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Music M.A.

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 35
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The School of Music offers the degrees of master of arts (MA) with an emphasis in composition, music therapy, musicology (ethnomusicology), and theory.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major emphasis in one of the following areas of music: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory and/or composition, performance, or music therapy.
Special Application Requirements:
The M.A.'s theory emphasis requires submission of original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis) for admission. The composition emphasis requires submissions of original scores and recordings (2-4 scores of varying genres) for admission. The musicology/ethnomusicology emphasis requires the submission of original papers for admission. The music therapy emphasis requires documentation of at least 3,500 hours of clinical experience. An interview is also required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 19 major credits, 3 to 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is written and oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Varies according to field.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Language requirements: A reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian is required for all MA degree emphases except therapy. For the emphasis in composition, reading knowledge of a foreign language or, with approval, an equivalent research tool. The master of arts in music offers emphases in musicology/ethnomusicology (Plan A and Plan B), theory (Plan B only), composition (Plan B only). The MA in music with emphasis in musicology/ethnomusicology requires 35 credits (25 course credits and 10 thesis credits) for Plan A and 31 course credits for Plan B; the emphasis in composition (Plan B only) requires 35 course credits, and the emphasis in music theory (Plan B only) requires 30 course credits. The credit totals for these emphases include 6 credits required for courses outside the major field. Final Exams: For the emphasis in musicology/ethnomusicology, the final exams are written and oral. For the emphases in theory and composition, the final exams are oral.
Concentrations
1. Theory
(Plan B only)
Music Theory and/or Analysis
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 85xx
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 86xx MUS 88xx
Music Electives
Courses chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies. Courses include music composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, or performance. NOT including music education or therapy.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 5xxx
· MUS 8xxx
· MUSA 5xxx
· MUSA 8xxx
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Students choose 6 credits outside of the major in consultation with the director of graduate studies. This may also include courses in music education (MuEd) or music therapy.
-OR-
2. Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Required Courses
MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 85xx - Seminar in Music Theory (3.0 cr)
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Students choose 6 credits outside of the major in consultation with the director of graduate studies. This may also include courses in music education or music therapy.
Plan Options
Plan A
Musicology or Ethnomusicology Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 56xx MUS 86xx MUS 58xx MUS 88xx
Thesis Credits
Take exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
or Plan B
Musicology or Ethnomusicology Electives
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 56xx MUS 86xx MUS 58xx MUS 88xx
-OR-
3. Composition
(Plan B only)
MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology (3.0 cr)
Theory and/or Analysis
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 85xx
Composition
Take exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 8550 - Composition (3.0 cr)
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 56xx MUS 86xx MUS 58xx MUS 88xx
Creative Studies and Media
Courses chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 5xxx
· MUS 8xxx
Ensemble
Take exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
MUS 54xx
Outside the major in a Supporting Program
Students choose 3 credits outside of the major in consultation with the director of graduate studies. This may also include courses in music education (MuEd) or music therapy.
-OR-
4. Music Therapy Equivalency
(Plan B only)
Bachelor's Equivalent Coursework for Music Therapy
If students have not taken these courses during their bachelor's degree, they are required to take them as graduate students.
Prerequisites
MUED 3802 - Guitar I for Music Education and Music Therapy Majors: Developing Group Songleading Skills (2.0 cr)
MUED 3803 - Guitar II for Music Education and Music Therapy Majors: Developing Group Songleading Skills (2.0 cr)
MUED 5803 - Therapeutic Management in Music Settings (4.0 cr)
MUED 5804 - Music Therapy Methods and Procedures I (4.0 cr)
MUED 5805 - Music Therapy Methods and Procedures II (4.0 cr)
MUED 5806 - Career Preparation (4.0 cr)
Internship
MUED 5855 - Music Therapy Internship (1.0-13.0 cr)
Psychiatric Music Therapy
(3 credits; 4 credits if includes clinical component)
Take 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 5807 - Psychiatric Music Therapy (3.0-4.0 cr)
Medical Music Therapy
(3 credits; 4 credits if includes clinical component)
Take 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 5808 - Medical Music Therapy (3.0-4.0 cr)
Research Core
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
Music Electives
Can be taken in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
MUS 55xx MUS 56xx MUS 57xx MUS 58xx MUS 85xx MUS 86xx MUS 87xx MUS 88xx
Research Project
Take 5 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8880 - Master's Research Project (3.0-6.0 cr)
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
At least 3 credits MUST be taken outside the School of Music. May include social work, psychology, education, health, music, or music education/therapy (pending advisor approval).
-OR-
5. Music Therapy Post Board Certification
(Plan B Only)
Music Therapy Courses
One of the following courses must be taken for 4 credits by including a clinical component.
Take 7 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 5807 - Psychiatric Music Therapy (3.0-4.0 cr)
· MUED 5808 - Medical Music Therapy (3.0-4.0 cr)
Research Core
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
· MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3.0 cr)
Music Electives
Musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
MUS 55xx MUS 56xx MUS 57xx MUS 58xx MUS 85xx MUS 86xx MUS 87xx MUS 88xx
Research Project
Take 5 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 8880 - Master's Research Project (3.0-6.0 cr)
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 6 credits outside the School of Music, a maximum of 3 MUED credits may be substituted with advisor approval.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Music Education
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan B.
