3310 Music

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Music
    • Concentration in Choral Conducting
    • Concentration in Composition
    • Concentration in Guitar Performance
    • Concentration in Instrumental Conducting
    • Concentration in Jazz Studies
    • Concentration in Music Education
    • Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance
    • Concentration in Piano Pedagogy
    • Concentration in Piano Performance
    • Concentration in Voice Performance
  • Artist Certificate in Music
  • Dual B.Mu./M.Mu. Program
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning with Concentration in Music Education (in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development)

Office of Admissions and Enrollment
School of Music
Haas Howell Building Room 520
404-413-5900
Email: somadmissions@gsu.edu
music.gsu.edu

Wade Weast, Director
Joanna (Katie) Carlisle, Director of Graduate Studies

The mission of the School of Music is to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program that is consistent with the urban context and mission of Georgia State University, and that serves the pursuit of artistic, professional, and scholarly excellence.

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree that prepares students for careers in music and for further specialized study in music at the doctoral level. The graduate degree includes specializations in performance (keyboard instruments, orchestral instruments, and voice), composition, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, piano pedagogy, jazz studies, and music education. Complete descriptions of these programs may be obtained by contacting the Admissions and Enrollment Office of the School of Music In addition to courses and degree programs, the School of Music offers concerts, recitals, lectures, and workshops that are open to all students and to the community. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The School of Music is located in the historic Fairlie Poplar District in downtown Atlanta. The four buildings which comprise the Music Complex are all located in the same block. They are the Haas-Howell Building at 75 Poplar Street; the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts at 80 Forsyth Street, the Standard Building at 92 Luckie Street, and the Aderhold Learning Center. Some classes are held in the Art and Humanities Building at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue. Chamber music concerts and faculty and student recitals are presented in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall in the Art and Humanities Building while large ensembles perform in the newly renovated Rialto Center Theater, a state-of-the-art performance venue seating 950. The administrative offices are on the fifth floor of the Haas-Howell Building.

A Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in music education is offered by the College of Education and Human Development in conjunction with the School of Music.  General admission and program requirements are outlined in the College of Education and Human Development chapter of this catalog and at www.music.gsu.edu.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the School of Music by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music has the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent.
  2. Applicants in music education and composition must submit GRE scores. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted in music education.
  3. Applicants in some programs must audition and/or submit a portfolio (see below).
  4. Applicants are required to take placement examinations in music history and music theory before registering for coursework. Those applicants whose examination scores reveal deficiencies will be required to take appropriate additional coursework, which will not be applied to the graduate degree.

Degree Requirements

Master of Music (35 hours)

Concentration in Choral Conducting

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials: an audio or video recording of a recent choral concert; at least three printed programs of concerts or church services that have been performed within the last four years; a repertory list of choral music conducted and sung and of music performed in applied areas.

Degree Requirements

  1. Thirty-five hours of graduate-level courses.
    1. The following courses are required:
      • APVC 6000 Applied Voice (1) [two semesters]
      • APPF 6000 Applied Piano (1)
      • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2)
      • MUS 6440 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
      • MUS 6650 Choral Literature (3)
      • MUS 7080 Ensemble (1) [four semesters]
      • MUS 7220 Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting and Performance (2) [two semesters]
      • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Materials (3)
      • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
      • One 8000-level course in music history (3)
      • MUS 6450 Advanced Tonal Analysis (3)
      • MUS 8830 Renaissance Music (3)
      • MUS 6490 Instrumental Conducting (2)
      • MUS 7083 Master Singers (0) [four semesters]
      • [MUS 6470] Graduate Choral Conducting Recital (1)
  2. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the Director of Choral Activities and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Composition

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit GRE scores, a portfolio of original music scores, and recordings of composed works.

Degree Requirements

  1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
    1. The following courses are required:
      • APCP 8001 Applied Composition—Graduate 1 (3)
      • APCP 8002 Applied Composition—Graduate 2 (3)
      • APCP 8003 Applied Composition—Graduate 3 (3)
      • APCP 8004 Applied Composition—Graduate 4 (3)
      • MUS 6210 Composition Seminar (2), four semesters]
      • MUS 6460 Analysis of Post-Tonal Music (3)
      • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2) or MUS 6490 Instrumental Conducting (2)
      • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
      • MUS 8870 Twentieth Century Music (3)
      • MUS 8890 Composition Recital (1)
      • MUS 8910 Final Project in Composition (3)
    2. Up to two credit hours of electives chosen from the following:
      • MUS 6110 Orchestration and Instrumentation (3)
      • MUS 6450 Advanced Tonal Analysis (3)
      • MUS 6500 Historical Counterpoint (3)
      • MUS 6971 Survey of Electroacoustic Music (3) (Prerequisite: MUS 6730 or equivalent)
      • MUS 6980 Electroacoustic Music Composition (3)
      • MUS 6981 Computer Music (3) (Prerequisite: MUS 6030 or equivalent)
      • MUS 6982 Adv. Topics in Computer Music (3) (Prerequisite: MUS 6981 or equivalent)
  2. A piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study.
  3. MUS 6760 or proficiency in keyboard harmony.
  4. MUS 6770 or proficiency in aural skills.
  5. Comprehensive examination:
    By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the composition instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Guitar Performance

