Degree Programs 2004-2006

The Master of Arts degree in music (Liberal Arts) involves a program of study comprising a minimum of specialization and a maximum of curricular flexibility.

The Master of Music degree is a professional degree designed to help prepare the graduate for a teaching or performance career, or further graduate work at the doctoral level. The following majors are offered:

Conducting
Composition
Jazz Pedagogy
Music Education
Music History
Performance
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

The Artist Diploma is a non-degree-granting professional program designed to provide the student aspiring toward a professional career the opportunity to study and perform solo literature and chamber music without talking all the academic course requirements of a masters degree.

Master of Arts

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Applied Music, 540:1xxg 4 hours

Music Electives 8 hours

Other Electives as approved by the Associate Director 7 hours

Total - 30 hours

Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of the Associate Director in charge of Graduate Studies in Music.
It is expected that electives will be taken primarily in theory and history, though other areas may be appropriate.
A maximum two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.
A minimum of 15 hours of 200-level course work is required for the thesis option, including 6 hours of 5xx:299 Research. A minimum of 12 hours of 200-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Additional requirements:

1. Final written document

Thesis option: thesis acceptable to candidate's Thesis Committee
Non-Thesis option: Research Paper

2. Final Comprehensive examination


Master of Music - Composition

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Applied Composition, 540:254(g) 12 hours

Music Electives 11 hours

Total - 34 hours

Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of the Associate Director in charge of Graduate Studies in Music
It is expected that electives will be taken primarily in theory and history, though other areas may be appropriate.
A maximum of two (2) hours of applied music (540:2xxg) can be credited toward electives.
Only two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.

Additional Requirements:

1. One full public recital of candidate-generated compositions acceptable to candidate's Recital Committee.

2. Recital abstract to be filed with the Graduate College.

3. Final comprehensive examination.


Master of Music - Conducting

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Specialization:

530:1xxg - Ensembles 4 hours

Advanced Conducting (540:221 or 540:222) 12 hours

Performance Literature and Repertory: 3 hours

595:131g-History and Literature of Large Choral Forms
595:140g-History and Literature of the Orchestra
595:142g-History and Literature of the Wind Band

Music Electives* 6 hours

Total - 36 hours

*Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of the Associate Director in charge of Graduate Studies in Music.
It is expected that electives will be taken primarily in theory and history, though other areas may be appropriate.
A maximum of two (2) hours of applied music (540:1xxg) can be credited toward electives.
Only two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.

Degree Objective

The Master of Music in Conducting is designed to help prepare students in Choral, Orchestral, or Wind conducting through historical, analytical, technical, and practical study. This is a pre-professional program intended to prepare students for continued study and training for careers in conducting.

Graduate Conducting Faculty

Normally, a student will study primarily with the teacher associated with the selected area of specialization. Study with another member of the Graduate Conducting Faculty may be permitted, but the student must study with the instructor of the designated practicum ensemble during the semester in which the final recital is given.

Curriculum

The curriculum is comprised of three parts: Repertoire, Technical Study, and the Practicum. Repertoire will be determined by the major teacher and reflect outstanding examples of the standard literature, including representatives from each of the major historical periods. Repertoire will be studied in an historical/analytical manner. Technical skills will be addressed and assessed throughout the student's course of study. Students should normally expect to prepare literature for rehearsal (perhaps performance) with an appropriate student ensemble during each semester of study. This will be done with the supervision and permission of the major teacher. Repertoire for the final recital will be selected in consultation with the major teacher, and prepared and performed by an established School of Music ensemble. These normally will be the Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Wind Players.

Note: Conductors who include repertoire that use forces additional to those normally found in the designated ensembles may have to assume responsibility for financial remuneration.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with full-time status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).
  2. One full public recital acceptable to the candidate's Recital Committee.
  3. Recital abstract filed with the Graduate College.
  4. Conducting Document filed with the School of Music.
  5. Score Reading:
    • Choral Conducting majors - Ability to read and perform at the keyboard (allowing some time for advance preparation) an SATB open score of medium difficulty (e.g., Palestrina motet).
    • Instrumental Conducting majors - Ability to read and interpret a moderately complex instrumental score.
  6. Students must be enrolled in advanced conducting during the semester of their recital.
  7. Final comprehensive examination.

