Music (MUSI)

https://cola.unh.edu/music

Degree Offered: M.A.

This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Music offers programs leading to the degree of master of arts with options in composition, conducting, and musicology. Each program emphasizes a specific core curriculum that is complemented by a range of supportive courses that foster a broad knowledge of music. There is also enough room for electives (nearly a third of the degree) so that each student may tailor coursework to fit his or her personal interests and needs. Graduates have established successful careers in performance, conducting, public school teaching, college teaching, and research. The program also serves as excellent preparation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

For each option, a bachelor's degree in music or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission. Graduate Record Exams are not required. Additional requirements for all applicants include:

  • An entrance exam in music theory and music history, taken upon completion of your on-line application with the Graduate School. You are required to take the exam on campus or arrange for an instructor at your current institution or similarly qualified person to proctor the exam for you. Please contact the Department of Music graduate coordinator for details.
  • A sample of academic writing, preferably on a musical subject, should be submitted to the Department of Music graduate coordinator, either electronically (pdf file via email) or in hard copy. This might be a paper that has been submitted for a course.

Other admission requirements specific to the three degree areas include:

Composition

  • Applicants should submit a portfolio of compositions and arrange for an interview with Professor Michael Annicchiarico.

Conducting

  • Applicants must perform a live conducting audition with one of the university ensembles. Please contact the director of bands, director of choral activities, or director of orchestral activities for details and to schedule an audition.

Musicology

  • A reading knowledge of both German and French is strongly recommended for candidates who intend to continue on for a Ph.D. in musicology.

Music (MUSI)

MUSI 803 - Music of the Renaissance

Credits: 3

Works of the 15th- and 16th-century composers from Dunstable to Palestrina.

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MUSI 805 - Music of the Baroque Era

Credits: 3

Music of Europe from de Rore to Bach.

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MUSI #809 - Music of the Romantic Period

Credits: 3

A survey of Romanticism in music from Beethoven's late period to the end of the 19th century. The works of Schubert, Berlioz, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Austrian symphonists, French pre-impressionists, and national styles in European music.

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MUSI 811 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Credits: 3

Styles and techniques of composers from Debussy to the present. Special emphasis on tonal music before World War I; neoclassical trends; the emergence of atonality and serial techniques; electronic music.

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MUSI 813 - Art Song

Credits: 3

History and literature of the solo song with piano accompaniment. Survey of national styles of the 19th and 20th centuries and deeper study of the central core of the art song--the German Lied.

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MUSI 815 - Survey of Opera

Credits: 3

History of the genre from Monteverdi to the present.

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MUSI 831 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

Credits: 2

Physical aspects, equipment of conductor, fundamental gestures and beats, baton techniques. Reading and analysis of full and condensed scores, study of transposition, psychology of rehearsal. Prereq: advanced music theory. Special fee.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

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MUSI #841 - Graduate Piano

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in piano. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 845 - Graduate Voice

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in voice. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 848 - Graduate Cello

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in cello. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 852 - Graduate Clarinet

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in clarinet. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 853 - Graduate Saxophone

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in saxophone. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 855 - Graduate Bassoon

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in bassoon. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 856 - Graduate French Horn

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in French horn. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 857 - Graduate Trumpet

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in trumpet. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 860 - Graduate Tuba

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in tuba. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 861 - Graduate Percussion

Credits: 1-4

Private instruction in percussion. Special fee for non-majors.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 99 credits.

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MUSI 865 - Introduction to Bibliography

Credits: 3

This course is a comprehensive survey of skills and resources fundamental for undertaking research projects in music. Topics include bibliography (a survey of standard reference works, periodicals, monographs, collected editions, and other important sources); research techniques; critical reading, thinking, and writing; oral presentation; and the planning and drafting of a research paper (including methods of citation). A reading knowledge of German, French, and Italian is helpful, but not required.

Equivalent(s): MUSI 955

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MUSI 869 - Musicology Seminar

Credits: 3

A seminar course that explores a specialized topic in musicology in depth. Students survey the principal primary and secondary materials for the given topic, present oral presentations related to it, and write an essay showing understanding of the literature and research issues involved. Topics change each time the course is offered.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Equivalent(s): MUSI 959

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MUSI 871 - Counterpoint

Credits: 3

Contrapuntal techniques of tonal music. Melodic construction and dissonance treatment through work in species counterpoint and studies in harmonic elaboration and prolongation. Analysis of selected compositions emphasizes the connection between fundamental contrapuntal techniques and the voice-leading of composition. Prereq: permission.

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MUSI 875 - Composition

Credits: 1-4

Construction of phrases, periods, and short compositions following classical models. Problems of text-setting. Prereq: permission.

