Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

MUST 8726Computer Synthesis3
MUST 8740Seminar in Composition (4 terms)12
Select two of the following:6
Seminar in Theoretical Analysis
Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
Electives 19
Recommended courses include:
Research in Music
Canon and Fugue
Electronic Music Composition: Practice, History, Theory
Aesthetics of Music
Total Credit Hours30

Language Examination: Reading knowledge of a foreign language is expected. If a deficiency exists, students may be required to take up to two terms of a foreign language.

Additional Requirements:
Diagnostic Examinations:
All entering Master of Music students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Skills, and Music History prior to the first term of graduate study. The purpose of these examinations is to ascertain adequate preparation for graduate study in these areas. Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Skills may be taken once. The examination in Music History may be taken a second time.

Students who are unable to take the examinations at the designated time may do so using the online proctoring service, Examity®. Students are responsible for all fees.

Students who opt not to take any or all exams prior to the first semester of study are required to complete remedial coursework within the first academic year.

Depending on the examination results, students may be required to take one or more remedial courses. Remedial courses are graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis, and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit," meaning that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No Credit," meaning that the deficiency has not been satisfied). Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or section to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the requirement. Students who earn a grade of "NC" (that is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university transcript. Remedial courses do not count toward graduate degree requirements.

It is highly recommended that students complete all remediation coursework during their first academic year of study. An exception may be granted for part-time students. Master of Music students may neither schedule graduation recitals nor take final comprehensive master's examinations until all of the diagnostic examinations and any required remediation have been successfully completed.

A. Diagnostic Examinations in Music Theory, including Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Skills

Students may take each portion of the theory test only once. Any section not graded as passing necessitates enrollment in a remedial course(s) during the first term of study. Examiners stipulate which section(s) of remedial coursework are required. Theory remedial courses include:

MUST 5001Diatonic Harm. Review1
MUST 5002Chromatic Harm. Review1
MUST 5003Counterpoint Review1
MUST 5004Grad Aural Theory Review3

B. Diagnostic Examination in Music History

Students may take each of the five sections of the history test twice. After the second attempt, any section not graded as passing necessitates enrollment in a remedial course(s). Examiners stipulate which section(s) of remedial coursework are required.

The History remedial course is MUST 5005 Remedial Studies in Music History. Each of five sections are enrolled in for one credit and are subtitled according to the period covered in the coursework: Baroque, Classic, Medieval/Renaissance, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Remediation can be extended over two terms.

C. Conditions for Exemption from Diagnostic Examinations

The requirement to take the Diagnostic Examination in any area is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music and Dance who:

  • matriculate and enroll in the term immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements; and
  • received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.

Piano Examination:
Composition majors must pass a functional piano examination encompassing the following points:

  1. Score Reading: Prepared in advance of the examination, the scores are to be brought to the examination. The exposition of the first movement of a symphony by Haydn or Mozart is recommended. Suggested scores are the 12 "London" symphonies by Haydn or one of the last six symphonies by Mozart. If the student wishes, s/he may play a more difficult score by a later composer.
  2. Sight-reading a Bach chorale.
  3. Realization of a figured bass.

Professional Development Policy:
In addition to taking the required subjects for their degrees, all students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes; tutoring; teaching private lessons; coaching; participating in the distribution and inventory control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials; participating in ensembles; accompanying; performing at admissions and open house events; supervising performance classes; and engaging in other academic activities.

Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the students' major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Acceptable English:
All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

Participation in Ensembles:
With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.

Incompletes:
All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
Upon completion of a minimum of 30 credits of graduate study and with the approval of the major advisor, the student may request permission from the Associate Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance to take the written qualifying examination. This request must be made in writing at least one month before the scheduled date of the examination. If desired, the student may take this examination during the final term of graduate study. The master's qualifying examination is offered once each term.

The Music Composition Division requires a five-hour written examination that includes the composition of a fugal exposition on a subject provided; the composition of a figured bass; the reduction, analysis, and identification of a passage from a provided orchestral work; and two essays about the history and practice of composition. In addition, the division administers a one-hour oral examination consisting of discussion and identification of various orchestral scores. Scheduled by Assistant Dean David Brown, the exam is graded by two members of the department’s graduate faculty.

Portfolio:
Students are required to submit a portfolio of their work completed during the time they participated in the Master of Music program.