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Music - Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Master of Arts in Music (code MUS_MA01)


The Master of Arts degree in Music provides academic concentrations in Musicology, Music Theory, and Music Education.

Prerequisites

1. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, a Bachelor of Music degree, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper division courses in music comparable to those required of a major in music at this University;
2. The student must request all institutions of higher learning attended to send official copies of transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records and another set to the Department of Music Graduate Advisor. Transcripts presented to the Admissions Office by the student are not acceptable. Graduates of California State University, Long Beach must follow these same procedures when making application to the Master of Arts in music program;
3. All applicants are required to complete the Department of Music Graduate Placement Examination before they register for courses applicable to the Master of Arts degree. (Under special circumstances, a student may take the examination during the first semester in which he or she is registered in courses applicable to the degree.) Applicants for all options of the M.A. degree must present samples of their scholarly writings in music for review by the Graduate faculty. Applicants for the musicology concentration must show evidence of reading and translation ability in one foreign language (French or German);
4. A GPA of 3.00 or better in upper division Music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 GPA requirement or specified balance within the required 24 units of upper division music but who possess outstanding or unusual qualifications that promise a significant contribution to the Master of Arts program may petition for a special review from the Department Graduate Committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

The prerequisites for advancement to candidacy are the same as those for the Master of Music.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses with at least 24 units in the major. (The program may not include more than six units of transfer graduate credit);
2. Core Courses required by all Master of Arts students.13-15 units; MUS 696 (should be taken the first time it is offered during the student’s residency); MUS 541; one course from MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565; MUS 698 (for 4-6 units, dependent upon concentration).
3. Additional courses for Musicology concentration: 3 units from MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565 (other than one taken in core); 6 units elected from MUS 547, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 569, 571, 576, 578, 592, 593 (not taken in core); 6 units of music electives (students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to elect theory as well as performance classes, especially Collegium Musicum and New Music Ensemble). Thesis is taken for 6 units in this concentration.
4. Additional courses for Music Theory concentration: MUS 540; 6 units from 541 (may be repeated), 547, 640 (may be repeated); 6 units of electives (students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to elect additional history, composition, and performance classes, especially New Music Ensemble and Collegium Musicum). Thesis is taken for 6 units in this concentration.
5. Additional courses for Music Education Concentration: MUS 581, 588; 4 units chosen from MUS 526, 554, 575, 580, 582, 585, 587, 594, 595, 680; 5-7 units of electives (students in this concentration are encouraged to elect performance and conducting classes). Thesis is taken for 4-6 units in this concentration, dependent upon project.
6. An oral defense of the thesis, recital, or project (MUS 698).

 

Master of Music Degree (code MUS_MM01)


The Master of Music degree program provides professional concentrations in Composition, Conducting-Instrumental, Conducting-Choral, Jazz Studies, Opera Performance and Instrumental/Vocal Performance.

Prerequisites

1. A Bachelor of Music degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music or a bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 24 upper division units of music comparable to those required at this University;
2. The student must request all institutions of higher learning attended to send official copies of transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records and another set to the Department of Music Graduate Advisor. Transcripts presented to the Admissions Office by the student are not acceptable. Graduates of California State University, Long Beach must follow these same procedures when making application to the Master of Music in music program;
3. All applicants are required to complete the Department of Music Graduate Placement Examination before they register for courses applicable to the Master of Music degree. (Under special circumstances, a student may take the examination during the first semester in which he or she is registered in courses applicable to the degree);
4. Criteria according to concentration:
A. Composition: submission and approval of a portfolio of representative original scores and evidence of baccalaureate-level competency as required in the Bachelor of Music Composition Option;
B. Conducting: successful completion of a conducting examination and approval by the conducting faculty;
C. Performance/Jazz Studies: Performance-Opera; Jazz Studies; and Instrumental/Vocal: an audition both at a performance level and with a repertory on an instrument or in voice acceptable to the faculty of the specific performance medium.
5. A GPA of 3.00 or better in upper division Music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 GPA requirement or specified balance within the required 24 units of upper division music but who possess outstanding or unusual qualifications that promise a significant contribution to the Master of Music program may petition for a special review from the Department Graduate Advisory Council.

Advancement to Candidacy
1. Satisfy all the general University requirements, including fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Remove all undergraduate deficiencies, which were determined by the departmental Graduate Placement Examination and/or the Dean of the College of the Arts;
3. Pass the Department of Music Qualifying Examinations;
4. Submit an approved project or thesis proposal, and a graduate degree program approved by the student’s Thesis Committee, the Graduate Advisor, Department Chair, and the Dean of the College of the Arts;
5. GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Requirements
1. General requirements for all majors: Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses with at least 24 units in the major. (The program may not include more than six units of transfer graduate credit);
2. Core curriculum (13 units) MUS 541 (MUS 515 - Jazz Studies concentration only); one course from MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566 (MUS 513 - Jazz Studies concentration only); MUS 696 (should be taken the first time it is offered during student’s residency); MUS 698.
3. An oral defense of the thesis, recital, or project (MUS 698).

Master of Music Concentrations


Composition: MUS 544 and MUS 545; 2 units of MUS 529X or 629X (taken concurrently with MUS 544 and MUS 545); 3 units selected from MUS 555, 556, 557; 6 units selected under advisement from MUS 510, 511, 512, 515, 516, 520, 522, 525, 529X, 540, 543, 545, 547, 555, 556, 557, 597, and 640; 2 units of electives selected under advisement.
Conducting – Instrumental: 2 units of MUS 500, 600, or 601; 4 units of 529W or 629W; select by advisement two courses from MUS 520, 525, 680; 5 – 6 units of electives selected by advisement.
Conducting – Choral: 2 units of MUS 500, 600 or 601; 4 units of 529W or 629W; 519 (must be taken twice); 573, 575; 4 units of music electives by advisement.
Jazz Studies: MUS 510, 512, 516, 601 (2 units); 7 units selected by advisement from MUS 511, 514, 517, 529Y, 629, 543, 555, 556, 557 and/or 597A/D.
Opera Performance: 4 units for MUS 529Q or 629Q; 2 units of MUS 530; 526, 536, 573; THEA 490; and 2 units of electives chosen by advisement. Students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to take MUS 569.
Instrumental Performance: 4 units of MUS 500, 530, 600 or 601; 4 units of MUS 529 or 629 (section by advisement). Keyboard Specialization: 4 units of MUS 592A-B; 5 units of electives selected by advisement (MUS 577A-B, 600G, 600U strongly encouraged.) Other instrumental specializations: 9 units of electives chosen by advisement.
Vocal Performance: 2 units of MUS 500, 530, 600, or 601; 4 units of MUS 529 or 629 (section by advisement); MUS 573; choose 4 units from MUS 526, 534A, 534B under advisement; 5 units of electives chosen by advisement.
Teaching Credentials

Students seeking a degree in Music Education refer to the Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music options under B.M. degree. All students entering the credential program after August 31, 2003 will be following the SB2042 credential program and should consult the Single Subject Credential Program requirements in this catalog. For further information consult with the Department of Music credential advisor.

Music Performance

Opportunities to participate in various instrumental and vocal ensembles are available to all students regardless of major. Before enrolling in a performing group, students should apply to the director of the organization in which they wish to participate. Music performance courses may be repeated; up to 8 units of credit in MUS 100 or 300 may be counted toward a bachelor’s degree. Simultaneous enrollment in more than one organization is permitted.