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MUSI 876 - Composition

Credits: 1-4

Construction of phrases, periods, and short compositions following classical models. Problems of text-setting. Prereq: MUSI 875 and permission.

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MUSI 877 - Advanced Composition

Credits: 1-4

Continuation of MUSI 876. Individual compositional projects. Prereq: MUSI 876 and permission. May be repeated for credit.

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MUSI 879 - Orchestration

Credits: 3

Characteristics of band and orchestral instruments both individually and in small (homogeneous) and large (mixed) groupings. Students study scores, write arrangements, and have arrangements performed if at all possible. Prereq: permission.

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MUSI 881 - Analysis: Form and Structure

Credits: 3

Introduces analytical techniques through the study of representative masterworks: formal and structural elements and their interrelationships. Analysis of 18th- and 19th century works.

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MUSI 891 - Research Seminar

Credits: 1-4

Guidance on individual research projects. Prereq: permission.

Equivalent(s): MUSI 991

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MUSI 894 - Theory Seminar

Credits: 3

Study of representative masterworks. Score analysis. Prereq: permission.

Equivalent(s): MUSI 994

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MUSI 895 - Special Studies

Credits: 1-4

A) J.S. Bach; B) Franz Schubert; C) Debussy and Ravel; D) the world of jazz; E) piano literature; F) 19th century French music; G) advanced analysis; H) advanced study in electronic music; I) composition through computer-generated sound; J) woodwind literature; K) brass literature; L) string literature; M) medieval performance practice; N) renaissance performance practice; O) baroque performance practice; P) classical performance practice; Q) 19th century performance practice; R) 20th century performance practice; S) woodwind repair; T) string repair; U) advanced jazz improvisation; V) advanced piano pedagogy; W) advanced accompanying; X) advanced conducting; Y) independent study. Prereq: permission. May be repeated for credit with permission.

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Music Education (MUED)

MUED 841 - Techniques and Methods in Choral Music

Credits: 2

Methods for teaching choral music in 5-12th grade schools, the developing voice, vocal modeling, repertoire selection, choral conducting, rehearsal technique, sequencing and feedback, piano skills for choral rehearsal, in-school fieldwork. This class requires a fieldwork component. Students will conduct rehearsals at Oyster River Middle School 7:00am-7:50am at least once per week for a portion of the semester.

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MUED 845 - Techniques and Methods in String Instruments

Credits: 2

Class and individual instruction. Intensive training on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Classroom procedures, establishment of string programs, and evaluation of available methods materials. Permission required.

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MUED 847 - Techniques and Methods in Woodwind Instruments

Credits: 3

Basic course in embouchure formation, tone production, tonguing, fingering and instrument care as applied to each of the woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. Methods, studies, solos and ensembles most useful with school players of woodwind instruments.

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MUED 849 - Techniques and Methods in Brass Instruments

Credits: 2

Basic course in embouchure formation, tone, tonguing, fingering, flexibility, accuracy, and range development as applied to the trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba; methods, studies, solos, and ensembles most likely to be useful with school players of brass instruments. Permission required.

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MUED 851 - Techniques and Methods in Percussion Instruments

Credits: 2

Basic performance skills on snare drum, timpani, mallet instruments, and other percussion instruments used in bands and orchestras. Materials and methods of instruction.

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MUED 865 - Instrumental Music Methods

Credits: 2

Organization and delivery of instruction to groups of instrumental music students. Examination of appropriate curricula and materials, application of instrumental and conducting techniques, structure of rehearsals, assessment of student progress.

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MUED 871 - Marching Band Methods

Credits: 2

Role of marching bands in the school music program. Design and execution of field shows and parade marching. Understanding of marching percussion and auxiliary units. Examination of appropriate music.

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MUED 883 - Instrumental Literature and its Performance

Credits: 3

Exploration of representative solo and ensemble music for string, wind, and percussion instruments. Typical literature from each period of music is studied. As much as possible, live performance is included; recordings are used as required. Detailed attention given to interpretation. Project required.

Equivalent(s): MUED 983

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MUED #890 - Teaching Elementary School Music

Credits: 3

Experiential approach toward learning creative strategies for teaching elementary school music. Includes various curricula and methods; philosophy and psychology of music; demonstration of materials and instruments. Observation and teaching in schools. Prereq: piano proficiency.

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MUED 891 - Teaching Secondary School Music

Credits: 3

Assembling, managing, and teaching junior/senior high school music curriculum. Academic issues of philosophy, curriculum building, application of learning theories, administration, evaluation, motivation, and classroom management combined with field experience in lesson planning and teaching/rehearsal techniques. Prereq: piano proficiency; conducting methods.

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MUED 895 - Special Studies

Credits: 1-4

Allows upper-level students to explore individually or in groups areas related to their specific professional interests. Prereq: permission.

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