Comprehensive Final Examination
A comprehensive final examination is administered during the semester of graduation to all candidates seeking a Master of Music degree. In the Department of Music, the examination takes the form of a one-hour discussion between the candidate and the student's graduate faculty committee to help determine the student's ability to synthesize the knowledge gained through graduate study.
The student is responsible for contacting the members of his or her faculty committee to schedule the examination. No later than one semester prior to the examination, the student must request examination questions from each member of his or her committee.
Candidates for the Master of Music in Music Education must prepare a written report based on these questions. A copy of this report must be given to each member of the faculty committee at least one week prior to the examination.
Candidates for the Master of Music in Performance are not required to prepare a written report as part of their comprehensive final examination; rather, selections performed on the student's graduate recital serve as a basis for answering general and specific questions relating to historical, theoretical, stylistic, and pedagogical areas of concern.