Music, M.A.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution with a major in music or the equivalent.
  • Submit an application to the School of Music, available at www.marshall.edu/music.
  • Have an interview with the Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and other graduate faculty.
  • Have an audition on the major instrument (Performance) or a portfolio of previous academic work and/or professional work (Composition, Music Education, Music History).

Potential graduate students should contact the School of Music Graduate Coordinator for more specific information.

Placement Examinations

Students in all graduate music degree areas of emphasis must complete placement examinations in music theory and music history prior to the end of the first semester of study. Remedial classes are available for students needing assistance. Any hours attained in these classes (graduate music history review and graduate theory review) do not count toward degree completion.

Comprehensive Examinations/Applied Study

All graduate students, regardless of area of emphasis, must complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations. Requirements for performance levels in applied music can be found in the School of Music Handbook.

Program Requirements

Thesis Option

Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option in select areas of emphasis. The thesis may take the form of a written report, graduate recital, and/or a musical composition as determined by one’s graduate committee. Ordinarily, no more than 3-4 hours may be earned through work on a thesis.

Ensemble Participation

As recommended by their major advisors, all full-time graduate students may be required to participate in a music ensemble during the regular academic year. Credit will be awarded up to the amount listed in each degree program.

Degree Requirements

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College Dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music History/Literature

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

Students enrolled in the M.A. program in Music History & Literature must demonstrate reading knowledge of German. This requirement can be satisfied by one of the following actions:

  1. Pass the music history area German translation exam (administered as needed) with a score of 75% or higher;
  2. Successfully complete GER 101 Elementary German I, GER 102 Elementary German II, GER 203 Intermediate German I and GER 204 Intermediate German II, offered by the Marshall University Department of Modern Languages;
  3. Successfully complete the University of Wisconsin Independent Learning course German 391 (German for Reading Knowledge). For more information, see their website: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/languages/german-reading.htm.

Plan of Study

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Jazz Studies

(32 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 512Adv Jazz Ped & Cond3
MUS 513Adv Jazz Styles / Analysis2
Four Credits of MUS 559 Jazz Ensemble4
Four Credits of MUS 560 Jazz Imrprov Ensemble4
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 681Thesis3
Applied Music8
Electives
Select five credits from the following:5
Advanced Jazz Arranging & Comp
Adv Jazz Improv
Jazz History
Other Graduate Music Courses
Total Credit Hours32

Students must follow departmental policies in preparing and presenting the graduate performance recital.

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Education – Thesis Option

(32 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 610Hist and Phil of Music Ed3
MUS 611Music Psy and Lrng Theory3
MUS 616Mus Curr and Admin3
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 681Thesis3
Specialization
Select 8-10 credits from the following:8-10
Orff-Schulwerk
Adv Tech for Marching Band
Instrumental Tech and Material
Instru Conduct & Interp
Choral Literature
Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy
Choral Tech and Materials
Choral Conduct and Interp
Cur Trends in Mus Ed PreK-5
Music in Erly Child (Birth-5)
Electives
Select 2-6 credits from the following:2-6
Graduate Music Courses
1-4 credits in Applied Music
1-2 credits in Ensembles
Graduate Education Courses
Total Credit Hours28-34

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Education – Non-Thesis Option

(36 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 610Hist and Phil of Music Ed3
MUS 611Music Psy and Lrng Theory3
MUS 616Mus Curr and Admin3
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
Specialization
Select 12-20 credits from the following:12-20
Orff-Schulwerk
Adv Tech for Marching Band
Instrumental Tech and Material
Choral Literature
Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy
Choral Tech and Materials
Cur Trends in Mus Ed PreK-5
Music in Erly Child (Birth-5)
Electives
Select 1-9 credits from the following:1-9
Graduate Music Courses
1-4 credits in Applied Music
1-2 credits in Ensembles
Graduate Education Courses
Total Credit Hours28-44

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music History/Literature – Thesis Option

(32 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 612Projects & Problems Music2
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 640AMusic Theory3
Music History Period Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intro to World Music
Music of the Middle Ages
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque Era
Music in Classical Era
Music in the Romantic Era
Music ca 1900 to the Present
MUS 681Thesis3
Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Graduate Music Course
1-4 credits in Applied Music
1-2 credits in Ensembles
Total Credit Hours32

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music History/Literature – Non-Thesis Option

(36 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 612Projects & Problems Music2
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 640AMusic Theory3
Music History Period Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intro to World Music
Music of the Middle Ages
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque Era
Music in Classical Era
Music in the Romantic Era
Music ca 1900 to the Present
Music Electives
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Graduate Music Courses
1-4 credits in Applied Music
1-2 credits in Ensembles
Non-Music Electives
Select 6 credits in consultation with advisor from the following areas: Art, Classics, English, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre6
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Music Performance

(32 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 640AMusic Theory3
Applied Music 8
Literature courses in Principal Applied Area2
Graduate History Course3
MUS 681Thesis (Recital) 13
Track Electives
Select 7 credits from one of the following tracks:7
Instrumental Track Electives
Graduate Music Courses
Vocal Track Electives 2
Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy
Two Graduate Ensemble Credits
Graduate Music Courses
Total Credit Hours32

Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Music Composition

(32 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 532Electronic Music Composition2
MUS 622Styles and Analysis3
MUS 621Music Research Methods3
MUS 640AMusic Theory3
MUS 641Advanced Counterpoint3
MUS 655Music ca 1900 to the Present3
MUS 645Original Composition (Take four times)2
MUS 645Original Composition2
MUS 645Original Composition2
MUS 645Original Composition2
MUS 681Thesis (Recital) 13
Electives
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Advanced Choral Arranging
Advanced Band Arranging
Advanced Orchestration
Advanced Jazz Arranging & Comp
Additional courses from applied, history, theory, technology
1-4 credits in Applied Music
1-2 credits in Ensembles
Total Credit Hours32