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Music [M.M.]


Eastern Michigan University offers a Master of Music degree program with nine concentration options: 

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance - Collaborative Keyboard
  • Music Performance - Harpsichord or Organ
  • Music Performance - Piano
  • Music Performance - Voice
  • Music Performance - Wind, String, or Percussion Instrument
  • Piano Pedagogy

For more information on specific music program policies, please refer to the School of Music & Dance Student Handbook.

Program Admission


Admission to the Master of Music program is granted to students who meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the School of Music & Dance. Application for admission to the Graduate School should be completed at emich.edu/graduate/apply.

Transcripts from all previously attendant post-secondary schools should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.

General Admission Criteria


The following criteria are required for all applicants. Additional or modified criteria based on the applicant’s concentration may be required (see Concentration Specific Admission Criteria).

  • Undergraduate degree in music, or its equivalent
  • Audition
  • A personal statement summarizing plans for graduate study
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam
  • Interview with a faculty member may be required

Concentration Specific Admission Criteria


The applicant is responsible for ensuring that their application includes the required concentration-specific documents.

Composition

  • At least two original compositions
  • Audition is only required for applicants intending to pursue Applied Music study

Conducting

Music Education

  • Undergraduate degree in music education, or its equivalent.
  • The personal statement must include the applicant’s teaching philosophy.
  • The recommenders must be familiar with the applicant’s teaching.
  • Applicant must complete an interview with an appropriate faculty member.
  • Audition is only required for applicants intending to pursue Applied Music study
Piano Pedagogy
  • The personal statement must include the applicant’s teaching philosophy.

Music Performance (All Concentrations)

  • Repertoire list
Music Performance-Voice

 

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.

School Information


Music & Dance | Christopher Barrick, DMA, Director | N101 Alexander, 734.487.4380, cbarrick@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Upon admission to the School of Music & Dance, each student will meet with the graduate advisor for assistance in planning a curriculum.

David Pierce, D.M.A., N101 Alexander, 734.487.4380, dpierce@emich.edu

Exit Requirements


In addition to Graduate School requirements, School of Music & Dance requirements are as follows:

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 school director. 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 advisor, 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 advisor and must be approved by the school director. If a student is unable to form a faculty committee, it will be formed by the school director in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Graduate Recital

Requirements are as follows:

  • The student must be registered for applied music during the semester in which the recital is given.
  • The 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.
  • The student will provide a thoroughly researched and appropriately referenced recital paper.
  • The student will provide a recording of the recital to the School of Music & Dance Office.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


The Master of Music program requires the completion of 30 hours of course work. A student must earn a grade of a B or higher in all Supportive Studies and Concentration courses. If a grade lower than a B is earned in any course, the student must retake the course and receive a B or higher, before the credits for that course can be counted toward their degree.

Supportive Studies in Music: 10 hours


Students will complete ten hours of Supportive Studies in Music. To satisfy this requirement, students will complete MUSC 500 - Introduction to Graduate Studies , and eight additional hours of coursework distributed among the music theory and music history courses listed below, and in some cases other courses not listed. The specific requirements are determined by the student’s concentration.

Each student must achieve an acceptable score (70% or higher) on the Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam before enrolling in any of the Music Theory courses. The Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam may be taken only one time.

Students who fail to achieve an acceptable score must complete MUSC 509 - Graduate Theory Review  (2 hrs) with a  B or better, prior to enrolling in the music theory courses listed below. 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.

Concentration: 20 hours


Choose one concentration from the following.

Composition


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses, excluding MUSC 517  
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Conducting


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Complete MUSC 513 - Form and Analysis  and choose two additional hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Music Education


Supportive Studies in Music

Music Performance – Collaborative Keyboard


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Music Performance – Harpsichord or Organ


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Music Performance – Piano


Supportive Studies in Music

Music Performance – Voice


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Music Performance – Wind, String, or Percussion Instrument


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses

Piano Pedagogy


Supportive Studies in Music

  • Choose four hours from the list of Music Theory courses
  • Choose four hours from the list of Music History courses