Masters 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.

Instrumental Performance Piano Performance Vocal Performance Collaborative Piano Performance Choral Conducting Instrumental Conducting Music Theory Pedagogy Music Education

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 Piano Performance

Course Course Name Credits
MUSC 709 Graduate Ensemble (1,1,1) 3
MUSC 731 Applied Study 8
MUSC 748 Music Bibliography and Research Methods 2
MUSC 780 Recital 4
Literature One course to be taken from:

MUSC 643 Keyboard Literature
MUSC 770 Topics in Keyboard Literature

2-3
Pedagogy One course to be take from:
MUSC 623 Piano Pedagogy I
MUSC 624 Piano Pedagogy II
MUSC 723 Advanced Piano Pedagogy
MUSC 724 Topics in Piano Pedagogy
2-3
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 Collaborative Piano

Course Course Name Credits
MUSC 705 Graduate Diction Survey I 3
MUSC 731 Applied Study 10
MUSC 748 Music Bibliography and Research Methods 2
MUSC 750 Studies in Collaborative Piano (2,2,2) 6
MUSC 764 Applied Instrumental Literature (1) 1
MUSC 780 Recital (3) 3
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
Total 31

 

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

Master of Music in Music Education


Course Course Name Credits
MUSC 701 Psychology of Music 3
MUSC 703 Foundation of American Music Education 3
MUSC 790 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Music Education 3
MUSC 702 Graduate Theory Survey 3
MUSC 704 Graduate Music History Survey 3
MUSC 731 Applied Study 2
Music Electives (9 credits)
To be selected from: MUSC 713: Advanced Choral Methods (3)
MUSC 714: Advanced Elementary Methods (3)
MUSC 715: History of Choral Literature (3)
MUSC 758: Jazz Methods and Pedagogy in Music Education (3)
MUSC 765: Band Literature: History & Development (3)
MUSC 766: Band Literature: Chamber Music, Other Genres (3)
Other Music History, Theory, Literature, or Pedagogy courses
(to be determined with advisor)
Ensembles (to be determined with advistor)
9
MUSC 794 Practicum 4
Total Min. 30

Master of Music in Music Theory Pedagogy

Course Course Name Credits
MUSC 748 Bibliography and Research Methods 2
MUSC 736 Theory Pedagogy 3
MUSC 735 Classroom Pedagogy 3
MUSC 630 Counterpoint 3
MUSC 631 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques 3
MUSC 794 Practicum (1 credit each semester) 4
Theory One course to be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
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 6
Total Min. 30