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Degree OptionsEastern offers a wide variety of bachelor's degree paths for music students (BM, BA and BAE) as well as a music minor and a Master of Music (MM).
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Master of Music: Liberal Arts (customized)
The Master of Music is available as a customized program, designed to suit your individual interests. This provides a degree program for students desiring a broad-based, liberal arts-oriented music curriculum emphasizing the academic disciplines of music, including (but not limited to) music history and music theory. Students in the Liberal Arts program are encouraged to explore the intersections between music and other fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Please contact Dr. Jane Ellsworth for details.
Required Program Core for All Emphases (22 credits):
Music Research-choose from the following* MUSC 520 Research Techniques and Bibliography in Music (3) or MUSC 521 Research Design in Music Education (3)
Music History-choose two from the following** MUSC 538 Topics in Music History (3) MUSC 551 Music of the Medieval Era (3) MUSC 552 Music of the Renaissance Era (3) MUSC 553 Music of the Baroque Period (3) MUSC 554 Music of the Classical Period (3) MUSC 555 Music of the Romantic Period (3) MUSC 556 Music of the 20th Century (3) MUSC 557 History of Jazz: Styles and Analysis (3)
Music Theory/Composition MUSC 560 Historical Analysis of Musical Structure (3) MUSC 561 Counterpoint (2)
Three Quarters of Graduate Ensemble Participation (3 credits minimum)*** Choose from MUSE 520-MUSE 541 Music Thesis/Recital-choose one MUSC 600 Thesis (5) or MUSC 601 Graduate Recital (5) or MUSC 602 Final Master's Project (5)**** Notes: *students in Music Education Emphasis should take MUSC 521 Research Design in Music Education. **students in the Composition Emphasis must take MUSC 556 Music of the 20th Century as one of their Music History courses. **students in the Jazz Studies Emphasis must take MUSC 557 History of Jazz: Styles and Analysis as one of their Music History courses. ***an off-campus option requires advanced signed approval by the Director of Music Education and successful completion of written report. ****Music Education Emphasis students are required to take MUSC 600 Thesis. Prior to commencing research, a thesis proposal must receive approval from the thesis committee and, if human subjects are involved, by the IRB.
Required Liberal Arts Emphasis: Students may focus on areas such as Music History, Music Theory or a customized program.
Three quarters of applied instruction (3 credits minimum) MUSC 529 Applied Lesson (1) or MUSC 530 Instruction on Instrument or Voice (2)
Electives in Music (10 credits)
Electives in supportive areas (music or non-music) (15 credits) Approved in consultations among the student, the student's area advisor(s) and the graduate program advisor.
Total credits for above master's degree 50 credits