Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Music! We offer Master of Music degrees in Performance, Conducting, and Music Education, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Performance and Conducting. We are dedicated to high-quality teaching, and our small class sizes provide excellent opportunities for your growth as a serious performer, teacher, and scholar.

The Challey School of Music is growing and has earned a national reputation. Explore these links to find out how we can help you reach your goals as a musician and educator.

You've reached that point where you desire in depth knowledge about the choral pieces you've sung and conducted. Our graduate degrees in choral conducting provide a comprehensive scholastic background and opportunities for hands-on experience with conducting techniques with our six choral ensembles. Our students also have the opportunity to learn from visiting artists, most recently, Dale Warland.

Audition requirements

  1. Notify Dr. Jo Ann Miller of your intention to apply.
  2. Submit a recent video recording that includes both a rehearsal and a performance (10 – 15 minutes). A URL link is acceptable.
  3. Complete your online application with the Graduate School.
    1. Preference will be given to applications completed by February 1.
  4. After the choral faculty has reviewed your application you will be contacted by Dr. Jo Ann Miller.
  5. If you are invited to campus for an audition/interview it will be scheduled at this point. Plan to be on campus for a full day.
  6. Your audition will be with the NDSU Concert Choir.
    1. Warmup the choir
    2. Conduct one piece from the Concert Choirs current repertoire
    3. Rehearse a piece of your choosing
    4. Total time with the choir – 20 minutes
  7. The interview will be with choral faculty – Drs. Miller, Moe and Weber.
  8. Other activities on the day of your audition will include:
    1. Meeting with other graduate students
    2. Meeting with the Challey School of Music administration
    3. A one-hour history/theory entrance exam
    4. Demonstrating functional piano skills

Our instrumental conducting degrees prepare you for all aspects of leading an ensemble. In addition to rigorous academic classes, our instrumental ensembles include Jazz bands, concert bands, a marching band and wind ensemble, providing you with ample time on the podium. Our instructors adhere to the philosophy that experience is the best teacher, and our graduate assistants share fully in the day to day responsibilities of our ensembles.

When you're ready to take your playing to the next level, our faculty are dedicated to your development as both a performer and a pedagogue of your instrument.

You're a working professional. The NDSU Challey School of Music is an institution that's as passionate about music education as you are. When you're ready to update and augment your skills, our program fits into your schedule as a working professional through a combination of online and summer classes. The curriculum is designed to both increase your effectiveness in the classroom and enhance your personal growth as a musician. This combination of commitment, quality and flexibility have made NDSU's graduate programs in music the most popular in the region.

This degree is designed to be completed in three summers or in a combination of summers and the academic year. Students must register for at 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 complete a four-credit practicum, planned jointly by the student and his/her advisor. Comprehensive written and oral examinations are passed near the end of or after coursework.

Music Education Core (9 credits)
Course Course Name When/Format
Credits
MUSC 701 Psychology of Music June
3
MUSC 703 Foundation of American Music Education June
3
MUSC 790 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Music Education
(See the 2012 Summer Symposium here)
July - one week
3
     
Music Core (10 credits)
Course Course Name  
Credits
MUSC 702 Graduate Theory Survey Online
3
MUSC 704 Graduate Music History Survey Online
3
MUSC 731 Applied Study Ongoing
2
     
Music Electives (9 credits)


MUSC 713
MUSC 714
MUSC 715
MUSC 758
MUSC 765
MUSC 766

To be selected from:
Advanced Choral Methods (3)
Advanced Elementary Methods (3)
History of Choral Literature (3)
Jazz Methods and Pedagogy in Music Education (3)
Band Literature: History & Development (3)
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)


Online
Online
Online
Online
Online
Online












9

MUSC 794 Practicum  
4
Total Credits
30

Few instruments offer as individualized a medium for expression as the piano, and your success as a pianist depends on individualized instruction. Our piano faculty are at the top of their field as performers and teachers; and take into account each student's needs, aptitudes, background and goals to create a unique plan for success. Our curriculum includes a balance of applied lessons, academic courses and the study of pedagogy, in addition to opportunities for hands-on experience as a performer, teacher and accompanist

Auditions for Fall 2017 will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Pianists wishing to audition who are not available on this date should contact Dr. Wottrich to schedule an alternate audition date. Pianists should prepare a representative recital program for their audition, which will include an interview portion and sightreading. Choosing works of contrasting stylistic periods is recommended. Details regarding the application process can be found below. Interested pianists can contact piano faculty members Dr. Groves or Dr. Wottrich with additional questions.

Pianists in the M.M. and D.M.A. programs will also be invited to perform in the NDSU Chamber Music Festival upon recommendation from the faculty.

The NDSU Collaborative Piano Performance M.M. and D.M.A. programs are designed for pianists who wish to specialize in collaborations with singers and instrumentalists. The M.M. program provides guidance in both instrumental and vocal collaborations, while the D.M.A offers the flexibility to focus on instrumental or vocal studies, or a combination thereof.  The instrumental focus offers specialization in repertoire for woodwinds, brass, and/or strings, while the vocal specialty involves vocal coaching of art song and opera with specific training in language and diction. In addition to a thorough grounding in such areas as harpsichord, figured bass realization, orchestral reductions, and sight and score reading, the Collaborative Piano Performance degrees include a component of applied piano study.

Collaborative pianists in NDSU's M.M. and D.M.A. programs will be regularly partnered in performance with professional vocalists and instrumentalists, and will be invited to perform in the NDSU Chamber Music Festival upon recommendation from the faculty.

Your voice and your technique are still growing and changing. In order to build a successful performing and teaching career you need personalized and careful instruction. Our faculty have extensive experience as both performers and voice teachers. Together we collaborate on creating an educational and performance plan to provide you with a lifelong foundation of vocal expertise. Our program is small enough to offer each student plentiful opportunities for performance. We produce one fully staged opera each year, in addition to opera scenes and concerts throughout the year. Students also find performance opportunities within the community, including professional experience with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

The Theory Pedagogy degree program is designed for students interested in developing their skills as teachers and scholars in Music Theory. Students may pursue the Theory Pedagogy MM jointly with another MM option, or as a second MM enrolled concurrently with a DMA in Performance or Conducting, though it has enough unique required courses to be granted as a single degree.

*Pending approval from NASM

Possible overlap with other degrees: (up to 12 credits)

74X History (700-level didactic)..................3
748 Research and Bibliography..................2
Electives

MUSC 748 Research and Bibliography  
2
Theory Core Classes
(16 credits)
Course Course Name When/Format
Credits
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
     
Choose one of the following
Course Course Name  
Credits
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis  
3
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques  
3
     
     
History: One course to be taken from
Course Course Name  
Credits
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance Music History  
3
MUSC 741 Baroque and Classical Music History  
3
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History  
3
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History  
3

 

Electives

   

 

6

Total Credits
30

Applying for Graduate Programs in Music

After reviewing these web pages and communicating with the faculty members associated with your graduate degree program, we encourage you to complete the following:

  1. Notify the Director of Graduate Study, Dr. Jo Ann Miller, of your intention to apply.
  2. Secure three recommendations from those familiar with your experiences as a musician.
  3. Secure official copies of all transcripts.
  4. Find a sample of your academic writing style, either from a paper or project.
  5. Complete your online application at the NDSU Graduate School.

For applicants in performance and conducting, an on-campus visit and audition are required. Following acceptance into the program, applicants will complete a diagnostic exam, which will be used by advisors to plan appropriate coursework.