School of Music
MM in Pedagogy
The Masters in Performance / 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 30 credit hours and a minimum grade point average of 3.0.||Credits|
|MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music||3|
|MUH 520 Seminar in Music History||3|
|MUT 530 Seminar in Music Theory||3|
|MUP 604 Applied Music (4 semesters)||8|
|MUS 695 Final Project: Thesis or Lecture-Recital||3|
|MUS 521 Literature of the Major Instrument|
|For vocal pedagogy majors:|
|MUS 522 Music Literature: Voice I or|
|MUS 523 Music Literature: Voice II||2|
|For piano pedagogy majors:|
|MUS 524 Music Literature: Piano I or|
|MUS 525 Music Literature: Piano II||2|
*If the student has already taken two semesters of piano literature in undergraduate studies, then MUS 563 Topics in Keyboard Studies may be substituted.
|Depending on area of study:|
|MUS 572 Vocal Pedagogy or|
|MUS 578 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument: Piano 1||2|
|Depending on area of study, one of the following:|
|MUS 584 Advanced Pedagogy - Voice|
|MUS 579 Ped of the Major Inst: Piano 2|
|MUS 582 Advanced Pedagogy: Keyboard||2|
|MUS 694 Internship – field application of applied teaching||3|
|Electives – Any MUH, MUS, MUP, MUT or MUE 500 or 600 level courses||1|
Information for Matriculated Students
Graduate Competency Exams
All incoming School of Music graduate students must pass a competency exam in music theory/ear training prior to enrollment in MUS 530, Seminar in Music Theory. This exam will be graded pass/fail and 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 coursework 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 lecture-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 final project must be presented after successful completion of the comprehensive exams.
- Grading of the lecture-recital or thesis will be by a committee of at least two jurors. The jurors will be drawn from the graduate faculty.
- The candidate must receive a grade of B or higher on the final project.
Lecture-Recital: A 45 - 60 minute Lecture-Recital based on a topic of the student's discretion with approval of the applied teacher. A copy of the lecture-recital document must be submitted for review before the public presentation.
An extensive Thesis based on a pedagogy topic to be agreed on by the program director and student.
Note: The student in the Masters of Music Program / Pedagogy may elect to present a non-required Recital with the approval of the Applied teacher after the 3rd semester of study is achieved.
Six graduate credits may be transferred to USM from another NASM-accredited college or university.
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.
Pedagogy majors must present a Final Project, 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.
In addition to the required Final Project and associated written documents, candidates will be required to complete a written or oral examination in which they will be prepared to discuss topics and answer questions in their field. The exit examination will be scheduled through the appropriate full-time faculty member.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- An essay of 300-500 words on your professional goals
- A professional résumé
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
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
Once the application in the Office of Admissions 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.
The audition will include:
- A performance audition of at least 15 minutes of music containing repertoire that represents various music styles according to the discipline of the student's applied area.
- A sight singing exam will be taken by all students at the time of audition, demonstrating the ability to sight sing a melody and clap, tap or recite a rhythm pattern at sight.
Additionally, vocalists must perform from memory in English, Italian, and one (1) other language.
Vocalists must demonstrate the ability to play at the piano: I, IV, V, I chord progressions in keys up to 3 sharps and flats.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation