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College of Fine Arts and Communication


School of Music


J. Christopher Buddo, Director, A-118, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Christopher Ulffers, Associate Director, A-119B, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Kerry Carlin, Chair, Keyboard Music, A-374, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Michelle Hairston, Chair, Music Education, A-213, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Thomas J. Huener, Chair, Theory, Composition, and Musicology, A-301, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Robert Scott Carter, Chair, Instrumental Music, A-307, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
John Kramar, Interim Chair, Vocal Studies, A-268 A. J. Fletcher Music Center

The School of Music offers three master of music degrees: the MM in music education, the MM in performance, and the MM in theory-composition. The MM in music education has seven options, each focusing on an area of emphasis, six are approved for North Carolina teacher licensure. The MM in performance offers concentrations in accompanying; organ, piano, voice, strings, percussion, or wind instruments; sacred music; woodwind or brass specialist; choral conducting; jazz; instrumental conducting; and pedagogy (piano, string, or vocal). The MM in theory-composition offers concentrations in composition and theory.

Admission

All applicants must meet the requirements established by the Graduate School and complete its admission process. Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor of music degree from an accredited institution and a minimum average grade of 3.0 in all previous course work. As part of the admission process, all applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music history and theory with an acceptable evaluation on an examination administered at the time of the audition or interview. Students with identified deficiencies may be required to remediate with appropriate courses (MUSC 6206, 6216).

All applicants for the MM in music education must submit a portfolio as detailed in the School of Music Graduate Handbook and Graduate Music Education Handbook. Applicants for the MM in music education with emphases in pedagogical studies, choral or instrumental conducting, performance, or theory/composition must submit a current music teaching license. Applicants for the MM in music education with emphasis in music therapy must submit a letter of intent which states the student’s professional goals and background experiences relevant to music therapy. Applicants for all concentrations within the MM in performance must demonstrate an acceptable level of musical accomplishment through an audition. Applicants for the MM in theory/composition must submit examples of creative and scholarly work such as compositions, research, or analytical papers. The master of music degree shall be awarded only after candidates pass a comprehensive examination that includes the presentation and defense of a final project or thesis.

All candidates for master of music degrees in performance concentrations shall participate in conducted or coached ensembles as determined by individual degree area requirements. Additional information detailing specific requirements for the various degree programs can be found in the admission requirements section of the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

MAT in Music Education

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Please refer to Section 8, College of Education, for the degree requirements for the master of arts in teaching, which leads to initial licensure.

MM in Music Education

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The MM in music education includes emphases in pedagogical studies, music therapy, choral or instrumental conducting, Suzuki string pedagogy, performance, or theory-composition. All emphases, with the exception of music therapy, are approved for North Carolina teacher licensure. The MM in music education with emphasis in music therapy provides entry-level music therapy credentials and eligibility to sit for the national board certification examination.

Minimum degree requirement is 33-35 s.h. as follows:

  1. Music Education Core: 16 s.h.
    MUSC 6836, 6837, 6838*, 6839
    Choose one: MUSC 6990 or 7000

    *Students in music therapy emphasis will take MUSC 5267 and 5287 in lieu of MUSC 6838.
  2. Teacher Education: 3 s.h.
    EDUC 6001 (Students in music therapy emphasis need not take EDUC 6001)
  3. Advanced Analysis: 3 s.h.
    MUSC 6006 or 6016
    (MUSC 6206 may be required without degree credit for remedial study in music theory)
  4. Choose an area of emphasis:
    Pedagogical Studies (33 s.h.)
    Required: 2-3 s.h.
    Choose one of the following: MUSC 5937, 5957, 5977
    Other studies in music: 6 s.h.
    Choose two of the following: MUSC 5516, 5257, 6403, 6507, 6508, 6509, or other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Applied Music: 2 s.h.
    Choose from 6105, 6115, 6316, or other applied music courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Choral Conducting (34 s.h.)
    Required: 8 s.h.
    MUSC 5706, 5716; MUSC 5906 or 5916
    Ensembles: 2 s.h.
    MUSC 6625, 6635 or 6665, or other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Applied Music: 2 s.h. (1, 1)*
    Choose from applied music courses (voice or piano recommended).
    *(1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.
    Instrumental Conducting (35 s.h.)
    Required: 9 s.h.
    MUSC 5706, 5716; MUSC 5926 or 6226
    Ensembles: 2 s.h.
    MUSC 6715, 6735, 6745, 6785, or other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Applied Music: 2 s.h. (1,1)*
    Choose from applied music courses (primary instrument recommended).
    *(1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.
    Music Therapy (33 s.h.)
    Required: 9 s.h.
    MUSC 5257, 5297, 5997, 6257, 6357
    Applied Music: 2 s.h.
    Choose from applied music courses.
    Electives: 3 s.h.
    Music education electives selected in consultation with music therapy advisor.
    Music therapy advisor will review candidate’s undergraduate training and provide academic advising to ensure that undergraduate music therapy equivalency and other behavioral science courses required for professional credentials requirements have been completed. Remedial Prerequisite course work may be required.
    Suzuki Violin Pedagogy (35 s.h.)
    Required: 8 s.h.
    MUSC 6645, 6646, 6647, 6648
    Other studies in music: 3 s.h.
    Choose from the following: MUSC 5516, 5257, 6403, 6507, 6508, 6509, or other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and the academic advisor.
    Applied Music: 2 s.h. (1,1)*
    Choose from applied music courses (violin recommended).
    *(1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.
    Performance (35 s.h.)
    Required: 8 s.h.
    Choose 8 s.h. of graduate applied music in any area, as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Ensembles: 2 s.h.
    MUSC 6625, 6635, 6665; 6715, 6735, 6745, 6775, 6785, or other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Other studies in music: 3 s.h.
    MUSC 5257, 5516, 6403, 6507, 6508, 6509, or other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Music Theory/Composition (35 s.h.)
    Required: 8 s.h.
    MUSC 6326 or 6336 or 6366; MUSC 6327 or 6356; MUSC 6328 or 6536
    Other studies in music: 3 s.h.
    MUSC 5257, 5516, 6403, 6507, 6508, 6509, or other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
    Applied Music: 2 s.h.
    Choose from 6316, or other applied music courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
Music therapy advisor will review candidate’s undergraduate training to ensure that undergraduate music therapy equivalency and other behavioral science course requirements have been completed. Remedial course work may be required.

