Master of Arts in Music

University of Central Arkansas

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master of Arts in Music

University of Central Arkansas

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Master of Music in Music Education degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Graduate Assistantships are available in all areas and are awarded based on merit. For theory, a score of 75% or better on the UCA music theory entrance exam is required. For performance and conducting areas, an audition with area faculty is required. For conducting and education areas, a taped performance of the applicant’s ensemble is required.

Students can pursue the following degrees:

  • Masters of Music in Performance [3.3] [3.4] [3.5]
  • Masters of Music in Music Theory [3.8]
  • Masters of Music in Conducting [3.6] [3.7]
  • Masters of Music in Music Education [3.2]

[1] Objectives

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Music Education concentration in the Master of Music degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory.

[2] Program Admission Requirements

In addition to other Graduate School admission requirements:

For performance and conducting areas: An audition with area faculty. Performance in the area of specialization is to reflect the basic proficiency of a college undergraduate.

For vocal performance: Diction and comprehension examinations in French, German, and Italian will be given before or during the first semester, with deficiencies to be cleared before graduation. A score of 70% or higher will be considered satisfactory and no formal review will be necessary; a student who earns a score below 70% will need to take and pass a one-hour review course in the tested language. Possible review courses include MUS 5101 (French Diction Review), MUS 5102 (German Diction Review), and MUS 5103 (Italian Diction Review). MUS 5101, 5102, and 5103 do NOT count toward a graduate degree and may add to a student’s overall course load. These classes DO count toward the requirement to carry 9 hours of graduate credit per semester.

For choral conducting: A video-recorded performance of the applicant’s ensemble. Diction and comprehension exams in French, German, Italian, and Latin, will be given before or during the first semester, with deficiencies to be cleared before graduation. A score of 70% or higher will be considered satisfactory and no formal review will be necessary; a student who earns a score below 70% will need to take and pass a one-hour review course in the tested language. Possible review courses include MUS 5101 (French Diction Review), MUS 5102 (German Diction Review), MUS 5103 (Italian Diction Review), and MUS 5104 (Latin Diction Review). MUS 5101, 5102, 5103, and 5104 do NOT count toward a graduate degree and may add to a student’s overall course load. These classes DO count toward the requirement to carry 9 hours of graduate credit per semester.

For music theory: A score of at least 75% on the University of Central Arkansas Department of Music Theory Diagnostic Exam, to be given before acceptance into the program.

[3] Master of Music (MM)

[3.1] Core Degree Requirements – All Concentrations

  1. Diagnostic examinations are given the week before the semester begins in music theory, music history and literature, and aural skills. The primary purpose of diagnostic exams is to determine whether remediation is needed and to provide recommendations to students regarding course work.

    A score of less than 70% on the theory exam requires that the student take MUS 5316 MUSIC THEORY REVIEW AND ANALYSIS before taking advanced seminars in music theory at the 6300 level. A score of less than 70% on the music history and literature exam requires that the student take MUS 5317 MUSIC HISTORY REVIEW before taking advanced seminars in music history at the 6300 level. A score of less than 70% on the aural skills test requires that the student retake and pass the aural skills test before graduation (self-study or MUS 5208 EAR TRAINING AND SIGHT SINGING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS).

    MUS 5316, 5317, and 5208 do NOT count toward a graduate degree and may add to a student’s overall course load. These classes DO count toward the requirement to carry 9 hours of graduate credit per semester.

  2. Completion of piano proficiency exam during the first semester of study for all areas. A score of less than 70% on the piano proficiency exam requires that the student retake and pass the piano proficiency exam before graduation.
  3. Satisfactory completion of an oral comprehensive examination in music.
  4. 6000-level course requirement: For the concentration in Music Education, at least 50% of all music credit hours must be at the 6000 level; for all other concentrations, at least 67% of all music credit hours must be at the 6000 level.

