Master of Music Course Requirements

The M.M. in performance and M.M. in conducting are professional degrees in music designed for those who want to augment and refine those skills. The M.M. in Music Education is designed for professional music teachers in public and private schools who wish to update and increase their musical and pedagogical knowledge.

Applications may be completed online at the NDSU Graduate School. A complete application will include three recommendations, transcripts and a scholarly writing example. Applicants should notify the graduate music coordinator, Dr. Jo Ann Miller, of their intention to apply. For applicants in performance and conducting, an on-campus visit and audition are required. Following acceptance into the master's program, applicants will complete a diagnostic exam, which will be used by their advisors to plan appropriate coursework. As a result of this diagnostic exam, students may be required to take the 702 Music Theory and/or 704 Music History survey courses.

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.

Course requirements for performance, choral conducting, or instrumental conducting.

Master of Music in Instrumental Performance

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

3

MUSC 722

Instrumental Pedagogy

2-3

MUSC 731

Applied Study

8

MUSC 748

Music Bibliography and Research Methods

2

MUSC 764

Instrumental Literature

2-3

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

Electives

(In consultation with advisor)

1-2

 

Total

Min. 30

 

Master of Music in Vocal Performance

Course

Course Name

Credits

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

3

MUSC 721

Vocal Pedagogy

2-3

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

Literature

One course to be taken from:

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

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

6

MUSC 709

Ensemble Performance

2

MUSC 721

Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Repertoire

2

 

Total

Min. 30

Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting

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

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