MM in Performance

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Minimum degree requirement is 30-36 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core: MUSC 6006 or 6016; MUSC 6887; 8-9 s.h. applied music; 2 s.h. recital - 16-17 s.h.
  2. Concentration area (Choose one.) - 13-18 s.h.
    Minimum of 6 s.h. in theory and analysis, history and literature.
    Accompanying (16 s.h. core; 14 s.h. concentration):
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6457, 6467, 6557, 6567, 6993, 6994
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6627, 6637, 6639; select others in consultation with advisor - 10 s.h.
    Electives - 4 s.h.
    Choral conducting (16 s.h. core; 14 s.h. concentration):
    An audition is required for admission. Candidates for this degree must participate in at least one large ensemble each semester of residence and conduct a public performance of a major choral composition as a final project.
    Applied music and recital: MUSC 5706, 5716, 5906, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 5916, 6706, 6837; select others in consultation with advisor - 12 s.h.
    Electives - 2 s.h.
    Instrumental conducting (17 s.h. core; 13 s.h. concentration):
    An audition is required for admission. Audition repertoire will be chosen from the standard repertoire by the auditioning committee. Graduate students accepted into this degree program must demonstrate keyboard proficiency at an acceptable level. Opportunities for satisfying keyboard proficiency requirements exist through noncredit applied study. Candidates for this degree must participate in at least one large ensemble each semester in residence and conduct a public performance of a major composition as a final project.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 5706, 5716, 6706, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 5926 or 6226; select others in consultation with advisor - 10 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Jazz (16 s.h. core; 14 s.h. concentration):
    An audition is required for admission. Candidates for this degree must perform a public recital while in residence at East Carolina University and complete at least one original composition per semester. Students must perform in at least one large and one small ensemble each semester while in residence.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6195, 6196, 6296, 6336, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6095, 6096, 6295, 6395, 6396 - 10 s.h.
    Electives - 4 s.h.
    Organ, piano, voice, strings, percussion, or any wind instrument
    (16 s.h. core ; 14 s.h. concentration):
    A graduate student accepted into the voice performance master of music degree program must show evidence of proficiency in French, German, and Italian diction equivalent to MUSC 1627, 1637, and 1647. This may be done by examination. In the event that the student is not able to demonstrate proficiency, MUSC 1627, 1637, and 1647 will be required as remedial course work without credit.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6_ _1, 6_ _2, 6_ _3 ,or 6_ _4; 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6657 (woodwind, brass, percussion) or 6667 (strings) (Piano only: MUSC 6757; Voice only: MUSC 6617; Organ only: MUSC 5657); select others in consultation with advisor - 11 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Pedagogy (Choose piano, string, or vocal.)
    (16-17 s.h. core; 13-20 s.h. concentration):
    Piano (15 s.h.):
    Candidates for the master of music in piano pedagogy must fulfill one of the following recital options while in residence at East Carolina University: full solo recital or lecture recital. The performance of recital works and the lecture portion of the lecture recital must be approved by departmental audition. The nature of the lecture recital must be approved by the graduate committee.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6012 or 6013; 6727, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6707, 6717, 6757; accompanying and/or chamber music - 12 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    String (Suzuki) (20 s.h.):
    Candidates for this degree must perform a full solo recital while in residence at East Carolina University. The recital must include advanced repertoire from the Suzuki Violin School and supplementary literature. Also, candidates must exhibit a thorough understanding of the Suzuki approach and its materials through demonstration teaching. A student may qualify for registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas after completing the degree requirements.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6_ _2 or 6_ _3; 6646, 6648; 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6645, 6647, 6649, 6650, 6655, 6656; 6745, 6805 (both may be repeated) - 17 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Vocal (17 s.h.):
    Candidates for this degree must perform a full recital while in residence.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6062 (for 6 s.h.); 6618, 6619, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 5616, 6617, select others in consultation with advisor - 10 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Sacred Music (Choose organ or choral conducting) (16-17 s.h. core; 17-18 s.h. concentration):
    Prior to enrollment, all graduate students accepted into the sacred music program must take aural and keyboard skills proficiency examinations to determine whether remedial work is necessary. Students may be directed to review aural and/or keyboard skills in undergraduate courses for no credit. All proficiency requirements should be completed by the end of the second semester of degree work.
    Organ (16 s.h. core; 18 s.h. concentration):
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6022 (8 s.h. total), 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 5706, 6517, 6525, 6526, 6527, 6537, 6988, 6989 - 16 s.h.
    Electives - 2 s.h.
    Choral Conducting (17 s.h. core; 17 s.h. concentration):
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 5706, 5716, 6706, 6995
    Other studies in music: MUSC 5906, 5916, 6061, 6525, 6526, 6527, 6988, 6989 - 14 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Woodwind or brass specialist (16 s.h. core; 14 s.h. concentration):
    Applicants must demonstrate graduate-level potential in the major performance medium and proficiency on two other woodwind instruments, equivalent to a first-semester junior music major working toward the BM.
    Applied music and recitals: MUSC 6_ _1, 6_ _2, 6_ _3 ,or 6_ _4; 6995
    Other studies in music - 12 s.h.
    Additional applied study in other instruments in student’s instrumental family - 8 s.h.
    MUSC 6657; ensemble participation on one or more minor instruments - 4 s.h.
    Electives - 2 s.h.

