An Opportunity for Creative Flexibility
The Master of Arts in Music is a flexible curriculum that allows students the opportunity to create personalized programs of study while deepening musical skills and understanding commensurate with their academic and career goals. Students plan a principal focus of study in consultation with an advisor, comprised of a set of courses with a coherent structure designed around a central emphasis. The final project may be chosen to reflect individual gifts and interests: a traditional thesis or a performance or a lecture-recital.
Candidates contemplating the Master of Arts in music should be competent, well-prepared musicians whose graduate interests are broader than would be served by a more narrowly focused master of music program of study.
- To admit talented, well-educated musicians ready for further growth as performers, teachers, composers, and advocates of high-quality musical endeavor in a variety of settings.
- To assist students with increased technical and aesthetic mastery of their chosen musical discipline.
- To guide students toward an articulate philosophical integration of biblical Christian faith with the act of music-making.
- To encourage musical exploration outside the bounds of the student’s past experiences and preferences.
- To encourage students to understand and articulate the thoughts behind stylistic preferences, philosophies, and musical choices.
The student, in consultation with the academic advisor, will choose electives in an area of interest that combine to create a coherent principal focus designed to materially deepen the student’s expertise and understanding of the area selected. Possible options might include music education, music in Christian worship, or some other specific combination of courses with a coherent structure and goal. The student shall either prepare a capstone project, paper, thesis, or other approved research/performance combination, that summarizes and synthesizes the principal focus of the student's work. The final project should be considered at the time the principal focus is developed.
The student must prepare a project or thesis (or other approved research/performance combination), in conjunction with the major professor, that summarizes and synthesizes the principal focus of the student's work. The finished project or thesis will be evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee.
Other Studies in Music
Required of all graduate assistants; open, but not required of, all other graduate students
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 one or two from MHS and one or two from MTH for a total of six credits; no more than one may be 4XX.
Topics vary by semester
No more than 2 credit hours of ensemble may count as music elective hours toward degree. A limited number of music courses numbered 400 or above may also be taken as electives, with the approval of the graduate advisor.