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Master of Music in Music Performance

Major: MUSP
Degree Awarded: MM
Unit: GU
Program Webpage: http://www.louisville.edu/music/


Program Information

The School of Music offers training toward two specific graduate degrees in music: Master of Music requiring a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, and Master of Music Education requiring 30 hours. All programs require a minimum of 24 hours of residence at the University of Louisville. Major subjects in the Master of Music curriculum are music performance with concentrations in choral, wind or orchestral conducting, instrumental or vocal performance, jazz performance or jazz composition and arranging, piano pedagogy, music history, music theory, and music composition. The Master of Music Education program allows an applied music minor in an instrument, voice, or conducting. Each degree program has specific prerequisites, entrance requirements, and programmatic expectations that are described in the relevant section of the catalog.

Admission Requirements

1.    Applications for admission to a graduate program require the following:

(a)  a completed application;  

(b)  an application fee;

(c)  official transcripts for all previous post-secondary course work (all transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English);

(d)  at least two letters of recommendation;

(e)  scores from the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that must be submitted prior to the beginning of study.

2.    Applications to specific degree programs require evidence of preparation for advanced study as follows:

(a)  in performance, an acceptable audition;

(b)  in academic specializations (music composition, music history, music theory), a portfolio of work appropriate to the field of study;

(c)  in music education, evidence of classroom teaching experience.

3.    Applicants whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

(a)  a minimum TOEFL examination score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the internet-based test;

(b)  successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville;

(c)  documentation of the award of a degree from a recognized English language institution.

4.    Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the area to be pursued in advanced studies, or they must present evidence of equivalent preparation.

5.    Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale.

6.    Applicants who meet the requirements listed in items 1-5 will be considered for conditional admission for graduate study at the School of Music. For additional entrance requirements specific to the degree of interest, consult the section relevant to the degree program below.

7.    Entrance examinations in music history, theory and, if appropriate, jazz, will be administered before the first term of study. The School of Music provides guidelines to assist in preparing for the entrance examinations.

8.    Any exception to the above expectations will be evaluated individually and will require a statement indicating criteria to be met in a specified time frame with provisions for monitoring progress and performance. Justification must be provided in writing and must be accepted by the faculty of the student’s proposed program, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of the School of Music.

9.    Students who fail to meet performance standards or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the letter of admission, program of study, or the catalog of the University of Louisville are subject to dismissal from their programs.

General Information Regarding Academic Policies

1.    Detailed curricular and program offerings, including specific requirements and provisions for degree programs, are published in the university catalog at http://louisville.edu/graduatecatalog. Students will be provided with copies of the Handbook for Graduate Studies in Music, the “Guidelines for Preparation for the Graduate Music History Entrance Examination,” and “Guidelines for Preparation for the Graduate Music Theory Entrance Examination.” These documents are also available on the School of Music website at http://louisville.edu/music/.

2.    Students will be required to address any deficiencies revealed by entrance examinations in courses taken within the first two semesters of study. Credit toward the degree is not granted for review course work.

3.    All students are required to complete Bibliography and Research Methods (MUS 607) by the end of the second semester of study (part-time students by the completion of 15 hours of graduate study). Upon satisfactory completion of requirements stated in B.2 and B.3, students will be considered in good standing.

4.    Students will complete a project appropriate to the field of study as defined by the faculty of their program. The completion of this project (public recital, thesis, professional paper) normally takes place in the last semester of graduate study. Preparation and presentation of a recital must follow the guidelines in the Handbook for Graduate Studies in Music and the preparation of a thesis must follow the “Guidelines for the Preparation and Processing of Theses” issued by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS). The preparation of a thesis in music composition must also follow the "School of Music Thesis Formatting Guidelines for M.M. in Composition" available at http://louisville.edu/music/composition/ULCompThesisGuidelines.pdf.

