Nov 19, 2019  
2014-2015 EIU Graduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music


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Program Mission: The Master of Arts in Music provides advanced preparation for teaching, performing, and/or further graduate study.  A core of music courses required for the degree provides essential background in history, literature, research and theory.  Other specialized courses, seminars and individual studies in performance, conducting, composition, theory, history and literature aid the student in achieving his or her career goals.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).  Additional requirements include:

  • proof of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music or proof of a bachelor’s degree in another discipline with sufficient musical experience to warrant admission;
  • a letter of application and résumé;
  • for singers and instrumentalists, an audition; for conductors, a video recording of a recent performance or rehearsal and an audition; for composers, scores and recordings of original compositions; and
  • a personal interview;

and one of the following:

  • for performance applicants, an audition;
  • for conducting applicants, a video recording of a recent performance or rehearsal and an audition;
  • for composition applicants, scores and recordings of original compositions; and
  • for music education applicants, and undergraduate degree in musicc education and a minimum of one year teaching experience.

Music Placement Examinations: Once admitted to graduate study, all graduate students are required to take examinations in music history and literature, theory and aural skills.  The examinations are used to identify possible deficiencies in undergraduate work; remedial work is prescribed when necessary.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.

 

Degree Requirements


Degree requirements include those outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree”).

All students are required to complete core courses in history, research, analysis, and performance in addition to courses from a selected concentration. Six concentrations are offered: Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance, Composition, Conducting, and Music Education. (In consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and with the approval of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Music, it is possible to develop a more specialized course of study that includes courses from various concentrations.)

Students in the performance, composition, and conducting concentrations must pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations and complete a thesis or a graduate recital and analysis project.

 

Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance, Composition, and Conducting


All students must demonstrate proficiency in theory, aural skills, and music history. If proficiency is not met, remedial coursework will be required.

Total core credits: 16 semester hours

The core courses for Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance, Composition, and Conducting includes the following courses and four semester hours of applied music study.

Vocal Performance Concentration


Students in the Vocal Performance concentration should also be proficient in English, German, French, and Italian diction. If proficiency is not met, remedial coursework will be required. (Diction requirements reflect current practice and NASM requirements.)

Total Concentration Credits: 14 semester hours

Instrumental Performance Concentration


Total Concentration Credits: 14 semester hours

Keyboard Performance Concentration


Requirements for organists may vary.

Total Concentration Credits: 14 semester hours

Composition Concentration


Students in the Composition concentration must demonstrate proficiency in counterpoint and orchestration. If proficiency is not met, remedial coursework will be required.

Total Concentration Credits: 14 semester hours

Conducting Concentration


Students in the Choral Conducting concentration must be proficient in vocal pedagogy and in English, German, Italian, and Latin diction. If proficiency is not met, remedial coursework will be required.

Total Concentration Credits: 14 semester hours

Music Education


The Master of Arts in Music, Music Education Concentration provides a hybrid course of study that will be taught on campus during the 6-week summer term and on-line during the sprin and fall semesters. This format allows students who are full-time teachers to obtain a master’s degree while working and from a distance. The program is designed  to be completed over two academic years and three summers.

 

All students in the Music Education Concentration will take a proficiency exam in theory, aural skills, and music history. This exam will be used in an advisory capacity to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.

Total core credits: 14 semester hours

Students in the music education concentration must complete a thesis document and defense and a portfolio presentation/oral examination. The core courses for this concentration include:

Music Education Concentration


Electives in Music Education must include:

  1. 3 two-week summer workshops (min. 3 s.h.);
  2. may include ensembles and applied study (up to 2 s.h. with approval of Graduate Coordinator;
  3. and may include independent study (up to 2 s.h. with approval of Graduate Coordinator.)

Total Concentration Credits: 16 semester hours

Graduate Assistantships


Graduate assistantships are available for the fall and spring semesters in band, jazz, accompanying, percussion, music theatre, computer laboratory supervision, and other areas. Consideration of applications begins February 15, recipients of assistantships will be notified by April 15. Additional information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair, Department of Music,  EIU.

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