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Program Director

Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska
Bliss Hall 3025
(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

Successful completion of 30 semester hours and all requirements specific to each degree.

Upon admission and before the start of the first semester of graduate study, each student must take a diagnostic examination in music history and music theory. Students who score at least 70% on the theory diagnostic exam will test out of the remedial 6921 Graduate Analysis I.

Students who score below 70% on the music history test will be required to take a music history seminar as one of the seminar electives. Failure to take the diagnostic examinations will result in the addition of 6921 Graduate Analysis I and one music history elective within the degree.

Students will take core courses in Philosophies of Music (6977), Graduate Analysis II (6922), and Research in Music (6960), 15 s.h. of seminar electives (at least 6 s.h. in MUHL), as well as Thesis I (6990) and Thesis II (6991). A thesis and an oral defense of the thesis are required. Thesis students who have completed all requirements but have not defended the thesis are required to register for one hour of 6991, if they expect to receive advisor or committee assistance or utilize University services (e.g., library, computer, parking, and so forth).

All students must take and pass an exit exam in one of the core requirements and two seminars, at least one in area. The exit exam is scheduled for late March or early April.

Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to remain in “good standing.” Any course grade of D or F must be repeated and passed with a grade of A or B and no more than 6 semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may count toward the minimum graduation hour requirements.

Music History and Literature Seminars6
Music Seminar Electives9
MUHL 6990Thesis 13
MUHL 6991Thesis 23
MUHL 6977Philosophies of Music3
MUHL 6960Research in Music3
MUTC 6922Graduate Analysis 23
Total Semester Hours30
Music Theory and Composition
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
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
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
MUED 5858Piano Pedagogy3
MUED 5880Vocal Pedagogy1
MUSIC 6913 Pedagogy of Theory3
Music Literature
MUED 6950Conducting Pedagogy2
MUHL 5860Keyboard Literature3
MUHL 5879Vocal Literature3
MUHL 6944Seminar in Symphonic Literature3
MUHL 6945Selected Topics in Music Literature3
Music Electives
MUED 6973Research Methods and Materials in Music Education3
MUHL 6990Thesis 13
MUHL 6991Thesis 23
MUED 6992Independent Projects in Music1-4

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: THESIS DEFENSE
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in a scholarly manner about their area of specialization within music. Assessment: THESIS DEFENSE

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).

A representative writing sample is required.