1 1 Graduate Programs This manual is a guide for applicants, candidates, and faculty members in matters related to graduate studies in music. As such, it complements the university catalog. The catalog and manual together are binding on candidates for graduate degrees in the Division of Music. Questions about the manual or about graduate studies in music should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Mission The Division of Music of Samford University offers post-baccalaureate study leading to the following graduate degrees: Master of Music (M.M.) in Church Music Master of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy Master of Music (M.M.): in Vocal Performance Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)* Vocal/Choral or Instrumental Music emphasis, Traditional Program Applicants to this degree should hold initial teaching certification in music (the equivalent of an Alabama Class B). Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)* Vocal/Choral or Instrumental Music emphasis, Fifth-Year Non-Traditional program To be eligible to enter the Fifth-Year Non-Traditional program, an applicant s undergraduate preparation must include courses in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. Among these must be at least three credits in social sciences, four credits in natural sciences, and three credits in mathematics. Special Graduate Status**: Non-Degree Primary goals of students not seeking degrees are re-certification or continuing education in their professional fields. *Offered in collaboration with the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. Master of Music in Church Music/Master of Divinity *The Beeson School of Divinity offers a Master of Divinity degree. The M.M./M.Div. joint-degree program, offered in conjunction with the School of Divinity, allows students to use credits from each school as part of the other school s degree. Accreditation Samford University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research University, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Division of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. All teacher education programs at Samford University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Alabama State Department of Education.
2 2 Admission Procedures The following application materials should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, School of the Arts, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, (205) , 1. The completed Application for Graduate Studies in Music and application fee of $35. The application form may be obtained from the Division of Music office or the Samford School of the Arts website: The check should be made out to Samford University. 2. An official transcript from each institution attended since high school graduation. These records are used to verify the achievement of the applicant in previous study. Candidates for the Master of Music Education degrees must send two official transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the records office of the institution to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, School of the Arts, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt), on which a minimum score of 90 is required. These examinations are not offered at Samford University. They must be taken elsewhere and the score reports sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, School of the Arts, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL Three (3) recommendations from teachers or supervisors who can assess the student s competence to undertake graduate study, using the Graduate Music Teacher Recommendation Form. The form may be obtained from the Division of Music office or the Samford School of the Arts website: see specific notes your degree plan. A Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree, or an equivalent degree, from an institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music is required for admission to all programs. An applicant whose undergraduate preparation does not meet these specifications may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that course work stipulated at the time of admission be completed to ensure that preparation is equivalent to that of a graduate of the Bachelor of Music degree program offered by the School of the Arts Division of Music. Courses completed in satisfying this requirement must earn a grade of at least B and do not count toward the master s degree. Unconditional admission to any program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Admission to the master of music education programs requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in music courses and on the undergraduate degree as a whole. There will be no exceptions. Minimum GPA for conditional admission to all other programs is 2.5 on a 4-point scale. All applicants must have passed the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP ) examination. For more information, refer to the following link: Applicants for the master of music education (traditional program) must also submit
3 3 minimum scores of 150 on the Music: Content Knowledge Exam (Test #0013 or #5013) on the Praxis II Examination. International applicants must contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Music for additional procedures. Audition/Interview In addition to the application materials, each applicant must audition and interview for the appropriate music performance faculty. Auditions are scheduled three times a year or, if necessary, at the mutual convenience of the applicant and the faculty in the particular performance area. Recorded auditions are acceptable in extenuating circumstances contingent upon prior approval. Graduate audition dates can be obtained from the Division of Music office or the Samford School of the Arts website: Area Audition Requirements: Church Music: An audition in the principal performance area. The audition must be of at least 20 minutes duration and should include a variety of literature selected to demonstrate the range of the applicant s abilities. Piano Performance and Pedagogy: An