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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, MA


Concentrations available under the Master of Arts with a major in music include composition, musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory. Students seeking the master’s degree should consult their thesis advisor or division chair in preparing a tentative program to meet the degree requirements and in selecting an advisory committee.

Degree Requirements


All concentrations require the completion of a common core:

3 hours selected from


(selected in consultation with the major advisor)

Additional requirements


Additional requirements for each concentration are outlined below. The Office of Graduate Studies in Music provides complete information concerning procedures, administrative details and GRE requirements for individual programs. Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass a final comprehensive exam—either oral, written or both—covering the field of concentration and, if applicable, the thesis or research problem. The examination may be taken no more than three times.

Participation in Performance Laboratories


Participation in two terms/semesters of laboratory or ensemble is recommended for all master’s degree students. Laboratories include a cappella choir, chamber choir, concert choir, men’s chorus, women’s chorus, grand chorus, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, marching band, jazz labs and accompanying. To meet this requirement, students must choose laboratories approved by the major advisors.

Ensembles available for graduate student participation include opera theater, collegium musicum, chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, brass choir, trumpet choir, horn choir, trombone choir, tuba-euphonium ensemble, flute choir, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, marimba ensemble, African ensemble, Gamelan ensemble, electric and acoustic guitar ensembles, NOVA ensemble, and smaller string, woodwind, brass, harp and jazz chamber ensembles

Lecture Attendance Requirement


Each graduate student with a declared concentration in musicology or music theory is expected to attend all lectures presented in the Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology Lecture Series during each long term/semester of full-time enrollment (9 hours). Each graduate student with a declared concentration in composition is expected to attend all Music Now events during each long term/semester of full-time enrollment.

Concentration in Composition


Application Procedure


Applicants to the Master of Arts degree with a major in music and a concentration in composition must submit a completed College of Music application form and a portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December to be considered for acceptance in the following academic year. The portfolio must include scores, recordings, a resume or vita, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, writing sample and a personal statement; details are included in the Composition Student Handbook and on the composition division web site (http://music.unt.edu/comp/admissions/graduate).

General Application Information


  1. Please note that application to the Toulouse Graduate School is separate from application to the College of Music and that admission to the Graduate School does not imply acceptance to the composition program.
  2. Applicants are expected to submit GRE scores at the time of application in order to be considered for graduate studies in composition:
    1. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted provisionally pending successful completion of the GRE analytical writing exam by the end of the first semester of enrollment. However, all applicants accepted to the program must have at least attempted the GRE analytical writing exam prior to enrollment in graduate courses.
    2. The Graduate Preparation Course (GPC), provided for international students by the Intensive English Language Institute, is not accepted as a substitute for the GRE requirement.
  3. International applicants in composition must be provisionally accepted to the program prior to beginning study at the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).

Additional application information may be found in the Composition Student Handbook or on the division web site (http://music.unt.edu/comp).

Degree Requirements


The Master of Arts with a major in music and a concentration in composition is a 36-hour degree with thesis and includes the common core (15 hours, listed above), plus three possible options for the remaining 21 required hours:

Concentration in Composition (21 hours)


Concentration in Composition, Computer Music Media (21 hours)


Related field in music or minor field outside of music, 9 hours

6 hours selected from

interdisciplinary courses approved by the composition program

Minor field outside of music, 9 hours

Related field, 9 hours (select one)


Ethnomusicology

 Required:

Or 6 hours selected from

  • 3 hours selected from the list above and
  • 3 hours of ensembles from African Ensemble, South Indian Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Ensemble.
Music and Medicine

Required:

Music Education

Required: 9 hours selected from any 5000- or 6000-level MUED course.

