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Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

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Music - Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Music (code MUS_MA01)

The Master of Arts degree in Music provides academic concentrations in Musicology, Music Theory, and Music Education.

Prerequisites

1. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, a Bachelor of Music degree, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper division courses in music comparable to those required of a major in music at this University;

2. The student must request all institutions of higher learning attended to send official copies of transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records and another set to the Conservatory of Music Graduate Advisor. Transcripts presented to the Admissions Office by the student are not acceptable. Graduates of California State University, Long Beach must follow these same procedures when making application to the Master of Arts in music program;

3. All applicants are required to complete the Bob Cole Conservatory Graduate Placement Examination before they register for courses applicable to the Master of Arts degree. (Under special circumstances, a student may take the examination during the first semester in which he or she is registered in courses applicable to the degree.) Applicants for all options of the M.A. degree must present samples of their scholarly writings in music for review by the Graduate faculty. Applicants for the musicology concentration must show evidence of reading and translation ability in one foreign language (French or German);

4. A GPA of 3.00 or better in upper division Music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 GPA requirement or specified balance within the required 24 units of upper division music but who possess outstanding or unusual qualifications that promise a significant contribution to the Master of Arts program may petition for a special review from the Conservatory Graduate Committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

The prerequisites for advancement to candidacy are the same as those for the Master of Music.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses with at least 24 units in the major. MUS 427, 428, 441, 495 and 499 are the only undergraduate classes allowed to count on a graduate program. All others must be taken at the 500- or 600-level. (The program may not include more than six units of transfer graduate credit);

2. Core courses required (13-15 units)

  • Take the following courses:
    • MUS 696 Research Methods (3) (should be taken the first time it is offered during the student’s residency)
    • MUS 541 Seminar in Musical Analysis (3)
  • Take one course from the following courses:
    • MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565; MUS 698 (for 4-6 units, dependent upon concentration).

3. Additional courses for Musicology concentration:

  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565 (not taken in core)
  • Take 6 units selected from the following courses:
    • MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 569, 571, 576, 578, 592, 593 (not taken in core)
  • Take 6 units of music electives (students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to elect theory as well as performance classes, especially Collegium Musicum and New Music Ensemble).
  • Take thesis for 6 units in this concentration.

4. Additional courses for Music Theory concentration:

  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 540 Music Theory Pedagogy (3)
  • Take 6 units from the following courses:
    • MUS 541 (may be repeated)
  • Take 6 units of electives (students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to select additional history, composition, and performance classes, especially New Music Ensemble and Collegium Musicum).
  • Take thesis 6 units in this concentration.

5. Additional courses for Music Education Concentration:

  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 581 Foundations of Music Education (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MUS 588; EDP 400, 419
  • Take 4 units chosen from the following courses:
    • MUS 526, 554, 575, 580, 582, 585, 587, 594, 595, 680
  • Take 5-7 units of electives (students in this concentration are encouraged to elect performance and conducting classes).
  • Take thesis for 4-6 units in this concentration, dependent upon project.

6. An oral defense of the thesis, recital, or project:

  • MUS 698 Thesis or Project (1-6)

Master of Music Degree (code MUS_MM01)

The Master of Music degree program provides professional concentrations in Composition, Conducting-Instrumental, Conducting-Choral, Jazz Studies, Opera Performance and Instrumental/Vocal Performance.

Prerequisites

1. A Bachelor of Music degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music or a bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 24 upper division units of music comparable to those required at this University;

2. The student must request all institutions of higher learning attended to send official copies of transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records and another set to the Conservatory of Music Graduate Advisor. Transcripts presented to the Admissions Office by the student are not acceptable. Graduates of California State University, Long Beach must follow these same procedures when making application to the Master of Music in music program;

3. All applicants are required to complete the Bob Cole Conservatory Graduate Placement Examination before they register for courses applicable to the Master of Music degree. (Under special circumstances, a student may take the examination during the first semester in which he or she is registered in courses applicable to the degree);

4. Criteria according to concentration:

  • A. Composition: submission and approval of a portfolio of representative original scores and evidence of baccalaureate-level competency as required in the Bachelor of Music Composition Option;
  • B. Conducting: successful completion of a conducting examination and approval by the conducting faculty;
  • C. Performance/Jazz Studies: Performance-Opera; Jazz Studies; and Instrumental/Vocal: an audition both at a performance level and with a repertory on an instrument or in voice acceptable to the faculty of the specific performance medium.

