Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32

Required Courses:

MUSC 8352Choral Conducting Seminar II2
MUSC 8535Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major2
MUSC 8536Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major2
MUSC 8537Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major2
MUSC 8538Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major2
MUSC 8539Instrumental Conducting Seminar: Score Analysis, Programming & Interpretation of Wind Ensemble Lit (2 terms)4
MUSC 8541Advanced Orchestral Conducting I-II2
MUSC 8544Wind Repertory in History: European Antiquity through the 21st Century (2 terms)4
MUST 8701Research in Music3
MUST 8742Seminar in Theoretical Analysis3
or MUST 8746 Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
MUST 8764Studies in Performance Practice3
Electives 13
Total Credit Hours32

Language Examination: Candidates in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis must demonstrate competency in foreign language dictions at the time of admission to the program. Where the transcript or pass-off examination does not reveal such competency, the appropriate deficiency course in diction skills must be taken prior to completion of the master's degree.

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.

Proficiencies in Piano and Musicianship:
The department evaluates proficiencies in piano and musicianship in the first term of graduate study.

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.

Performing Ensembles:

  1. Touring: All students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after termination of terms. Students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.
  2. Non-Credit Participation: 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.

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.

Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
Graduate students in non-performing curricula may take up to six credits of applied study toward the degree with the permission of the major advisor. Such non-required lessons may be taken only if the student can pass the normal graduate-level performing audition expected of performance majors. In this event, a fee of $200, not covered by tuition remission, is charged.

Alternately, a graduate student, regardless of major, with a demonstrable performing proficiency that may not meet the more rigorous requirements of a graduate-level performing audition, may, by audition, qualify to take two credits of applied study per term for graduate credit. These courses carry a fee of $400 plus tuition and may be applied to the non-performing curriculum for degree credit up to six term hours with the approval of the major advisor. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private lesson fee.

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

Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis present two recitals during the two years of study with members of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Band, and other instrumentalists and/or vocalists:

  • One is a public chamber recital with a Keynote© presentation, for which the repertoire is selected, with approval, by the student. At least 50 minutes of music are presented on campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall, with adjudication by three full-time music faculty members.
  • The second is a comprehensive public large ensemble recital, which comprises small and large performances with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Collegiate Band throughout the academic year/concert season. The repertoire is selected by the conductor of the ensemble. Performances are presented in Temple Performing Arts Center and adjudicated by two or three full-time music faculty members.

Students must show evidence through Temple University academic records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the concert performances, both chamber and large ensembles.

Program Notes:
Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis must provide scholarly program notes for compositions performed at public performance recitals, including details about the composer, the historical context, analytical components, and inspiration. These are submitted to the Director of Bands four weeks prior to the performance date for review. The notes must be provided with the program at the public performance.

Keynote© or PowerPoint Presentation for Chamber Recital:
Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis present a 30-minute Keynote© or PowerPoint presentation prior to the public concert. This presentation is presented one hour before the recital or one day prior to the public concert (location arranged by the student). The Keynote© or PowerPoint presentation includes salient and interesting features of the pieces and the program. The Keynote© or PowerPoint presentation is meant to supplement the concert experience for the audience and offer a platform for the student conductor to speak about the music, not to reiterate the printed program notes.

Prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination, students in the Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis M.M. program must submit a portfolio. The portfolio is to include printed concert programs, recordings (audio and visual), resume, transcript, major projects and assignments completed during degree program, presentations, attendance at conferences and symposia, and any other documentation related to experiences in the program. The portfolio is to be submitted during the final term of study for review by the Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
Taken in the final term of study, this three-part exam is:

  1. tailored toward the student's coursework while in the program, and
  2. standardized to cover a body of knowledge related to history and repertoire in relation to winds.

The Director of Bands mentors students, creates the exam, and administers the writing and listening portions of the exam. A small committee, including the Director of Bands, the Director of Athletic Bands, and one or two Conducting and/or Music Education (instrumental) faculty, is involved in the creation of the oral portion of the exam. The student is asked questions that are mostly from the major field but also include other areas of music, history, theory, and related topics. The department schedules the exam, and the committee grades it pass or fail.