2016-2017 Graduate Catalog


Music, MM

Degree programs may be pursued in Master of Music with emphasis in performance, pedagogy, musicology, music theory, composition and the Master of Music Education.

Prerequisites

To apply to the Master of Music program, students must possess a Bachelor of Music or its equivalent, with a major in the area of proposed graduate study, including sophomore-level credit in an approved foreign language in the case of prospective majors in musicology or theory/composition.

Application

Application to the Master of Music program requires students to first complete the TCU Graduate Admission Application. The TCU Graduate Admission Application is available at www.graduate.tcu.edu.

Audition

Students applying in performance must present a satisfactory, in-person audition. In exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted for a video audition to be considered for admission.

Before an audition can be scheduled, applicants must submit the following:

  • The School of Music Audition Request Application (available online)
  • A résumé listing education and professional musical experience
  • A personal statement detailing a professional experience or professional career goals
  • Music Theory Diagnostic Exam

These required materials are uploaded through the School of Music Web site. Complete directions are available at: www.music.tcu.edu/GRAD_admissions.asp.

Additional Requirements

Students applying in the areas of musicology, theory/composition, and music education are required to submit acceptable GRE scores prior to admission. Students applying for admission to all other Master of Music programs are not required to take the GRE, but are strongly encouraged to do so and submit scores prior to admission. The test scores, along with other materials, provide valuable information aiding in the evaluation and placement of students.

All entering graduate students are required to take placement examinations during the first week of residency, and must satisfy keyboard and theory proficiencies. All portions of the test must be satisfactorily completed prior to admission to candidacy.

Students majoring in musicology or theory/composition must submit examples of scholarly or creative work prior to admission. Scholarly papers, compositions (scores and recordings), and original computer programs are appropriate. These materials should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Complete directions are available at: www.music.tcu.edu/GRAD_admissions.asp.

Every graduate student must participate in an ensemble for a minimum of two semesters during residency. In special circumstances related to stipend or assistantship, ensemble participation may be required for additional semesters.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, applicants seeking admission to any music master's program should complete their application by March 1 to be considered for fall matriculation.

International Student Requirements

Applicants from countries other than the United States must meet the same admission standards required of all other applicants. In addition, before being admitted to the School of Music, each international student must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam. The University requires an official iBT score of 80 for admission.

Performance majors must earn 30-34 hours in approved graduate courses, including at least 12 hours in studio instruction, and present two recitals, the content and format of which shall be determined and evaluated by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee.

Pedagogy, musicology, music theory and composition majors must earn 34-36 hours in approved graduate courses, with at least half of the courses, including thesis where appropriate, in the principal field.

The piano pedagogy curriculum is designed to provide advanced training in the field of piano pedagogy by preparing students to teach studio and class piano, conduct research in their field, write papers suitable for publication and present lectures and workshops on pedagogical topics.

A comprehensive oral examination must be passed before the completion of all programs. This examination is given after the final recital or project is completed.

Master of Music Degree Programs

String Requirements

String Performance

MUSP 60310-60360Lessons

12

MUSI 60120Symphony Orchestra

0.5

MUSI 60120Symphony Orchestra

0.5

MUSI 60120Symphony Orchestra

0.5

MUSI 60120Symphony Orchestra

0.5

MUSI 60080Chamber Music

0.5

MUSI 60080Chamber Music

0.5

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

Electives in Music History

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50203Musical Structure and Style

3

Electives in Music Theory

3

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:32

MUSP 70981- The recital shall be no less than 60 minutes in length, not including intermission. Two copies of a good quality recording of the final recital must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility.

Music Theory Requirements

Music Theory

MUSI 50203Musical Structure and Style

3

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

MUSI 60800Seminar in Music Theory

3

Additional Courses in Music Theory or Composition

MUSI 60800Seminar in Music Theory

3

MUSI 60000Music Pedagogy

3

Musicology/Music Literature/Other Fields of Music

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60010-60210Ensembles

1

MUSI 50000 or 60000 Musicology Elective

3

Electives

Electives

5

Monograph or Research Project

MUSI 70980Thesis I

3

MUSI 70990Thesis II

3

Total Credit Hours:36

*Chosen from graduate courses in music outside music theory. Recommendations may be made on the basis of undergraduate transcript and placement examinations.

