College of Arts and Letters2012-2013
School of Music
Music, Master of Music
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Choral Conducting - Emphasis
- Composition - Emphasis
- Instrumental Conducting - Emphasis
- Instrumental Performance - Emphasis
- Musicology - Emphasis
- Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music - Emphasis
- Suzuki Violin/Viola - Emphasis
- Theory - Emphasis
- Vocal Performance - Emphasis
What Can I Do with a Master of Music in Music?
We offer you personal attention and significant teaching and conducting opportunities. The program is academically rigorous while providing numerous opportunities for you to improve your performance skills. We also offer you a well-rounded program of music history and theory. If you have successful teaching experience, you may be given the opportunity to be principal conductor of one of the university choral ensembles.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Choir director
- Community college instructor
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||36|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||
Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.
|Thesis||Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Foreign Language||A foreign language may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Take the following 36 units, which includes an Emphasis:
Core Requirements (12 units)
- MUS 684 (3 units)
- MUS 603 (3 units)
- Select two courses from: MUS 621, MUS 622, MUS 623, MUS 624, MUS 625, MUS 626, MUS 627 (6 units)
- Upon entry, complete a self-paced, competency-based online music history tutorial and theory placement exam (unless waived by Associate Director of Graduate Studies).
- Pass a final comprehensive oral exam.
Choral Conducting Emphasis (24 units)
- MUP 631 (9 units)
- MUS 665 (2 units)
- MUS 666 (2 units)
- MUS 667 (2 units)
- MUS 681 (3 units)
- MUP 660 or MUP 670 (3 units)
- MUS and/or MUP Graduate Electives
- Sing in one major choral ensemble each semester.
- Sing in all choral conducting lecture recitals.
- Satisfy a diction requirement comparable to a two-semester undergraduate sequence.
- Pass piano and ear training proficiencies administered by the conducting faculty.
- Choral Conducting Emphasis (24 units)
Musicology Emphasis (24 units)
- Select from: MUS 621, MUS 622, MUS 623, MUS 624, MUS 625, MUS 626, MUS 627 (6 units)
- MUS 670 (3 units)
- MUS 699 (4 units)
- MUS and/or MUP Graduate Electives (11 units)
- Satisfy a foreign-language requirement (waived by examination) comparable to a two-year sequence at the undergraduate level.
- Complete a successful Thesis Defense.
- Musicology Emphasis (24 units)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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