Music, M.M.

Degree: Master of Music
Concentrations: Music Performance or Music Composition
Program Director: Terry B. Ewell
410-704-2824
tewell@towson.edu

The Master of Music is an applied professional degree designed to develop a high level of musicianship, creative development and research skills within the discipline. Admission requires expertise in the area of concentration equivalent to having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization. Students are expected to have completed sufficient undergraduate courses to meet the requirements for admission.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Music degree with a major in the area of concentration from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 for full admission or 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • Students completing the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Certificate in Contemporary American Music program may apply under a collaborative agreement.

Submit the online application plus the following:

  • A Department of Music Supplemental Application.
  • Two written evaluations by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic studies and/or musical accomplishment.
  • For international students whose native language is not English, competency in the language must be certified by the achievement of a minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Additionally, applicants must undertake a department screening in the form of an audition for the Performance Concentration or portfolio evaluation for the Composition Concentration. Procedures and requirements are available in the Master of Music Handbook on the Graduate School website: http://grad.towson.edu/program/master/musc-mm/pb-musc-mm.asp.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadline

The program admits students for the fall and spring terms only. Priority will be given to students whose applications and transcripts have been received by February 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Students who miss the priority deadline may contact the program director via email to inquire if space is still available for the forthcoming term. Master of Music candidates seeking admission in the fall term must audition for admission on the scheduled audition dates in January, February, or March. Master of Music candidates seeking admission in the spring term must audition on the scheduled audition date in January.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Music requires a minimum of 31 units. Degree candidates are expected to produce acceptable scores on the Music History/Literature and Music Theory Placement Examinations. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to undertake prescribed course work and/or undertake appropriate remediation. Required course work as a result of the placement examinations may or may not count toward the degree. Specific requirements are located in the Master of Music Handbook.

Music Composition Concentration

Required Core
MUSA 600COMPOSITION12
MUSC 685MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH3
MUSC 621PERSPECTIVES IN MUSIC HISTORY AND CULTURE3
MUSC 631ADVANCED THEORY3
MUSA 6xxEnsembles selected with approval of the program director 2
MUSC 795GRADUATE COMPOSITION RECITAL1
Electives
Selected with approval from any 500- to 800-level music courses. A maximum of four of the elective units may be taken in lessons and/or ensembles7
Total Units31

Music Performance Concentration

Required Core
MUSA 6xxPrivate Lessons in Music Performance on student’s major instrument12
MUSC 685MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH3
MUSC 621PERSPECTIVES IN MUSIC HISTORY AND CULTURE3
MUSC 631ADVANCED THEORY3
MUSA 6xxEnsembles selected with advising of the program director2
MUSC 797GRADUATE PERFORMANCE RECITAL1
Electives
Selected with approval from any 500- to 800-level music courses. A maximum of four of the elective units may be taken in lessons and/or ensembles 17
Total Units31
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Students pursuing the M.M. with concentration in Music Performance that do not possess documented experience in pedagogy must take MUSC 542, MUSC 543, MUSC 560, or MUSC 562 as appropriate. Students in voice, guitar, keyboard, or jazz that do not possess documented experience in the literature of their medium must take MUSC 506, MUSC 509, MUSC 519, or MUSC 525 as appropriate.

Exit Requirements

Students must complete the comprehensive review in the form of a recital research paper or written examination. Both options conclude with an oral examination.

1. Developing technical mastery in the art of performing a musical instrument or in the art of writing music. Music performed or composed must be commensurate with graduate standing.
2. Mastering the art of performance in various styles with interpretive acuity and musical insight or the art of composition with artistic integrity and insight commensurate with graduate standing.
3. Acquiring an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and history of music performed or composed and developing research skills appropriate for examining and writing effectively about music commensurate with graduate standing.

Courses

MUSA 502 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1-2)

Instruction in music technology: individual lessons (1/2 hour for 1 unit, one hour for 2 units) and one hour group master class. Private instruction in the use of current and emerging technologies for the creation, performance, research and teaching of music and sound art. By department consent only. Fees: additional fees apply. Contact the Department of Music for applicable fees. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUSA 600 COMPOSITION (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 601 JAZZ / COMMERCAL COMPOSITION (1-2)

Instruction in composition: individual lessons (1/2 hour for 1 unit, one hour for 2 units) and one-hour group composition seminar. The Department of Music Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for acceptance and standards for each level. Successful completion of an upper division jury is required before registering at the 300-level. By department consent only. Fees: additional fees apply. Contact the department for fees.

MUSA 603 VOICE LESSONS (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 605 KYBOARD/PIANO (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 606 KYBOARD/PIPE ORGN (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 607 KYBOARD/HRPSCHORD (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 613 PERCUSSION/MULTIPLE (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The music department applied music handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 620 BRASS/TRUMPET (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 621 BRASS/TROMBONE (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 622 BRASS/FRENCH HORN (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 623 BRASS/TUBA (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 625 WOODWNDS/FLUTE (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 626 WOODWNDS/CLARINET (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 627 WOODWNDS/OBOE (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 628 WOODWNDS/BASSOON (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 629 WOODWNDS/SAXOPHON (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 630 STRINGS/VIOLIN (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 631 STRINGS/VIOLA (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 632 STRINGS/CELLO (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 633 STRINGS/STR BASS (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 635 GUITAR/CLASSIC (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 640 JAZZ/COMM GUITAR (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 641 JAZZ/COMM BASS (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 642 JAZZ/COMM PIANO (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 643 JAZZ/COMM DRUMS (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 644 JAZZ/COMM TRUMPET (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 645 JAZZ/COMM SAXOPHN (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 646 JAZZ/COMM TROMBON (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 647 JAZZ/COMM ELEC BS (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 648 JAZZ/COMM VOICE (1-3)

Private studio and master class instruction in instrumental techniques and performance. The Music Department Applied Music Handbook lists criteria for audition and performance standards. Successful completion of a jury examination is required at the end of each term. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the graduate program director. Additional fees apply. Contact the department for fee policy.

MUSA 650 CHORAL SOCIETY (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 651 UNIV CHORALE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 652 CHAMBER SINGERS (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 653 MUSIC F/THE STAGE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 659 PEP BAND (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 660 MARCHING BAND (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 661 SYMPHONIC BAND (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 662 SYMPHNY ORCHESTRA (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 666 WOODWIND ENSEMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 667 CHAMBER MUSC ENSMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 668 EARLY MUSC ENSEMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 670 WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 672 PERCUSSN ENSEMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 674 SOLO & ENSEMB ACCMPNY (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 675 GUITAR ENSEMBLE (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 676 SMALL INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE-FREE IMPROVISATION (1)

The study and exploration of multifaceted improvisational practice. Open to both instrumentalists and vocalists. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor.

MUSA 679 APPLIED CONDUCTING LESSONS (1-2)

Private applied lessons in conducting including study of repertoire as well as preparation and implementation of all aspects of musical leadership and instruction to a musical ensemble. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units. Special permit required. Prerequisites: MUSC 329 Instrumental conducting (or equivalent) or MUSC 327 choral conducting (or equivalent); consent of instructor.

MUSA 681 JAZZ ENSEMBLE - JAZZ ORCHESTRA (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit depending upon the concentration. Prerequisites: Audition required; department consent.

MUSA 682 JAZZ ENSEMB-COMBO (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 683 JAZZ ENSEMB-GUITR (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 684 JAZZ ENSEMB-VOCAL (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.

MUSA 685 JAZZ ENSEMB-LATIN (1)

The study and performance of literature for the designated ensemble. Open to all students by audition or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit depending on concentration.