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Program Director

Ewelina Boczkowska
3025 Bliss Hall
(330) 941-1833

Program Description

Master’s degrees are offered in music education, music performance, music history, music the­ory/composition, and jazz studies through the Dana School of Music, which was founded in War­ren, Ohio, in 1869 as Dana’s Musical Institute. A member of the National Association of Schools of Music, Dana currently enrolls 300 undergraduate and graduate students. The Dana School of Music is designated an All-Steinway School, featuring 68 Steinway pianos in addition to six mechanical action organs, two harpsichords, an electronic music laboratory, and 80 acoustically treated practice rooms, all housed in the $6 million Bliss Hall. In addition, the University library contains a large music section, especially notable for its collected and scholarly editions, while the Multimedia Center holds several thousand recordings, and practical edition scores.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to graduate study in the Master of Music degree must present a baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited college or university. Admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale). Students with less than a 2.7 average must provide satisfactory scores on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Upon admission and before the end of the first semester of graduate study, each student must take a placement examination in music history and music theory. Failure to do so will result in an addition of six semester hours (three semester hours in music theory, three semester hours in music history) to the 32-semester-hour degree program. Theory/composition applicants must submit evidence of compositional or analytic activity. All performance degree applicants must audition on their principal instrument for acceptance to the appropriate applied music level. Students with a major in conducting performance must show evidence of conducting skill through an audition and interview. Students wishing to enroll in any music course under non-degree status must have the approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music.

Ewelina Boczkowska, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Music, memory, and Polish film; “auteur” cinema; American musicals; Chopin; music in the 1960's

Kent J. Engelhardt, Ph.D., Professor
Charlie Parker; Bebop; Kansas City Jazz

Francois P. Fowler, D.M., Associate Professor
Guitar performance, pedagogy, and literature

Stephen L. Gage, Ed.D., Professor
Instrumental music education; conducting

Randall E. Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Historical musicology; early modern Europe; 18th century music; Jewish identity

Hae-Jong Lee, D.M.A., Associate Professor
Choral conducting and literature; voice studies

J. Paul Louth, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Instrumental music education; brass methods; trombone

David S. Morgan, D.M.A., Professor
Jazz performance; composition; music theory

Caroline Oltmanns, D.M.A., Professor
Piano performance

Jena Root, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Glenn Schaft, D.M.A., Professor
Percussion; classical, contemporary, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music

James C. Umble, D.M.A., Professor
Japanese flute; flute; guitar

Kathryn T. Umble, D.M.A., Associate Professor
Technology in education; music technology; music performance and pedagogy (saxophone); curriculum development in the arts; integrated arts