5. A GPA of 3.00 or better in upper division Music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 GPA requirement or specified balance within the required 24 units of upper division music but who possess outstanding or unusual qualifications that promise a significant contribution to the Master of Music program may petition for a special review from the Conservatory Graduate Advisory Committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfy all the general University requirements, including fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

2. Remove all undergraduate deficiencies, which were determined by the Bob Cole Conservatory Graduate Placement Examination and/or the Dean of the College of the Arts;

3. Pass the Bob Cole Conservatory Qualifying Examinations;

4. Submit an approved project or thesis proposal, and a graduate degree program approved by the student’s Thesis Committee, the Graduate Advisor, Conservatory Director, and the Dean of the College of the Arts;

5. GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Requirements

1. General requirements for all majors: Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses with at least 24 units in the major. MUS 427, 428, 441, 495 and 499 are the only undergraduate classes allowed to count on a graduate program. All others must be taken at the 500- or 600-level. (The program may not include more than six units of transfer graduate credit);

2. Core curriculum (13 units):

  • Take the following courses:
    • MUS 696 Research Methods (3) (should be taken the first time it is offered during the student’s residency)
    • MUS 541 Seminar in Musical Analysis (3)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • MUS 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566 (MUS 513 - Jazz Studies concentration only)

3. An oral defense of the thesis, recital, or project

    • MUS 698 Thesis or Project (1-6)

Master of Music Concentrations

Composition:

  • Take the following courses:
    • MUS 544 Graduate Composition I (2)
    • MUS 545 Graduate Composition II (2)
  • Take 2 units of MUS 529X or 629X (taken concurrently with MUS 544 and MUS 545)
  • Take 3 units selected from the following courses:
    • MUS 555, 556, 557
  • Take 6 units selected under advisement from:
    • MUS 510, 511, 512, 515, 516, 520, 522, 525, 529X, 540, 543, 545, 555, 556, 557, and 597
  • Take 2 units of electives selected under advisement.

Conducting – Instrumental:

  • Take 2 units from the following:
    • MUS 500, 600, or 601
  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 529W or 629W
  • Take two courses by advisement from the following:
    • MUS 520, 525, 680;
  • Take 5-6 units of electives selected by advisement

Conducting – Choral:

  • Take 2 units from the following:
    • MUS 500, 600 or 601
  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 529W or 629W
  • Take all the following:
    • MUS 519 Choral Master Class (1) (take twice)
    • MUS 573 Advanced Diction for Singers (2)
    • MUS 575 Studies in Choral Music (3)
  • Take 4 units of music electives by advisement

Jazz Studies:

  • Take all of the following:
    • MUS 510 Improvisation Styles and Literature (3)
    • MUS 512 Advanced Techniques in Jazz Arranging (3)
    • MUS 516 Jazz Pedagogy (2)
    • MUS 601 Jazz Ensemble (2)
  • Take 7 units selected by advisement from the following:
    • MUS 511, 514, 517, 529Y, 629, 543, 555, 556, 557, 597A/D

Opera Performance:

  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 529Q or 629Q
  • Take 2 units of the following:
    • MUS 530 Opera (1)
  • Take all of the following:
    • MUS 526 Vocal Development (2)
    • MUS 536 Opera Repertoire (2)
    • MUS 573 Advanced Diction for Singers (2)
    • THEA 490 Special Topics in Theatre Arts (3)
  • Take 2 units of electives chosen by advisement (students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to take MUS 569)

Instrumental Performance:

  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 500, 530, 600 or 601
  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 529 or 629 (section by advisement)

      • Keyboard Specialization:
        • Take 4 units from the following:
          • MUS 592A-B
        • Take 5 units of electives selected by advisement (MUS 577A-B, 600G, 600U strongly encouraged.)
      • Other instrumental specializations:
        • Take 9 units of electives chosen by advisement

Vocal Performance:

  • Take 2 units from the following:
    • MUS 500, 530, 600, or 601
  • Take 4 units from the following:
    • MUS 529 or 629 (section by advisement)
  • Take the following course:
    • MUS 573 Advanced Diction for Singers (2)
  • Take 4 units from the following courses:
    • MUS 526, 534A, 534B under advisement
  • Take 5 units of electives chosen by advisement.

Teaching Credentials

Students seeking a degree in Music Education refer to the Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music options under B.M. degree. All students entering the credential program after August 31, 2003 will be following the SB2042 credential program and should consult the Single Subject Credential Program requirements in this catalog. For further information consult with the Conservatory credential advisor.

Music Performance

Opportunities to participate in various instrumental and vocal ensembles are available to all students regardless of major. Before enrolling in a performing group, students should apply to the director of the organization in which they wish to participate. Music performance courses may be repeated; up to 8 units of credit in MUS 100 or 300 may be counted toward a bachelor’s degree. Simultaneous enrollment in more than one organization is permitted.