Master of Music - Jazz Pedagogy

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115*

Specialization 16 hours

Music Techniques: 560:152 or 560:252*; 570:252

Music Theory: 580:127; 580:128

Music Organizations and Ensembles: 530:116 (2 hours in jazz ensembles participation required each semester of residence)

Music Electives 9 hours to be selected from the following:

Applied Music: 540:140; 540:153; 540:156; 540:157
Music Techniques: 560:130 preferred
Music History and Musicology: 590:160 preferred

Total - 36 hours

Additional requirements:

1. Jazz performance recital

2. Recital abstract

3. Jazz bass proficiency

4. Jazz piano proficiency

5. Jazz drum set proficiency

*Strongly recommended


Master of Music - Music Education

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Music Education and Methods 9 hours

570:221-Research Methodology in Music Education
570:230-Foundations in Music Education
570:282- Seminar: Music Learning and Behavior

Specialization (Choose Choral, Band, Jazz, Strings, Piano Pedagogy, Elementary/General, Schools & Curriculum) 12 hours

Thesis Option:

Research: 570:299 (6) (in lieu of electives in selected Specialization) 6 hours

Total - 32-34 hours

Music Education - Choral Specialization (12 hours)

560:122g-Conducting III-Choral
560:135g-Accompanying
570:130g-Vocal Pedagogy
595:131g-History and Literature of Large Choral Forms
Electives*: 4 hours

Music Education - Instrumental Specialization (12 hours)

Option 1 - Band
560:121g-Conducting III-Instrumental
570:255-School Music Administration
595:142g-History and Literature of the Wind Band
Electives*: 4 hours

Option 2 - Jazz
560:152g (3 levels)-Instrumental Jazz Improvisation
570:255-School Music Administration
580:127g-Jazz Arranging I
Electives (including course in jazz pedagogy)*: 4 hours

Option 3 - Strings
560:121g-Conducting III-Instrumental
570:255-School Music Administration
595:140g- History and Literature of the Orchestra
Electives*: 4 hours

Option 4 - Piano Pedagogy
570:148g- Piano Methods
570:257- Piano Pedagogy: Intermediate
570:258-Piano Pedagogy: Group and Adult
595:120g-Performance Literature: Piano I or II
540:146g-Applied Piano

Music Education - Elementary/General Specialization (12 hours)
570:275-Orff Overview and Pedagogy
570:276-Kodaly Overview and Pedagogy
570:277-Dalcroze Overview and Pedagogy
570:278-The Eclectic Curriculum
570:279-Classroom Management/Choral
Electives*: 2 hours

Music Education - Schools & Curriculum Specialization (12 hours)+
570:245-Developments and Trends in Music Education
570:255-School Music Administration
570:287-Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education
570:250-Projects in Music Education**
Electives*: 3 hours

*Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of the Associate Director in charge of Graduate Studies in Music.
Recommended Electives: 590:xxxg, 570:286; 570:27x; applied lessons, conducting, ensembles, summer workshops.

A maximum of four (4) hours of applied music (540:1xxg) can be credited toward electives.

Only two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.

** Students electing the non-thesis option will enroll in 570:250 each semester following completion of coursework during which the final research project will be completed. Students must be enrolled in 570:250 continuously until the final research project has been completed. Students electing the thesis option will enroll in 570:299 in lieu of 570:250 and 3 credit hours of electives.

Additional Requirements:

1. Final written document

Thesis option: thesis acceptable to candidate's Thesis Committee
Non-Thesis option: Research Paper

2. Final Comprehensive examination.

3. Written Specialty Comprehensive examination.

+MUSIC EDUCATION- ICN (Iowa Communications Network)

The MM in Music Education degree program with a Schools and Curriculum specialization is offered in an alternative course stream over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). The ICN allows students to participate in many UNI courses at a remote ICN site.