Composition Requirements

Composition

MUSI 60630Composition

6

MUSI 70980Thesis I

3

MUSI 70990Thesis II

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

MUSI 60800Seminar in Music Theory

3

Musicology/Music Literature/Other Fields of Music

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60010-60210Ensembles

1

MUSI 50000 or 60000 Musicology Elective

3

Electives

Electives

5

Total Credit Hours:36

*In the Music Composition degree, composition lessons are continued under the course heading of Thesis, resulting in a capstone composition of significant scope.

**Chosen from graduate courses in music outside music theory. Recommendations may be made on the basis of undergraduate transcript and placement examinations.

Piano Performance Requirements

Piano Performance

MUSP 60210Piano

12

MUSI 60080-60210Ensembles

1

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

 

MUSI 50433Keyboard Literature I Pre-Baroque through Classical

3

or

MUSI 50533Keyboard Literature II Romantic through Contemporary

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:30

MUSI 60080-60210-Piano majors fulfill this two-semester requirement through Piano Accompanying and/or Chamber Music.

MUSI 70971-Each of the two recitals shall be no less than 60 minutes in length. The first recital may, if desired, include a concerto with second piano accompaniment and/or chamber music; this portion, however, must be no more than half the length of the recital.

MUSI 70981 -Two copies of a good quality recording of the final recital must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility.

Organ Performance Requirements

Organ Performance

MUSP OrganMUPS 60220

12

MUSI 60080-60210Ensembles

1

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

 

MUSI 50423Choral Literature

3

or

MUSI 50970Special Problems

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 50203Musical Structure and Style

3

Electives

Electives

5

Total Credit Hours:32
MUSP 70971-The recitals should be one hour in length. The first recital may be a lecture recital, or it could include ensemble or chamber music. However, this recital must include at least 30 minutes of solo performance.

MUSP 70981- Two copies of a good quality recording of the final recital must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility. A comprehensive oral examination follows the final recital.

Electives-Recommended electives are MUSI 50212 Choral Conducting MUSI 60700 Special Studies: Keyboard Harmony and/or MUSI 50433 Keyboard Literature.

Piano Pedagogy Performance Requirements

Performance

MUSP 60210Piano

8

MUSI 60080-60210Ensembles

1

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

Pedagogy

MUSI 60203Graduate Piano Pedagogy and Practicum I

3

MUSI 60213Graduate Piano Pedagogy and Practicum II

3

MUSI 60223Current Trends and Research in Piano Pedagogy

3

MUSI 61231Internship in Teaching

1

MUSI 60913Psychology of Music

3

MUSI 70972Lecture Recital

2

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

 

MUSI 50433Keyboard Literature I Pre-Baroque through Classical

3

or

MUSI 50533Keyboard Literature II Romantic through Contemporary

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

or

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Total Credit Hours:34

MUSI 60080-60210 Piano pedagogy majors fulfill this two-semester requirement through Accompanying and/or Chamber Music.

Piano pedagogy majors must pass the Keyboard Skills Exam or take Functional Piano MUSI 20071 and 20081

Voice Pedagogy Emphasis Requirements

Performance

MUSP 60110Voice

8

MUSI 60100Opera Studio

2

or

MUSI 60040Concert Chorale

2

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

Pedagogy

MUSI 50053Introduction to Voice Pedagogy

3

MUSI 50063Comparative Voice Pedagogy

3

MUSI 60052Voice Repertoire Management

2

MUSI 60162Techniques for the Singer-Actor

2

MUSI 60041Voice Pedagogy Practicum

1

Musicology/Music Literature

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

Musicology Music Literature Elective

3

Music Theory

3

Total Credit Hours:34

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:34

MUSI 70971-The recital shall be no less than 60 minutes in length, not including intermission. Two copies of a good quality recording of the final recital must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility.

