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The University of New Mexico offers the Master of Music in the following concentrations:

Collaborative Piano

Master of Music - Concentration in Collaborative Piano (Plan II - Without Thesis)

 

The Concentration in Collaborative Piano is intended for the student who is interested in a career as a piano chamber musician and accompanist. Preparation emphasis is on individual instruction for the development of skills and repertoire needed in the art of solo and ensemble performance, and on practicing these skills and repertoire in rehearsal and recital situations.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (17 hrs.)
  • APMS 501: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration–Collaborative Piano (4)
  • APMS 502: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration–Collaborative Piano (4)
  • APMS 591: Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital–Collaborative Piano* (4)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • MUS 595: Accompanying (two semesters) (1+1)

* Four accompanying recitals are required, two vocal and two instrumental, as approved by the major professor. See below for specific requirements and consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for more detailed information.

Music Electives (9 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 528: Music Styles Before 1750 (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory (3)
Free Electives (6 hrs.)

May be taken in areas outside Music, Music Education or Applied Music. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in MUS 560 Ensemble Performance. Graduate students in the Collaborative Piano Concentration are encouraged to take at least one semester of Applied Music in harpsichord.

Graduate Recital Requirements
  • No graduate student may enroll for APMS 591 Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital prior to submission of the Program of Studies form to the Office of Graduate Studies. Exceptions may be made for students working toward the Master of Music Concentration in Collaborative Piano. Prior to submission of the Program of Studies form, the student must have completed MUS 531 Bibliography and Research, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have satisfied any requirements specific to his or her degree program (e.g., foreign language, diction, piano proficiency). See the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information.
  • The student must organize a preview performance of the recital program for the approval of his or her appropriate faculty committee not less than two weeks before the proposed recital date.
  • The Graduate Recital must be recorded by the Department of Music Recording Engineer and a copy of the recital recording must be deposited with the Department of Music. Arrangements for the recording of the Graduate Recital must be made at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time. Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information and requirements.

Conducting

Master of Music - Concentration in Conducting (Plan II - Without Thesis)

 

The Concentration in Conducting is intended for the student who has some undergraduate experience in conducting, and who wishes either to pursue a career in conducting, or continue studies at the doctoral level, or simply to improve his or her conducting skills. Emphasis within the degree can be in wind, orchestral or choral conducting.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (17 hrs.)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • MUS 560: Ensemble Performance (1+1)
  • MUS 571 Conducting Seminar—in area of focus* (2+2)
  • MUS 571 Conducting Seminar—in area other than focus* (2)
  • MUS 572 Advanced Conducting Seminar—in area of focus (2+2)
  • APMS 591 Graduate Conducting Recital** (2)

* The Concentration in Conducting is intended to prepare the student in the techniques of choral, instrumental (winds) and instrumental (orchestral) conducting.  It is expected that a student will focus on one of these areas in his or her studies.  However, he or she will be expected to take at least one semester of MUS 571 Conducting Seminar in one of the other areas.

** Graduate Recital:  The master’s recital is a conducting performance of major proportions.  An ensemble is required for the recital; the student may be responsible for recruiting and organizing the musicians for this group.  The recital shall be a demonstration of the candidate’s ability to program effectively, interpret the various styles and forms, understand acceptable conducting techniques and work effectively with the ensemble.  See below under “Graduate Recital Requirements” for specific requirements.

Music Electives (9 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 528: Music Styles Before 1750 (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory (3)

It is recommended that students with an instrumental focus in wind conducting take MUS 516 Studies in Twentieth-Century Music.

Free Electives (6 hrs.)

The major professor will recommend courses appropriate to the student’s degree focus (choral, orchestral, or winds).  Students focusing in choral or orchestral conducting are encouraged to take Applied Music in piano.  Students focusing in choral conducting are encouraged to take at least one semester of Applied Music in voice.

Graduate Recital Requirements
  • No graduate student may enroll for APMS 591 Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital prior to submission of the Program of Studies form to the Office of Graduate Studies. Exceptions may be made for students working toward the Master of Music Concentration in Collaborative Piano. Prior to submission of the Program of Studies form, the student must have completed MUS 531 Bibliography and Research, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have satisfied any requirements specific to his or her degree program (e.g., foreign language, diction, piano proficiency). See the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information.
  • The student must organize a preview performance of the recital program for the approval of his or her appropriate faculty committee not less than two weeks before the proposed recital date.
  • A student pursuing the Master of Music Concentration in Conducting must write program notes on all the pieces to be performed on his or her graduate recital. The program notes must indicate substantial investigation, must be well written, and must include a correctly written bibliography. These must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time.* Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information on deadlines and requirements.
  • The Graduate Recital must be recorded by the Department of Music Recording Engineer and a copy of the recital recording must be deposited with the Department of Music. Arrangements for the recording of the Graduate Recital must be made at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time. Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information and requirements.

