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The School of Music offers the Master of Music degree with tracks in the following areas:


General Degree Requirements

  1. All students pursuing graduate degree programs must take and satisfy the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam, administered by the SHSU music faculty, prior to the first semester of residence. The Exam includes questions concerning music history, music theory, aural skills, and if required, foreign language and diction (Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting, and Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music only). The purpose of the Graduate Music Diagnostic Exam is to evaluate each student's general musical knowledge and identify deficiencies. Students deficient in any area may be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses to correct the deficiencies and then retake the Diagnostic Exam. Please see the website for specific date information.
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive oral examination is required for graduation. This exam, which is administered by a committee of three music faculty, is given during the final semester. Oral examination committees are appointed by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the Graduate Committee and student. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations.
  3. All graduate music students must complete the following core hours and the specific track hours to meet the required minimum of 30 hours beyond the undergraduate degree:

    Master of Music Core (9 hours):

    • MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 6398 Research Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History (3 hours) (Choose one of the following):
      • MUSI 5331 Seminar in Baroque Music
      • MUSI 5332 Seminar in Classic Music
      • MUSI 5337 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Music
      • MUSI 5338 Seminar in Twentieth-Century Music
  4. All degrees require a final graduate recital, project or thesis.

Specific Track Requirements

Instrumental Performance Track, 21 hours

  • XXXX 5201 Applied Lessons (8 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)
  • MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5112 Ensemble (2 hours)
  • Electives selected from the following (3 hours):
    • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory
    • MUSI 5367 Score Reading
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History
    • Other approved course
  • Performance Elective selected from the following (1 hour):
    • MUSI 6182 Recital II
    • MUEN 5118 Chamber Music
    • Other approved course

Vocal Performance Track, 21 hours

  • VOIC 5201 Applied Voice (8 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)
  • MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5112 Ensemble (2 hours)
  • Electives selected from the following (3 hours):
    • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory
    • MUSI 5367 Score Reading
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History
    • Other approved course
  • Performance Elective selected from the following (1 hours):
    • MUSI 6182 Recital II
    • MUEN 5118 Chamber Music
    • Other approved course

Piano Performance Track, 21 hours

  • PIAN 5201 Applied Piano (8 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)
  • MUSI 6182 Recital II (1 hour)
  • MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5112 Ensemble (2 hours)
    OR
    MUEN 5118 Chamber Music (2 hours)
  • Elective selected from the following (3 hours):
    • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory
    • MUSI 5367 Score Reading
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History
    • Other approved course

Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music Track, 21 hours

  • PIAN 5201 Applied Piano (8 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)*
  • MUSI 6182 Recital II (1 hour)*
  • MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5113 Practicum in Accompanying (2 hours)
  • MUEN 5110 Accompanying Seminar (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5118 Chamber Music (2 hours)
  • Elective with advisor approval (1 hour)

Conducting Track, 21 hours

  • COND 5201 Applied Conducting (8 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)
  • MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5112 Ensemble (2 hours)
  • Electives selected from the following (3 hours):
    • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory
    • MUSI 5367 Score Reading
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History
    • Other approved course
  • Performance Elective selected from the following (1 hour):
    • MUSI 6182 Recital II
    • XXXX 5201 Applied lessons
    • Other approved course

Composition Track, 21 hours

  • COMP 5201 Applied Composition (4 hours)
  • COMP 5202 Applied Composition-large ensemble (4 hours)
  • MUSI 6181 Recital I (1 hour)
  • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5367 Score Reading (3 hours)
  • MUEN 5112 Ensemble (2 hours)
  • Electives selected from the following (4 hours):
    • XXXX 5201 Applied Lessons
    • MUEN 5112 Ensemble
    • MUSI 5XXX Music History
    • Other approved course

Music Therapy, 30 hours

  • Music Courses (9 hours)
    • MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 6398 Research Techniques (3 hours)
    • MUSI 53XX Music History/Literature (3 hours)
  • Music Therapy (15 hours)
    • MUSI 5222 Philosophy & Theory of Music Therapy (2 hours)
    • MUSI 6332 Advanced Music Therapy Practice (3 hours)
    • MUSI 6321 Research in Music Therapy (3 hours)
    • MUSI 699 & MUSI 5068 Master's Thesis (6 hours)
    • Select 1 of the following:
      • MUSI 5223 Graduate Practicum (2 hours) OR
      • MUSI 5224 Clinical Supervision (2 hours)
  • Elective Studies (6 hours)
    • One course in research design and statistics (3 hours)
    • One elective that reflects an area of clinical or research interest (3 hours)

Musicology Track, 21 hours

  • MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline (3 hours)
  • MUSI 5363 Pedagogy of Theory (3 hours)
  • MUSI 6399 Thesis (6 hours)
  • Select from the following with approval of advisor (6 hours):
    • MUSI 5331 Seminar in Baroque Music
    • MUSI 5332 Seminar in Classic Music
    • MUSI 5337 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Music
    • MUSI 5338 Seminar in Twentieth-Century Music
  • Electives with advisor approval (3 hours)






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