SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC

Professor and Director
T. Gordon

Professor and Associate Director
D. Buell

The degree of Master of Music (M.Mus.) is offered by full-time study, normally commencing in the Fall semester. Three areas of specialization are offered: Conducting, Performance and Performance/pedagogy. Within these broad specializations there is considerable flexibility available to further focus the program to meet specific interests and needs.

These programs offer the musician the tools to make accelerated advances in comprehension, skills and abilities as a performing musician or conductor while offering at the same time, insights and experience into the métier of the musician/entrepreneur in the modern world. The School of Music has forged active partnerships with many of the professional music organizations and institutions within the arts community in the greater St. John’s region which afford an exceptional range of professional experiences to its graduate students. Included among these partners are the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Heritage Canada, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and many others.

Graduate instruction is offered in instrumental and choral conducting, as well as in the following performance media: voice, piano, organ, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello and double bass.


QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

PROGRAM OF STUDY

EVALUATION

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission regulations and procedures are outlined in the GENERAL REGULATIONS Governing the School of Graduate Studies and apply to the Master of Music degree. Candidates for admission will normally hold a B.Mus. degree with first-class standing from a recognized university. Applicants with other types of preparation should enquire with the School of Music regarding the likelihood of admission. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 31.

2. In addition to meeting the requirements in A.1. above, admission is further determined by audition and diagnostic examinations.

a) Auditions for September entry will be held in February of each year on the St. John’s campus. Where exceptional circumstances prevail and with the approval of the Director, the audition may be submitted as an audio or video recording. The audition will normally be the equivalent of a full-length solo recital (ca. 60 minutes performing time) in the performance medium. The program should display a range of performance styles and repertoire. Prospective candidates should contact the School of Music for details on appropriate repertoire. Applicants to the M.Mus. in Conducting program should submit professional quality video tapes of their work with a minimum of two different types of ensembles. These video tapes should include both rehearsals and performances. Performance tapes should display a range of styles and repertoire.

b) Candidates for admission will be required to write diagnostic examinations measuring their skills and knowledge in the standard areas of musical literacy. These include music theory and analysis, aural skills, and music history and literature which includes repertoire knowledge in the performance area. Candidates who display deficiencies in any of these areas may still be considered for admission. Once admitted, however, they will be required to take remedial course work in addition to the required program requirements.

B. PROGRAM OF STUDY

1. All candidates for the degree of Master of Music will be required to register for courses which combine course work, performance or work-study internships and which can normally be completed over two years by full-time study. Recital requirements as specified within each specific program option are considered as thesis equivalents. Comprehensive examinations are not administered. The normal residency period in Conducting may, in some instances, be reduced through summer and intersession study or through a reduction of the credit requirements based on prior professional experience. Candidates for the degree are required to complete the core courses in the first year of the program. Principal and secondary applied course credits make up the largest concentration of program requirements and are intended to be taken over two years. Courses in secondary concentrations and electives make up the balance of the program.

2. All candidates for the M.Mus. degree must complete 36 credit hours which include MU 6001 and MU 6002.

a. All candidates in Conducting (Choral Conducting, Instrumental Conducting or Choral/Instrumental Conducting) must also complete the following courses: MU 6210, MU 6310, MU 6100; one of MU 6006, 6007 or 6008; and a total of six credits from among MU 6211, 7210, 6212, 6213, 6311, 7310, 6312 or 6313. Of the remaining 12 credit hours in electives, and with the approval of the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Music, 3 credit hours may be from related disciplines.

b. All candidates in Performance (solo voice, instrument or chamber music) must also complete MU 645A/B, MU 745A/B; MU 6700, MU 6750; MU 6005 or 6009; and 4 credits from among MU 646A/B or 6500 or 6501. Of the remaining 6 credit hours in electives, and with the approval of the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Music, 3 credit hours may be from related disciplines.

c. All candidates in Performance/Pedagogy (solo voice or instrument) must also complete MU 645A/B, MU 745A/B; MU 6600, MU 6650; E6959; and 4 credits from among MU 646A/B or 6500 or 6501. Of the remaining 6 credit hours in electives, and with the approval of the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Music, 3 credit hours may be from related disciplines.

d. Further courses may be required depending on the background of the individual student.

3. Candidates with concentrations in Choral Conducting, Performance (voice) and Performance/Pedagogy (voice) will be required to demonstrate competence in two of French, German or Italian. Exit examinations in the chosen languages will measure understandings both of diction and translation. (See General Regulation G.2.d.)
M.Mus Conducting Performance Performance/Pedagogy
Common Core

MU 6001
MU 6002

Applied MU 6210
MU 6310
Six credit hours from among MU 6211 / 6311 / 7210 / 7310 / 6212 / 6213 / 6312 / 6313
MU 645A/B
MU 745A/B
Four credit hours from among MU 646A/B / 6500 / 6501
MU 645A/B
MU 745A/B
Four credit hours from among MU 646A/B / 6500 / 6501
Complementary MU 6100
MU 6006 or 6007 or 6008
MU 6700
MU 6750
MU 6005 or 6009
MU 6600
MU 6650
E 6959
Electives Twelve credit hours, of which 3 may be from related disciplines Six credit hours Six credit hours

C. EVALUATION

General Regulations on evaluation, continuance and termination of studies of the School of Graduate Studies pertain to the Master of Music degree. In addition, failure to receive a grade of 75% or higher on any juried performance will lead to termination of the student’s program.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the School will allow.

Core courses

6001. Research Methods (3 credit hours)
6002. Graduate Seminar (3 credit hours)

Applied courses

6210. Instrumental Conducting I
6211. Instrumental Conducting II
6212. Instrumental Conducting Internship I (1 to 3 credit hours)
6213. Instrumental Conducting Internship II (1 to 3 credit hours)
6310. Choral Conducting I
6311. Choral Conducting II
6312. Choral Conducting Internship I (1 to 3 credit hours)
6313. Choral Conducting Internship II (1 to 3 credit hours)
645A/B. Principal Applied Study I (6 credit hours)
646A/B. Secondary Principal Applied Study (4 credit hours)
6500. Chamber Music (2 credit hours)
6501. Chamber Music (3 credit hours)
7210. Instrumental Conducting III
7310. Choral Conducting III
745A/B. Principal Applied Study II (6 credit hours)

Complementary courses and electives

6005. Performance Practice
6006. Instrumental Ensemble Repertoire
6007. Choral Repertoire
6008. Orchestral Repertoire
6009. Music Literature
6100. Score Study and Analysis
6600. Pedagogy Seminar
6650. Pedagogy Internship (2 credit hours)
6700. Music Industries Seminar
6750. Music Industries Internship (2 credit hours)

Special Topics Courses

6800-6809
7800-7809


Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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