MA in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts in Music (Applied Pedagogy). Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already have a bachelor's degree in music for successful:

  • college-level teaching;
  • in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching; or
  • continuation into doctoral degree work.

Northeastern is one of the only universities in the region to offer a degree in pedagogy.


Career Options

The M.A. in Music leads to careers such as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • elementary and secondary private studio teacher
  • recording artist
  • performer
  • vocalist
  • studio musician


Degree Requirements

The following sequences require a total of 34 credit hours, all of which must be earned in 400-level courses or approved 300-level courses. Participation in large or small ensembles for a minimum of three terms is required.

Graduate Virtual Community

Graduate music students must participate in the Music Department Virtual Community, an online forum where students and faculty share experiences, ideas, and knowledge.

Thesis Hours (MUS 5901, 5902, 5903 - CREDIT VALUE VARIES)

Thesis Hours is the culminating course for the M.A. degree. This course is generally taken in the third semester of study after MUS 424 Bibliography has been completed. The student’s thesis advisor and faculty thesis committee act as a mentor and guide as the student pursues his/her research. This work will result in a submission and approval of the Thesis Proposal, Thesis Paper, and Lecture Recital (an hour-long recital format in which the student lectures, performs/demonstrates the thesis topic).

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive examination must be taken at the first possible exam date after the thesis paper is submitted and/or the recital is performed. The dates of the exam are concurrent with the Graduate Placement Exams and are offered on the first Friday of the month in August, December, and April. The Comprehensive Exam is a written test that evaluates what the student has learned in his/her area of specialty during graduate study. The test consists of two pedagogical/historical essay questions of which you choose one, and three score identifications. Students are expected to write intelligently about the musical content providing a thorough stylistic analysis and name a composer, probable date of composition, and title of the work. The Comprehensive Exam will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. (The completed test must reflect a working knowledge of pedagogical craft, historical and theoretical perspective, and a graduate-level writing ability.


Applied Music Pedagogy

MUS-424 Music Bibliography And Research 3
MUS 431 (A-F) Advanced Applied Music Pedagogy I 3
MUS-427 Repertoire Seminar (A-G) 3
MUS 432 (A-F) Advanced Applied Music Pedagogy II 2
Applied Music (400-level) 8
MUS 428 (A-G) Music Repertoire Seminar 3
MUS 5901, 5902, 5903 Thesis Seminar (Credit hours vary. Must total 3 credits) 3
Select one of the following in Music History: 3
MUS-312 Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven
MUS-321D Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History: Stravinsky
MUS-471 Seminar In Music History: Baroque
MUS-472 Seminar In Music History: Classic Era
Select Music Theory: 3
MUS-405 Form and Analysis
Select the appropriate large ensemble: * 3
MUS-411 Vocal Ensemble: Chorus
MUS-412 Chamber Singers
MUS-413 Opera Workshop
MUS-414 Musical Theater
MUS-423 Band
MUS-426 Orchestra
MUS-434E Instrumental Ensemble: Accompanying
MUS-434F Instrumental Ensemble: Piano Ensemble
MUS-434M Instrumental Ensemble: Guitar
Total Hours 34

*Ensemble Participation: Participation in a large ensemble for a minimum of three terms is required (wind and percussion students enroll in Band; guitar students enroll in Guitar Ensemble; string students [violin, viola, cello, and string bass] enroll in Orchestra; voice students enroll in University Chorus, Opera Workshop, Chamber Singers, or Musical Theater; piano students enroll in Piano Ensemble Four Hands, or Accompanying).

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 18, 2018
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1 - 4 years
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12,931 USD
In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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