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The Graduate Student Handbook has been prepared as a reference tool for students pursuing graduate degree programs in the CWU Department of Music. Information is included about the department, its degree programs, major concentrations, cognate areas of study, degree deadlines, student responsibilities and any music office procedures.
The Master of Music curriculum is designed to provide opportunity for depth of study in an area of specialization, to increase professional competence in teaching and performance, and to prepare for continued self-directed study or advanced graduate study.
Entrance Tests and Evaluations
Diagnostic Tests in Music- Theory and History for Incoming Graduate Students
After completion of the diagnostic exams, deficiencies will be communicated to the student and advisor by the examining faculty, along with recommendations for remediation. These are resolved by taking a course designed to address the deficiencies demonstrated on the exam, MUS 344, Theory Review, and MUS 380 Music History Review. It is the candidate's responsibility to demonstrate the successful satisfaction of any deficiency. No Master of Music degree will be awarded until these deficiencies have been satisfied. Also, there are restrictions on registration for thesis credit (MUS 700) before deficiencies are remedied. The Department of Music recommends that the candidate attempt to satisfy any deficiencies at the earliest opportunity.
The Music History Diagnostic Exam is offered once a year, prior to the beginning of the academic year. As with the theory exam, dates and times will be posted as early as possible. A score of 80% or better on the exam is considered passing. A score of less than 80% will require the student to take MUS 380 at the next opportunity, which is included as a remedial course on the Course of Study, but does not count toward the degree.
Dates and times for the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam will be advertised as early as possible, but students should expect it to take place during registration days immediately preceding the beginning of the academic year or within the first day or two of classes.
Graduate History Diagnostic Exam - (TBA)
All candidates shall complete at least 45 credits as delineated in an approved Course Of Study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education. The major fields are
At least one-third of the total credit requirements must be in the major field, including six credits of thesis; one-third in other music courses, including three credits of ensemble and three credits of MUS 521 (Methods of Musical Research); and one-third may be elective courses in supportive areas from any discipline. At least 25 credits applied toward the degree must be at the 500 level or above. Students are expected to plan their program with a graduate advisor and committee.
Graduate Student Course of Study
Purpose and Procedures
The Graduate Office requires that students have approved Course Of Study forms on file before they have taken 25 credits. Also, the Office of Financial Aid has made it a requirement that students collecting financial aid must have an approved Course Of Study on file in both the Graduate Office and the Financial Aid office. If there isn't an approved copy on file before the end of the add/drop period of the quarter in which the student enrolls for his/her 25th credit, the student's financial aid award may be canceled.
Over the time of the degree, if there are three or more changes to the original Course of Study, a Revised Course of Study form, reflecting the courses actually taken and chosen to fulfill specific degree requirements, will need to be filed with or just before the Application To Graduate. Any changes in individual courses can be made only with the submission of a Course Substitution form.
Graduate CoursesBelow is a listing of courses for which credit toward graduate degrees is available. This includes courses required for specific majors and those designated as electives. Some courses are offered on a regular basis, usually in a two-year cycle, and others are offered only according to student needs and faculty availability. Students should remember that no more than 20 credits of 400 level classes can be applied to any Master's degree requirements. Further, at least half of all required credits must be in courses meant only for graduate students. For complete course listing and descriptions, see the University Catalogue or the specific instructor.
