School of Music

School of Music Graduate Programs

Message from the Director:

I hope you find this web site helpful.  We welcome your questions and would be happy to provide more information and assistance to any student who wishes to apply to the program or who wants to take a course or two.

The University of Southern Maine School of Music offers music degrees in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, pedagogy, and performance. The School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. With more than fifty-five full-time, part-time, and artist faculty, its impact on the cultural life of New England can be found in all areas of musical activity, from the elementary teacher to the professional performer. One will find USM School of Music graduates teaching on every level from preschool to graduate school. Their expertise as teachers and/or performers is highly regarded and in great demand.

"My God," Paul Hindemith once observed, "How can anyone ever be a master of music?"

Music is a limitless art and an inexhaustible field of study. The one thing every graduate student will discover with equal intensity is that the more one learns about music, the more one realizes how little he or she knows. But students will also find that music can yield delight as surely in the solitude of the library stacks or the practice room as in the concert hall, the opera stage, or the jazz club. 

Alan Kaschub, Interim Director
USM School of Music

Master of Music with concentrations in (links to catalog copy):

The University of Southern Maine School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Graduate Program Advisors 
Please feel free to contact the program advisor for more information on the specific area of study in which you are interested. Click on the name to contact them by e-mail.
Music Education: Prof. Michele Kaschub - The Music Education degree program is for current music educators who wish to continue their education at the masters level. The program is designed to be completed in three summers with the exception of the Seminar in Music History and Seminar in Music Theory, which will be offered as evening courses during the academic year. There is no residency requirement.
 
Conducting:
            Choral: Prof. Robert Russell - The Master of Music in Choral Conducting is designed for students who wish advanced study of the choral art. The program is historically based, with studies in early music, classical form, and modern choral music. Nine credits of applied music in choral conducting (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented by rehearsal time with one of the University choral ensembles or other appropriate ensemble. Three substantial topics will be covered during the course of the applied study: choral-orchestral conducting, a research project to create a detailed program note, and repertoire study.
            Wind: Prof. Peter Martin
            Orchestral: Prof. Robert Lehmann
 
Composition: Prof. Daniel Sonenberg
 
Jazz Studies: Prof. Christopher Oberholtzer
 
Performance:
            Piano/Organ: Prof. Laura Kargul
            Brass/Percussion: Prof. Peter Martin
            Woodwinds: Prof. Thomas Parchman
            Strings: Prof. Robert Lehmann
            Voice: Prof. Ellen Chickering
Pedagogy - Piano or Voice (Kargul and Chickering) - The Masters in Pedagogy is for students who wish to prepare for or are involved in a career in applied studio teaching. The program focuses on the development of teaching techniques and performance skills. Specific areas of pedagogy study include comparison of teaching methods and repertory. The program includes a supervised teaching internship.