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    Eastern Michigan University
  Dec 12, 2017

Master of Music in Music Performance (Collaborative Keyboard) (MPRF)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music in Music Performance (Collaborative Keyboard) program is granted to students who meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Music and Dance. Application for admission to the Graduate School should be made to the Office of Admissions, where undergraduate transcripts are evaluated. Transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.

Applicants must have:

  1. Undergraduate degree in music, or its equivalent

  2. Interview with appropriate applied music faculty

  3. Two letters of recommendation

  4. Keyboard audition

  5. Repertoire list

Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam
Students must achieve an acceptable score (70% or higher) on the Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 511 , MUSC 512 , MUSC 513 , or MUSC 516 . (The Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam may be taken only one time.) Students who fail to achieve an acceptable score must take MUSC 509 - Graduate Theory Review  (2 hrs), and receive a B or better in the course, prior to enrolling in MUSC 511 , MUSC 512 , MUSC 513 , or MUSC 516 . Students placed into MUSC 509  are allowed to take the course only one time. Any student who does not earn a B or better in the course will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program. MUSC 509  does not count towards degree requirements.

Conditional Admission
Students deficient in a requirement for degree admission may be granted conditional admission, subject to removal of the deficiency, while beginning graduate study. Hours earned in making up deficiencies are in addition to those normally required for the degree.

Graduate Advising
Upon admission to the Department of Music and Dance, each student will meet with the graduate adviser for assistance in planning a curriculum.

Exit Requirements
In addition to Graduate School requirements, Department requirements are as follows:

  1. Comprehensive Review in Performance
    All graduate students must pass an examination covering their major field of study. The examination may be written and/or oral in format, as determined by the student’s faculty committee. Written examinations will consist of three to five essay questions and must be completed in three hours or less. Oral examinations will last approximately one hour.

    The examination will occur when the student’s prescribed course work is substantially completed, in the anticipated semester of graduation. In addition, the student must complete the thesis, recital, or other culminating experience prior to taking the examination. Exceptions to this policy may occur only with the approval of the student’s faculty committee and the department head. The examination will be graded Pass/Fail and can be taken no more than three times.

    The examination will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the student’s faculty adviser, an additional faculty member from the major field, and a faculty member from outside the major field (or in the case of performance majors, from outside their performance specialty - brass, keyboard, percussion, string, vocal, or woodwind). The specific makeup of the faculty committee will be determined by the student in consultation with the faculty adviser, and must be approved by the department head. If a student is unable to form a faculty committee, it will be formed by the department head in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser.

  2. Graduate Recital. Requirements are as follows:

    1. Student must be registered for applied music during the semester in which the recital is given.

    2. Student will perform a recital hearing for a faculty committee at least three weeks prior to the performance. In addition to the student’s major applied teacher, at least one other faculty member from the committee must attend the recital.

    3. Student will provide a thoroughly researched and appropriately referenced recital paper.

    4. Student will provide a recording of the recital to the Music Office.

Course Requirements:

The M.M. in Music Performance (Collaborative Keyboard) requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among supportive studies, major field and electives as follows:

Supportive Studies in Music: 10 hours

Courses in Major Field: 18 hours

  • * ACOL (Applied Music) at 652-level or above; students must complete ACOL 664  (8 hours)

Elective Courses: 2 hours

Music or nonmusic courses selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Program Total: 30 hours


* Students must earn a grade of a B or higher in all supportive studies and major field courses. If a student earns a grade lower than a B in any course, he/she must retake the course and receive a B or higher, before the credits for that course can be counted toward the degree.

** Students must achieve an acceptable score on the Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 511 , MUSC 512 , MUSC 513  or MUSC 516 . Students who fail to achieve an acceptable score must take MUSC 509  and receive a B or better prior to enrolling in any of these courses.

*** MUSC 661  must be taken concurrently with MUSC 660 .

**** MUSC 551  is taken twice for a total of 4 hours.