Master of Music in Collaborative Performance

An Emphasis on Partnership

 

Collaborative performance majors are trained and talented instrumentalists whose true passion lies in the demanding, rewarding work of making music with others. The program in collaborative performance offers opportunity to deepen musical ensemble knowledge and skills in partnership with others, and with faculty who share these interests. Whether one chooses an emphasis in instrumental chamber music or as a keyboard collaborator, this curriculum offers talented performers breadth and depth in musical collaboration.

The ideal candidate for collaborative performance studies will bring significant undergraduate experience in chamber music or as an accompanist. Sight-reading of ensemble repertoire will be expected as a part of the performance audition.


Audition Requirements

Should normally possess a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent, demonstrate strong interest and ability in collaborative performance, have substantial ensemble and/or solo repertoire in their résumé, and have good sight-reading ability. For collaborative arts majors, acceptable entering performance levels will be based on the applied levels required of Houghton College BM students for completion of the undergraduate curriculum in music education.

Piano

  • Beethoven: first movement of any violin/piano sonata.
  • Schubert (all songs in the original key): Ganymed, (Ab Major); Erstarrung (c minor).
  • Debussy (all songs in the original key): Il pleure dans mon coeur (g# minor), Chevaux de Bois (E major).
  • One significant solo work for piano representative of the major repertory, and which suitably demonstrates the applicant's musical and technical accomplishments.
  • Sight-reading.

Strings

  • A first movement of a major concerto.
  • A movement of an unaccompanied work by Bach.
  • One other piece of the auditionee’s choice.

Students may bring their own collaborative partners for the audition if so desired. Upon request, Houghton College will provide collaborative partners if the request is made at least one month in advance of the scheduled audition date.


Program Objectives

To produce graduates who are prepared for any or all of the following, depending on their accomplishments and goals:

  • service as performers and teachers within their local and regional communities.
  • undertaking the establishment of a professional career via auditions, competitions, and further performance experiences.
  • beginning doctoral studies.

Degree Requirements

Major Area
COLP 501-503: Graduate Collaborative Performance 12
Offered in conjunction with MUS 557, Graduate Chamber Music. For keyboard players, supervised accompanying experiences may also constitute a focus of study.
PERF 585: Two Graduate Recitals (see Final Project) 0
Choose from among the following: 4-6
MLT 510, 520: Instrumental Literature (2 credits)
MLT 540: Vocal Literature (2)
MLT 550, 560: Chamber Literature (2)
MHS 590: Graduate Seminar in Music History: Opera Survey (3)
 Other Studies in Music
MHS 520: Research and Bibliography 2
MUS 501: Graduate Assistants' Forum 0
Required of all graduate assistants; open to, but not required of, all other graduate students  
MUS 54X: Graduate Ensemble 0
The student must enroll in an appropriate major ensemble [or accompanying] each semester of residence, with or without credit, in consultation with the directors of choral and instrumental activities.  
Choose from among the following: 6
Choose one music history course and one theory course.  
MHS 590: Seminar in Music History (topics vary by semester) (3)
MHS 595: Special Topics in Music History (3)
MTH 567: Systems of Analysis and Contemporary Art Music (3)
MTH 566: Advanced Orchestration (3)
MTH 501: Theory Pedagogy (3)
MTH 558: Sixteenth Century Counterpoint (3)
MTH 563: Form and Analysis (3)
MTH 475: Synthesizer/Computer Applications (3)
MTH 595: Special Topics in Music Theory (3)
Humanities
MHUM 501: Seminar: Music, Worship and Culture in Christian Perspective 3
Electives
Music courses* numbered 500** or above 3-5
*No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward the degree.
**A limited number of music courses numbered 400 or above may also be taken as electives, with the approval of the graduate advisor.
TOTAL: 32

NOTE:  Collaborative performance majors emphasizing vocal coaching must demonstrate language diction competencies.  Collaborative performance majors emphasizing instrumental collaborative must demonstrate special competencies in chamber music.

Final Project

The student must perform as a collaborative musician (primary accompanist or chamber music partner) in two full recitals, or the equivalent.

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