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Music (Guitar Performance) must audition and complete the audition form located on the School of Music website: http://music.gsu.edu

Applicants may contact the Music Admissions and Enrollment Office directly at 404-413-5955 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments. Applicants are advised to audition on one of the School’s regularly scheduled audition days. Individual appointments may be permitted in certain cases. Decisions for admittance are made after all required application materials and audition results are on file.

Degree Requirements: Guitar Concentration

  1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
    1. The following courses are required:
      • [APGT 8001] Applied Composition—Graduate 1 (3)
      • [APGT 8002] Applied Composition—Graduate 2 (3)
      • [APGT 8003] Applied Composition—Graduate 3 (3)
      • [APGT 8004] Applied Composition—Graduate 4 (3)
      • MUS 6010  Performance Laboratory (0)[four semesters]
      • [Mus 6910] Chamber Literature (3) or MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
      • MUS 6480 Choral Conducting (2) or MUS 6490 Instrumental Conducting (2)
      • MUS 7060, MUS 7070, MUS 7080 Large Ensembles (1) [four semesters]
      • MUS 7150 Guitar Ensemble (0.5) [four semesters]
      • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
      • MUS 8490 Chamber Recital (1)
      • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
    2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
    3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
    4. Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
  2. Comprehensive examination:
By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentrations in Instrumental Conducting

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following: a video of a rehearsal and an audiotape or videotape of one or more recent performances by an ensemble that they have conducted; a list of works that they have conducted in the past three years; a list of works performed on their major instrument at the undergraduate level; evidence of current employment as an instrumental conductor or access to an appropriate instrumental ensemble; applicants should expect to demonstrate their conducting and rehearsal techniques in a live performance with their own ensemble or a university ensemble.

Degree Requirements: Orchestral Track

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APCD 8001] Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 1(3)
          • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 3 (3)
          • MUS 6110 Instrumentation and Orchestration (3)
          • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3) [two semesters]
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Seven credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
      2. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the Charles Thomas Wurm Distinguished Professor of Orchestral Studies and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Wind Band Track

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APCD 8001 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 1(3)
          • APCD 8002 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APCD 8003 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 3 (3)
          • APCD 8004 Applied Instrumental Conducting—Graduate 4 (3)
          • MUS 6770 Advanced Aural Skills (1)
          • MUS 7060 Wind Ensemble (1) [two semesters]
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8800 Wind Band Literature (3)
          • MUS 8970 Instrumental Conducting Project (3)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Seven credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
      2. Comprehensive examination:
        The Instrumental Conducting (Wind Band Conducting Track) follows a portfolio format, with a combined written and oral exam. Please see Dr. Robert Ambrose for more detailed information about the exam.

Concentration in Jazz Studies

Additional Admissions Requirements

Admission to the concentration in jazz studies is based on examination of one or more of the following: original compositions, arrangements, scholarly papers, audition, and professional experience.

An audition is required. The applicant must have had prior experience in improvisation. At the audition the applicant must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the styles of swing, bebop, funk, and contemporary jazz.

Degree Requirements

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
        2. One elective course in music education (3)
        3. Two credit hours of electives chosen from the following:
          • MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2)
          • MUS 6750 Group Instruction in Jazz Piano (1)
          • MUS 6790 Advanced Jazz Improvisation I (1)
          • MUS 6791 Advanced Jazz Improvisation II (1)
      2. A final project consisting of a public performance.
      3. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Concentration in Music Education

Additional Admissions Requirements

Each applicant should (1) have either a teaching certificate in music from the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate, or be eligible to receive such certification, and (2) have concurrent or prior teaching experience of at least one year. Applicants to this concentration must submit acceptable scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or from the Miller Analogies Test.

Note: Courses Under a, b, c, d, and i require B or better.

