M.M.

Department of Music, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media

Vision Statement:

The Master of Music degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is divided into three concentrations: Music Education, Music Performance, and Conducting. The Music Performance concentration is a thirty-hour program that emphasizes performance and applied music. Courses dealing with history, theory, and pedagogy (as they relate to performance) are included, and opportunities for internships and performances in local professional organizations such as Opera/Omaha and the Omaha Symphony are enjoyed by students at UNO. The Music Education concentration is available in both a thirty-hour thesis and thirty-six hour non-thesis option. Music Education graduate courses emphasize pedagogy and practical application of music skills and research for teachers at all levels. The Conducting concentration is a thirty-hour program that emphasizes individualized instruction in conducting and maximizes experiences in front of an ensemble. Courses in music history, literature, and theory supplement the practical experience to help produce well-rounded graduates with considerable knowledge of techniques and literature.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Christine Beard, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Strauss Performing Arts (PAC) 224

402-554-2685

cbeard@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/music/graduate.php

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all undergraduate courses in music.
  • If the student does not have an undergraduate degree in music, the student must take the Department of Music Graduate Diagnostic Exam before enrolling in any graduate courses in order to determine which undergraduate foundation courses may be necessary.
  • An audition is required for all applicants wishing to pursue the Performance concentration.

MUSMM Degree Requirements

Student must select an area of concentration.

Music Performance Concentration (Non-Thesis Option only)

Required Concentration Courses (15 hours): Note MUS 8150A must be completed for nine (9) hours

MUS 8150AApplied Music

3

MUS 8520Music Bibliography

3 credits

MUS 8460Music Analysis for Performance

3 credits

 

Required Music History and Literature (3 hours) to be selected from below:

MUS 8546Renaissance Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8556Baroque Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8566Classical Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8576Romantic Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8586Music from 1900-1945

3 credits

MUS 8446Music Since 1945

3 credits

Electives in Music (6 hours):

Electives are approved by the Graduate advisor during the advising process.

Performance Concentration Exit Requirements:

Option A:
MUS 8970Treatise

3 credits

MUS 8980Recital

3 - 6 credits

Option B:
MUS 8980Recital

3 - 6 credits

Music Education Concentration (Thesis: 30 hours; Non-Thesis: 36 hours)

Required Concentration Courses (15 hours):

MUS 8630Research in Music Education

3 credits

MUS 8610Organization and Administration in Music

3 credits

MUS 8640Foundations of Music Education

3 credits

MUS 8660Pedagogy of Theory

3 credits

MUS 8686Pedagogy of Multicultural Music

3 credits

Required Music History and Literature (3 hours) to be selected from:

MUS 8546Renaissance Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8556Baroque Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8566Classical Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8576Romantic Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8586Music from 1900-1945

3 credits

MUS 8446Music Since 1945

3 credits

Electives in Music or Education (6 hours):

The electives are approved by the Graduate advisor during the advising process.

Education Concentration Exit Requirements:

Option A:
MUS 8990Thesis

3 credits

All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Option B:
Additional Music or Music Education Electives

12

Comprehensive Examination

Conducting Concentration (Non-Thesis option, 30 hours)

An audition is required before enrollment in Conducting Practicum in this track.

Required Conducting Concentration Courses (15 hours): Note MUS 8700 must be completed for nine (9) hours.

MUS 8700Conducting Practicum

3 credits

MUS 8520Music Bibliography

3 credits

MUS 8460Music Analysis for Performance

3 credits

Music History and Literature (3 hours) to be selected from:

MUS 8546Renaissance Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8556Baroque Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8566Classical Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8576Romantic Music Literature

3 credits

MUS 8586Music from 1900-1945

3 credits

MUS 8446Music Since 1945

3 credits

Electives in Music (6)

The electives are approved by the Graduate advisor during the advising process.

Conducting Concentration Exit Requirement:

MUS 8980Recital

3 - 6 credits

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:

Thesis Option: 30

Non-Thesis Option: 30-36

MUSMM-Other Program Related Information:

All students who do not complete a thesis or treatise must take final comprehensive examinations. Students can take comprehensive exams before the semester in which they intend to graduate; however, all required coursework in the program must be completed. The exception is if a student has not completed one required course and is enrolled in that course during the semester in which they are taking their comprehensive exams. Comprehensive exams will be offered three times during the course of the year—Fall, Spring and Summer. Normally the exams are administered on the last Saturday of October or first Saturday in November (Fall Semester), the last Saturday of March or first Saturday in April (Spring Semester), and the last Friday of June or the first Friday of July (Summer Term).