MA in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts degree in 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 1) college-level teaching, 2) in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching, or 3) for continuation into doctoral degree work.

Requirements of the Program

  • Completion of a Bachelors Degree in Music with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Audition and approval for 400-level in major applied instrument/voice.
  • Letters of Recommendation about your music background.
  • Completion of Entrance Placement Exams in music history and music theory, to be completed before the first semester of enrollment.

Audition

Approval for the program requires approval by the appropriate applied faculty through an audition in the student’s applied area (instrument or voice). 400-level approval is required. If a student is not approved for graduate (400) level, he/she may be asked to enroll at the 300-level as a remedial option and apply for graduate (400) level at the next audition date. This should be done only if the applied faculty believes strongly that the student has potential to attain 400-level in a reasonable amount of time (one or two semesters).

Graduate Placement Exams

The Graduate Placement Exams in Music History and Music Theory are required of all music students entering the graduate program. They are given annually before each semester and must be taken by all incoming students. No student will be accepted into the program until these exams are taken. If deficiencies are noted, the deadline for completing remedial coursework or removing deficiencies is one year or 18 credits.

Student-At-Large Status

A student may enroll as a “student-at-large” while awaiting completion of his/her application approval. Up to nine (9) credit hours may be taken and transferred into the program. Note: A student-at-large is not eligible for a Graduate Tuition Scholarship.

Requirements for the Degree

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 428 (A-G) Music Repertoire Seminar (2 courses) 6
MUS 431 (A-F) Advanced Applied Music Pedagogy I 3
MUS 432 (A-F) Advanced Applied Music Pedagogy II 2
Applied Music (400-level) 8
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: 1 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
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Last updated June 1, 2018
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