Master of Music in Emphasis

About

EWU offers master of music degrees in instrumental and vocal performance including piano, brass, percussion, string, and woodwinds. Study with the EWU 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 meet their career goal intentions.

Please contact Graduate Program Director Jody Graves, DMA at jgraves@ewu.edu to arrange an audition or interview.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Performance, Master of Music (MM)

This is a professional degree, in the specialist field of Music Performance, vocal and instrumental. Students are prepared for careers as solo performers, orchestral musicians, chamber musicians, studio musicians, commercial musicians, teachers, pedagogues, opera artists, choral musicians, in addition to preparing for doctoral degrees.  All students must performance an audition, submit a scholarly writing sample, and a letter of intent as part of the entrance requirements. Please see the graduate studies page for more details.

Note: all master’s degrees in music require a final oral comprehensive exam, and a minimum of one public recital performance of advanced works representing a variety of genres and styles.

Students seeking the MM in Performance degree must take MUSC 520 in their first quarter of enrollment.

Required Program Courses
Music Research
MUSC 520RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY IN MUSIC3
Music History–choose from the following6
TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE PERIOD
MUSIC OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD
MUSIC OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
MUSIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY
JAZZ STYLES AND ANALYSIS
Music Theory/Composition
MUSC 560HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF MUSICAL STRUCTURE3
MUSC 561COUNTERPOINT2
Three Quarters of Graduate Ensemble Participation 3
MARCHING BAND
SYMPHONIC BAND
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONIC CHOIR
CONCERT CHOIR
Requirements for Performance Emphasis
MUSC 510ADVANCED CONDUCTING3
MUSC 530APPLIED INSTRUCTION (must be repeated six times)12
Vocal or Instrumental Pedagogy–Piano majors take 6 credits of piano pedagogy; other instrumentalists and vocalists take 3 credits of the appropriate pedagogy course in the series.3-6
Note: Language Diction Proficiency (voice majors only)
PIANO PEDAGOGY I
PIANO PEDAGOGY II
PIANO PEDAGOGY III
PEDAGOGY VOCAL
PEDAGOGY STRINGS
PEDAGOGY WOODWINDS
PEDAGOGY BRASS
PEDAGOGY PERCUSSION
Required Electives–to be determined in consultation among the student, the student’s area advisor(s), and the graduate program advisor.11
Music Thesis/Recital5
Note: all masters students must write a thesis, or supporting recital document, or submit a Master’s Project and must pass an oral comprehensive examination.
THESIS
GRADUATE RECITAL
FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT
Total Credits51-54

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