Master of Music

Master of Music: Concentration in Electronic Music Composition

(2 Year Degree)

Total Credit Hours: 36

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. Evidence of preparation for advanced work in the area, as follows:

Applicants for the track in Electronic Music Composition must submit original works to indicate ability and technical facility in the field of composition, electronic or computer music composition.

Core Curriculum

MUS 500 - Music History Review*

1

MUS 400- Music Theory Review*

0

MUS 600 - Graduate Oral Exam Preparation

0

MUS 607 - Bibliography and Research Methods

3

Music History Seminar (600 level)

3

Music Theory**

4

Additional Music Theory or Music History Seminar (500 or 600 level)***

3

MUS 647, 648, 651, or 653 - Analysis

3

Ensemble (3 semesters of major ensemble)

3

Thesis

4

Total

23

 

Other Requirements

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

Electronic Music Composition Track

MUS 643 - Advanced Composition****

3

MUS 683, 684 Composition for Digital Media

4

MUS 669 - Graduate Composition Seminar
(Co-requisite for MUS 643-645)  Applied Music *****

4

Computer Science or New Media Elective******

2

Total

13

Minimum Total

36

 

Notes:

* These courses may be satisfied by passing the entrance examinations in these areas.

** Students should take Introduction to Electronic and Computer Music (MUS 667) and Advanced Topics in Computer Music (MUS 668)

*** Students in Electronic Music Composition track should take AUDI 648 Psychoacoustics offered by Heuser Hearing Institute and Audiology Department

****Graduate composition and electronic composition majors are required to present public performances of their works within at least two semesters of their enrollment, for a total of at least 20 minutes of music. The graduate thesis will not be granted final approval until this requirement is met.

*****500 level or above; minimum of 2 semesters; may include Conducting or Seminar in Conducting MUS 659/660 (sections designated for students who are not conducting majors), but excludes additional semesters of Applied Composition

****** Must be approved by the Director of the Computer Music Studies.