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Master of Music
The Fine Arts Library has excellent facilities for research in its collection of books, scores, periodicals, microforms, and sound recordings. In addition, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center houses many special collections of importance, including the Kraus Libretti Collection, the Bachmann Collection, the Carlton Lake Collection, and the Theodore Finney Collection. The School of Music also maintains a collection of authentic early instruments, non-Western instruments, and folk instruments that are available for performance.
Performance. Degrees in this area are awarded for performance on various instruments, in voice, in opera, and in conducting. In addition to demonstrating the technical achievements of the artist-performer, the student is expected to exhibit a thorough knowledge of the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of the major, as well as a knowledge of the literature of the instrument.
Music education. Emphasis is on a careful study of the role of music in elementary and secondary schools and in higher education. The student develops knowledge of the pedagogical, psychological, and social values of music education as well as of the theoretical and historical bases of music used in education. The program prepares teachers and administrators for all levels of music education and all types of schools.
Musicology. In this area the student has the opportunity to acquire the appropriate tools and methods of research in both historical musicology and ethnomusicology, and to study the history of music from the remote past to the present as well as the nature and function of music in the cultures of the world. The student also has the opportunity to do research in any historical aspect of music and to undertake field research in any cultural area. This major provides preparation for positions in college teaching, in research, in music criticism, and, with additional training, in library work. A broad background in the humanities and social sciences is one of the essentials for this degree. Languages, history, philosophy (aesthetics), psychology, anthropology, folklore, and sociology are supporting, related fields.
Composition and theory. This area offers the student an opportunity to acquire training for activity as a composer or as a college teacher in music theory. Competence in performance, a thorough knowledge of the pedagogy of theory, and a broad background in the humanities are essentials for this degree.
All applicants are required to furnish a statement of intent in graduate study and three letters of reference pertaining to their potential for graduate work in music. Applicants planning to major in performance are required to send a tape of their performance (for conducting majors a videotape is required) or to arrange for an audition; those planning to major in composition must send scores of their music, accompanied by tapes if possible; and those planning to major in musicology, music theory, or music education must submit samples of their written work, published or unpublished.
Diagnostic examinations in music theory and in music history and literature are required of all students before registration for the first semester of graduate work; musicology students must also take proficiency examinations in foreign languages. Passage of these examinations or removal of deficiencies by the means prescribed is necessary for completion of the degree, and, in the case of doctoral students, is a prerequisite to doctoral comprehensive examinations.
Entering graduate students in voice should have had the equivalent of the language and diction courses required at the University for the Bachelor of Music with a voice performance major: one semester each of Italian, French, and German; and two semesters of diction. All entering graduate students in voice are given a diagnostic examination, consisting of reading in these three languages. The examination stresses proficiency in pronunciation and is used to help the student plan a program of study.
Master of Music
The Master of Music is offered in performance (including conducting and opera), composition, theory, music education, literature and pedagogy, and musicology (including ethnomusicology).
Entering students should have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a major in music from an accredited institution. Students are expected to have had from six to twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in their major field at the undergraduate level (the exact number of hours required varies with the major) and to have completed the equivalent of course 260 in their principal instrument.
Most programs of study leading to the Master of Music require a total of thirty semester hours of coursework, consisting of a major of eighteen to twenty-four semester hours and a minor of six to twelve semester hours. A program with a report in lieu of the thesis, requiring thirty-three semester hours, is used for musicology (ethnomusicology). In all of these degrees, at least three semester hours of appropriate coursework in music history/literature and three semester hours in music theory must be included in either the major or the minor.
A comprehensive examination is required of all master's degree candidates, usually in the final semester of study.
Further information about master's degrees is given in chapter 3 of this catalog. Details of departmental requirements in the various areas of concentration are available from the graduate adviser.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in music is offered with major emphasis in music education, musicology (including ethnomusicology), or music theory. Candidates for this degree are required to pass a comprehensive examination and to write a dissertation based on original research. Information about requirements in the various areas of concentration is available from the graduate adviser.
Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree allows for three majors: performance (including conducting and opera), composition, and music education. Candidates for this degree must pass a comprehensive examination. In addition, they must have demonstrated outstanding professional competence as well as artistic maturity, exceptional knowledge of the historical and practical aspects of their major field, and the ability to research a topic appropriate to this field and present it in the form of a scholarly treatise according to option I or option II, outlined in chapter 3. For composition majors, a musical work replaces the treatise. A jazz emphasis is available in each of the three majors.
Requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts are given in chapter 3 of this catalog. Further information about requirements in various areas of concentration is available from the graduate adviser.
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