Masters Program Details

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The department's distinguished artist/teacher faculty has extensive credentials and professional experience in performance, music education, production, and other specialized areas of work in music. Graduate students receive individualized instruction in a full range of music course offerings including private study in voice, piano, organ, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.

Program Description

This program is intended for those individuals who seek advanced training in music performance and/or wish to pursue doctoral study and seek teaching positions in higher education.

Method of Delivery

Courses are 100% face-to-face.

Accreditation

NASM

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

Electives include studies in music history/literature, music theory, analysis, composition,
music technology, music education, performance, pedagogy, and thesis. Up to nine credit
hours may be taken in MUSC 6999 Thesis in Music.

General:

Wind Ensemble - MUSC-5700

Description: The study and performance of wind band literature from original, transcribed, contemporary, and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and sometimes off-campus performances. Open by audition to music-major and non-music- major students.

Symphony Band - MUSC-5710

Description: The study and performance of wind band literature from original, transcribed, contemporary, and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and sometimes off-campus performances. Open to music-major and non-music-major students.

Marching Band - MUSC-5720

Description: The study and performance of musical and visual programs for marching band. Includes the presentation of performances for home football games and for selected out-of-town games and exhibitions. Preseason band camp required. Open to music-major and non-music-major students.

Chamber Winds - MUSC-5740

Description: The study and performance of literature composed for chamber wind and wind/percussion ensembles from original transcribed contemporary, and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and off-campus performances. Open by audition to music-major and non-music-major students.

Concert Choir - MUSC-5750

Description: The study and performance of choral literature from traditional, contemporary and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and sometimes off-campus performances. Open to music-major and non-music-major students.

Chamber Singers - MUSC-5760

Description: The study and performance of literature composed for vocal chamber ensembles from traditional, contemporary and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and sometimes off- campus performances. Open by audition to music-major and non-music-major students.

Opera Workshop - MUSC-5770

Description: The study of performance of operatic literature from traditional, contemporary and diverse cultural sources. Includes on-campus and sometimes off-campus performances. Open by audition to music-major and non-music-major students.

Applied Conducting - MUSC-5850

Description: Advanced lessons in choral or instrumental conducting; score reading and analysis; rehearsal techniques and ensemble development; problems in tempo, balance, style, and phrasing; mixed meters and other contemporary problems. Students have the opportunity to conduct ensembles.

Research Methods and Materials - MUSC-6083

Description: A study of research materials, methods, procedures, and designs in music and music education, including research and data analysis techniques and the application of findings. Students have the opportunity to examine research topics that exploit their professional interests and goals. Includes a research project component.

History and Philosophy of Music Education - MUSC-6110

Description: Philosophical and historical foundations of music education with concentration on trends, influences, developments, personalities, and materials in school music teaching in America.

Factors of Musical Learning - MUSC-6120

Description: Philosophies, theories, principles, and concepts of learning and their implications for the teaching and learning processes in music education. The basic orientations of Associationist and Field theories will be investigated and the current status of learning theory applied to music education will be evaluated. Specific theories are those by Skinner, Piaget, Brunner, Gagne, Ausubel, Maslow, Rogers, and Gardner, the Gestalt Theory, and applications by Bruner, Gordon, and Mursell.

Seminar in Music Education - MUSC-6184

Description: Focus on important and timely topic in music education. May be repeated with a change of subject matter.

Music History and Literature - MUSC-6210

Description: In-depth study of selected topics in music history and literature ranging from studies on specific style periods to studies of individual composers or genres.

Music Theory - MUSC-6220

Description: In-depth study of musical elements (eg: pitch, duration, texture, timbre, form, and intensity) and their interaction with works of all styles. Includes visual and aural analytical studies on the music of various composers.

Principal Applied: Piano - MUSC-6600A

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three credit hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Organ - MUSC-6600B

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Voice - MUSC-6600C

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performances. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour.

Principal Applied: Strings - MUSC-6600D

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory stud from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit-- one 25 minute per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour.

Principal Applied: Guitar - MUSC-6600E

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Flute - MUSC-6600F

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic, and aesthetic elements of performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Oboe - MUSC-6600G

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies from the standard literature. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two, or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charger per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Clarinet - MUSC-6600I

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic, aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. Courses repeatable for one, two or three hours credit--one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Bassoon - MUSC-6600J

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. Courses repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Saxophone - MUSC-6600K

Description: Private lessons for majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit-- 25-minute-lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Horn - MUSC-6600L

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons are in studies of technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of aristic performance. Repertory studied from the standard literature. All courses reapeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Trumpet - MUSC-6600M

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied from the standard literature. All courses repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Trombone - MUSC-6600N

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic & aesthetic elements of performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Euphonium - MUSC-6600O

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit-- one 25 minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Tuba - MUSC-6600P

Description: Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25-minute lesson per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Principal Applied: Percussion - MUSC-6600Q

Description: Private lessons for music majors no the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Private lessons for music majors on the principal instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studies is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two or three hours of credit--one 25 minute lesson per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Secondary Applied: Clarinet - MUSC-6610I

Description: Private lessons for graduate music majors on a secondary instrument or voice. Lessons include studies in technical, stylistic, and aesthetic elements of artistic performance. Repertory studied is from the standard literature. All courses are repeatable for one, two, or three hours of credit - one 25-minute lesson per week per credit hour. An applied music fee is charged per credit hour enrolled.

Thesis in Music - MUSC-6999

Description: Development, preparation, and completion of a thesis document. It is expected that the manuscript will demonstrate high standards of scholarship. Once the topic has been chosen, a formal proposal is prepared. The proposal, when fully developed, must be approved by the candidate's thesis committee. During the research and writing of the thesis document, the candidate is advised to consult regularly with the major professor and the other members of the thesis committee. Following approval of the committee, the document must be defended orally.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Application Deadlines

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Department of Music | University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia 30118

Phone:678-839-6516

Fax: 678-839-6259

musicdpt@westga.edu

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate professional competence in performance, interpretation, and evaluation of knowledge and scholarly competence in the organization, interpretation, understanding, and evaluation of knowledge in music and music pedagogy.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of musical and pedagogical knowledge and understandings, and of performance abilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct music research and to use appropriate research methods.