2014-15 Catalogs

MM in Pedagogy

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.

This program requires a minimum of 32 credit hours.Credits
     MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music3
     MUS 520 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory3
     MUP 604 Applied Music, Secondary Area (4 semesters)8
     MUP 690 Recital 
     MUS 695 Thesis0
     MUS 521 Literature of the Major Instrument 
          Or, for vocal pedagogy majors: 
          MUS 522 Vocal Literature I or MUS 523 VocalLiterature II2
     MUS 572 Vocal Pedagogy 
          Or MUS 575 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
     MUS 565 Topics in Voice/Keyboard/Winds/Brass/Percussion2
     MUS 694 Internship – field application of appliedteaching3
     Electives – Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500 or 600 levelcourses6

Eight credits of applied lessons (4 semesters of 2 cr. each) will be scheduled as private lessons. Students are required to take jury examinations in each semester of enrollment until the recital or lecture/recital is successfully completed. Students are required to take jury examinations in each semester of enrollment in applied lessons until the final project is successfully completed.

Information for Matriculated Students

Graduate Competency Exams

All incoming School of Music graduate students must pass competency exams in music theory/ear training and music history and literature prior to enrollment in MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory and MUS 520 Seminar in Music History. These exams will be graded pass/fail. Each exam may be taken no more than three times. Students unable to pass after three attempts must withdraw from the program.

Special Requirements and Standards

All music graduate programs must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation.

Students must maintain a B average in all course work and must have no grade lower than B-. Students who receive grades lower than B- will be reviewed for retention in the graduate program.

Each program requires that students demonstrate mastery in their primary area of study. Students meet this requirement through the presentation of a recital or thesis. Consult the individual requirements below for more details.

The following conditions will apply to all recitals, lecture recitals, and thesis projects in pedagogy:

  • Required recitals must be performed after successful completion of the comprehensive exams
  • Grading of the recital or thesis will be by a committee of no less than three jurors. The jurors will be drawn from the graduate faculty, the degree candidate's graduate advisor, and the degree candidate's private instructor.
  • The candidate must receive a grade of B or higher on each recital. If the grade of B is not achieved, the candidate must perform another recital that contains at least 50 percent new material. If the grade of B or higher is not achieved at this recital retake, the candidate must petition the faculty to remain in the degree program.
Transfer credit

Six graduate credits may be transferred to USM from another NASM-accredited college or university.

Admissions credit

Additionally no more than six graduate credits for work earned at USM in the five years prior to matriculation may be credited to the master's degree.


No residency is required for the pedagogy program.

Exit Requirements

Pedagogy majors must present a sixty (60) minute recital, a forty-five (45) to sixty (60) minute lecture recital, or a thesis based on a pedagogical topic. The selection of an appropriate final project will be made in collaboration with the applied area teacher and program advisor.

Contact the USM Office of Graduate Admissions for an application and instructions. Visit Graduate Admissions online at: http://usm.maine.edu/graduateadmissions.

Every applicant for admission must submit:

  • An application form.
  • The application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college and university work.
  • An essay of 300-500 words on your professional goals
  • A professional résumé

In addition, applicants to the School of Music graduate program in pedagogy must fulfill the following requirements prior to enrollment:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music or music education
  • An audition (by invitation only; see details below).

Applicants in pedagogy must submit:

  • A complete repertoire list, specifying those works that have been performed
Music Audition

Once the Office of Graduate Admissions application is complete, the School of Music Graduate Studies Committee will review the materials and make a recommendation to the School's coordinator of graduate studies. The program advisor for the pedagogy area will contact applicants selected for an audition.

Each degree program has specific audition requirements outlined below. Acceptance into an area of study is exclusive to that area, and a separate application and audition is required for each area. Due to the intensive and individualized nature of a graduate program in music, admission in specific areas will be limited.

In addition to a sight singing exam taken by all students at the time of audition, the pedagogy audition requires:

Demonstration of the ability to play at the piano: I, IV, V, I chord progressions in keys up to 3 sharps and flats.

A performance of at least 15 minutes of music containing repertoire that represents various music styles according to the discipline of the student's applied area.

Additionally, vocalists must perform in English, Italian and one (1) other language.