Musicology

Master of Music - Concentration in Musicology (Plan I - With Thesis)

 

The Master of Music with Concentration in Musicology seeks an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music in culture.  Students enrolled in this program are expected to intellectually engage in richly contextualized music scholarship and to produce original work.

This program welcomes a variety of scholarly projects and pursuits.  Common approaches to the study of music in culture include oral history, ethnography, archival research, historiography, music analysis, reception studies, aesthetics and criticism, gender and sexuality studies, discourse analysis and sound and performance studies.

Given our location, this program is especially interested in musical and expressive practices of Native, Hispano, and Anglo communities in the Southwest.  Students are encouraged to actively interface with regionally specific departments housed at UNM, including the Latin American and Iberian Institute, American Studies, and Native American Studies.

While the degree is self-standing, the Master of Music in Musicology prepares students for external doctoral programs in Musicology and/or Ethnomusicology.  Moreover, the degree provides an optimal foundation for enrollment in UNM doctoral programs, including but not limited to: Art History, American Studies, Anthropology, and Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (15 hrs.)
  • MUS 500 Musicology Colloquium* (0)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research** (3)
  • MUS 540: Proseminar in Critical Musicology** (3)
  • MUS 541: Proseminar in Anthropology of Music** (3)
  • MUS 599: Master’s Thesis (6)

* Students must enroll in MUS 500 each semester that they are enrolled in the Musicology program.

** NOTE:  The student must earn a grade of B- or higher for 531, 540 and 541]

Musicology Electives (6 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses in consultation with the student’s Musicology area advisor:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 544 Anthropology of World Beat (3)
  • MUS 548: The Anthropology of Music and Sound (3)
  • MUS 551: Graduate Problems

 

Music Theory Electives (6 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses in consultation with the student’s Musicology area advisor:

  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory (3)
  • MUS 551: Graduate Problems (1-3)

 

Related Field Electives (3 hrs.)

Must be selected from courses offered for graduate credit outside Music, Music Education or Applied Music and must be selected in consultation with the student’s thesis advisor.

Performance Electives (2 hrs.)

Must be selected from ensembles offered under MUS 560 Ensemble Performance and must include at least one non-classical ensemble.

Language Requirement

Reading ability in one foreign language, preferably German, French or Spanish. To meet the foreign language requirement one of the following must be accomplished:

  • 1. With a grade of 3.0 (B) or better, pass as many undergraduate of one language as are equivalent to completion of the fourth semester course in that language; preferably, the language should be German, French or Spanish.
  • 2. Pass two semesters of one foreign language course designed especially to meet the needs of graduate students.
  • 3. For a student already fluent in a foreign language, preferably German, French or Spanish, who lacks the appropriate undergraduate course work, the Music Graduate Committee will recommend the method by which he or she can satisfy the foreign language requirement.

 

Music Education

Master of Music - Concentration in Music Education (Plan I - With Thesis; Plan II - With Project)

 

The Master of Music degree with a Concentration in Music Education is offered under both Plan I (with thesis) and Plan II (with project). Plan I is recommended for students anticipating doctoral study. Plan II is recommended for students who do not plan to pursue doctoral study.

 Plan I: 32 Hrs.

The course of study is designed to help current and aspiring music teachers improve the quality of their instruction, increase their musical skills and knowledge, and in general, to gain a better understanding of the broader issues in the field of music education. An important goal of the course of study is to improve the student’s ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. The thesis is an opportunity for the student to meet this expectation and, in addition, to make a modest contribution to knowledge. The thesis subject matter must be original to the field.

 Plan II: 32 Hrs.

The course of study is designed to help current and aspiring music teachers improve the quality of their instruction, increase their musical skills and knowledge, and in general, to gain a better understanding of the broader issues in the field of music education. An important goal of the course of study is to improve the student’s ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. The project is not expected to meet the scholarly standards of the thesis in the sense that it should be original to the field. It should instead be a substantial exploration of issues or materials of potential benefit to the student’s individual professional development (e.g., the development of a set of learning materials for a specific school setting).

