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College of Fine Arts and Communication


School of Music


J. Christopher Buddo, Director, A-118, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Susan Beck-Frazier, Assistant Director for Student Services, A-122 A, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Christopher Ulffers, Assistant Director for Administrative Support, A-119B, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Janette Fishell, Chairperson, Keyboard Music, A-312, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Michelle Hairston, Chairperson, Music Education, A-213, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Thomas J. Huener, Chairperson, Theory, Composition, and Musicology, A-301, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
Robert Scott Carter, Chairperson, Instrumental Music, A-307, A. J. Fletcher Music Center
John B. O’Brien, Chairperson, Vocal Studies, A-268, A. J. Fletcher Music Center

The School of Music offers four master of music degrees: the MM in music education, the MM in music therapy, the MM in performance, and the MM in theory-composition. The MM in music education has two options, one is 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 (traditional and electronic), and theory. Students completing any of these professional degree programs achieve a broad conceptual understanding of their major area through a synthesis of theoretical and historical information. They acquire applied skills in research and performance for meaningful and effective use of this knowledge.

Admission

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, a minimum average grade of B in all previous course work, and demonstrate an acceptable level of musical accomplishment through an audition. Portfolio admission is an option in music education and music therapy. 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 music education master of music program must submit a teaching license. Applicants in theory/composition must submit examples of their creative and scholarly work (compositions, research, or analytical papers). Students applying for other thesis programs (music therapy, music technology) must submit examples of creative and scholarly work appropriate to those areas. 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.

All candidates for master of music degrees 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 7, College of Education, for the degree requirements for the master of arts in teaching, which leads to advanced certification.

MM in Music Education

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Minimum degree requirement is 36-39 s.h. as follows:

One week before the comprehensive examination presentation, the student will be required to complete a written examination of work covered in the degree program. The written examination is to be scheduled with the department chair.

  1. Core - 16 s.h.
    MUSC 6836, 6837, 6838, 6839, 6977
  2. Option (Choose option A or B.) - 20-23 s.h.
    Option A (Approved for North Carolina Graduate Teacher Licensure) - 20-23 s.h.
    Teacher education: EDUC 6001 - 3 s.h.
    Other studies: MUSC 6006 or 6016; 6300, 6400 or 6403; applied music 2 s.h.; at least one of the following courses selected in consultation with advisor: MUSC 5937, 5957, 5977, 6621; MUSC 7000 (optional, may be repeated for credit) - 14-17 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Option B (Carries No North Carolina Teacher Licensure) - 20 s.h.
    Area of specialization: Music therapy
    Other studies: MUSC 6006 or 6016; 2 s.h. applied music; select others in consultation with advisor - 17 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.

MM in Music Education (online)

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

The online Master of Music in Music Education is for individuals who are interested in graduate music teacher education and is approved for North Carolina teacher licensure. Degree completion requires the presentation of a final graduate capstone project and a written examination.

  1. Core - 16 s.h.
    MUSC 6836, 6837, 6838, 6839, 6977
  2. Teacher Education - 3 s.h.
    EDUC 6001
  3. Other Studies - 14 s.h.
    MUSC 6006 (6016) required. Other courses selected from graduate online courses, may include MUSC 5516, 5706, 5937, 5957, 5977, 6396, or 6403. 2 s.h. of applied music: requirement may be fulfilled by any applied music course or MUSC 6105, 6115. MUSC 6206 may be required without degree credit for remedial study in music theory.
  4. Electives - 3 s.h.

MM in Music Therapy

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Note: Students will not be admitted into this degree program after spring, 2009.

Minimum degree requirement is 31 s.h. as follows:

Candidates for the master of music in music therapy must submit an original thesis.

  1. Core - 16 s.h.
    MUSC 6257, 6267, 6357, 6367, 6838, 7000
  2. Options (Choose A or B.) - 15 s.h.
    Option A (undergraduate degree in music therapy required for admission)
    Other studies: MUSC 6006 or 6016; others selected in consultation with advisor - 12 s.h.
    Electives - 3 s.h.
    Option B
    Other studies: MUSC 6006 or 6016; 5257, 5267, 5287, 5297; others selected in consultation with advisor - 14 s.h.
    MUSC 6998 (internship) - 1 s.h.

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 or 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 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 5346, 6326 or 6336 (may be repeated for credit), 6366 (may be repeated for credit); select repetitions in consultation with advisor - 12 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.