Performance

Required: audition

  • MUAC 5500 level, 6 hours

Additional Requirements


  1. Each graduate student with a declared concentration in composition is expected to attend division events, including concerts, reading sessions, seminars and Music Now presentations during every term/semester of full-time enrollment.
  2. Composition students are expected to present at least one public performance or reading of original compositions each semester; these may include Spectrum programs, CEMI Centerpieces, reading sessions, student recitals or any off-campus venues.
  3. All graduate composition majors not enrolled in thesis or dissertation will be reviewed by the composition faculty each spring semester. New doctoral composition majors enrolled in   must pass a jury before the composition faculty prior to enrollment in  .
  4. Graduate composition students are to maintain a portfolio that includes completed works, recordings and a record of works and performances. This portfolio is submitted to the composition faculty for evaluation at the annual graduate review each spring term/semester.
  5. Students may enroll in no more than one composition lesson each term/semester.
  6. A grade of B or better is required in all courses used to satisfy the MA degree, including undergraduate and graduate deficiency courses. Students not meeting this division standard will be placed on probation for one term/semester. Students not fulfilling the conditions of probation will be dismissed from the program by majority vote of the composition faculty. Additional reviews may be called for at any time during the course of study in order to monitor the student’s progress.
  7. Graduate degree candidates in composition are not to take more than a total of 3 credit hours of thesis or dissertation per term/semester. Any request for an exception to the policy must be made in writing and approved by the composition faculty.

Composition students are expected to enroll in thesis (MUGC 5950 ) for at least two semesters. During those semesters of enrollment, students are to meet with their major professor on a regular basis (typically one hour per week, similar to graduate composition lessons). Other arrangements may be made for nonresident students as long as (1) both the student and major professor agree on the terms, and (2) sufficient progress on the final document can be demonstrated to the graduate advisory committee each semester. Further information regarding thesis requirements is found in the Composition Student Handbook, also available online (music.unt.edu/comp/students).

Additional information, including a complete listing of all composition program policies and procedures, is included in the Composition Student Handbook, which may be obtained by contacting the composition division or may be downloaded from the composition division web site (music.unt.edu/comp).

Concentration in Musicology


Acceptance and Permission to Enroll


To obtain permission to enroll in course work, the student must:

  1. apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (an evaluation of the students’s transcripts will determine deficiencies in course work);
  2. submit an acceptable score on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music;
  4. take the Graduate Placement Examination (GPE) given by the College of Music; and
  5. complete the appropriate deficiency courses the first term/semester they are offered.

Application for acceptance into the program is made by a letter submitted to the coordinator of the musicology area. The following supplementary materials should accompany this letter:

  1. an academic resume;
  2. three letters of recommendation by persons who know the applicant personally, professionally or academically;
  3. one or more samples of the student’s writing on musical topics; and
  4. a completed College of Music application, which includes a statement of personal interest indicating reasons for interest in pursuing graduate study in the chosen field. Please note that the music history area considers this statement and the writing samples to be critical; applicants should put a great deal of thought into writing the statement and choosing the writing samples.

Advising and Degree Plan


The Musicology Coordinator will assign a mentor to each student admitted to the Master of Arts with a major in music and a concentration in musicology. The mentor will assist the student in choosing courses and, after the student has finished 12 hours of course work that count toward the degree, in completing the degree plan. The degree plan, listing all courses to be required for the degree, must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Forms for this purpose are available in the College of Music Graduate Studies Office, Music Building, Room 216A and online at music.unt.edu/advising/graduate.php. All changes in the degree plan must be submitted in writing and filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Degree requirements are determined by the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time the degree plan is approved by the Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School. Degree plans may not be filed in the term/semester a student plans to graduate.

The Master of Arts with a major in music and a concentration in musicology is a 35-hour degree with thesis, including the common core (15 hours, listed above), plus the following requirements for the remaining 20 hours:

Concentration in Musicology (20 hours) *


Additional Requirements


For the concentration in musicology, the student must pass an examination testing reading knowledge German administered by the musicology faculty prior to applying for graduation.

