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Cheney, WA 99004
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Master of Music: Performance--Instrumental, Vocal, Piano, Conducting

Master of Music in INSTRUMENTAL, VOCAL, and CONDUCTING PERFORMANCE
EWU offers the Master of Music degrees in instrumental and vocal performance including brass, percussion, string, woodwinds, and conducting.  Study with the artist faculty is supported by a wide range of ensemble experiences which include orchestra, wind ensemble, traditional and jazz choirs, concert jazz orchestra, jazz combos, pop combos, opera, chamber music, and contemporary ensembles.  Graduate students may have the unique opportunity to perform with area professional ensembles such as the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Chorale and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra while in residence at EWU.  Students are mentored individually to ensure the content and substance of their program meets their career goal intentions. Please contact Dr. Jody Graves, Director of Graduate Studies at jgraves.ewu.edu to arrange an audition or interview. 

Master of Music in PIANO PERFORMANCE The internationally renowned piano faculty at Eastern Washington University has modeled the MM degree in Piano Performance after the guiding principles outlined by the National Association of Schools of Music. The purpose of this Master of Music degree is to refine skills in performance, pedagogy, applied teaching, chamber music and collaborative pianism.  Graduate students will have exciting opportunities to perform and teach while studying with acclaimed and world-class artist faculty.  We also offer numerous experiences to perform in guest artist master classes, preparation for regional and national competitions, and mentoring that is tailored to the individual career goals. Exceptional masterclasses are offered to students, recent guests including Paul Barnes, Scott Rednour and Tony Caramia. Auditions are available at any time by making an appointment with Dr. Jody Graves, Director of Keyboard Studies.  The graduate piano audition requirements include three contrasting (memorized) works from the standard repertoire, technique and sight reading.  Qualified applicants may be awarded a GSA  or NRGSA(teaching assistantship) in the areas of accompanying, group piano teaching and applied teaching.  Please contact jgraves@ewu.edu to inquire about the graduate piano performance program.

GRADUATE HANDBOOK 2015-2016

Required Program Core (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 Performance Emphasis MUSC 510 Advanced Conducting (3) MUSC 530 Instruction on Instrument or Voice (2) (must be repeated six times) (12 credits)

Three Quarters of Graduate Ensemble Participation Note: conducting Performance Majors will intern with the ensemble director. Choose from MUSE 520-MUSE 541

Pedagogy Vocal/Instrumental (3 credit minimum) Note: these courses are stacked with undergraduate courses. MUSC 564A, B, C Piano Pedagogy (2, 2, 2) MUSC 564D Vocal Pedagogy (3) MUSC 564E String Pedagogy (3) MUSC 564F Woodwind Pedagogy (3) MUSC 564G Brass Pedagogy (3) MUSC 564H Percussion Pedagogy (3) Language Diction Proficiency (voice majors only) (0)

Electives (11 credits) Electives approved in consultations among the student, the student's area advisor(s) and the graduate program advisor. MUSC 537 Contemporary Music Ensemble (3) (strongly recommended)

Total credits for above master's degree 54 credits


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