Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Music

 

Faculty

Charles Menoche (Chair, Welte 212), Daniel D'Addio, Brian Kershner, Carl Knox, Linda Laurent, N. Carlotta Parr (Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Welte 210), Pamela Perry, Julie Ribchinsky, Thomas Seddon (Dept. phone: 860-832-2912)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Music offers a variety of programs in music education for the graduate student by qualified faculty of diverse training and expertise. In addition to the faculty listed above, the department has an outstanding part-time faculty of professional musicians, many from the Hartford and New Haven symphonies, who teach applied music and related subjects.

The Summer Music Institute (SMI) offers graduate courses in music education taught by both resident and guest faculty members. A brochure of the SMI program is available each year in March (860-832-2912). Information about SMI can also be found on the department's website at http://www.music.ccsu.edu.

Programs of study in music education include an M.S. degree, certification program, and the post-master's planned program.

 

Admissions

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, application to the Department of Music requires the

following:

  • An application to the Department of Music

  • An essay*

  • A portfolio*

  • A theory examination**

  • Evidence of proficiency in technology***

  • A Personal Interview

 

*For essay and portfolio requirements, refer to the Department of Music's website at http://www.music.ccsu.edu or call Dr. N. Carlotta Parr, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, at 860-832-3317.

 

**While this examination is primarily a placement examination, a low score could influence the decision about an applicant's acceptance.

 

***If a candidate does not provide evidence of proficiency in technology (notation and sequencing), he/she will be required to take a notation or sequencing course as one of his/her electives (at least two credits).

 

Programs

Master of Science in Music Education

Program Rationale:

The Master of Science in Music Education degree program is designed to provide the certified music teacher with professional training beyond the baccalaureate degree in music education, performance, composition, music theory, music history, and education. Graduates are expected to meet the challenges presented by the philosophical, pedagogical, theoretical, and musical aspects of the field through the development of the analytic and critical skills required to solve contemporary problems in various aspects of music and music education.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge about different philosophies of music education and develop a philosophical foundation for careers;

  • demonstrate knowledge about current issues and trends in music education and education;

  • demonstrate an ability to organize, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge in music, music education, and education;

  • demonstrate competence in aural, written, and communication skills and an ability to disseminate knowledge in a scholarly, coherent, and organized manner; and

  • understand and evaluate research in music education and conduct research.

 

Course and Capstone Requirements (minimum of 33 credits):

The student in the M.S. in Music Education program must complete Plan B-Comprehensive Exam and either Plan A-Thesis or Plan C-Special Project, both of which total 33 credits. Students selecting Plan C may complete either MUS 597A or MUS 597B.

 

Professional Education (3 credits):

One of the following:

EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3

EDF 516 School and Society 3

EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3

EDF 525 History of American Education 3

EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3

EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3

 

Music (21-27 credits):

Students must:

Take the following core courses (15 credits):

MUS 470 Musical Structure and Style 3

MUS 509 Comparative Musical Studies 3

MUS 504 Principles and Foundations of Music Education 3

MUS 510 Current Issues in Music Education 3

MUS 598 Research in Music Education 3


One of the following (2 credits):

MUS 502 Topics in Music Education 1-3

MUS 503 Topics in Instrumental Music Education 1-3

MUS 505 Topics in Pedagogy and Currciculum 1-3

MUS 506 Topics in Choral Music Education 2

MUS 512 Topics in String Pedagogy 2

MUS 551 Orff-Schlwerk Teacher Training Course Level 1 3

MUS 56 Orff-Schlwerk Teacher Training Course Level 2 3

MUS 557 Topics in General Music Education 2

MUS 559 Topics in High School Music Curriculum 2

 

Take at least 4 credits from the following:

MUS 501 Topics in Music 1-3

MUS 507 Topics in Conducting 1-3

MUS 508 Topics in Choral Literature 2

MUS 515 Topics in Digital Synthesizer Techniques 2

MUS 540 Chamber Ensemble 1

MUS 578 Advanced Applied Music or Conducting 2

MUS 579 Topics in Improvisation 2

MUS 590 Sinfonietta 1

MUS 591 Chrous 1

MUS 592A Wind Symphony 1

Up to 6 credits in music education, music, or advisor-approved electives outside the discipline.

 

Culminating Project (3 credits):

Plan B: Comprehensive Exam*

and one of the following:

Plan A: MUS 599 Thesis

Plan C: MUS 597A Capstone Project in Music

Plan C: MUS 597B Performance or Conducting Recital

 

*All students must take the Comprehensive Exam, as well as one of the other capstone options.

Note: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed an Applied Music Fee - $200.00 for 1/2 hour lesson and $400.00 for full hour lesson (MUS 578). Contact the department for additional information.

Note: No more than six credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

 

Certification in Music Education

A student who holds a bachelor's degree but who is not certified in music education may apply for acceptance into the graduate certification program. Upon satisfactory completion of a musicianship exam and audition, the student will consult with the chair of the Department of Music in order to establish a planned program for certification. Course work used to gain certification may not be used toward a graduate degree program. Students must meet all requirements for admission to the Professional Program in the School of Education and Professional Studies. For information on admission to the Professional Program, see the School of Education and Professional Studies page, linked here.

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, application to the Department of Music requires the following:

  • A completed application form to the Department of Music

  • An essay*

  • An audition*

  • A theory examination**

  • A personal interview

 

*For essay and audition requirements, refer to the Department of Music's website at http://www.music.ccsu.edu or call 860-832-2912.

 

** While this examination is primarily a placement examination, a low score could influence the decision about an applicant's acceptance.

 

Post-Master's Study in Music Education

Music educators with a master's degree may apply for acceptance into post-master's study. Upon satisfactory completion of a musicianship exam, students will be assigned an advisor to assist in designing a 30-credit planned program.

 

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