|Composition and Music Theory||Music History|
|558 Survey of Solo Vocal Literature |
571 History of Orchestra Music
572 Music in the Twentieth Century
573 History of Opera
575 History of Chamber Music
576 History of Choral Music
579 Aesthetics of Music
610 Seminar: Composer
612 Seminar: History and Literature
425 Studio Pedagogy
424 Jazz Music Education
520 Methods of Teaching Music Theory
611 Graduate Seminar in Music: Music Education
|441 Conducting III |
541 Advanced Conducting
615 Graduate Seminar in Music: Conducting
(MUS 440 is also applicable to major field)
|425 Studio Pedagogy |
426 Studio Literature
524 Advanced Applied Pedagogy
536 Diction in Singing Foreign languages
558 Survey of Solo Vocal Literature
564 Elective Applied Study
592 Accompanying Practicum
614 Graduate Seminar in Music: Performance Studies
616Graduate Seminar in
664 Major Performance Area (Applied Instruction)
510 Vocal Jazz Choir
514 Brass Choir
515 Chamber Orchestra
513 Flute Choir
517 Chamber Music Ensemble
529 Percussion Ensemble
532 Stage Band
535 Lab Choir
561 Opera Workshop
562 Opera Production
566 Wind Ensemble
567 University Choir
568 Chamber Choir
577 Symphony Orchestra
587 Marching and Concert Band
|Graduate Cognate in Music|
A Graduate Cognate in music is a secondary specialization that lends more coherence to the courses students complete beyond those required for the masters degree in their primary area of study. Available Cognate subject areas are composition, conducting, performance, performance pedagogy, music education, music theory, music history, and jazz pedagogy. Students must take a minimum of 13 credits beyond the 45 credits required for the Masters degree – totaling a minimum of 58 credits for the degree with a major and cognate. Detailed information can be found in the Graduate Catalog listing under "Master of Music", also available online.
The Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form
The Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form has two functions: to indicate the members of the student’s Graduate Committee (with the chair of the committee duly noted) and selection of the type of culminating project that will be completed.
All graduate students must select a Graduate Committee to help guide their studies, also acting as mentors. The chair of this committee is usually the program advisor in the student’s major field of study. The student should seek advice from this advisor in choosing other members of the committee, based on areas of expertise related to the student's project. Usually committee members must be approved Graduate Faculty. A non-approved faculty member may receive permission to serve as a committee member upon application, but normally are not permitted to act as committee chairs. Students may learn which music faculty are members of the Graduate Faculty by inquiring in the Music Department Office. The committee should be formed as early as possible in the student's graduate career, usually during the first term on campus.
The other part of this form is for selecting the type of thesis or non-thesis project that will be appropriate as a culminating experience for the degree. Once a topic has been chosen the student then secures agreement of the student’s Graduate Committee with their signatures on the form. Once this form has been submitted to and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, changes of committee members can be made only via resubmission of the form.
|Research Thesis||Pedagogy Thesis|
In preparing a research thesis, the candidate should demonstrate the following qualities:
|Composition Thesis||Conducting Thesis|
The thesis (MUS 700, 6 credits) will be an original composition of a level appropriate as a final project, with a covering paper. Normally this paper will be based on the thesis composition.
|As a thesis (MUS 700, 6 credits) the student will conduct a public performance and submit a covering paper. Normally this paper will be based on the works conducted.|
|Performance Thesis||Music Education Thesis|
|As a thesis (MUS 700, 6 credits) the student will present a full public recital and submit a covering paper. Normally this paper will be based on the works presented in the recital.|
Submission of Final Project Papers
Completed thesis and project papers must be submitted to the graduate coordinator in the format outlined here. The music department retains these papers, not the GSR office, and therefore students should submit these materials only to the Music Graduate Coordinator.
All graduate students must pass a comprehensive final examination, oral, or written and oral, based on their course work and the thesis/project. The nature of the final examination will be determined in consultation with the student's graduate committee chair. Before the Final Examination can be scheduled, students must have satisfied any recommendations made to correct deficiencies revealed by the diagnostic exams and completed and submitted the written portion of the thesis/project.
In addition the Office of Graduate Studies requires a "Final Folder Check" in the quarter in which a student wishes to defend the thesis/project. To receive a Final Folder Check, the following are required:
If everything is cleared in the Final Folder Check, the student will receive a Permit to Schedule the orals/final examination. The application for the final examination, approved by the student's graduation committee, must be filed in the Graduate Office at least three weeks in advance of the examination. This application has several specific parts to it; early acquisition and completion of this form is strongly recommended. Consult the Graduate Office for any and all appropriate deadline dates.
It is important for students to know that the CWU Graduate Office has a separate set of forms and procedures that must be filed according to quarterly graduation deadlines. There are several deadlines that impact the scheduling of final examinations, review of transcripts, and for fees that must be paid. Please become fully aware of the Grad Office's expectations and deadlines.
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