5.    In order to graduate, a student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. No more than six (6) hours with any "C" or "C+" grade will be accepted toward a degree, and no grade below a "B-" will be accepted for a course in the student’s major subject area. Hours earned beyond the minimum in any curricular areas apply only to that area and cannot be assigned to another area in order to satisfy required credit. At least one-half of the total hours in graduate courses must be at the 600 level. Any exceptions to the program of study must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, or who fails to satisfy the published performance criteria, will be placed on probation. Students are ordinarily not permitted to continue on probation for more than one semester.

6.    When all course work and projects have been satisfactorily completed, the student becomes a candidate for the degree and is approved to take the graduate oral examination. A candidate who fails the oral examination at the end of one semester may not be given a second one before the end of the following semester. A candidate who fails the second oral examination will not be granted the degree of M.M. or M.M.E. from the University of Louisville.

7.    Upon request, a maximum of six (6) hours of earned graduate credit with a minimum grade of “B” may be transferred from accredited institutions that offer advanced degrees. Credit for applied music will not be transferred, but advanced standing may be awarded at a jury. Ensemble credits appropriate to the student’s degree program may be considered for transfer, but not to exceed one (1) hour per semester. Music history and music theory credits will be evaluated for transfer by the Director of Graduate Studies and the respective faculty. Transfer of more than six (6) hours may be requested provided that they are not earned by extension, or as thesis or practicum hours, and that the residency requirement of 24 semester hours is maintained by the addition of University of Louisville credits to the total program. Transfer of graduate hours within the University of Louisville toward a graduate degree in music may be requested provided that the minimum residence requirement of 24 hours is maintained.

8.    Students receiving a graduate assistantship (teaching, research, or service) will be provided adequate training and will be required to adhere to university policies. Performance of duties in research and service by graduate assistants will be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships will be evaluated each semester.

9.    Part-time students (with the exception of those in the M.M.E. degree program) must participate in one ensemble for each 18 hours of completed course work. If part-time study precludes completing ensemble degree requirements, other course work may be substituted.



Curriculum


Prerequisites

  1. Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent.
  2. Demonstration, by examination, of skills and capacities in the following fields:
    • written, aural, and keyboard harmony;
    • melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation;
    • elementary counterpoint; and
    • history and literature of music, and analytic understanding of musical forms and genres.
  3. Audition in major field, demonstrating a level equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Students intending to major in voice must have a reading knowledge of one foreign language and satisfactory diction in two others.
  4. Students in the Concentration in Jazz must demonstrate a level of competency in improvisation, jazz keyboard, jazz theory, and jazz history. Remedial courses are in place to assist students who do not meet these requirements.
  5. GRE scores.

Core Curriculum

MUS 500 - Music History Review* 0
MUS 400 - Music Theory Review* 0
MUS 600 - Graduate Oral Exam Preparation  0
MUS 607 - Bibliography and Research Methods 3
Music History Seminar (500 or 600 level) 3
Music Theory (500 or 600 level)** 4
Applied Study (600 level)*** 8
MUS 697 - Graduate Recital**** 0
Total 18
 

Other Requirements

All students must pass an oral examination after all course work is completed.

Notes:  

* These courses may be satisfied by passing the entrance examinations in these areas.
** For students in the Concentration in Jazz, Jazz Theory (MUS 539-02) is recommended. For students in the Concentration in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Advanced Jazz Compositional Theory (MUS 654) is required and Jazz Theory (MUS 539-02) is recommended.
*** The applied course numbers for the degree concentrations are as follows: Choral Conducting: MUS 601, 602, 659, 660 (Students may substitute additional semesters of MUS 659, 660 for MUS 601, 602 at the discretion of the Director of Choral Activities.) Orchestral/Wind Conducting/Piano Pedagogy: MUS 601, 602, 611, 612. Jazz Performance: MUS 605, 606, 615, 616. Students enrolled for applied jazz composition and arranging may not also get credit for Advanced Jazz Arranging (MUS 656) or Film/TV Scoring (MUS 657). Instrumental/Organ/ Piano/Vocal Performance: MUS 603, 604.

**** Taken concurrently with final semester of applied study. Performance and pedagogy degree recitals are expected to show a performer's musical maturity and versatility. A degree recital program must be approved by the student's applied instructor. Minimum recital lengths will be determined by the appropriate area faculty and indicated on all applied syllabi.