Required Courses (Plan I: 15 hrs.; Plan II: 13 hrs.)
  • MUSE 532: Introduction to Research in Music Education (3)
  • MUSE 534: Seminar in Music Education (3)
  • MUSE 550: Philosophy of Music Education (3)
  • For Plan I: MUSE 599: Master’s Thesis (6)
  • For Plan II: MUSE 598: Music Education Project (4)

Music Electives (12 hrs.)

Any courses offering graduate credit in Applied Music, Conducting, Contemporary World Music, History and Literature, Pedagogy, Technology in Music; Theory and Composition, Interdisciplinary Studies or Music Education. At least three hours must be in History and Literature, and at least three hours must be in Theory and Composition.  A maximum of six hours may be earned in Applied Music and Conducting.

Free Electives (Plan I: 5 hrs.; Plan II: 7 hrs.)

Any courses offering graduate credit in music or areas outside of music.

NOTE: A maximum of 22 hours in Music Education, eight hours in Applied Music and Conducting, five hours of workshops, and two hours of MUS 560 Ensemble Performance will apply toward the degree.

Performance

Master of Music - Concentration in Performance (Plan II - Without Thesis)

 

This degree is intended for those students interested in pursuing a career in performance. Preparation emphasis is on the development of technique, musicianship and repertoire for the major instrument or voice through individual instruction and participation in large ensembles (band, orchestra, chorus) and/or chamber groups.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (15 - 19 Hrs.)
  • APMS 501: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration (4)
  • APMS 502: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration (4)
  • APMS 503: Vocal Coaching (0)–(M.M. in Voice Performance only; 3 semesters with grade of CR are required)
  • APMS 591: Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital* (4)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • MUS 588: Music Pedagogy–Voice (M.M. in Voice Performance only)** (2)
  • MUS 549: Music Repertory–Voice (M.M. in Voice Performance only)* (2)

* * See below for specific requirements and consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for more detailed information.

** Voice students may substitute electives for the above only with the approval of the Voice Faculty.

Music Electives (9 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory(3)

Free Electives (8 hrs.; 4 hrs. for Voice Performance)

May be taken in areas outside of music and may include 2 hours of applied instrument or voice other than concentrate. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Music 560 Ensemble Performance; four hours of ensemble credit will count toward the degree.

Graduate Recital Requirements
  • No graduate student may enroll for APMS 591 Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital prior to submission of the Program of Studies form to the Office of Graduate Studies. Exceptions may be made for students working toward the Master of Music Concentration in Collaborative Piano. Prior to submission of the Program of Studies form, the student must have completed MUS 531 Bibliography and Research, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have satisfied any requirements specific to his or her degree program (e.g., foreign language, diction, piano proficiency). See the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information.
  • The student must organize a preview performance of the recital program for the approval of his or her appropriate faculty committee not less than two weeks before the proposed recital date.
  • A student pursuing the Master of Music Concentration in Performance must write program notes on all the pieces to be performed on his or her graduate recital. The program notes must indicate substantial investigation, must be well written, and must include a correctly written bibliography. These must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time.* Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information on deadlines and requirements.
  • The Graduate Recital must be recorded by the Department of Music Recording Engineer and a copy of the recital recording must be deposited with the Department of Music. Arrangements for the recording of the Graduate Recital must be made at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time. Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information and requirements.

String Pedagogy

Master of Music - Concentration in String Pedagogy (Plan II - Without Thesis)

This degree is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching strings in a studio setting.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (19 Hrs.)
  • APMS 519: Studio Instruction Outside the Principal Area of Concentration: (focus instrument) (1)
  • APMS 519: Studio Instruction Outside the Principal Area of Concentration: (focus instrument) (1)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • MUS 560: Ensemble Performance: Symphony Orchestra (1+1)
  • MUS 561: String Pedagogy I (2)
  • MUS 562: String Pedagogy II (2)
  • MUS 563: String Pedagogy III (2)
  • MUS 564: String Pedagogy IV (2)
  • MUS 566: String Pedagogy Project (2)
  • MUS 567: Readings in String Pedagogy (2)

 

Music Electives (9 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory(3)

 

Free Electives (4 hrs.)

May be taken outside of music. A maximum of two additional hours of MUS 560 Ensemble Performance will count toward the degree.

 

Theory & Composition

Master of Music - Concentration in Theory & Composition (Plan I - Without Thesis)

The goal of the Concentration in Theory & Composition is to prepare students for doctoral work in composition or music theory at the research one university level. The program’s preparation emphasis features individual instruction in compositional topics and an extensive list of both required and elective courses in music theory. The theory courses prepare students to write, hear, analyze, theorize, and receive critiques on their work about music from the sixteenth century to the present.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (17 Hrs.)
  • APMS 501:  Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration–Composition (2)
  • MUS 525:  Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527:  Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 531:  Bibliography and Research (3)
  • MUS 599:  Master’s Thesis (6)

 

Electives in Composition (2 hrs.)

