School of Music

Graduate Programs

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

 
GRADUATE MUSIC CORE COURSES
All master of music students are required to take the following courses:
MUS 520 Seminar in Music History 3 cr
MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory 3 cr.

All master of music students except those in music education are required to take the following course, and are advised to take it early in their course of study:

MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music 3 cr

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MUSIC EDUCATION
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Michele Kaschub, kaschub@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUE 611 Introduction to Research in Music Education 3 cr.
MUE 612 Philosophical Bases of Music Education 3 cr.
MUE 613 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning 3 cr.
MUE 614 Curriculum Development and Assessment 3 cr.
MUE 615 The Professional Portfolio 0 cr.
MUE 695 Thesis (optional) 3 cr.
Graduate Music Core Courses 6 cr
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 9 cr.

The music education 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.

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COMPOSITION   
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Daniel Sonenberg, dsonenberg@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music (composition) 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS    
Graduate music core courses 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

A two-year residency is required.

Exit examinations (in addition to the general exit exams in history and theory): Students in composition will be tested in all aspects of orcestration.

One 60-minute lecture-recital in which program notes and compositional process are shared with the audience as verbal introductions to each work. The recital comprises 40 minutes of original music for a variety of mixed media composed while in residency for the degree. The composer will participate as performer on at least one work on the recital.

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JAZZ STUDIES      
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Christopher Oberholtzer, oberholt@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUS 507F Jazz Ensemble 1 cr.
MUS 506 Chamber Music-Jazz 1 cr.
MUP 603 Applied Music (jazz studies) 9 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS 682 Chamber Jazz Ensemble Evolution & Analysis 2 cr.
MUS 683 Large Jazz Ensemble Evolution & Analysis 2 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

Nine credits of applied music in jazz studies (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons. These studies will be supplemented with two semesters of performance in a chamber jazz ensemble and two semesters of performance in a large jazz ensemble.   

Students must present one recital for completion of their degree program. The recital will be comprised of no less than sixty (60) minutes of repertoire which features the candidate as a soloist. The ensemble and the repertoire must be approved by the program advisor and/or the private instructor.

In addition to the general exit examinations in music history and music theory, candidates will be tested on topics in jazz studies. Sample questions are available for review and study.

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CONDUCTING: CHORAL         
Requires a minimum of 31 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Robert Russell, rrussell@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 3 cr.
MUP 603 Applied Music (choral conducting) 9 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills 3 cr.
MUS 501 or 505 University Chorale or Chamber Singers (2 sem) 1 cr
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

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 a repertoire list. A one-year residency is required.

The culmination of applied study in choral conducting will be a recital of at least 40 minutes of music. The ensemble for the recital and the recital program must be approved by the major advisor.

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CONDUCTING: ORCHESTRAL
Requires a minimum of 31 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Robert Lehmann, rlehmann@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music 3 cr.
MUP 603 Applied Music (orchestral conducting) 9 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills 3 cr.
MUS 500 University Orchestra (2 sem.) 1 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

Nine credits of applied music in orchestral conducting (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented by rehearsal time with the University Orchestra or other appropriate ensemble. A one-year residency is required.

The culmination of applied study in orchestral conducting will be a recital of at least 40 minutes of music. The ensemble for the recital and the recital program must be approved by the major advisor.

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PERFORMANCE: VOICE     
Requires a minimum of 32 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Ellen Chickering, ellenc@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS 521 Vocal Literature - German 2 cr.
MUS 522 Vocal Literature - French 2 cr.
MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills 3 cr.
MUS 501 or 505 University Chorale/Chamber Singers 1 cr
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

Twelve credits of applied music in voice (four semesters of 3 credits each) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented with Studio Class participation. Students are required to take jury examinations in each semester of enrollment in voice until the recital is successfully completed.

During the final semester of graduate study, the student will be required to present one complete recital from memory (minimum requirements: 60' of music with no more than 12' of ensemble performance) demonstrating evidence of interpretive skill and vocal technique in English, French, German and Italian repertory.

