3) 1 Credit Hour.

The study of selected ensemble works through participation in rehearsal and performance. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $30; MC01 $25.

MUS 5811. Graduate Large Ensemble. (0-5) 1 Credit Hour.

The study of selected large ensemble works through participation in rehearsal and performance. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $30; MC01 $25.

MUS 6423. Seminar in Music Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor. Studies in the philosophy, historical background, and current trends in music education. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 6543. Diction for Singers. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music. A study of performance diction for singers. The pronunciation of the language as it applies to public performance. Topics include English, French, Italian, and German. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 6803. Seminar in Music Marketing. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in music. A seminar style course addressing some of the most recent development in the Music Industry. This is an upper level course that will be reading and writing intensive and have heavy experiential, skill-building, and project-based components.

MUS 6901. Project in Music Pedagogy. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music. Permission of the Graduate advisor of record and program advisor. Offers the opportunity to complete a professional project in music pedagogy relevant to the student's background, interests, and/or needs. The project should include, but not necessarily be limited to, appropriate written documentation. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $30, M001 $150, STLF $6.

MUS 6903. Project in Music Pedagogy. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and program advisor. Offers the opportunity to complete a professional project in music pedagogy relevant to the student’s background, interests, and/or needs. The project should include, but not necessarily be limited to, appropriate written documentation. May be repeated for credit. Course Fees: GL01 $90, STLF $18.

MUS 6911. Recital Project. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music, MUS 5233 or consent of instructor. The recital project is a substantial performance-based project designed to further the professional development of students in performance and conducting emphases. The project can consist of an additional recital (lecture, chamber, or solo), a significant opera, oratorio, or concerto performance, or a document addressing historical, cultural, and analytical aspects of the student’s performance repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 6913. Thesis in Music Education. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and project director. Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 6941. Recital. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and music performance instructor. Concurrent registration required in MUS 5542 or MUS 5554 for pedagogy and performance emphasis and music performance emphasis. A recital approximately one hour in length; required of all students in the performance, conducting, or pedagogy and performance emphases. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 6951. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 6952. Independent Study. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $60.

MUS 6953. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $90.

MUS 6961. Comprehensive Examination. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination. Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). MUS 6961 is a degree requirement for all students in all emphases. Credit earned in MUS 6961 cannot be counted in the total hours required for the Music Education emphasis or Piano Pedagogy and Performance emphasis. Credit earned in MUS 6961 will be counted in the total hours required for the Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Conducting, Choral Conducting, and Vocal Pedagogy and Performance emphases. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 6971. Special Topics. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offers the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $30.

MUS 6972. Special Topics. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offers the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $60.

MUS 6973. Special Topics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offers the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Music degree. Course Fee: GL01 $90.