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Graduate School

 


Music

Department Chair

Dr. John Miller

Graduate Music Coordinator

Dr. Jo Ann Miller

Department Location

115 Music Education Building

Telephone Number

(701)231-7932

Degrees Offered

D.M.A., M.M.

Application Deadline

International applications are due May 1 for fall semester and August 1 for spring and summer semesters. Domestic applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes.

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 71
IELTS 6

Graduate Degrees


Graduate degrees (the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts) are offered in performance, conducting and music education.

The Master of Music Degree (M.M.)
Three tracks are offered: Performance, Conducting and Music Education. The Performance, Choral Conducting and Instrumental Conducting tracks require a minimum of 30 credits; the Music Education track requires a minimum of 32 credits.

The M.M. in performance and conducting is the professional degree in music designed for performers and conductors wishing to augment and refine their skills. The M.M. in Music Education is designed for music teachers who wish to update and increase their practical pedagogical knowledge. 

Applications may be completed online at www.ndsu.edu/gradschool. A complete application will include three recommendations, transcripts and a scholarly writing example. Applicants should notify the graduate music coordinator, jo.miller@ndsu.edu, of their intention to apply. For applicants in performance and conducting, an on-campus visit and audition are required. Following acceptance into the masters program, applicants will complete a diagnostic exam, which will be used by their advisors to plan appropriate coursework. 

All coursework must be passed with a minimum grade of B. Comprehensive written examinations in the student’s primary area and in music academic studies must be passed near the end of or after coursework. The final oral examination (administered by the student’s committee) occurs after the written comprehensive exam. 

Conductors and performers will prepare a recital as their capstone experience. Those in the music education track will complete a written practicum. Both experiences will be planned with guidance by the candidate’s committee. The committee will include three graduate faculty members: the advisor, a representative from music academic studies, and at least one other music faculty member.

Master of Music in Performance (Minimum 30 credits)  

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 731

Applied Study

8

MUSC 748

Music Bibliography and Research Methods

2

MUSC 780

Recital

4

Theory

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques

3

History

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

3

MUSC 721 or 722

Vocal or Instrumental Pedagogy

2-3

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

3

MUSC 793

Instrumental Repertoire (Ind. Study)
or

MUSC 767 Vocal Lit I: Baroque, Classic
MUSC 768 Vocal Lit II: Romantic
MUSC 769 Vocal Lit III: 20th Century/Contemporary

3

Electives

(In consultation with advisor)

1-2

 

Total:  

Min. 30

 Master of Music in Choral Conducting (30 credits Minimum) 

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 731

Applied Study (Conducting)

8

MUSC 748

Bibliography and Research Methods

2

MUSC 780

Recital

4

Theory

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques

3

History

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

3

Literature

Two from:
MUSC 760 Medieval/Renaissance Choral Literature
MUSC 761 Baroque Choral Literature
MUSC 762 Classical/Romantic Choral Literature
MUSC 763 Contemporary Choral Literature

 

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

2

MUSC 721

Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Repertoire

2

Total:  

Min. 30

 

Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting (32 credits)  

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 731

Applied Study (Conducting)

8

MUSC 748

Bibliography and Research Methods

2

MUSC 780

Recital

4

Theory

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques

3

History

One course to be taken from:
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

3

Literature

MUSC 765 Band Lit: History/Development
MUSC 766 Band Lit: Chamber Music

3
3

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

2

MUSC 731

Appied Study (Instrument)

2

Total:  

Min. 30

Master of Music in Music Education Degree

This degree is designed to be completed in three summers or in a combination of summers and the academic year. Students must register for a least six credits per calendar year until all degree requirements are completed. Classes are offered both online and on campus. Course-work can be focused in elementary, choral/vocal, or instrumental music education. No thesis is required; rather, students will complete a four-credit practicum. The practicum will be agreed upon and planned jointly by the student and his/her advisor. Comprehensive written examinations must be passed near the end of or after coursework. The final oral examination (administered by the student’s committee) occurs after the written comprehensive examinati

Course

Course Name

Credits

Music Education Core (9 credits)

 

 

