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Master of Music Degree Programs

http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/14/doctoral-programs/music.shtml#MasterofMusicCurriculum

The School of Music at JMU offers a Master of Music degree with concentration options in composition, conducting, music education, and performance. The program seeks to assure an opportunity for the highest degree of musical development and professional training for each student, appropriate for careers in teaching performance and composition of music. The School of Music is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Composition

The Composition program places strong emphasis on the development of personal creative style, while stressing the concepts of form, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. Student composers will immerse themselves in the techniques and aesthetics of musical creation and will become aware, through intensive examination, of the music and musical thought of all style periods, especially that of the present and immediate past. A minimum of 30 hours is required including a composition project.

Degree Objectives: MM students graduating with a Concentration in Composition will:

1. formulate a personal creative style of composition.

2. demonstrate the fundamental concepts of form, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration.

3. differentiate and apply the techniques and aesthetics of musical creation.

4. apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and composers.



Conducting

Conducting majors will undertake a comprehensive study of the literature of their medium, develop advanced insights into the musical ideas and structure of the major works, and refine their conducting and rehearsal skills. The minimum requirement for a conducting concentration is 32 hours which includes a lecture/recital.

Degree Objectives: MM students graduating with a Concentration in Conducting will:

1. demonstrate application of physical conducting skills and rehearsal techniques through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization.

2. formulate advanced insights into the artistic and formal structure of music through score study in the student’s area of specialization.

3. describe the musical and formal elements of the major literature in the student’s area of specialization (vocal/choral or instrumental).

4. apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and conductors.

Music Education

At the graduate level, the School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with a concentration in music education. All music students take a course in library research and a core of performance, theory and literature courses. Music education students examine the foundation and principles underlying the profession of music education and develop both the scholarly and technical abilities essential to a continuing development as teachers and leaders. Advanced training in the student's area of specialization (vocal/choral or instrumental music education) is available. A variety of summer workshops which may be applied to the program are available. The program prepares students to return to the classroom, assume expanded responsibilities in music supervision or continue with graduate study. A thesis or document serves as the culminating project of the program.

Degree Objectives: MM students graduating with a Concentration in Music Education will:

1. communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

2. articulate, critique, and synthesize the foundations and principles of music education.

3. demonstrate advanced methodologies in the student's area of specialization.

4. apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and practitioners.

Performance

The Music Performance program is offered in all orchestral instruments, voice, and piano. Performance majors will specialize in activities that develop the technical mastery and musical maturity essential to the instrument or voice. The curriculum combines studio study, solo and ensemble performance opportunities and pedagogical knowledge. A minimum of 30 hours is required including a recital.

Degree Objectives: MM students graduating with a Concentration in Performance will:

1. demonstrate application of musical and technical mastery in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).

2. identify and describe the standard solo, chamber, and ensemble repertoire in the student’s area of specialization.

3. apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and performers.

3. Degree Programs—Doctoral—let’s make the page this (with link to Graduate Catalogue DMA in the title of the document):

Doctor of Musical Arts (http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/14/doctoral-programs/music.shtml#DoctorofMusicalArts)

The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree program is the most advanced course of study offered in the School of Music at James Madison University. The program has been designed to make graduates more marketable in higher education by emphasizing pedagogy and literature along with advanced performance or conducting skills. We are seeking candidates who have the potential to pursue the highest level of achievement in conducting/performance and teaching. The degree requires completion of a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours including:

· Eighteen to Twenty four (18 - 24) hours of Applied Instruction (if 18 are taken, 6 are approved electives);

· Twenty-two (25) hours of Research Methods, Literature, Analysis, and Topical Seminars;

· Eighteen (15) hours of Recitals and Document;

· Six (6) hours of Pedagogy; and

Twenty (20) hours of area-specific courses.

During the degree program, exceptionally qualified students may earn up to 30 credit hours by examination and/or transfer. After completion of all course work and three recitals, D.M.A. students must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Degree Objectives

Students graduating from the D.M.A. program (with Concentrations in Performance, Pedagogy and Literature or Conducting, Pedagogy and Literature) will be able to:


Performance, Pedagogy and Literature:

  1. demonstrate application of musical and technical mastery through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).
  2. create and deliver effective pedagogical instruction.
  3. analyze the standard solo, chamber and ensemble repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).
  4. communicate effectively about music through a) writing and b) speaking.


Conducting, Pedagogy and Literature:

  1. demonstrate application of musical and physical conducting skills through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or vocal).

  2. demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques through the preparation of representative repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or vocal).
  3. create and deliver effective pedagogical instruction.
  4. formulate advanced insights into the artistic and formal structure of music through score study in the student’s area of specialization.
  5. communicate effectively about music through a) writing and b) speaking.