About

Are you interested in delivering inspired performances at the highest level of musicianship? Do you want to move audiences through your artistry?

Whatever your instrument, performing is a central piece of your education, both as an undergrad and as a grad student, and it is an experience not to be missed.

It is a crucial part of developing your talent. It is an opportunity to join your classmates and oftentimes your professors in the thrill of a recital in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on campus and on the road. At ECU, you will find yourself on stage a lot.

Your opportunities here are enormous. ECU is a place where the arts hold sway. Performance is part of everyday life, not only for those studying music but also for those in our excellent art, dance, and theatre programs. There is an extensive schedule of events featuring students, faculty members, and visiting artists, making East Carolina a lively center for artistic activity. So you will perform, and you will have the chance to learn from and be entertained by others in concerts, plays, musicals, operas, and exhibitions.

There are many established student ensembles that perform regularly, in addition to groups pulled together for specific projects and productions. Your education is designed to give you the opportunity to be part of one or more of these groups. Many tour each year and perform throughout the United States and abroad. They have appeared by invitation at state, regional, national, and international conventions and festivals in locations including Anaheim, Montreux, Vienna, New Orleans, Jacksonville, New York City, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

ECU Advantage

Alumni from the ECU School of Music hold faculty positions in music schools across the country, are represented in the top military bands, and can be found on the world's greatest stages performing with orchestras, opera companies and in recital.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Rachel Copeland (119 Fletcher Music Center; 252-328-4281; skibar@ecu.edu)

Contact Information for Areas of Emphases:

Minimum degree requirement is 30-38 s.h. as follows:

1. Core - 12 s.h.
  • MUSC 6006 - Music Structure and Style or
  • MUSC 6016 - Music Structure and Style

  • MUSC 6887 - Introduction to Research in Music
  • 6 additional s.h. in advanced theory, analysis, history, or literature outside the primary area
2. Concentration area - 18-26 s.h.

(Students normally complete a single concentration; highly qualified students may complete two related concentrations, but only after acceptable auditions or portfolio submissions in both areas at the time of admission.)

    Accompanying - 18 s.h.
      Applied music and recitals (10 s.h.)
      • MUSC 6457 - Advanced Vocal Accompanying
      • MUSC 6467 - Advanced Vocal Accompanying
      • MUSC 6557 - Advanced Instrumental Accompanying/Chamber Music
      • MUSC 6567 - Advanced Instrumental Accompanying/Chamber Music
      • MUSC 6993 - Graduate Recital
      • MUSC 6994 - Graduate Recital
      Other studies in music (8 s.h.)
      • MUSC 6627 - Italian Lyric Diction
      • MUSC 6637 - French Lyric Diction
      • MUSC 6639 - German Lyric Diction
      • Select 2 s.h. in consultation with advisor
    Choral conducting - 19 s.h.

    Candidates for this concentration 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 recitals (11 s.h.)
      • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
      • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting
      • MUSC 6706 - Advanced Conducting
      • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
      Other studies in music (8 s.h.)
      • MUSC 5906 - Choral Literature
      • MUSC 5916 - Choral Literature
      • select others in consultation with advisor
    Composition - 21 s.h.
      Applied composition (10 s.h.)

      (Select 10 s.h. of repetitions from the following in consultation with advisor.)

      • MUSC 6326 - Composition
      • MUSC 6336 - Composition
      • MUSC 6366 - Special Problems in Electronic Music
      Thesis (3 s.h.)
      • MUSC 7000 - Thesis
      Other studies in music (8 s.h.)

      (Select 8 s.h. from the following.)

      • MUSC 6006 - Music Structure and Style or
      • MUSC 6016 - Music Structure and Style (In addition to core requirement)

      • MUSC 6136 - Music of the Modern and Postmodern Eras
      • MUSC 6327 - Counterpoint
      • MUSC 6328 - The Language of Post-tonal Music
      • MUSC 6356 - Pedagogy of Theory
    Instrumental conducting - 18 s.h.

    Audition repertoire will be chosen from the standard literature by the auditioning committee. Students must demonstrate keyboard proficiency at an acceptable level. 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 recital (11 s.h.)
      • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
      • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting
      • MUSC 6706 - Advanced Conducting
      • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
      Other studies in music (7 s.h.)
      • MUSC 5926 - Wind Instrument Literature or
      • MUSC 6226 - Orchestral Literature

      • select others in consultation with advisor
    Jazz Performance - 18 s.h.

    In addition to the recital required of all performance candidates at the masters level, jazz performance concentration students must complete at least one original jazz composition per semester. Students must perform in at least one large and one small ensemble each semester while in residence.

      Applied music and recitals (12 s.h.)
      • MUSC 6195 - Jazz Improvisation
      • MUSC 6196 - Advanced Jazz Improvisation

      • MUSC 6232 - Graduate Jazz or
      • MUSC 6233 - Graduate Jazz (minimum 6 s.h.)

      • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
      Other studies in music (6 s.h.)

      (Select 6 s.h. from the following.)

      • MUSC 6095 - Jazz Harmony
      • MUSC 6096 - Advanced Jazz Harmony
      • MUSC 6295 - Jazz Theory
      • MUSC 6296 - Jazz Arranging
      • MUSC 6395 - Jazz Recording Technique
      • MUSC 6396 - Jazz History
    Music history and literature - 21 s.h.
      Advanced history and literature (12 s.h.)
      • MUSC 6136 - Music of the Modern and Postmodern Eras
      • Select 9 s.h. including world music in consultation with advisor
      Thesis (3 s.h.)
      • MUSC 7000 - Thesis
      Other studies in music (6 s.h.)