audition in piano performance (memorized), accompanying at sight, and technique (all major/minor scales and arpeggios at metronome marking quarter note=120 with four clicks per beat). The audition must be of at least 20 minutes duration and should include literature of at least two contrasting styles. Vocal Performance: The master of music in vocal performance (M.M.) prepares students to be proficient performers who are ready to pursue professional careers. Emphasis is placed on musical artistry and professionalism, together with developing students' research skills. The degree concludes with a recital and an oral comprehensive examination. Music Education: An audition in the principal performance area and prepared accompaniment on either piano or guitar using primary chords for a song of the applicant s choice. The audition must be of at least 10 minutes duration and should include literature of at least two contrasting styles. Priority Application Deadlines May 1 October 1 Summer and Fall enrollment Spring enrollment Assistantships/Scholarships The Division of Music offers a number of graduate assistantships each year on the basis of school needs. Assistantships carry tuition reduction and may also carry a stipend. Each assistantship carries specific responsibilities. Full-time degree-seeking graduate students in music may apply for a graduate assistantship by submitting the Graduate Music Assistantship Application and requesting that an individual who can describe his or her skills and potential as a graduate student complete the Graduate
4 4 Teacher Recommendation Form. This individual may be one of the three references required for new applicants for admission. Students seeking to renew their graduate assistantships must resubmit the Graduate Music Assistantship Application for each year. Based upon the application and evaluations by faculty and the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, graduate assistantships may be renewed for a maximum of two years for each degree earned. Applications for the following fall term will be reviewed beginning March 1. Audition Examinations Entering degree seeking graduate students will be examined in music history and music theory. These examinations cover the range of courses in these areas that are contained in a typical Bachelor of Music degree program. They are designed to evaluate the applicant s mastery of this material as a foundation for graduate study. Required remediation in deficient areas must be completed prior to commencement of regular graduate level courses. Enrollment Enrollment in the Master of Music or Master of Music Education programs may be on a fulltime or part-time basis. The university recognizes eight (8) credits as the minimum full-time load in these programs. Full-time enrollment is required of candidates holding an assistantship or receiving scholarship funds from the university. A candidate may withdraw at any time. This should be done in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, with reasons stated. Should a former student wish to resume candidacy, he or she should contact the Director of Graduate Studies, who will, in consultation with the faculty of the Division of Music, determine if resumption is a possibility and what this would entail. Special Graduate Status Students wishing to enroll for graduate credit but not to seek degree candidacy may file an application for special graduate student status by submitting college transcripts and the Application for Graduate Studies in Music. Applicants accepted to this status may register for graduate credit in any course offered by the Division of Music, subject to permission of the area faculty upon examination of transcript, audition in an applied area, or the administration of the graduate exams normally given entering degree seeking graduate students. No more than twelve hours of graduate credit earned while in this status may be applied toward any Master s degree offered by the Division of Music. Transfer Credit If approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, upon consultation with the faculty member and/or department chair, as many as twelve of the credits required for a Master s degree in the Division of Music may be transferred from other institutions. Transfer courses must have been completed within the six-year period prior to receipt of degree. Probation No course in which the grade earned is below B- may be counted toward the degree. A candidate must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) to remain in good
5 5 standing. Should the candidate s grade-point average fall below this standard, the candidate may be continued on probation for one semester to provide an opportunity to raise the average to 3.0. If this average is not achieved, the candidate is automatically withdrawn from the program. Performance Studies Within the limits noted in each degree s curricular outline, candidates may include solo performance instruction as a part of the course of study. A student must present the equivalent of an undergraduate recital before beginning graduate study in a performance area that differs from the one in which the undergraduate recital was presented. Permission to study and perform in another area must be approved by the faculty of the Division of Music. The candidate is required to present a jury in each semester in which he or she is enrolled for two or more credits in a particular performance area. Graduate Honors in Performance A candidate with the ability and desire to pursue studies in performance beyond those required for a graduate degree in church music and music education may apply for approval to earn a Graduate Honors in Performance. This is a defined course of study that requires the following coursework: (1) a minimum of four semesters of solo performance study; (2) courses in pedagogy and literature; (3) an independent study related to the performance area; and (4) the presentation of an additional full recital (50'-60') or its equivalent (two half recitals) beyond the performance requirements for the degree program, with documentation appropriate to graduate