The Music Education sub-plan is no longer accepting applications, Music Education is now served by the Music Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate option. Please refer to the School of Music's website at http://www.music.umn.edu.
 
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MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Major reference and research materials in musicology and related disciplines, including databases. Historical methods and historiography. Locating and interpreting primary sources of music and archival documents. Developing research strategies for degree papers and theses. Forms of documentation and historical writing. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethnomusicological methods, theorizing, and research practice. Current issues in monographs, journals, and anthologies. Fieldwork practicum. prereq: instr consent
MUS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of acoustics, electronic sound generation/manipulation, digital signal processing techniques. Programming languages for digital sound synthesis. Editing software, MIDI applications. prereq: Music grad student or instr consent
MUS 8550 - Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creation of original musical works in various instrumental and vocal forms; advanced development of writing and realization of musical ideas. prereq: instr consent
MUED 3802 - Guitar I for Music Education and Music Therapy Majors: Developing Group Songleading Skills
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to play standing up, accompany oneself, cue/prompt, move around room while playing, sight-read chords, read tablature. Open chords, tuning, keys that facilitate group singing. Eye contact. Simple 2-5 chords songs. Teaching guitar to novice players. prereq: [Music therapy or music education major], dept consent
MUED 3803 - Guitar II for Music Education and Music Therapy Majors: Developing Group Songleading Skills
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students play guitar, accompany themselves as they sing songs, and role play live music therapy and music education settings. How to play in various styles using open chords and different rhythmic accompaniment. prereq: 3802 with grade of at least C-, [music therapy or music education major], dept consent
MUED 5803 - Therapeutic Management in Music Settings
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cognitive behavioral methodology related to music therapy and music education settings. Prepares students to complete case studies mandated for internship completion set forth by American Music Therapy Association. prereq: [5804, 5805] or instr consent
MUED 5804 - Music Therapy Methods and Procedures I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods/procedures for developing basic music therapy competencies/professionalism. Music therapy populations, their clinical needs. How to use music therapy in an evidence-based approach to meet client objectives. prereq: 5800 or instr consent
MUED 5805 - Music Therapy Methods and Procedures II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second course in professional sequence for music therapy. Topics include psychotherapy techniques and other music therapy approaches. Practicum in the community, in-class lab. prereq: 5804 or instr consent
MUED 5806 - Career Preparation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethics, grant writing, resume/CV preparation, supervision, board certification, professional responsibilities. Students design evidence-/research-based music therapy program, present their proposals to class/community. prereq: 5805 or instr consent
MUED 5855 - Music Therapy Internship
Credits: 1.0 -13.0 [max 13.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Six-month resident internship in music therapy at an affiliated, approved hospital or clinic. prereq: Music therapy major, instr consent
MUED 5807 - Psychiatric Music Therapy
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Psychiatric populations. How music therapy can be implemented as evidence-based practice. Students design original research and role-play music therapy interventions for psychiatric populations. Practicum component on designing music therapy interventions. Graduate students registering for this course should enroll for 4 credits. Undergraduate students registering for this course should enroll for 3 credits. prereq: Grad music therapy student or instr consent
MUED 5808 - Medical Music Therapy
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role/scope of music therapy in medical treatment. Medical diagnoses. How to program appropriate music therapy interventions to address patient needs. prereq: Grad music therapy major or instr consent
MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods and research designs employed in investigating education issues in the arts. Reporting results. Proposal development. Bibliographic skills for conducting a review of related research literature. Common analytical techniques. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods for assessing unique challenges in artistic achievement: performances, products, and other artistic achievements. Assessment design. Interpretation for large-/small-scale assessments in performance, classroom, and clinical settings. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
A theoretical, practical and systematic approach to qualitative research in arts education. Students participate in a joint field exploration or work in a setting relevant to their long-term research interests. prereq: Grad student in [arts or education], dept consent
MUED 8880 - Master's Research Project
Credits: 3.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual projects for MM in Music Education emphases (Research/Pedagogical). prereq: Grad music ed major, instr consent
MUED 5807 - Psychiatric Music Therapy
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Psychiatric populations. How music therapy can be implemented as evidence-based practice. Students design original research and role-play music therapy interventions for psychiatric populations. Practicum component on designing music therapy interventions. Graduate students registering for this course should enroll for 4 credits. Undergraduate students registering for this course should enroll for 3 credits. prereq: Grad music therapy student or instr consent
MUED 5808 - Medical Music Therapy
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role/scope of music therapy in medical treatment. Medical diagnoses. How to program appropriate music therapy interventions to address patient needs. prereq: Grad music therapy major or instr consent
MUED 8112 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods and research designs employed in investigating education issues in the arts. Reporting results. Proposal development. Bibliographic skills for conducting a review of related research literature. Common analytical techniques. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8115 - Assessment in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods for assessing unique challenges in artistic achievement: performances, products, and other artistic achievements. Assessment design. Interpretation for large-/small-scale assessments in performance, classroom, and clinical settings. prereq: Grad student in [music or music education], dept consent
MUED 8118 - Qualitative Research in Arts Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
A theoretical, practical and systematic approach to qualitative research in arts education. Students participate in a joint field exploration or work in a setting relevant to their long-term research interests. prereq: Grad student in [arts or education], dept consent
MUED 8880 - Master's Research Project
Credits: 3.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual projects for MM in Music Education emphases (Research/Pedagogical). prereq: Grad music ed major, instr consent