Graduate Degrees

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The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree with tracks in music education, performance and an emphasis in Kodály. The degree is designed to help music educators and performers advance musicianship and develop new concepts that may be applied to their particular fields of endeavor. 


Graduate Program

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree with tracks in Music Education and Performance. The degree is designed to help music educators and performers advance musicianship and develop new concepts that may be applied to their particular fields of endeavor.

Admission Requirements

1. University Requirements

All persons seeking admission to any graduate degree in music must meet the university’s minimum general requirements for admission. Minimum university admissions requirements, deadlines, and other information can be found in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.

2. General Requirements

All applications will be evaluated in full by the music department’s graduate admissions committee. Note: Students meeting minimum university and department requirements are not guaranteed admission.

All graduate applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in music (either a BM or a BA/BS with a major in music) from a nationally-accredited program. Applicants who do not have such a degree should apply to one of our undergraduate music degrees and then reapply for our graduate degree upon completing their undergraduate major in music.

Applicants for the music education track who do not possess a state-level teaching certificate will only be admitted on a conditional basis, with the expectation that state-level certification will be acquired before the end of their first year of graduate studies. In the event that state-level certification is not received within the first year, continued enrollment will be determined by special permission of special permission of the music department’s graduate admissions committee.

Applicants for the music performance track will perform an audition for the applied committee in his or her performance area as a part of their application. Prospective students on the performance track in voice must additionally show proficiency in German, French, and Italian diction prior to acceptance in the program. The performance audition requirement will be evaluated by a committee comprised of applied faculty in the area of the applicant’s major instrument/voice.

3. GRE Requirements

For domestic students (U. S. citizens and permanent residents), application, official transcripts, and Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are due to the Graduate Office at least 30 days before registration for the semester in which the student is entering.

  • The GRE requirement will be waived for applicants with a completed undergraduate degree in music with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on their undergraduate transcript.
  • Applicants who score lower than 150 on either the Verbal or Quantitative sections of the GRE will be accepted for admission only by special permission of the music department’s graduate admissions committee. Additional leveling requirements or special enrollment status may made as a condition of acceptance into the program.

4. Requirements for International Students

Applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate minimum English proficiency at the time of application as noted on the table below.

Regular Admission Lamar University Pathway Program Conditional Admission
TOEFL Internet-based Total 79 61 Below 61
Toefl Paper-based total 550 500 Below 500
IELTS Total 6.5 6.0 Below 6.0

 

Regular admission entails no additional language requirements. The Pathway Program requires study in a university-approved ESL curriculum as a requisite to all graduate courses in music education, history/literature, and theory. Applicants whose scores fall under the “conditional admission” may not enroll in graduate-level courses in music education, history/literature, and theory until their scores meet the “Pathway Program” minimum scores.

5. Leveling Courses and Remediation

At about the time of application, the music department’s graduate admissions committee may recommend or require remedial coursework in those areas deemed deficient in the student’s educational background. Students with an undergraduate major in music will not generally have leveling requirements, however deficiencies in one or more areas may be determined by entrance examinations or transcript evaluation. Upon evaluation by the heads of the music education, music history/literature, and music theory faculty, all leveling course requirements (as well which courses will be required as prerequisite(s) or requisite(s) to graduate-level courses) will be communicated to the applicant. In the event leveling courses are required, no more than 6 credit hours of audited remedial work will be allowed (with completion of the requirement signified by written approval of the faculty teaching the audited course). If more than 6 hours of remedial work is required, the student must enroll for course credit on their transcript and receive a minimum C grade to complete the requirement.

6. Other Information and Non-course Graduation Requirements

The director of graduate music studies will serve as the general adviser for all graduate students in music. A committee of three graduate faculty members will serve in an advisory capacity and administer the final oral examination. The student will select his or her own committee, in consultation with the graduate adviser. For students on the Performance track, the oral examination committee will also be the recital committee. For students on the Music Education track with thesis option, the oral examination committee will also be the thesis committee.

The music department’s graduate admissions committee will be comprised of no fewer than three graduate faculty members with the three minimum members being (1) the music education area head (2) either the music history/literature or the music theory area head, and (3) either the director of bands or the director of choral activities. No more than two applied faculty can serve on the committee in addition to the above.

Music Degree Requirements

Candidates for the master's degree in music must meet all general degree requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as listed elsewhere in this catalog.

Performance Track: 30 hours.

The Performance track of the Master of Music degree requires 30 semester hours as listed below. In addition, a public recital and either a research paper or lecture recital are required.

1. Applied -- 12 hours (3 semesters, 4 credit hours each semester)

2. Music History -- 6 hours (two 3-hour courses)

3. Music Theory -- 6 hours (two 3-hour courses)

4. Music Education -- 6 hours (two 3-hour courses) MUED 5320, Music Reference, Research, and Writing, is required of all master's students.

5. Public recital -- 50 minutes of music

6. Lecture recital -- performance-related, based on research or research paper

7. Oral examination

Music Education Track: 36 hours

The Music Education track of the Master of Music degree requires 36 semester hours, and thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two additional courses in music education may be substituted for the thesis, and six hours of applied music may replace two music education courses.

1. Music Education

              a.  MUED 5320, Music Reference, Research & Writing, is required of all master's students.

              b.  MUED 5330, Basic Concepts in Music Education, is required on the Music Education track.

              c.  12 hours of music education courses

2. Music History -- 6 hours (two 3-hour courses)

3. Music Theory -- 6 hours (two 3-hour courses)

4a. Thesis option -- 6 hours of thesis enrollment

4b. Non-thesis option -- 6 hours of additional music education courses

Students may substitute 6 hours of applied lessons (3 semesters, 2 credit hours each semester) for 6 hours of music education. They do not have to be in the same applied area.

5. Oral examination

The director of graduate music studies will serve as the general adviser for all graduate students in music. A committee of three graduate faculty members will also serve in an advisory capacity and administer the final oral examination. For students on the Performance track, the oral examination committee will also be the recital committee. For students on the Music Education track with thesis option, the oral examination committee will also be the thesis committee.