Degree Requirements

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses. The following courses are required:
        1. Select twelve hours from:
          • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
          • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
          • EPY 7080 Psychology of Learning and the Learner (3)
          • MUS 7400 Foundations of Music Education (3)
          • MUS 7590 Seminar in Music Teaching and Learning (3)
          • MUS 8240 Research in Music Education (3)
          • MUS 8260 Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (3)
        2. Select three hours from:
          • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
          • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
          • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
          • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
          • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
        3. Select three hours from:
          • MUS 7230 Special Topics in Music Education (3)
          • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
          • MUS 8210 Arts, Education, and the Community (3)
          • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
          • MUS 8580 Leadership and Supervision of Music Education (3)
        4. Select three additional hours from:
          • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
          • MUS 7230 Special Topics in Music Education (3)
          • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
          • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
          • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
          • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
          • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
          • MUS 8210 Arts, Education, and the Community (3)
          • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
          • MUS 8580 Leadership and Supervision of Music Education (3)
        5. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        6. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        7. MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2)
        8. One 6000-level elective course in music (3)
        9. Research or Pedagogy Project in Music Education (4). These four credits are to be taken concurrently. Research projects (MUS 7300) must be focused on the application of research in music education. The practicum option (MUS 8950) is open only to those currently employed as music teachers. Formal presentation of the project or analysis of the practicum (MUS 8900) may take a number of forms, including a paper, a presentation, or a workshop for teachers.
          • MUS 8900 Non-Thesis Research in Music (1) and MUS 7300 Directed Study in Music Education (3) OR
          • MUS 8900 Non-Thesis Research in Music (1) and MUS 8950 Practicum in Music Education (3)
      2. Comprehensive examination: The comprehensive examination in Music Education will take the form of a cumulative paper and portfolio.
        • CUMULATIVE PAPER AND PORTFOLIO: Students are required to fulfill two parameters during the final semester of coursework toward the MM in Music Education. These comprise the presentation of a cumulative paper and cumulative portfolio.
        • CUMULATIVE PAPER: The cumulative paper will be a research paper of substantial scope and length (60 to 100 pages in length) that will be developed throughout a student’s tenure at GSU. The cumulative paper development may (or may not) involve a research project overseen by the GSU Institutional Review Board. The cumulative paper will be presented to the review committee in written form one month prior to an oral defense. The defense will consist of a research poster presentation, a PowerPoint-based overview of the content, and responses to questions from the review committee.
        • CUMULATIVE PORTFOLIO: The portfolio will be evaluated by the review committee at the time of the cumulative paper presentation. The portfolio should consist of at least seven sections: one section of each of the four core courses (MUS 7400, MUS 7590, MUS 8240, and MUS 8260), one section for the primary methods course, one section for the Research or Pedagogy Project, and one section for the courses in Musical Studies. Each section should include at least one paper (or substantive project not limited to print form) that demonstrates substantial learning. The opening pages of the portfolio should include the student’s current resume, a list of professional development activities undertaken during the course of study (conferences attended, workshops given, articles written, etc.), and a 1500 word (minimum) statement about how the specific contents of the portfolio demonstrate both the breadth and depth of learning during the course of study.

Concentrations in Performance

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Auditions should be arranged in accordance with the schedule available from the School of Music Admissions and Enrollment Office. Applicants for a concentration in performance should contact the School of Music for details concerning audition requirements and to obtain an audition appointment.

Degree Requirements: Orchestral Instrument

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APxx 8001 Applied Music—Graduate 1 (3)
          • APxx 8002 Applied Music—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APxx 8003 Applied Music—Graduate 3 (3)
          • APxx 8004 Applied Music—Graduate 4 (3)
          • MUS 6910 Chamber Literature (3) or MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
          • Mus 7060,7070 Large Ensembles (1) [four semesters]
          • Mus 7110-7150 Chamber Ensembles (0.5) [four semesters]
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8490 Chamber Recital (1)
          • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
      2. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Organ

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APOR 8001 Applied Organ—Graduate 1 (3)
          • APOR 8002 Applied Organ—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APOR 8003 Applied Organ—Graduate 3 (3)
          • APOR 8004 Applied Organ—Graduate 4 (3)
          • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) [four semesters]
          • MUS 6200 Service Playing & Church Music Skills (2)
          • MUS 6420 Organ Pedagogy (3)
          • MUS 6710 Organ Literature (3)
          • MUS 6760 Advanced Keyboard Harmony (1)
          • MUS 7080 Choral Ensemble (1) [two semesters]
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8490 Chamber or Ensemble Recital (1)
          • MUS 8500 Performance Seminar Keyboard Instruments (2)
          • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. One elective hour
      2. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Piano

