Music

M.M.

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Students selecting the Master of Music degree program choose from two specializations: music performance or music education.

Faculty: Professor Parillo, chair; Assistant Professor Takasawa, director of graduate studies.  Professors Conley, Danis, Kent, Ladewig, and Pollart; Assistant Professors Aberdam, A. Cardany; Lecturers B. Cardany, de la Garza, Frazier, Murray, and Thomas; Professors Emeriti Abusamra, Burns, Ceo, Dempsey, Fuchs, Gibbs, Lee, Livingston and Rankin.

Specializations

M.M. in Music Performance: 12 credits of performance in MUS 510 (minimum of three in a semester) appropriate to the music performance option selected and the principal applied music area, plus MUS 548 (3), 550 or 552 appropriate to the option selected (0), 567 (2), 580 (0), 581 (1), and three credits distributed according to the music performance option selected.

Voice or Instrument option: For vocalists, two credits in MUS 598 and one credit music elective. All twelve performance credits must be in MUS 510A, concluding with MUS 550 Graduate Performance Recital in the last semester of applied music study. Vocalists must be proficient in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin diction, and have general phonetic knowledge and skills that can be applied to other languages. Such proficiency includes language competency sufficient to understand texts in the repertory. The proficiency examination includes written and sung portions, and is given by the instructor of vocal diction. Vocalists may wish to take MUS 583 Vocal Diction to meet the proficiency levels required. For pianists, two credits in MUS 590 or 598 and one credit music elective. All twelve performance credits must be in MUS 510B, concluding with MUS 550 Graduate Performance Recital in the last semester of applied music study. For organists, guitarists, and other instrumentalists, two credits in MUS 598 and one credit music elective. All twelve performance credits must be in the principal applied music area (MUS 510C, E-U, or W), concluding with MUS 550 Graduate Performance Recital in the last semester of applied music study.

Conducting option: Three credits of electives appropriate to conducting. All twelve performance credits must be in MUS 510Y and/or 510Z, concluding with MUS 550 Graduate Performance Recital in the last semester of applied music study.

Composition option: Three credits of electives appropriate to composition. All twelve performance credits must be in MUS 510V, concluding with MUS 552 Graduate Composition Recital in the last semester of applied music study.

All performance candidates must also take nine credits of electives in music history, music theory, or applied areas other than in the student’s music performance option (9), and pass a written comprehensive examination in music history, music theory, and the performance option after 15 hours have been completed. A minimum of 30 credits is required for graduation.

M.M. in Music Education: MUS 548 (3), 579 (2), 580 (0), 581 (1), six credits in graduate music education courses (6), and nine credits in one of the following music education options (9):

Performance/essay option: Six credits of MUS 510 (three semesters at two credits each, or two semesters at three credits each), concluding with 550 (0) in the last semester of applied music study, and 570 (3).

Conducting option: Four credits of MUS 510Y (two semesters at two credits each, or one semester at four credits) and four credits of MUS 510Z (two semesters at two credits each, or one semester at four credits) concluding with MUS 551 (1) in the last semester of applied music study.

Composition (classical or studio) option: Six credits of MUS 510V (three semesters at two credits each, or two semesters at three credits each) concluding with 552 (0) in the last semester of applied music study and MUS 510Y or MUS 510Z (3). Credits recommended for studio composition are MUS 510V in jazz arranging and composition, MUS 579 in the jazz/studio area (e.g., a professional recording studio), 596, or 598J.

Thesis option: at least six credits in MUS 599 and three elective credits.

All music education candidates must also take a minimum of nine credits of electives in music history, music theory, or applied areas other than in the student’s music education option (9). Students in a thesis option must pass a written qualifying examination before thesis work is begun and defend the thesis in a final oral examination. All other music education candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination in music history, theory, and music education after 15 or more graduate credits have been completed. A minimum of 30 credits is required for graduation.

Graduate Teacher Certification Program: The graduate teacher certification program is taken at the graduate level, in conjunction with the music education specialization in Master of Music degree. It presumes that a candidate has completed the equivalent of the URI Bachelor of Music degree program with courses in music theory, music history, performance, and vocal and instrumental ensembles. Additional requirements include the MUS 169-179 Performance Classes; MUS 311 and 312 Conducting; MUS 416 Form or MUS 417 Instrumentation and Choral Arranging; MUS 238, 339, 340 Methods; PSY 113; EDC 250; MUS 341; and EDC 484 Student Teaching; MUS 480 Graduate Portfolio in Music; and the piano proficiency examination. Advanced standing by examination in the above areas is possible. Certain 500-level music education courses may be used as substitutes with permission of the department.

Students pursuing the graduate teacher certification must also apply for admission to the Office of Teacher Education in the School of Education; see Teacher Certification and Education in the undergraduate section of this catalog for admission requirements. The piano proficiency examination, the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge, and all courses required for the graduate teacher certification program, with the exception of MUS 480 [capstone], must be successfully completed before supervised student teaching (EDC 484). The passing score for Praxis II: Principles of Learning is 167, and for Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge is 153. Students may wish to enroll in EDC 312 (3) in order to prepare the Praxis II: Principles of Learning.

Completion of the teacher certification program can require as many as 36 credits (or more, if remedial studies in music are needed) in addition to what is required for the M.M. degree alone.

Master of Music

Admission requirements: undergraduate major, or the equivalent, in music with a grade point average of 2.50 or above. M.M. in Music Performance. Voice or instrument option: Audition or an audition tape. Deficiencies may be made up by study at the MUS 410 level. Conducting option: Audition or an audition tape. Deficiencies may be made up by study at the MUS 311 or 312 levels. Composition option: A portfolio of original compositions. Deficiencies may be made up by study at the MUS 410V level. M.M. in Music Education. Performance/essay option: Audition or an audition tape. Deficiencies may be made up by study at the MUS 410 level. Conducting option: Evidence of baton technique must be demonstrated through an audition or videotape. Composition option: Scores and tapes of original compositions. Deficiencies may be made up by study at the MUS 410V level. Thesis option: Writing sample of a major paper from undergraduate work or the equivalent.

Program requirements: post-admission placement examinations in appropriate areas (music history, theory, composition, and/or music education) determine whether background deficiencies must be made up with no program credit. A minimum of 30 credits is required for graduation. One-half of the program credits must be at the 500 level. (The graduate teacher certification program requires additional courses in education at the undergraduate level.)