Emphasis in Early Music Performance *


Entrance requirements for the early music performance emphasis are the same as the current requirements for the MA with a major in music and a concentration in musicology with the addition of an audition (equivalent of senior recital concentration level).

The Master of Arts with a major in music, a concentration in musicology and an emphasis in early music performance is a 37-hour degree with thesis, including the common core (15 hours, listed above) plus the following requirements for the remaining 22 hours:

Concentration in Musicology, Early Music Performance (22 hours)


* Master’s Thesis


Graduate students with a concentration in musicology, including those students with an emphasis in early music performance, should consult the Master’s Thesis Guidelines link at the division web site (www.music.unt.edu/mhte/node/111) for formatting, content and stylistic suggestions for the master’s thesis proposal. In consultation with his or her major professor, the student will ask two other professors to serve as members of his or her thesis advisory committee. Thesis proposals must be submitted and, if necessary, revised and re-submitted to the graduate advisory committee in a timely manner.

Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (thesis defense) covering the field of concentration and, if applicable, the thesis or research problem. The examination may be taken no more than three times.

Concentration in Ethnomusicology


Entrance requirements are the same as the current requirements for the Master of Arts with a major in music and a concentration in musicology.

The Master of Arts with a major in music and a concentration in ethnomusicology is a 35-hour degree with thesis, including the common core (15 hours, listed above), plus the following requirements for the remaining 20 hours.

Master’s Thesis


Graduate students in ethnomusicology should consult the Master’s Thesis Guidelines link at the division web site (www.music.unt.edu/mhte/node/111) for formatting, content and stylistic suggestions for the master’s thesis proposal. In consultation with his or her major professor, the student will ask two other ethnomusicology professors to serve as members of his or her thesis advisory committee. Thesis proposals must be submitted and, if necessary, revised and re-submitted to the graduate advisory committee in a timely manner.

Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (thesis defense) covering the field of concentration and, if applicable, the thesis or research problem. The examination may be taken no more than three times.

Concentration in Music Theory


The Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in music theory is a 36-hour degree with thesis: Common Core (15 hours, listed above) plus the following requirements for the remaining 21 hours:

Additional requirements for the degree include


  • Music History or Literature elective, 3 hours
  • Piano, 2 hours
  • Ensemble, 1 hour

Additional Requirements


  1. For the concentration in music theory, the student must pass an examination testing reading knowledge of one foreign language prior to applying for graduation. The choice of language, other than German or French, is to be approved by the Graduate Academic Degrees Committee (GADCOM).
  2. Students must receive a grade of B or better for all courses counting toward the concentration in music theory, including deficiency courses. Students not meeting this division standard will be placed on probation for one term/semester. Students not fulfilling the conditions of probation will be dismissed from the program by majority vote of the faculty.

Advising and Degree Plan


Students seeking the concentration in music theory should consult the graduate music theory coordinator to prepare a tentative program to meet the degree requirements. By the completion of 12 semester hours, the student is expected to file a degree plan in consultation with the area coordinator or major professor. The degree plan, listing all courses to be required for the degree, must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Forms for this purpose are available in the College of Music Graduate Studies Office, Music Building, Room 216A. All changes in the degree plan must be submitted in writing, approved by the major professor and filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Degree requirements are determined by the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time the degree plan is approved by the Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School. Degree plans may not be filed in the term/semester a student plans to graduate.

Master’s Thesis


Graduate students in music theory should consult the Master’s Thesis Guidelines link at the division web site (www.music.unt.edu/mhte/node/111) for formatting, content and stylistic suggestions for the master’s thesis proposal. In consultation with his or her major professor, the student will ask two other professors to serve as members of his or her thesis advisory committee. Thesis proposals must be submitted and, if necessary, revised and re-submitted to the Graduate Academic Degree Committee in a timely manner.

Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (thesis defense) covering the field of concentration and, if applicable, the thesis or research problem. The examination may be taken no more than three times.