  • Completion of all requirements outlined in respective courses of study.
  • Students who fail to meet the standards set by the School of Music may, upon recommendation of the Dana Graduate Committee, will be required to withdraw at the end of the semester.  Any student with an overall grade-point average below 3.0 (i.e. not in good standing) for two consecutive semesters shall be dismissed from the master's program in music.
  • An entrance examination and a final qualifying examination is required of all M.M candidates.  Students who pass the theory entrance exam will qualify to test out of 6921 Graduate Analysis I.  All students will take three core required courses (6977 Philosophies of Music, 6922 Graduate Analysis II, 6960 Research in Music).
  • Students who require a thesis (MUHL, MUTC and jazz studies) will do an oral examination on the thesis as well as take an exit examination comprised of three questions covering the content from at least one core required course and at least on specialized seminar.  Performance majors will submit a document supporting the recital in lieu of a thesis, and will also complete the exit examination.  Music education majors electing the non-thesis option will only be required to complete the exit examination.  Procedural regulations governing the final qualifying examination are available from the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Thesis students who have completed MUHL 6990 Thesis 1 and MUHL 6991 Thesis 2, (2+2 s.h.), and have completed all course requirements but have not defended the thesis are required to main­tain current student status if they expect to receive advisor or committee assistance or utilize University services (e.g., library, computer, parking, and so forth). This can be ac­complished by registering for one hour of MUHL 6991 Thesis 2.
Music Theory and Composition (A)
MUTC 5821
MUTC 5822
Composition for Minors
and Composition for Minors
MUTC 5828Music Technology3
MUTC 5830Materials of 20th Century Music3
MUTC 5831Modal Counterpoint3
MUTC 5832Tonal Counterpoint3
MUTC 5833Theory Seminar3
MUTC 5834Electronic Music3
MUTC 6903
MUTC 6904
Advanced Composition
and Advanced Composition
MUTC 6913Pedagogy of Theory3
MUTC 6916Fugue3
MUTC 6921
MUTC 6922
Graduate Analysis 1
and Graduate Analysis 2
MUTC 6930
MUTC 6931
MUTC 6932
MUTC 6933
Baroque Music Styles
and Classic Music Styles
and Romantic Music Styles
and Twentieth-Century Music Styles
MUTC 6935Jazz Theory3
MUTC 6936Jazz Composition3
Music History (B)
MUHL 5871Baroque Music3
MUHL 5872Eighteenth Century and the Viennese Classical School3
MUHL 5873Opera History3
MUHL 5874Nineteenth Century3
MUHL 5878Selected Topics in Music History3
MUHL 6940Music in the Middle Ages3
MUHL 6941Music in the Renaissance3
MUHL 6943Seminar in Musicology3
MUHL 6946Selected Topics in Jazz History3
Music Education (C)
MUED 5814Selected Topics in Music Education2
MUED 5841Music Workshop1-3
MUED 6970Foundations of Music Education3
MUED 6972Seminar in Music Education3
MUED 6975Music and the Humanities3
MUED 6976Directed Study in Conducting3
MUED 6978Contemporary Trends in Music Education3
MUED 6979Workshop in Music Education1-3
MUED 6981Elementary School Music Practicum3
MUED 6982Secondary School Music Practicum3
Pedagogy (D)
MUED 5858Piano Pedagogy3
MUED 5880Vocal Pedagogy1
MUSIC 6913 Pedagogy of Theory3
Music Literature (E)
MUED 6950Conducting Pedagogy2
MUHL 5860Keyboard Literature3
MUHL 5879Vocal Literature3
MUHL 6944Seminar in Symphonic Literature3
MUHL 6945Selected Topics in Music Literature3
Music Electives (F)
MUED 6973Research Methods and Materials in Music Education3
MUHL 6990Thesis 12
MUHL 6991Thesis 22
MUED 6992Independent Projects in Music1-4


6900 level applied 112
Music History/music theory electives (A/B/E) 29
Music Literature (F)3
Music Electives (A–F)5
Total Semester Hours29

Music History and Literature 

Music history/literature (B/E)15
Music Theory (A)3
5800- or 6900-level applied or electives (A–F)7
Thesis (2+2 s.h.)4
Total Semester Hours29

Music Theory and Composition 

Music Theory (A) 315
Music history (B/E)3
5800- or 6900-level applied or electives (A–F)7
Thesis (2+2 s.h.)4
Total Semester Hours29

Music Education 

Music Education (C) 49
MUED 6970Foundations of Music Education3
MUED 6978Contemporary Trends in Music Education3
Music history/music theory electives (A/B/E)9
5800- or 6900-level applied or electives (A–F)5
Total Semester Hours29

Jazz Studies 

MUTC 6935Jazz Theory3
MUTC 6936Jazz Composition3
MUHL 6946Selected Topics in Jazz History3
Music Theory (A)3
Music history (B/E)3
Jazz Ensemble 2
Jazz Combo2
Applied study or electives (A–F) 56
Thesis (2+2 s.h.)4
Total Semester Hours29

(A) Courses to be selected from List A
(B) Courses to be selected from List B
(C) Courses to be selected from List C
(D) Courses to be selected from List D
(E) Courses to be selected from List E
(F) May include up to two semester hours of ensemble courses and up to four additional semester hours of applied music courses. Selection is subject to results of entrance placement examination in music theory and music history. All music electives must be approved by the advisor.


Conducting majors must take four semester hours of vocal or instrumental applied and eight semester hours of applied conducting.


Both areas must be represented in the coursework.


Students in the theory emphasis should take MUSIC 6913 Pedagogy of Theory


Music education majors may count up to four semester hours of S/U graded workshops toward degree fulfillment.


Must represent two areas.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of specialized knowledge of at least one era of Music History (MUHL). Assessment: EXIT EXAM
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of specialized knowledge of at least one aspect of Music Theory (MUTC). Assessment: EXIT EXAM
  3. Students will demonstrate research skills and techniques through the creation of an original scholarly project. Assessment: RUB RIC / FINAL ASSIGNMENT 6942 or 6973
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in a scholarly manner about their area of specialization within music. Assessment: RUBRIC / RECITAL DOCUMENT, THESIS, OR FINAL PROJECT IN 6973.