Students participating in the off-campus program are generally required to attend two four-week summer sessions on the UNI campus.
All rules regarding graduate program and MM degree requirements apply to ICN students.

For more information concerning the ICN distance education MM degree program and available ICN sites should contact the Associate Director of the School of Music for Graduate Studies.

For more information about the MM - Music Education degree offered over the ICN, please see the Distance Education link on this site.


Master of Music - Music History

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Additional Music History/Literature (590:1xxg) 6 hours

Music Electives 7 hours

Music Research 590:299 (thesis) 6 hours

Total - 30 hours

Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of Associate Director in charge of Graduate Studies in Music.
It is expected that electives will be taken primarily in theory and history, though other areas may be appropriate.

A maximum of two (2) hours of applied music (540:1xxg)can be credited toward electives.

Only two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.

Additional Requirements:

1. Thesis acceptable to candidate's Thesis Committee.

2. Reading proficiency in either German or French, to be determined by examination (another language will be considered only if it is more relevant to the research area of the thesis topic). The Music History Area Chair will be responsible for administering and evaluating the examination, which must be satisfactorily completed prior to formal approval of the thesis topic. The Chair may appoint another member of the Graduate Faculty to administer and evaluate the examination. Completion of either of the following courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of B or better may substitute for the examination at the discretion of the Music History Area: 720:052 (French: Composition) or 740:052 (German: Composition I).

3. Final Comprehensive examination.

Master of Music - Performance

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Specialization: (choose Instrumental or Vocal) 19-25 hours

Total - 30-36 hours

Performance - Instrumental Specialization - Wind, Percussion, Keyboard or Strings Major

530:1xxg Music Ensembles 2-4 hours**
540:2xx-Applied Music 10 hours
595:120-Performance Literature and Repertory* 2-4 hours
Music Electives+: primarily in the areas of music theory and music literature 5-7 hours

*Keyboard majors are required to take 595:120 sections 03 and 04.

Performance - Vocal Specialization

530:110g Choral Ensembles 2 hours**
540:249-Applied Music 12 hours
595:120-Performance Literature and Repertory* 2 hours
560:161g; 560:162g -Opera Performance 4 hours
560:145-Vocal Coaching 2 hours

Music Electives recommended+ 1 hour

560:145-Vocal Coaching
560:161 or 560:162-Opera Performance
570:131-Vocal Pedagogy
595:120-Voice IV, Art Song: Other Modern Languages
595:130-History of Opera Literature

*595:120 section 08 is required if vocal literature has not been taken at the undergraduate level.

+Electives should be scheduled with the counsel and approval of the Associate Director of Graduate Studies.
It is expected that electives will be taken primarily in theory and history, though other areas may be appropriate.

** 530:1xxg Voice majors may choose Concert Chorale, UNI Singers or Women's Chorus. Chamber Singers may count for only 1 hour of ensemble credit toward the degree requirement. Instrumental majors will choose Jazz Band I, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Wind Symphony, but only 2 hours of Jazz band I may be counted toward minimum degree requirements. String majors are required to complete 4 hours of ensemble 530:117g Symphony Orchestra. Chamber Music and/or accompanying may be elected by keyboard majors.

Additional Requirements:

1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with full-time status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).

2. One full public recital acceptable to the candidate's Recital Committee.

3. Recital abstract filed with the Graduate College.

4. Two successful applied jury examinations (grades A or B).

5. Voice majors must:

a. Demonstrate diction proficiency (by diagnostic examination) in English, Italian, German, and French at the level of Diction II (560:031).

b. Have successfully completed one semester of college-level study in two of the following languages: Italian, German, or French.

6. Students are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester that they present their required recital. Exceptions to this policy may be reviewed by the student's Recital Committee and the Associate Director.

