Music- Master of Music

For information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music, 109 Presser Hall, 513-529-3014, www.MiamiOH.edu/music.

Admission Requirements

Music Performance Major

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the department requires the following to be uploaded in the Graduate School on-line application:

  1. A transcript showing a bachelor's degree in music or undergraduate courses equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in music performance.
  2. Brief statement describing the personal and professional objectives to be served by a master’s degree from Miami University.
  3. Letters from three people recommending admission to graduate study in music.
  4. Live audition of performance in the principal performing medium is strongly recommended; a high-quality recording may be submitted to the Department of Music if travel is impossible for the applicant. Audition repertoire for voice students must include works in English, German, French, and Italian. Additional supportive information is considered.

Music Education Major

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the department requires the following to be sent to the director of graduate studies:

  1. A transcript showing a bachelor's degree in music education or undergraduate courses equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in music education plus state certification/licensure (can include certification/licensure in another state).
  2. A copy of the state certification/licensure (can include certification/licensure in another state).
  3. A short essay describing:
    1. your philosophy of music education and how you put that into practice in your most recent teaching position, and
    2. your personal and professional objectives to be served by a master's degree from Miami University.
  4. Letters from three people recommending your admission to graduate study in music.
  5. A video recording (20 minutes in length) of a recent rehearsal or music class. The primary focus of the recording should be on the teacher rather than on the students, and the recording should be of a single, uninterrupted class. Please do not include more than five minutes of warm-up activities.
  6. Prior full-time teaching experience is required.

Continuing Status for Music Performance and Music Education Majors

For music performance majors, a diagnostic test is given early in the graduate program to confirm prerequisite competence in the following areas: music theory and sight singing and dictation.

For music education majors, transcripts are reviewed to evaluate baccalaureate competency in music history, music theory, sight singing and dictation, piano proficiency, and music education. A diagnostic test and/or additional course work may be necessary.

Means for removing deficiencies are recommended by graduate faculty. To remain a candidate for the master’s degree, these deficiencies must be removed by the end of two semesters of study.

Recital Requirement for Music Performance

To fulfill degree requirements for MUS 690:

  1. Register for at least two credit hours of MUS 690 (either one credit during two terms or two credits during one term) with the major applied music instructor.
  2. Perform the complete recital for a three-member jury at least three weeks prior to the scheduled public performance date. The jury consists of the major applied music instructor, one other faculty member from the same applied music division, and one member of the graduate studies committee. The jury decides (by simple majority vote) if the student is adequately prepared for the public performance.
  3. Present the public performance in a Miami University performance venue. The jury votes (by simple majority) if the recital passes or fails. The major applied music instructor assigns a letter grade for the recital. A grade of B or better is required for the degree.
  4. If the public performance is failed, the procedure above is repeated no earlier than the next term in which the student is enrolled. The applied music instructor decides the repertoire content of the second performance. Failure of a second performance results in elimination from degree candidacy.

Exit Procedure

Music Education and Music Performance Majors

In addition to course requirements, a research project and an oral exam given by the graduate faculty are required. Guidelines for both are available in the Department of Music office. The research project requirement, MUS 611, is fulfilled with either a lecture/recital or a research paper.

The oral exam is administered after all degree work, proficiency requirements, and lecture/recital or research documents are completed. The exam content includes the major field of study, music theory, and music history. It may be attempted twice; content of the second exam will comprise areas identified as deficient or failed in the first exam. The second attempt may not be scheduled until the end of the next semester.

Program Outlines

Music Performance Major (Except Vocal)

(34 semester hours)

Special requirements: A full-time graduate student must participate in a major ensemble each semester of residency. A pianist may meet this requirement by accompanying.

MUS 611Research Project3
MUS 621Graduate Research in Music3
MUS 644Applied Music4,4
MUS 661Graduate Analysis3
MUS 682Repertory4
or MUS 684 Repertory
MUS 690Graduate Recital (Including pre-performance hearing)2
Graduate level course in musicology3
Ensemble: band or orchestra; for pianists, chamber music4
Advised music elective4
Total Credit Hours34

Music Performance Major–Vocal

(36 semester hours)

Special requirement: A full-time graduate student must participate in a major ensemble each semester of residency.

MUS 520Vocal Coaching1
MUS 526Opera Production1
MUS 611Research Project3
MUS 621Graduate Research in Music3
MUS 644Applied Music4,4
MUS 661Graduate Analysis3
MUS 682Repertory4
or MUS 684 Repertory
MUS 690Graduate Recital (including pre-performance hearing)2
Advised music elective4
Graduate level course in musicology3
Ensemble: major choral ensemble each semester4
Total Credit Hours36

Music Education Major

(32 semester hours)

Music Education
MUS 611Research Project3
MUS 626Foundations of Music Education3
MUS 627Recent Developments in Music Education3
MUS 628Research Problems in Music Education3
Music Core
MUS 501Advanced Studies in Music Theory3
MUS 642Applied Music 12
MUS 645Concepts In Music History3
Electives
Select twelve hours of the following:12
Wind Band Ensemble Literature
Choral Literature
Special Project 2
Applied Music
Teaching Elementary Music: Theory and Practice
Integrating Multiculturalism into Music Curriculum
Advanced Choral Conducting
Workshops for music educators: Music Technology courses, Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training, and College of Education, Health and Society courses (6 credits maximum)
Total Credit Hours32
1

Principal instrument or secondary applied with focus on pedagogy and performance.