      (Select 6 s.h. from the following.)

      • MUSC 6006 - Music Structure and Style or
      • MUSC 6016 - Music Structure and Style (In addition to core requirement)

      • MUSC 6327 - Counterpoint

      • MUSC 6328 - The Language of Post-tonal Music or
      • MUSC 6536 - Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
    Pedagogy - 18-26 s.h.

    (piano, string, or vocal)

      Piano - 21 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.

        Pedagogy and recital (13 s.h.)
        • MUSC 6707 - Seminar: Elementary Piano Pedagogy Literature
        • MUSC 6717 - Seminar: Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Literature
        • MUSC 6727 - Piano Pedagogy Practicum
        • MUSC 6757 - Seminar: Keyboard Literature
        • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
        Other studies in music (8 s.h.)
        String (Suzuki) - 24 s.h.

        The required recital must include advanced repertoire from the Suzuki Violin School and supplementary literature. A student may qualify for registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas after completing the degree requirements.

          Suzuki Pedagogy and Recital (18 s.h.)
          • MUSC 6645 - Suzuki Pedagogy I
          • MUSC 6646 - Suzuki Observation I
          • MUSC 6647 - Suzuki Pedagogy II
          • MUSC 6648 - Suzuki Observation II
          • MUSC 6649 - Suzuki Observation III
          • MUSC 6650 - Suzuki Observation IV
          • MUSC 6655 - Suzuki Pedagogy III
          • MUSC 6656 - Suzuki Pedagogy IV
          • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
          Other studies in music (8 s.h.)
          • MUSC 6_ _ 2 or
          • MUSC 6745 - Symphony Orchestra
          • MUSC 6805 - String Chamber Music
        Vocal - 21 s.h.
          Pedagogy and recital (8 s.h.)
          • MUSC 6617 - Vocal Pedagogy
          • MUSC 6618 - Studio Vocal Techniques
          • MUSC 6619 - Studio Vocal Internship
          • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
          Other studies in music (12 s.h.)
          • MUSC 6596 - Historical Development of Vocal Literature
          • MUSC 6062 (minimum of 6 s.h.)
      Performance - 18 s.h.

      (brass, organ, percussion instruments, piano, voice, string, or woodwind)

      Students accepted in the voice performance concentration must demonstrate proficiency in French, German, and Italian language and diction. Those identified with deficiencies will be advised to take courses as appropriate.

        Applied music and recital (10 s.h.)

        (The following applied courses must be taken in some combination to total 8 s.h.)

        MUSC 6_ _1

        MUSC 6_ _2

        MUSC 6_ _3

        MUSC 6_ _4

        MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital (2 s.h.)

          Other studies in music (8 s.h.)
          • MUSC 6657 - Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, or Strings or
          • MUSC 6667 - Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, or Strings or
          • MUSC 6757 - Seminar: Keyboard Literature or
          • MUSC 5657 - Organ Pedagogy or
          • MUSC 6617 - Vocal Pedagogy
          • Others may be selected in consultation with advisor
        Sacred Music - 21-23 s.h.

        (choral conducting or organ)

          Choral Conducting - 21 s.h.
            Applied music and recital (12 s.h.)
            • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
            • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting
            • MUSC 6061 - Applied Voice
            • MUSC 6706 - Advanced Conducting
            • MUSC 6995 - Graduate Recital
            Other studies in music (9 s.h.)

            (Select 9 s.h. from the following.)

            • MUSC 5906 - Choral Literature
            • MUSC 5916 - Choral Literature
            • MUSC 6525 - History of Sacred Music and Worship
            • MUSC 6526 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music I
            • MUSC 6527 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music II
            • MUSC 6988 - Sacred Music Internship
            • MUSC 6989 - Sacred Music Internship
          Organ - 23 s.h.
            Applied music and recital (10 s.h.)
              Other studies in music (13 s.h.)
              • MUSC 6517 - Advanced Service Playing I
              • MUSC 6525 - History of Sacred Music and Worship
              • MUSC 6526 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music I
              • MUSC 6527 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music II
              • MUSC 6537 - Advanced Service Playing II
              • MUSC 6988 - Sacred Music Internship
              • MUSC 6989 - Sacred Music Internship
          Theory - 19 s.h.
            Advanced theory (12 s.h.)
            • MUSC 6006 - Music Structure and Style or
            • MUSC 6016 - Music Structure and Style (in addition to core requirement)

            • MUSC 6327 - Counterpoint
            • MUSC 6328 - The Language of Post-tonal Music
            • MUSC 6536 - Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
            Thesis (3 s.h.)
            • MUSC 7000 - Thesis
            Other studies in music (4 s.h.)
            • MUSC 6326 - Composition or
            • MUSC 6336 - Composition
            • Blank space
            • MUSC 6356 - Pedagogy of Theory
          Woodwind specialist - 22 s.h.

          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 principal instrument and recital (10 s.h.)

            (The following applied courses must be taken in some combination to total 8 s.h.)

              Additional applied study in other woodwind instruments (10 s.h.)

              (The following courses must be taken in some combination to total 8 s.h.)

                Ensemble participation in ensembles on one or more minor instruments (2 s.h.)
              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

              Careers With This Degree

              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

              • Musicians
              • Singers
              • Communications, Entertainment, and Information
              • General Music

              Career Opportunities

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              • Work outside of North Carolina.

              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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