7. Final Comprehensive examination.


Master of Music - Piano Performance & Pedagogy

Graduate Music Core 11 hours

Music Theory: 580:210; 580:211
Music History and Musicology: 590:221
One course from the following:
590:110; 590:111; 590:112; 590:114; 590:115

Piano Performance:

540:246-Applied music 6 hours
595:120(g)-Performance Literature: Piano I 2 hours
595:120(g)-Performance Literature: Piano II 2 hours

Piano Pedagogy:

570:148(g)-Piano Methods 2 hours
570:149(g)-Piano Pedagogy: Current Technological Trends 1 hour
570:257-Piano Pedagogy: Intermediate 2 hours
570:258-Piano Pedagogy: Group and Adult 2 hours
570:260-Piano Pedagogy: Internship 1 hour

Electives 2 hours

530:112-Ensemble*
540:246-Applied music
560:130-Music Technology I
560:135-Accompanying
570:250-Projects in Music Education
570:260-Piano Pedagogy: Internship
570:285-Piano Pedagogy: Readings in Piano

Total - 33 hours

Only two (2) hours of ensemble credit (530:1xxg) may count toward minimum degree requirements. Any credits in excess of two (2) hours will be credited to the student's record, but will not be counted as meeting minimum degree requirements.

Additional Requirements:

1. Final Project

Full solo recital/document
Half solo recital and pedagogy project
(Pedagogy project: workshop or research paper)

2. Final Comprehensive Exams


Artist Diploma I and II

The Artist Diploma is a non-degree-granting professional program awarded by the School of Music for the successful completion of performance studies combined with general music studies. The curricular content of the proposed Artist Diploma program is designed to provide the student aspiring toward a professional career with the opportunity to study and perform solo literature and chamber music without taking all the academic course requirements of a masters degree.

Artist Diploma (I)

Diploma (I) may be completed in 2 semesters, and requires a minimum of 14 hours in the following program:

Required:

Applied Music: 540:2xx 6 hours
Ensemble, or chamber ensemble, or opera
performance, or accompanying 2 hours

Music electives 6 hours

Courses must be selected from 100g and 200-level offerings available during the period of residency. Vocal students may include up to 3 hours of foreign language study. Only 2 hours of ensemble credits beyond the requirements will count towards music electives. No additional applied music hours will count towards music electives.

Total - 14 hours

Additional requirements:

Applied jury examinations as required

One full solo Recital

All course work must be completed with a grade of B or higher, and applied study with a grade of A.

Artist Diploma (II)

Diploma (II) may be completed in 4 semesters, and requires a minimum of 28 hours in the following program:

Required:

Applied Music: 540:2xx 12 hours
Ensemble, or chamber ensemble, or opera performance, or collaborative playing 4 hours

Music electives 12 hours

Courses must be selected from 100g and 200-level offerings available during the period of residency. Vocal students may include up to 6 hours of foreign language study. Only 4 hours of ensemble credits beyond the requirements will count towards music electives. No applied music hours will count towards music electives.)

28 hours

Additional requirements:

Applied jury examinations as required

Two full solo Recitals

All course work must be completed with a grade of B or higher, and applied study with a grade of A.

Admission Requirements

A letter of application and supporting materials must be submitted to the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music no later than February 1, International students, and February 15, national students, prior to the intended Fall semester of enrollment. Admissibility to the program is determined by School of Music faculty in the appropriate applied area and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Dean of the Graduate School.

NOTE: Students participating in the Artist Diploma are not eligible to receive Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Waivers.
Admission is normally granted when the applicant has met the following requirements:

Completion of a baccalaureate degree, or the international equivalent. Applicants not holding the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, but who have extensive study with a master teacher and noted performing experience, may apply.

Academic transcripts including certificates and diplomas, and/or other supporting documentation of significant accomplishment, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.

A high quality tape (video preferred) of unedited performance time demonstrating technical skill, musical expressive and interpretive ability. A live audition and interview may be required.

Repertoire: Pianists and other instrumentalists should include works from three different style periods of music. Voice candidates should present repertoire demonstrating proficiency in Italian, German and French.
Successful audition in desired area of specialization for the Artist Diploma.

Completion of School of Music diagnostic entrance examinations in theory, music history, and written expression, for evaluation and advising purposes only. Students taking these examinations will be notified by mail of the exact date, time, and location.

A minimum TOEFL score of 500