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The graduate music education program offers certified music teachers the opportunity to earn a master's degree in a little over two years with courses in the evenings and summers. Educational theory and practice merge throughout course work, and students have the flexibility to select elective areas of study. The program culminates with a final paper or project, allowing students to research an area of special interest.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Identify and analyze the elements of music in a given piece, and demonstrate an understanding of its compositional processes, aesthetic properties, and artistic, social, and historical context.
- Demonstrate basic music research techniques and knowledge of standard reference tools and bibliographic sources, including the use of online databases.
- Develop effective writing skills for use in program notes, liner notes, abstracts, essays, or research papers.
- Develop an expanded global awareness and cultural understanding through musical study.
- Describe basic information about health and safety within the contexts of practice, performing, teaching, and listening; topics will include hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention.
Program Specific Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Perform solo and ensemble works with appropriate techniques and musicality.
- Identify and analyze the elements of music in a given piece, including an understanding of its compositional processes, aesthetic properties, and artistic, social, and historical contexts for works in the Western music tradition, Contemporary periods, Jazz, and World Music.
- Demonstrate an appropriate level of aural, keyboard, and conducting skills.
- Apply musical knowledge and skills, artistic expression, and contextual understanding to the development of instruction and assessment in instrumental, vocal, and general music contexts that demonstrate an understanding of child development and that enable students to engage in music through creating, responding, performing, and connecting.
- Apply pedagogical knowledge and skills appropriate to the teaching of music in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the impact of diversity, gender equity, special needs, and socio-economic status on education.
- Utilize tools such as technology and alternative methods of teaching to enhance learning and professional growth.
A minimum of 48 quarter hours of graduate credit is required for the Master of Music degree. This total is divided between the basic studies required of all master’s degree students, and courses in the specialization.
Music Core Requirements (16 credits)
|MUS 408||ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES||4|
|or COM 405||ANALYTICAL STUDIES|
|MUS 400||MUSIC RESEARCH||4|
|Select two Music History courses from the following:||8|
|HISTORY OF THE ORATORIO|
|18th & 19th WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE|
|20th CENTURY WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE|
|HISTORY OF OPERA|
|WORLD MUSIC CULTURES|
|MUSIC SINCE WORLD WAR II|
|20TH CENTURY MUSIC BEFORE WWII|
Music Education Specialization (20 credits)
|Music Education Seminars:|
|MED 401||SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION I: PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC EDUCATION||4|
|MED 402||SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION II: PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC TEACHING & LEARNING||4|
|MED 403||SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION III: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN MUSIC EDUCATION||4|
|MED 404||HISTORY OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES||2|
|MED 498||MASTERS CANDIDATE RESEARCH||2|
|MED 492||TECHNIQUES OF RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION||4|
Music Electives (12 credits)
Students may take any 400 level courses within the School of Music, selected in consultation with their advisors.
Two terminal requirements are required of all students:
- A written comprehensive examination, in which the students must demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of their major field of study. The comprehensive examination may be taken at any time after 32 quarter hours of graduate credit have been earned.
- The completion of a final project.
All courses for the master’s degree must be taken at DePaul University. Graduate credit for courses completed at other institutions may not be applied toward the degree.
The music education graduate program is designed to accommodate the schedule of working teachers, and students typically enroll part time for three summers and two intervening academic years. To earn full-time status, graduate students must be registered for a minimum of six quarter hours in any term. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six calendar years from the time a student is first enrolled. For students removing deficiencies, this period will begin when all deficiencies are removed and admission to the master’s degree program has been granted.