study. The curricular requirements are: Four semesters of performance study Graduate-level study in pedagogy Graduate-level study in literature Independent study (MUSC ) Graduate recital (MUSC 5699) Total 8-12 credits 1-3 credits 2 credits 2-3 credits 0 credits credits Of these credits, as many as seven may be elected within the traditional M.M.E. curriculum. A candidate in the traditional M.M.E. program must add at least seven credits to the regular curriculum to complete the program leading to the Graduate Honors in Performance. Of these credits, as many as four may be elected within the Fifth-Year Non-Traditional M.M.E. curriculum. A candidate in the Fifth-Year Non-Traditional M.M.E. program must add at least ten credits to the standard curriculum to complete the program leading to the Graduate Honors in Performance. Admission to this course of study requires approval of the faculty in the particular performance area, based either on an entrance audition or a jury. Continuation in the program is based on satisfactory progress, as evaluated by the faculty in the performance area at each subsequent jury. Culminating Events Application for Graduation. Candidates for the M.M. and M.M.E. must complete an Intent to Graduate Form with the Director of Graduate Studies in Music. This Form is to be
6 6 submitted prior to the beginning of the candidate s final semester for an intended Summer graduation. For Fall or Spring graduation, this form is to be submitted by the close of registration during the final semester. Oral Comprehensive Examination. An oral comprehensive examination takes place during the final fall or spring semester of study. This examination is designed both to measure the candidate s knowledge in the subject material covered in the course of study and to evaluate the candidate s ability to integrate this knowledge and apply it to professional practice. The candidate is to submit an Oral Comprehensive Examination Form to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music one month before the scheduled exam with the faculty committee s initials as an agreement to serve in the committee. The faculty committee must consist of four faculty members - two professors from the major field, one professor from the academic department, and the Director of Graduate Studies in Music who will also chair the committee. Weakness in a particular area may require the satisfactory completion of a specific written assignment at least two weeks prior to graduation. This exam is not required for candidates pursuing M.M.E. National Board Cohort program. There are three parts of this examination: 1. Selected repertoire The candidate is required to select three compositions with the approval by the major field professor. The repertoire selections should represent the area of the candidate s study. The candidate may expect to answer questions related to these repertoire. For candidates in the Piano Performance/Pedagogy and Music Education programs, choose three compositions of contrasting styles. For candidates in the Church Music program, choose one work from your principal performance area, one congregational song, and one choral work. Four copies of each score and four audio CDs of these selections should be submitted with the Oral Comprehensive Examination Form to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music. 2. Knowledge in your major field and professional practice The candidate should consult with professors in the major field for preparation purposes. 3. General musical knowledge This part will include a brief overview of musical knowledge not limited to your major field. Time Limit Candidates have six calendar years from the time of initial enrollment in the graduate program to complete the degree. Candidates under extenuating circumstances may apply for a one-year extension. Faculty and Administrative Supervision The Director of Graduate Studies in Music serves as the advisor for students in all graduate degree programs. In this role, the Director oversees the application process, monitors the satisfaction of requirements stipulated at the time of admission, offers counsel for professional development, schedules comprehensive examinations, and certifies the eligibility of candidates for graduation. However, academic advising and coursework-related issues should consult with area advisors - Dr. Kathryn Fouse for all Master of Music: Piano Performance and Pedagogy; Dr. Moya Nordlund for all Master of Music Education; Dr. Eric Mathis for all Master of Music: Church Music.
7 7 It is the responsibility of the candidate to insure that all requirements are satisfied. Toward this end, consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in Music and other members of the faculty is encouraged. These persons will not, however, accept the candidate s responsibility. It is strongly advised, both for accuracy of records and for the protection of the candidate, that all inquiries and requests be made in writing. Policies and procedures for all graduate programs are approved by the faculty of the Division of Music and carried out by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, who is appointed by the Dean of the School of the Arts. Requests for exceptions to the provisions of the catalog and/or this manual should be directed to the faculty of the Division of Music through the Director of Graduate Studies. Curricula Master of Music in Church Music Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy Master of Music in Vocal Performance Master of Music Education Instrumental or Vocal/Choral Music emphasis, Traditional Master of Music Education Instrumental or Vocal/Choral Music emphasis, Fifth Year Non-Traditional Program Master of Music Education Instrumental or Vocal/Choral Music emphasis, National Board Certification Master of Music in Church Music/Master of Divinity *Dual Degree For further information, contact: Demondrae Thurman, DMA Director of Graduate Studies in Music Samford University School of the Arts 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, Alabama (fax)
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