Concentration in Choral Conducting
MUS 611 - Additional Applied Study* 2
MUS 530, 531 - Choral Literature I & II 4
MUS 559 - Instrumental Conducting and Score Reading 2
Ensemble (one per semester) 4
Music Electives** 6
Concentration Total
18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* Must be taken in the semester of the graduate degree recital.

** May include such courses as pedagogy, literature, the student’s principal applied instrument, instrumental conducting, or a maximum of 2 additional ensemble credits.

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting
MUS 659, 660 - Seminar in Conducting-Instrumental 4
MUS 659, 660 - Seminar in Conducting-Choral* 2-4
MUS 686, 687 - Orchestral Literature I & II 4
Ensemble (two semesters of major ensemble) 2
Music Electives ** 4-6
Concentration Total
18
Total 36
 

Note:

* One 2 credit hour course required of all orchestral conducting majors, the second 2 credit hour course optional depending on the individual needs of the student in consultation with their advisor. If the student only needs 2 credits of choral, they will be required to have 2 additional music electives.

** To be chosen from courses in music theory, literature, the student’s principal applied instrument, or a maximum of 2 additional ensemble credits.

Concentration in Wind Conducting
MUS 659, 660 - Seminar in Conducting-(either Instrumental or Choral as per advising) 4
MUS 559 - Instrumental Conducting and Score Reading 2
Band Literature (MUS 561) 2
Ensemble (one per semester) 4
Music Electives * 6
Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Note:

* To be chosen from pedagogy, literature, the student’s principal applied instrument, a maximum of 2 semesters of functional applied study, or a maximum of 2 additional ensemble credits.

Concentration in Instrumental Music
MUS 613, 614 - Additional Applied Study 8
Ensemble* 4
Music Electives** 6
Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* In comparing degree programs, please note that among universities, many times ensembles are required, but without credit. Our required ensembles are included in the number of required degree hours.

** Students are encouraged to choose courses in literature or pedagogy; up to 2 additional ensemble credits are acceptable.

Other Requirements

Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.

Concentration in Jazz Performance

MUS 539-01 - Jazz Style and Analysis 2
MUS 539-03 - Standard Jazz Repertoire 2
MUS 655 - Advanced Jazz Improvisation 2
Jazz Combo (one per semester) 2
Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Repertory Ensemble (one per sem)* 4
Music Electives** 6
      Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* A student may substitute two additional Jazz Combo courses for one of the Jazz Ensemble courses.

** Applied Jazz or Ensemble will not meet this requirement; applied study in a secondary area is acceptable.

Concentration in Jazz Composition and Arranging
MUS 539-01 - Jazz Style and Analysis 2
MUS 539-03 - Standard Jazz Repertoire 2
MUS 655 - Advanced Jazz Improvisation 2
MUS 539-01 - Jazz Style and Analysis 2
Jazz Combo (one per semester) 2
Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Repertory Ensemble (one per sem)* 4
Music Electives** 6
Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* A student may substitute two additional Jazz Combo courses for one of the Jazz Ensemble courses.

** Ensemble will not meet this requirement; jazz applied study is acceptable.

Concentration in Organ Performance

MUS 613-614 - Additional Applied Study 8
Ensemble 2
Major Subject and Music Electives* 8
Concentration Total
18
Total 36
 

Note:

*Must include Organ Literature and Church Music Literature; additional Applied Organ or Ensemble will not meet this requirement. Applied study in a secondary area is acceptable.

Other Requirements

Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.

Concentration in Piano Pedagogy  
MUS 671, 672, 673, 674 - Piano Pedagogy 8
MUS 561, 562 - Piano Literature I & II 4
Ensemble * 2
Music Electives** 4
 Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* At least three semesters of ensemble to be chosen from Piano Ensemble or New Music Ensemble.