[3.2] Concentration: Music Education (32 hours minimum)

[3.2.1] Required courses

  • MUS 6303 History and Philosophy of Music Education
  • MUS 6304 Contemporary Issues in Music Education
  • MUS 6324 Introduction to Music Education Research
  • MUS 6325 Practical Applications of Research in Music Education

One of the following Music Theory courses:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

One of the following Music History courses:

  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music

[3.2.2] Music Electives

At least eight hours of the following:

  • MUS 5206 Marching Band Techniques
  • MUS 5325 Orff-Schulwerk Methodology I
  • MUS 5326 Orff-Schulwerk Methodology II
  • MUS 5327 Orff-Schulwerk Methodology III
  • MUS 6207 Choral Conducting
  • MUS 6210 Choral Literature I
  • MUS 6211 Choral Literature II
  • MUS 6206 Instrumental Conducting
  • MUS 6203 Instrumental Literature I
  • MUS 6208 Instrumental Literature II
  • MUS 5V10 Special Problems in Music Education
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (maximum of 3 credit hours)
  • MUSE 61xx Large Ensemble – Choir, Wind Ensemble or Orchestra (maximum of 3 credit hours)

[3.2.3] Non-Music Electives (6 hours)

Courses in the College of Education, chosen in consultation with and approved by the Music Education faculty.

[3.3] Concentration: Instrumental Performance (32 hours minimum)

[3.3.1] Required Courses

  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 6200 Graduate Recital
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6214 Instrumental Pedagogy and Repertoire II
  • MUS 6203 Instrumental Literature I
  • MUS 6208 Instrumental Literature II
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography

One of the following Music Theory courses:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Two of the following Music History courses:

  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music

[3.3.2] Electives

At least two hours of the following:

  • MUSE 61xx Ensembles
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading
  • MUS 5V10 Special Problems in Music Education
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.3.3] Thesis Option

Completion of a thesis (6 hours) is an option in the performance concentrations.

[3.4] Concentration: Piano Performance (32 hours minimum)

[3.4.1] Required Courses

  • MUSA 6V30 Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6V30 Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6V30 Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6V30 Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 6200 Graduate Recital
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6217 Advanced Piano Pedagogy
  • MUS 6215 Piano Literature I
  • MUS 6216 Piano Literature II
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography

One of the following Music Theory courses:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Two of the following Music History courses:

  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music

[3.4.2] Electives

At least two hours of the following:

  • MUSE 61xx Ensembles
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.4.3] Thesis Option

Completion of a thesis (6 hours) is an option in the performance concentrations.

[3.5] Concentration: Vocal Performance (32 hours minimum)

[3.5.1] Required Courses

  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 6200 Graduate Recital
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6212 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUS 5205 Vocal Literature I
  • MUS 5207 Vocal Literature II
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography

One of the following Music Theory courses:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Two of the following Music History courses:

  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music

[3.5.2] Electives

At least two hours of the following:

  • MUSE 61xx Ensembles
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading
  • MUS 5V10 Special Problems in Music Education
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.5.3] Thesis Option

Completion of a thesis (6 hours) is an option in the performance concentrations.

[3.6] Concentration: Instrumental Conducting (31 hours minimum)

[3.6.1] Required Courses

  • MUS 6200 Graduate Recital
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6203 Instrumental Literature I
  • MUS 6208 Instrumental Literature II
  • MUS 6206 Instrumental Conducting
  • MUS 6310 Instrumental Conducting Practicum
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading

Three courses from the following, including at least one music theory course and one music history course:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis (music theory)
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music (music theory)
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory (music theory)
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries (music theory)
  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period (music history)
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century (music history)
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period (music history)
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era (music history)
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance (music history)
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music (music history)

[3.6.2] Electives

At least two hours of the following (other courses may be used with approval of the advisor):

  • MUSE 61xx Ensembles
  • MUS 5V10 Special Problems in Music Education
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.6.3] Thesis Option

Completion of a thesis (6 hours) is an option in the conducting concentrations.

[3.7] Concentration: Choral Conducting (31 hours minimum)

[3.7.1] Required Courses

  • MUS 6200 Graduate Recital
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6210 Choral Literature I
  • MUS 6211 Choral Literature II
  • MUS 6207 Choral Conducting
  • MUS 6312 Choral Conducting Practicum
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading

Three courses from the following, including at least one music theory course and one music history course:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis (music theory)
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music (music theory)
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory (music theory)
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries (music theory)
  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period (music history)
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century (music history)
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period (music history)
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era (music history)
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance (music history)
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music (music history)

[3.7.2] Electives

At least two hours of the following (other courses may be used with approval of the advisor):

  • MUSE 61xx Ensembles
  • MUS 5V10 Special Problems in Music Education
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.7.3] Thesis Option

Completion of a thesis (6 hours) is an option in the conducting concentrations.

