Chamber Music Degree Requirements at Memorial

What follows is a general breakdown of how chamber music study can fit into the degree programs offered at Memorial University ’s School of Music . In no case does the information below supersede that provided in the University Calendar (link).

Graduate students in performance or performance/pedagogy tracks may use chamber music (Music 6500 or 6501) to fulfill a 4-credit requirement. A second area of applied study (Music 646A/B may also be used to fulfill this requirement.) There is no requirement for chamber music in the conducting program, though credits earned in chamber music may be used as electives in all graduate degree programs.

Undergraduate students have varying numbers of credits of coached ensemble (see explanation below) required depending on the student's particular degree program. In all programs the chamber music course offerings (Music 3510-3513) are one of several ways open to students to fulfill their particular credit requirement. Credits earned through chamber music study may also be used as electives in all degree programs.

Performance: Chamber Music may be used to fulfill a requirement for six credits of coached ensemble. No more than 16 credit hours may count toward the degree.

General Musical Studies: There is a three-credit requirement for courses to be selected from Chamber Music (3510-1513), Small Ensemble (3514), Accompanying (3515 or 3516), and Studio Pedagogy (3751). No more than 8 credit hours may count toward the degree.

Joint Major in Performance and History and Literature: Chamber Music may be used to fulfill a requirement for six credits of coached ensemble. No more than 16 credit hours can count toward the degree.

Joint Major in Performance and Theory and Composition: Chamber Music may be used to fulfill a requirement for six credits of coached ensemble.

Conjoint Degrees Program (BM and BME): no requirement. No more than 8 credit hours of coached ensemble can count toward the degree as elective credits.

Coached ensembles include Jazz Ensembles (2615, 265A/B), Opera Workshop (2616-2618), Chamber Music (3510-3513), Small Ensemble (3514), Accompanying (3515-16), World Music Ensemble (3517), and Contemporary Music/Improvisation Ensemble (3518). Some instrumentalists in particular may find their choices relatively limited when trying to fulfill the credit requirements for “coached ensembles” since Opera Workshop and Accompanying will not be open to them, and the Jazz Ensembles may not fit their particular focus.

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