** Additional Applied Piano or Ensemble will not meet this requirement; applied study in a secondary area is acceptable.

Other Requirements

Students are required to present a sixty minute lecture-demonstration recital that focuses on pedagogical aspects of selected works, includes a minimum of thirty minutes of memorized solo repertoire, and follows the guidelines governing public recitals. 

Concentration in Piano Performance
MUS 613, 614 - Additional Applied Study 8
MUS 561, 562 - Piano Literature I & II 4
Piano Pedagogy (500 or 600 level) 2
Ensemble * 2
Music Electives ** 2
Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* At least three semesters of ensemble to be chosen from Piano Ensemble or New Music Ensemble.

** Additional Applied Piano or Ensemble will not meet this requirement; applied study in a secondary area is acceptable.

Other Requirements

Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.

Concentration in Vocal Performance
MUS 613, 614 - Additional Applied Study 8
MUS 561, 562, 661 or 662 - Vocal Literature (4 hours of literature chosen from list) 4
MUS 640-01 - Advanced Vocal Pedagogy 2
Ensemble * 2
Music Electives** 2
Concentration Total 18
Total 36
 

Notes:

* Suggested ensembles include Opera Theatre and New Music Ensemble.

** Additional Applied Voice or Ensemble will not meet this requirement; applied study in a secondary area is acceptable.

Other Requirements

Students are expected to present a public recital that comprises no less than sixty (60) minutes of music and follows the guidelines governing public recitals.



Departmental Faculty


Professors

Robert Amchin
Professor
Division Head-Music Education and Music Therapy
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Greg Byrne
Professor
Christopher Doane
Professor
Dean
Kent Hatteberg
Professor
Director of Choral Activities
University Scholar
D. Bruce Heim
Professor
Division Head-Applied Music Studies
University Scholar
Kimcherie Lloyd
Professor
Director of Orchestral Studies and Opera
Naomi Oliphant
Professor
Associate Dean
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Seow-Chin Ong
Professor
J. Patrick Rafferty
Professor
Steve Rouse
Professor
Marc Satterwhite
Professor
Division Head-Music Theory and Composition
Brett Shuster
Associate Professor
Frederick Speck
Professor
Division Head-Ensembles and Conducting
Director of Bands
Gerald Tolson
Professor

Division Head-Music Education and Music Therapy

Michael Tracy
Professor
Division Head-Jazz Studies
Michael Tunnell
Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Paul York
Professor

Associate Professors

Ansyn Banks
Associate Professor
Krista Wallace-Boaz
Associate Professor
Daniel Weeks
Associate Professor
University Scholar
Krzysztof Wolek
Associate Professor
Mark Yeary
Associate Professor

Assistant Professors

Amy Acklin
Assistant Professor
Director of Marching Band
Dror Biran
Assistant Professor
Randi Bolding
Assistant Professor
Caroline Ehman

Assistant Professor

R. Christopher Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Jemian

Assistant Professor 

Sidney King

Assistant Professor 

Stephen Mattingly

Assistant Professor

Matthew Nelson

Assistant Professor  

Chad Sloan

Assistant Professor 

Darcy Walworth    

Assistant Professor

Krzysztof Wolek

Assistant Professor

Mark Yeary

Assistant Professor

Professor Emeriti

Jerry W. Ball
Professor Emeritus
Paul R. Brink
Professor Emeritus
Jean Christensen
Professor Emerita
Anne Marie de Zeeuw
Professor Emerita
 

Donn Everette Graham
Professor Emeritus

Karl-Werner Guempel
Professor Emeritus

Brenda E. Kee
Professor Emerita

John LaBarbera
Professor Emeritus
Lee Luvisi
Professor Emeritus
Daniel McAninch
Professor Emeritus
Peter McHugh
Professor Emeritus
Acton Ostling
Professor Emeritus
Richard Spalding
Professor Emeritus
Dallas Tidwell
Professor Emeritus
Edith Davis Tidwell
Professor Emerita

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Robert Weaver
Professor Emeritus
Loren Waa
Professor Emerita


Contact Information

Music Performance - MM

Admissions Counselor
School of Music
(502)852-1623
gomusic@louisville.edu
 

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