In addition to the general exit examinations in history and Theory, students must pass Italian, French and German diction at the graduate level; pass a written comprehensive exam in Vocal Literature; an examination in Sight Singing ability; be able to sight read a simple chordal accompaniment to a song; and accompany a singer with songs from a prepared list.

Minimum proficiencies

  • Completion of 2 semesters of undergraduate Italian and 2 semesters of undergraduate French or German
  • Diction pronunciation proficiency exam in French, Italian and German
  • Ability to play at the piano - I, IV, V, I chord progression in keys up to 3 sharps and flats
  • Ability to sight read a hymn or similar chordal song accompaniment

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PERFORMANCE: BRASS/PERCUSSION   
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: John C. Boden, jboden@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital (2) 0 cr.
MUS 521 Literature of the Major Instrument 2 cr.
MUS 500/501/508 Ensemble 0 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

Instrumental performers must present two graduate recitals. The recital will consist of at least 60 minutes of solo repertoire (may include chamber music where the candidate is featured as a soloist).

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PERFORMANCE: STRINGS
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Robert Lehmann, rlehmann@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 500 Orchestra 1 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUS 521 Literature of Major Instrument 2 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

In addition to the twelve credit hours of applied instruction, two graduate recitals must be presented. Each recital must include at least 60 minutes of music, one portion of which may include a collaborative ensemble, and must show a range and variety of historical styles (at least one piece must be from the 20th Century). At least one major work on the program must be memorized. This is a graded recital in which a grade of "B" or better must be earned for credit.

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PERFORMANCE: PIANO
Requires a minimum of 32 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Laura Kargul, kargul@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUP 506 Chamber Music and/or Accompanying 2 cr.
MUP 524 *Piano Literature I 2 cr.
MUP 525 *Piano Literature II 2 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 5 cr.

*Piano Leterature I and II must be taken unless equivalent courses have already been taken at the undergraduate level.

Twelve credits of applied music in piano (four semesters of 3 credits each) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented with studio class participation. Students are required to take jury examinations in each semester of enrollment in piano until the recital is successfully completed. A one-year residency is required.

Students must present one full-length solo recital from memory. The program, which must be approved by the program advisor, must include a minimum of 60 minutes of solo repertoire.

In addition to the general exit examinations in music history and theory, students must pass a proficiency exam in sight reading.

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PERFORMANCE: ORGAN   
Requires a minimum of 32 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Laura Kargul, kargul@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital 0 cr.
MUP 506 Chamber Music and/or Accompanying 1 cr.
MUP 524 *Organ Literature I 2 cr.
MUP 525 *Organ Literature II 2 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.
*Organ Literature I and II must be taken unless equivalent courses have already been taken at the undergraduate level.

Twelve credits of applied music in piano (four semesters of 3 credits each) will be scheduled as private lessons. Students are required to take jury examinations in each semester of enrollment in organ until the recital is successfully completed. A one-year residency is required.

Students must present two complete recitals. One must be a lecture-recital, with a 30-minute lecture and 30 minutes of solo repertoire. The other must include 60 minutes of solo repertoire. Recital programs must be approved by the private instructor and/or the program advisor.

In addition to the general exit examinations in music history and theory, students must pass a proficiency exam in sight reading.

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PERFORMANCE: WOODWINDS   
Requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Program Advisor: Tom Parchman, parchman@usm.maine.edu
Courses    
MUP 603 Applied Music 12 cr.
MUP 690 Recital (2) 0 cr.
MUS 521 Literature of the Major Instrument 2 cr.
MUS 500/501/508 Ensemble 1 cr.
Graduate music core courses (see above) 9 cr.
Electives Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600- level courses 6 cr.

Instrumental performers must present two graduate recitals, each consisting of at least 60 minutes of solo repertoire.

In addition to the general final examinations in history and theory, candidates for the MM degree in Instrumental Performance must pass an exam on woodwind literature and performance practice.