Must be chosen from any topics offered the following:

MUS 507:  Selected Topics in Music Composition (2)

 

Elective in Technology (2 hrs.)

Must be chosen from the following:

MUS 511:  Fundamentals of Music Technology* (2)
MUS 512:  Fundamentals of Audio Technology (2)
MUS 521:  Max Programming for Musicians (3)

* fulfills requirement for theory focus only

 

Elective in Music History (3 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

MUS 513:  Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
MUS 514:  Studies in Baroque Music (3)
MUS 515:  Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
MUS 516:  Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
MUS 537:  Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
MUS 538:  Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)

NOTE:  Students focusing in Composition must take MUS 516.

Music Electives (8 hrs.)

Electives must be in Music, but a student may petition to substitute a non-music course if it relevant to his or her thesis work.  Two hours applied piano are recommended.  Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in MUS 560 Ensemble Performance; 2 hours of ensemble credit will apply toward the degree.  Two hours from MUS 505 or 506 are required unless the student has taken counterpoint as an undergraduate.

As a culmination to study in Theory and Composition, the student must submit either 1) a theoretical document (thesis), or 2) a portfolio of original compositions that will be submitted as a hybrid thesis. The portfolio’s contents shall have been written while in residence and shall have received written approval from the theory and composition faculty prior to the student’s graduation year. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further requirements.

Students pursuing a focus in Composition will be expected to participate in studio classes, juries, concerts of student works, and other activities  Consult the Department of Music Composition Handbook for requirements.

Woodwinds

Master of Music - Concentration in Woodwinds (Plan II - Without Thesis)

This degree is intended for students who wish to become proficient in multiple woodwind instruments to enhance their marketability in the performance world. This concentration specifies study in a principal instrument with a graduate recital required, as well as acceptable proficiency on three secondary instruments.

Program of Study (32 Hrs.)

Required Courses (18 Hrs.)
  • APMS 501: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration: (principal instrument) (4)
  • APMS 502: Studio Instruction in the Principal Area of Concentration: (principal instrument) (4)
  • APMS 519: Studio Instruction Outside the Principal Area of Concentration: (first secondary woodwind instrument) (1)
  • APMS 519: Studio Instruction Outside the Principal Area of Concentration: (second secondary woodwind instrument) (1)
  • APMS 519: Studio Instruction Outside the Principal Area of Concentration: (third secondary woodwind instrument) (1)
  • APMS 591: Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital:  (principal instrument)** (4)
  • MUS 531: Bibliography and Research (3)

* The student must perform a jury on each secondary instrument; the level of performances must be acceptable to the woodwind faculty to indicate sufficient proficiency.

 

Music Electives (9 hrs.)

Must be chosen from among the following courses:

  • MUS 513: Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)
  • MUS 514: Studies in Baroque Music (3)
  • MUS 515: Studies in Classic and Romantic Music (3)
  • MUS 516: Studies in Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUS 525: Post-Tonal Theory (3)
  • MUS 527: Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 537: Selected Topics in Music Literature (3)
  • MUS 538: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)
  • MUS 539: Selected Topics in Music Theory(3)

 

Free Electives (4 hrs.)

May be taken outside of music. A maximum of two additional hours of MUS 560 Ensemble Performance will count toward the degree.

 

Graduate Recital Requirements
  • No graduate student may enroll for APMS 591 Studio Instruction and Graduate Recital prior to submission of the Program of Studies form to the Office of Graduate Studies. Exceptions may be made for students working toward the Master of Music Concentration in Collaborative Piano. Prior to submission of the Program of Studies form, the student must have completed MUS 531 Bibliography and Research, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have satisfied any requirements specific to his or her degree program (e.g., foreign language, diction, piano proficiency). See the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information.
  • The student must organize a preview performance of the recital program for the approval of his or her appropriate faculty committee not less than two weeks before the proposed recital date.
  • A student pursuing the Master of Music Concentration in Woodwinds must write program notes on all the pieces to be performed on his or her graduate recital. The program notes must indicate substantial investigation, must be well written, and must include a correctly written bibliography. These must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time.* Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information on deadlines and requirements.
  • The Graduate Recital must be recorded by the Department of Music Recording Engineer and a copy of the recital recording must be deposited with the Department of Music. Arrangements for the recording of the Graduate Recital must be made at least two months in advance of the recital date, not including intersession time. Refer to the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for further information and requirements.

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