UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Program: M.M., Music

Performance

Program Description

The Master of Music Option in Performance offers the opportunity to study the art of classical instrumental and vocal performance at the graduate level (entrance audition required). Students in instrumental and vocal performance continue their studies in Music History and Theory and take classes specific to their area such as Pedagogy, Literature, Chamber Music, Ensemble, Advanced Conducting, Opera Scenes, Performance Technique and Performance Practice as well as private lessons. Master classes with major artists are offered yearly. The culminating experience is the performance of a public recital and the preparation of an abstract.

Graduate students in instrumental performance are presented with a number of performance opportunities each semester including playing in major ensembles and also as soloists. Instrumental string players have the option of auditioning to play in an honors string quartet and all instrumental students can compete to play concerto literature with the CSUN Symphony through the Concerto Competition.

Graduate students in vocal arts are presented with a number of performance options each semester. Students can sing the leading roles in major operas in the original language, they can perform concert music with the CSUN Symphony Orchestra, and they can perform as soloists in oratorios. Vocal students from CSUN perform off campus regularly for arts organizations, such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Jubilee Singers and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.

Program Requirements

A. Prerequisites for the Master of Music Degree

  1. Bachelor’s degree, including preparation equivalent to the undergraduate Music major.
  2. Taking the department graduate placement examinations in Theory and History prior to first enrollment. Students failing the placement exams may repeat them once or complete the appropriate review coursework—MUS 500 Music Theory Review and/or MUS 501 Music History Review—with a grade of “C” or better.

MM–Instrumental Performance: Students must demonstrate the equivalent of an undergraduate recital on their major instrument. Students lacking this prerequisite may be asked to perform an undergraduate-level recital during the first year of the graduate program.

B. Admission Requirements for Classified Status

All graduate students in music are accepted to the program as conditionally classified. To achieve classified status in the graduate program, the following are required:

  1. Completion of University requirements for admission to classified graduate status.
  2. Completion of any deficiencies that were determined by the Department of Music at the time of admission.
  3. Completion of 12 units of graduate study applicable to the degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  4. A satisfactory result on the Graduate Record Examination (required only if the student’s undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0).

For more information about requirements for admission, graduate classification and requirements for graduation, please consult the Graduate Studies section of this Catalog.

C. Course Requirements

1. Required Courses (12 units)

MUS 601 Techniques of Research and Bibliography in Music (3)
MUS 604 Seminar in Music Analysis (3)
MUS 698 Thesis, Artistic Performance, or Graduate Project (3)

One class from the following (3 units):

MUS 603A Seminar in Renaissance Music (3)
MUS 603B Seminar in Baroque Music (3)
MUS 603C Seminar in Classical Music (3)
MUS 603D Seminar in Romantic Music (3)
MUS 603E Seminar in 20th Century Music (3)
MUS 692 A-Z Selected Topics in Music History (3)

2. Area of Concentration (Minimum of 18 units)

a. String Performance

MUS 605 Teaching Music in Higher Education (3)
MUS 6XXB Individual Performance Lessons (2,2,2,2)
MUS 682 Graduate Symphonic Orchestra (1,1,1,1)

Electives (3 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

Note: Graduate Symphonic Orchestra is to be taken concurrently with individual lessons.

b. Woodwind and Brass Performance
Two additional units selected from Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Orchestra (2 units):

MUS 679 Graduate Wind Ensemble (1,1)
MUS 682 Graduate Symphonic Orchestra (1,1,1,1)

Electives (3 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

Note: Graduate Wind Ensemble or Graduate Symphonic Orchestra is to be taken concurrently with individual lessons.

c. Percussion Performance

MUS 605 Teaching Music in Higher Education (3)
MUS 649B Individual Performance Lessons (2,2,2,2)
MUS 679 Graduate Wind Ensemble (1,1)

Electives (3 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

Note: Graduate Wind Ensemble or Graduate Symphonic Orchestra is to be taken concurrently with individual lessons.

d. Guitar Performance

MUS 565 Seminar in Advanced Conducting (2)
MUS 605 Teaching Music in Higher Education (3)
MUS 659B Individual Performance Lessons (2,2,2,2)

Electives (5 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

e. Vocal Performance

MUS 605 Teaching Music in Higher Education (3)
MUS 654B Individual Performance Lessons (2,2,2,2)

Electives (7 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

f. Piano Performance

MUS 632/L Graduate Piano Master Class (1/1)
MUS 650B Individual Performance Lessons (2,2,2,2)
MUS 678A Graduate Piano Pedagogy Resources and Practicum (1/1)
MUS 678B Graduate Directed Teaching in Piano Pedagogy (1/1)

Electives (4 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

g. Organ Performance

MUS 411 History of Performance Practices (2)
MUS 605 Teaching Music in Higher Education (3)
MUS 651B Lessons (2,2,2,2)

Electives (3 units)

Electives to be chosen as approved by area coordinator and Music department graduate advisor.

3. Culminating Experience

MUS 698 (listed in the core requirements above) includes a comprehensive examination:

Each graduate student in the Department of Music is required to pass a comprehensive oral examination. The comprehensive examination committee, consisting of the student’s major professor and at least one additional faculty member, will administer the examination. The examination will be created and scheduled by the student’s major professor in consultation with the area coordinator, and it will cover the student’s major field of study.

If the examination is not attempted or passed, the student will receive an RP (report in progress) in MUS 698, and may attempt the examination again during any of the subsequent three semesters.

Students may not take the comprehensive examination more than twice. Failure of the second attempt of the comprehensive examination will result in the student’s disqualification from the graduate program.

D. Additional Degree Requirements

MM Performance majors: Students will demonstrate their progress in the area of specialization before a faculty jury at the end of each semester of enrollment in individual study.

Total Units Required for the M.M. Degree: 30

Contact

Chair: Ron Borczon
Cypress Hall (CY) 116
(818) 677-3181
www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/music

Graduate Coordinator: Diane Roscetti
droscetti@csun.edu
(818) 677-6587

Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Music degree, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Continuing development of professional and scholarly competence within their area of specialization.
  2. Continuing development of individual talent, musical interests and philosophies to be used creatively to preserve and extend the cultural heritage of music.
  3. Artistic and intellectual rigor in the organization, interpretation, communication and dissemination of musical knowledge.
  4. Pedagogical skills fundamental to their area of specialization applicable across a variety of music and music-related professions.
  5. Professional competence in the execution of business processes and practices commonly employed within their area of specialization.