MM in Theory Composition

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Candidates for the master of music in composition must submit an original composition-thesis of substantial proportions and present a full concert recital of pieces composed while in residence at East Carolina University. Candidates for the theory option must submit a thesis.

Minimum degree requirement is 32-33 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core - 18 s.h.
    MUSC 6006, 6016, 6327, 6328, 6887, 7000
  2. Concentration area (Choose one.) - 14 s.h.
    Composition:
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6136, 6326 or 6336 (may be repeated for credit), 6366 (may be repeated for credit); select repetitions in consultation with advisor - 13 s.h.
    Electives - 2 s.h.
    Theory:
    Other studies in music: MUSC 6326 or 6336, 6356, 6536; select others in consultation with advisor - 10 s.h.
    Electives - 4 s.h.
    Secondary Areas of Emphasis:
    Music Theory: Any MM Student may elect a secondary area of emphasis in Music Theory by completing a minimum of 8 s.h. from the following: MUSC 6327, 6328, 6356, 6536.
    Performance Practice: Any MM Student may elect a secondary area of emphasis in Performance Practice by completing a minimum of 6 s.h. from the following: MUSC 5887, 5897, 6855, 6898.

Certificate in Advanced Performance Studies (CAPS)

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The certificate of advanced performance studies is a highly focused one-year program that provides concentrated training and performance experiences for post-baccalaureate students who demonstrate superior performance ability. It is considered a preparatory program for graduate school or a performing career and can be obtained in the following areas of emphasis: cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, guitar, horn, jazz studies, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.

The program requires 16 s.h. of applied music studies and advanced coursework in music history, music theory, pedagogy and/or music technology. Ensemble participation and at least one full solo recital are required. An average of 3.0 is mandatory for all coursework.

Minimum certificate requirement is 16 s.h. as follows: MUSC 6995 (organ majors must repeat, others may repeat in lieu of ensemble requirement), 6 s.h. of applied music in principal area, 2 s.h. of graduate ensembles (may be replaced with a second recital), 6 s.h. of advanced coursework in music history, music theory, pedagogy, and/or music technology (must include courses from two of the four areas). All courses must be approved by the program advisor.

Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy

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The educational objective of the graduate certificate in Suzuki pedagogy is to prepare students as teachers proficient in the Suzuki pedagogical method. Students who complete the course of study may have course completion registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Admission is according to standards established by the National Association of Schools of Music and requires a bachelor of music degree or its equivalent.

The program requires 18 s.h. of pedagogy course work with a minimum grade of B, a written pedagogical project, a full solo recital, and a final oral exam. The recital must include advanced repertoire from the Suzuki Violin School and supplementary literature. Certificate candidates must exhibit a thorough understanding of the Suzuki approach to pedagogy and its materials through demonstration teaching and the written project.

Minimum certificate requirement is 18 s.h. as follows: MUSC 6645, 6646, 6647, 6648, 6649, 6650, 6655, 6656, 6995.