Music: Musicology (M.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/music/program/ma/music-musicology

 The Master of Arts in Musicology1 offers the opportunity for in-depth study of music history, theory, and criticism. The option is valuable to students who wish to augment undergraduate degrees in performance and/or music education with more intensive academic studies. The Department of Music has maintained a long history of excellence in music historical study and performance. Many graduates have gone on to pursue Ph.D.s and D.M.A.s in music. The M.A. in musicology offers enough electives so that students may also pursue advanced study in performance of an instrument or voice if qualified and accepted by an instructor upon a successful audition.

Completion of the program requires a written research project of substantive nature on a topic of the candidate's special interest. An alternative for some students will be a lecture-recital and written essay. Students emphasizing performance are encouraged to present public recitals in addition to the above. A final oral examination assesses the ability to apply critical thinking to music literature and to describe personal advanced independent work of particular interest.

All of the Master of Arts in Music options require 30 credit hours as well as a final project for completion of the degree.

Concentration
MUSI 869Musicology Seminar 19
MUSI 891Research Seminar1-4
Supportive Courses in Music
MUSI 865Introduction to Bibliography3
MUSI 894Theory Seminar3
Select 3 credits from3
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Survey of Opera
Electives 29
Select nine credits from the following:
MUSI 871 Counterpoint
Music History Period Courses
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Survey of Opera
Applied Lessons Courses
Graduate Piano
Graduate Voice
Graduate Cello
Graduate Clarinet
Graduate Saxophone
Graduate Bassoon
Graduate French Horn
Graduate Trumpet
Graduate Tuba
Graduate Percussion
Special Studies 3
Advanced Instrumental Conducting

Concentration and Supportive Courses are required; other electives are possible with approval of department.

General Competencies for All Music MA Programs

  • Demonstrate advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization by producing a final project or equivalent.
  • Demonstrate advanced competence in the area of specialization.

Additional Competencies, M.A. in Conducting

  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in conducting through studies in gestural technique, score analysis, repertoire, and regular conducting experiences with appropriate ensembles.
  • Demonstrate engagement with other fields of music outside of conducting.
  • Demonstrate professional capability by rehearsing and conducting a concert-length performance or the equivalent.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking to music literature and to have in-depth discussions regarding specific works in the repertoire.

Additional Competencies, M.A. in Composition

  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in composition.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in one or more related fields of music.
  • Complete a faculty approved final project.
  • Manage an advanced performance of their original composition.

Additional Competencies: MA in Musicology

  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in musicology, theory, and criticism through written work and research papers in graduate-level music history and theory courses.
  • Demonstrate appropriate competency in music theory and analysis by using the analytical tools and research concerns in music theory and analysis appropriately in writing and research.
  • Demonstrate professional capability in the major area of study by completing a final project that demonstrates advanced competence and intellectual independence in research and writing in musicology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking to music literature and to describe personal advanced independent work of particular interest.