Five Towns College 2022-2023 Catalog 
    
    Dec 04, 2022  
Five Towns College 2022-2023 Catalog

Performance, M.M.


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HEGIS Code: 1004.10          Inventory of Registered Program Code: 41190


Degree Requirements

The Master of Music Degree (M.M.), is offered in Composition, Music History, Performance, and Music Technology. It provides qualified students the opportunity to advance their study and research in the field of music.

The program is designed to meet the needs of professional musicians, audio recording engineers, multimedia specialists, and active professionals working in the music industry, music education, or a music related field.

Courses of study are flexible and individualized to assist students in reaching current and future goals. Students meet each semester with the Graduate Advisor to plan their academic program. Candidates for the degree have the opportunity to perform with an ensemble during each semester of study.

Students must satisfactorily complete 30 credits of approved graduate courses with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, depending on their program. Fifteen (15) of these credits must be completed in residence in order to be eligible for the Master’s Degree in Composition, Performance, Music History, or Music Technology. Undergraduate courses (100-400 level) may not be counted for credit toward a Master’s Degree.

The graduate program leading to the Master of Music Degree in Composition, Performance, Music History, and Music Technology is planned for two semesters of full-time study. Many students, however, take two years or more to complete all requirements. Graduate courses are scheduled for the late afternoon or early evening for the convenience of working students.

Master in Music (M.M.) Degree in Performance

The Master of Music degree in Performance trains advanced instrumentalists and vocalists in improvisation and diverse musical genres to prepare students for a performance career. The program includes study in musical analysis and musicology, as well as elective courses in composition and music technology.

Transfer Credit

Students who have taken graduate work at another institution may transfer up to fifteen (15) credits towards the Master of Music degree if the course work was taken within three years preceding matriculation at Five Towns College. The number of credits and type of course work transferred must be approved by the Graduate Academic Standards Committee and the College reserves the right to not accept transfer credits. Students planning to take graduate courses for transfer credit at other institutions must have advance approval in writing from the Academic Affairs Office.

Admissions Standards

All candidates for admission into the M.M. degree must submit the following:

  • A completed Application.
  • Official transcripts documenting the successful completion of an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a least 36 credits of applied music courses and a G.P.A. of 2.75.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement.
  • Audition/Interview
  • Evidence of English Fluency – TOEFL total score of 80 or higher.

Admission

Acceptance into the performance program will be based upon the interview, audition. Candidates are expected to perform two selections of contrasting style and tempo including scales, arpeggios, chords (when applicable), a technical study or etude.

Live auditions are required. Note that international students may submit auditions via links, audio files, or a zoom conference. Candidates may bring an accompanist or backing track if needed. Students outside of the tri-state area may request these accommodations as well.

Audition Requirements

Candidates are expected to perform two selections of contrasting style and tempo including scales, arpeggios, chords (when applicable), a technical study or etude.

Vocal:
Technique: Standard vocalizes that demonstrate the singer’s range and technical facility.
Optional Improvisation: (Jazz specialists) Improvisation over blues changes with a specific groove.
Sight Singing and Ear training in the form of call and response from the auditioning candidate.
Repertoire: Two memorized selections of contrasting style and tempo that best represent the singer’s stylistic abilities, technique, and stage presence. Two genres preferred.
Sheet music is required for both selections and will be performed with live accompaniment.
 
Instrumental:
Scales: Major, minor (natural, harmonic, melodic), and chromatic scales with various articulations (two octaves)
Chords: Major, minor triads, dominant seventh, and major and minor seventh chords (guitar, keyboard, mallet percussion).
Technique: Technical study or etude from any standard method book that will demonstrate a high level of technique and potential for advancement.
Repertoire: Two selections in contrasting styles are required, which will demonstrate technical ability, tone quality, musicality, and sense of style.
 
Piano, Woodwinds, Brass:
Applicants should be prepared to:
-Play two Jazz/Commercial music selections OR
-Play two contrasting classical selections OR
-Play one Jazz/Commercial selection and one classical selection
 
Guitar, Bass:
Applicants may audition on an electric or acoustic instrument, and should be prepared to:
-Play two Jazz/Commercial music selections OR
-Play two contrasting classical selections OR
-Play one Jazz/Commercial selection and one classical selection
 
Percussion:
Percussion applicants should be prepared to:
-Play two drum set selections in contrasting styles. OR
-Play 2 contrasting percussion selections (i.e. snare and mallets) OR
-Play one percussion selection and one drum set selection.

The College will provide guitar and bass amps, drum set, and vibraphone.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination gives graduate music students an opportunity to demonstrate intellectual mastery and fluency in music theory, music history, and their area of specialty. The comprehensive exam consists of two parts: a written exam (2 hours) and an oral exam (30-45 minutes) tailored to the student’s program and area of emphasis. A passing grade will allow the student to continue on the path towards graduation, while a failing grade will require the student to re-take portions of the exam at the discretion of the committee.

Recitals/Projects

The Master of Music Program requires performance and composition majors to study with a member of the college faculty while matriculated for a degree, and present a Graduate Recital at the end of their studies with accompanying program notes. 

Plan of Study

In conjunction with their advisor, students are responsible for selecting the courses to complete a Plan of Study that identifies course work needed to fulfill degree requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the Master’s Degree must complete all requirements within five years of the date of matriculation.

  1. Satisfactory completion of thirty (30) credits of course work that are designed to have the student acquire knowledge, expertise, and research skills in the field.
  2. Passing the comprehensive exam.
  3. A minimum of 15 credits at the College.
  4. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.
  5. A research project or recital approved by the Graduate Advisor.

If continuous matriculation has not been maintained, a reevaluation of credentials will be required.


Program Course Requirements
Music Core
EDU 551 - Research Methods and Materials, (3cr)  
Music History Elective 500-800 Level, (3cr)  
Music Technology Elective, (3cr)   
Music Theory/Analysis Course, (3cr)  
Total Music Core Credits: 12
AML 541 - Applied Music Lesson 1, (2cr)   
AML 542 - Applied Music Lesson 2, (2cr)  
Ensemble Elective 500 Level, (2cr)  
Performance Elective, (3cr)  
MUS 521 - Advanced Improvisation, (3cr)  
Composition/Arranging Elective, (3cr)  
Music Elective, (3cr)  
Recital, (0cr)
Total Performance Credits: 18
Total Program Credits: 30

Recommended Sequence of Courses
Course Name

Semester 1

AML 541 - Applied Music Lesson 1, (2cr)  
EDU 551 - Research Methods and Materials, (3cr)  
Ensemble Elective 500 Level, (2cr)  
MUS 521 - Advanced Improvisation, (3cr)  
Music Technology Elective, (3cr)  
Music Theory/Analysis Course, (3cr)  
Total 15

Semester 2

AML 542 - Applied Music Lesson 2, (2cr)  
Music Elective, (3cr)  
Ensemble Elective 500 Level, (2cr)  
Performance Elective, (3cr)  
Composition/Arranging Elective, (3cr)  
Music History Elective 500-800 Level, (3cr)  
Recital, (0cr)
Total 15

Total Program Credits: 30

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