MUSI 60041-Voice Pedagogy Practicum may be repeated for elective credit.

Electives are chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields. Recommendations may be made on the basis of undergraduate transcript and placement examinations.

Voice Performance Emphasis Requirements

Performance

MUSP 60110Voice

8

MUSI 60100Opera Studio

2

or

MUSI 60040Concert Chorale

2

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Pedagogy

MUSI 50053Introduction to Voice Pedagogy

3

MUSI 60052Voice Repertoire Management

2

MUSI 60162Techniques for the Singer-Actor

2

Musicology/Music Literature

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

Musicology Music Literature Elective

3

Music Theory

6

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:34

MUSI 70971-Each recital shall be no less than 60 minutes in length, not including intermission. A major operatic role may be substituted for one of the recitals.

MUSI 70981-Two copies of a good quality recording of the final recital must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility.

Electives are chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields. Recommendations may be made on the basis of undergraduate transcript and placement examinations.

Wind and Percussion Performance Requirements

Performance

MUSP 60310-60710Lessons

12

MUSI 60010-60210Ensembles

1

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60500Seminar in Musicology

3

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:30

MUSI 60010-60210 is a two-semester requirement.

MUSI 70981-A good quality tape recording of the final recital must be submitted in two copies to the Graduate Studies Office, before the student may be cleared for graduation. This is the student's responsibility. A comprehensive oral examination follows the final recital.

Musicology Requirements

Music History Courses

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60500Seminar in Musicology

3

MUSI 70950Special Problems in Musicology

1

MUSI 70980Thesis I

3

MUSI 70990Thesis II

3

Three additional music history courses

9

Other Requirements

MUSI 60800Seminar in Music Theory

3

 

MUSI 50203Musical Structure and Style

3

or

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

or

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

 

MUSI 60010-60210Ensembles

1

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:30
Electives are chosen from graduate-level courses (musicology, theory or courses outside the school).

Conducting

Band Conducting Emphasis

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60500Seminar in Musicology

3

Conducting

MUSI 50222Instrumental Conducting

2

MUSI 60232Score Reading

2

MUSI 50970Special Problems

3

MUSI 60220Special Studies in Conducting

4

Performance

MUSP 60410-60610Lessons

4

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:32
MUSP 70981 -Conducting majors participate as conductors in at least two public performances with major University ensembles. Each candidate for the Master of Music in Conducting must submit two copies of good quality audio and video recordings of both recital appearances to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation.

Electives are chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields.


Choral Conducting Emphasis

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60500Seminar in Musicology

3

Conducting

MUSI 50212Choral Conducting

2

MUSI 60232Score Reading

2

MUSI 50423Choral Literature

3

MUSI 60220Special Studies in Conducting

4

Performance

MUSP 60110Voice

4

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Electives three chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields

3

Total Credit Hours:32

MUSI 70971, MUSI 70981- Conducting majors participate as conductors in at least two public performances with major University ensembles. Each candidate for the Master of Music in Conducting must submit two copies of good quality audio and video recordings of both recital appearances to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation.

Electives are chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields.

Orchestral Conducting Emphasis

Music Theory

MUSI 50523Linear Analysis

3

MUSI 60553Analysis of Music: 1880-1950

3

Musicology

MUSI 60103Bibliography and Research Techniques

3

MUSI 60500Seminar in Musicology

3

Conducting

MUSI 50222Instrumental Conducting

2

MUSI 60232Score Reading

2

MUSI 50403Symphonic Literature

3

MUSI 60220Special Studies in Conducting

4

Performance

MUSP 60310-60810Lessons

4

MUSP 70971Recital I

1

MUSP 70981Recital II

1

Total Credit Hours:32

Electives

Electives

3

Total Credit Hours:32
MUSI 70971/ MUSI 70981 Conducting majors participate as conductors in at least two public performances with major University ensembles. Each candidate for the Master of Music in Conducting must submit two copies of good quality audio and video recordings of both recital appearances to the Graduate Studies Office before the student can be cleared for graduation.

Electives are chosen from graduate courses in music or related academic fields.