MUSC 701

Psychology of Music

 

MUSC 703

Foundation of American Music Education

 

MUSC 790

Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Music Education

 

Music Core (10 credits)

 

 

MUSC 702

Graduate Theory Survey

 

MUSC 704

Graduate Music History Survey

 

MUSC 731

Applied Study

8

Music Electives (9 credits)

 

 

MUSC 713
MUSC 714
MUSC 715
MUSC 765
MUSC 766

Advanced Choral Methods
Advanced Elementary Methods
History of Choral Literature
Band Lit: History/Development
Band Lit: Chamber Music
Other Music History, Theory, Literature or Pedagogy
(to be determined with advisor)

3
3
3
3
3

MUSC 794

Practicum

4

 

Total Credits

32

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
The D.M.A. is the terminal professional practical degree in music, designed for performers and conductors wishing to acquire the highest performance abilities. Graduates will have attained the academic qualifications generally accepted for teaching at the college level. 

Entering students in the vocal performance track are expected to have appropriate language proficiencies in French, German, and Italian. Remedial work may be required upon recommendation of the adviser and committee. 

Recitals and a final written project are planned in conjunction with the candidate's committee, which consists of at least three graduate faculty members: the adviser, a representative from academic studies, and at least one other member at large. 

All course work must be passed with a minimum grade of B. Qualifying examinations in the student's primary focus area and in academic studies must be passed near the end of or after course work, and prior to a final oral examination by members of the candidate's committee. All D.M.A. graduates must have reading proficiency in at least one foreign language. For some, an alternative such as a computer language or other research skill, if appropriate to the student's focus area, may be substituted. This proficiency will be determined and assessed by the candidate's committee. Further, students in Choral Conducting must demonstrate appropriate proficiency in foreign language diction.

Two tracks are offered: Performance and Conducting. Each track requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree (93 for the D.M.A. in choral conducting). Students entering the program with an approved master's degree or its equivalent may apply credits toward the D.M.A. The graduate music faculty will determine the viability and number of transfer credits.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 731

Applied Study

8

MUSC 780

Recital

4

MUSC 789

D.M.A. Thesis

2

History/Theory

To be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

14

Pedagogy

To be taken from:
MUSC 721 Vocal Pedagogy
MUSC 722 Instrumental Pedagogy
MUSC 793 Pedagogy

6

MUSC 709

Ensemble (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)

10

MUSC 793

Instrumental Repertoire (Ind. Study) (3,3,3)
or MUSC 767 Vocal Lit I: Baroque, Classic
MUSC 768 Vocal Lit II: Romantic
MUSC 769 Vocal Lit III: 20th Century/Contemporary

9

Electives

(In consultation with advisor)

9

Total

90

Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 731

Applied Study

8

MUSC 780

Recital

4

MUSC 789

D.M.A. Thesis

2

MUSC 748

Music Bibliography and Research Methods

2

History/Theory

To be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

14

Literature

MUSC 760 Medieval/Renaissance Choral Lit.
MUSC 761 Baroque Choral Literature
MUSC 762 Classical/Romantic Choral Literature
MUSC 763 Century/Contemporary Choral Literature
or MUSC 765 Band Lit: History/Development
MUSC 766 Band Lit: Chamber Music

6-12

MUSC 709

Ensemble (1,1,1,1,1,1)

6

Cognate

Courses determined with advisor from Conducting, Music Education, Academic Studies and Performance

14

Electives

(In consultation with advisor)

12

Total

90

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Faculty

Jeremy Brekke, D.A., Associate Professor

Andrew Froelich, D.M.A., Professor

Robert W. Groves, Ph.D., Professor

Sigurd Johnson, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Robert J. Jones, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Cecilia Kang, D.M.A., Assistant Professor

Kyle Mack, D.A., Associate Professor

Jo Ann Miller, D.M.A., Professor

John Miller, Ph.D., Professor

Charlette Moe, D.M.A., Assistant Professor

Katherine Noone, D.M.A., Assistant Professor

Warren Olfert, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Matthew Patnode, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Virginia Sublett, D.M.A., Professor

Michael Weber, D.M.A., Associate Professor


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