[3.8] Concentration: Music Theory (34 hours minimum)

[3.8.1] Required Courses

  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (1 credit hour)
  • MUSA 6Vxx Applied Lessons (1 credit hour)
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUSE 61xx Ensemble
  • MUS 6315 Theory Pedagogy I
  • MUS 6316 Theory Pedagogy II
  • MUS 6306 Thesis Research I
  • MUS 6307 Thesis Research II
  • MUS 6313 Music Research and Bibliography

Three of the following Music Theory courses:

  • MUS 5311 Introduction to Linear Analysis
  • MUS 6302 Analytical Techniques for Twentieth-Century Music
  • MUS 6314 Seminar in Music Theory (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 6317 Analysis of Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries

One of the following Music History courses:

  • MUS 6318 Music in the Romantic Period
  • MUS 6319 Music in the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 6320 Music in the Classical Period
  • MUS 6321 Music in the Baroque Era
  • MUS 6322 Music in the Renaissance
  • MUS 6323 History of Women in Music

[3.8.2] Electives

At least three hours of the following:

  • MUSE 61xx
  • MUSA 6Vxx (1 credit hour)
  • MUS 6311 Score Reading
  • MUS 5V21 Special Problems in Music
  • MUS 6V05 Directed Graduate Study

[3.8.3] Thesis Requirement

A thesis (6 hours) is required for the music theory concentration.

[4] Graduate Certificate (GC) in Music (Professional Studies)

The Graduate Certificate in Music is a program designed to allow talented and dedicated instrumentalists and singers further time to advance their abilities as musicians and performers and/or to increase their preparedness to enter a graduate degree program or the world of music as professionals. Through close work with UCA’s faculty in applied lessons and ensembles or accompanying, students receive exposure to a variety of types of performing while being able to bring particular focus to the culmination of the program of study – a full recital during the final semester.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the GC in Music must hold a bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent. Prospective students must submit an application, university application fee, official transcripts, one letter of recommendation, and a list of repertoire studied. In addition, applicants must audition in person or submit a high quality CD or DVD of an unedited performance exhibiting a variety of musical styles and technical accomplishment. Unedited recordings may also be submitted via the Internet using links to websites, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets. A minimum of 12 credit hours (maximum 18) is required to complete the Graduate Certificate program in music. The student has the options indicated below.

[4.1] Plans of Study

[4.1.1] Instrumental Studies (Excluding Piano)

Required each semester

  • Applied Lessons (MUSA 6Vxx [2 or 4 credits])
  • Small ensemble (chamber music, percussion ensemble, etc.; MUSE 6100 level) [1 credit]
  • Large ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, etc.; MUSE 6100 level) [1 credit]

Required final semester

  • Graduate Recital (MUS 6200) [2 credits]

Students should consult with their advisors for specific information regarding appropriate program electives. Electives may include courses in foreign languages, music history, music literature, pedagogy, and theory but may or may not count toward certificate credit hours.

[4.1.2] Piano Studies

Required each semester

  • Applied Lessons (MUSA 6V30 [2 or 4 credits])
  • Piano Chamber Music (MUSE 6141) [1 credit]
  • Accompanying (MUSE 6140) [1 credit]

Required final semester

  • Graduate Recital (MUS 6200) [2 credits]

Students should consult with their advisors for specific information regarding appropriate program electives. Electives may include courses in foreign languages, music history, music literature, pedagogy, and theory but may or may not count toward certificate credit hours.

[4.1.3] Voice Studies

Required each semester

  • Applied Lessons (MUSA 6V50 [2 or 4 credits])
  • Opera (MUSE 6112) [1 credit]

Required final semester

  • Graduate Recital (MUS 6200) [2 credits]

Students should consult with their advisors for specific information regarding appropriate program electives. Electives may include courses in foreign languages, music history, music literature, pedagogy, and theory but may or may not count toward certificate credit hours.

[5] Graduate Course Links

[5.1] Courses in Music (MUS)

Follow this link for MUS course descriptions: course link.

[5.2] Graduate Courses in Music – Applied (MUSA)

Follow this link for MUSA (Music – Applied) course descriptions: course link.

[5.3] Graduate Courses in Music – Ensemble (MUSE)

Follow this link for MUSE (Music – Ensemble) course descriptions: course link.

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