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APPF 8001 Applied Piano—Graduate 1 (3)
          • APPF 8002 Applied Piano—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APPF 8003 Applied Piano—Graduate 3 (3)
          • APPF 8004 Applied Piano—Graduate 4 (3)
          • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) [four semesters]
          • MUS 6410 Piano Pedagogy I (3) or MUS 6411 Piano Pedagogy II (3)
          • MUS 6530 Accompanying (1) [two semesters]
          • MUS 6610 Piano Literature (3)
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8490 Chamber or Ensemble Recital (1)
          • MUS 8500 Solo Performance Seminar (2)
          • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Two credit hours of graduate-level electives chosen from the following:
          • MUS 6500 Historical Counterpoint (3)
          • MUS 6620 Solo Song Literature I(3)
          • MUS 6680 The Piano: It’s Historical Development, Construction and Technology (2)
          • MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2)
          • MUS 6750 Group Instruction in Jazz Keyboard (1)
          • MUS 6792 Jazz Theory (2)
          • MUS 6910 Chamber Literature (3)
          • MUS 6940 Orchestral Literature (3)
          • MUS 8030 Pedagogy of Music Theory (3)
      2. A piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study, or successful completion of MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills.
      3. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Degree Requirements: Voice

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APVC 8001 Applied Voice—Graduate 1 (3)
          • APVC 8002 Applied Voice—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APVC 8003 Applied Voice—Graduate 3 (3)
          • APVC 8004 Applied Voice—Graduate 4 (3)
          • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) [four semesters]
          • MUS 6620 Solo Song Lit I (2)
          • MUS 6621 Solo Song Lit II (2)
          • MUS 7080 Choral Ensemble (1) [two semesters]
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8590 Solo Recital (1)
          • MUS 8620 Opera Theatre Workshop (2-3) [two semesters]
          • MUS 8625 Opera Production (2)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3) or MUS 6660 Dramatic Music (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Three credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
      2. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.
      3. Proficiency in Italian, German, French, and English diction.

Concentration in Piano Pedagogy

Additional Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to this concentration are required to play an audition including works from four historical periods. All works must be performed from memory.

Degree Requirements:

      1. Thirty-six hours of graduate-level courses.
        1. The following courses are required:
          • APPF 8001 Applied Piano—Graduate 1 (3)
          • APPF 8002 Applied Piano—Graduate 2 (3)
          • APPF 8003 Applied Piano—Graduate 3 (3)
          • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory (0) [three semesters]
          • MUS 6080 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy (2)
          • MUS 6410 Piano Pedagogy I (3)
          • MUS 6411 Piano Pedagogy II (3)
          • MUS 6530 Accompanying (1) [one semester]
          • MUS 6610 Piano Literature (3)
          • MUS 7970 Piano Pedagogy III (2)
          • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
          • MUS 8420 Degree Recital (1)
          • MUS 8500 Performance Seminar Keyboard Instruments (2)
        2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
        3. MUS 6450 or MUS 6460 (3)
        4. Two credit hours chosen from the following:
      2. Piano proficiency examination to be taken after the second semester of enrollment or 20 hours of study, or successful completion of MUS 6360 Advanced Keyboard Skills.
      3. Teaching in the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program.
      4. Comprehensive examination:
        By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor and a theory or history faculty member). The examination will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of all literature studied (both solo and chamber) and a listing of all graduate courses taken during the Master’s program for each committee member at least one week before the scheduled examination date. The scheduled date of the comprehensive examination must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies no later than the midpoint of the final semester of study. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.

Applied Music Levels

Applied music at the 6000 (1 credit), 7000 (2 credits), and 8000 (3 credits) levels is available for students who have been admitted to a degree program in the School of Music in Full or Special Graduate Status. Applied music levels carrying one, two, or three hours of credit are assigned to individuals by the School of Music, and lessons are arranged by the student and the assigned instructor. Students should consult the School of Music office for the appropriate course and computer number. The 6000 level is generally for secondary study or for students in programs that do not require applied music lessons. The 7000 level is a one-hour lesson per week for students in jazz studies or in piano pedagogy. The 8000 level is for a one-hour lesson in performance programs. There is an applied music fee of $150 per semester for a one-hour lesson and $75 per semester for a half-hour lesson.

Dual B.Mu./M.Mu. Program

The school offers a dual Bachelor of Music and Master of Music program. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the school and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Artist Certificate in Music

To be admitted into the Artist Certificate program, students must have either a master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.

Concentrations in Performance (Orchestral Instrument, Piano, Voice)

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Applicants may contact the Music Admissions and Enrollment office directly at 404-413-5955 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments.

Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance (18 hours)

      • APXX 8001 (3) Applied Music
      • APXX 8002 (3) Applied Music
      • MUS 7060 (1) or MUS 7070 (1) Wind Ensemble or Orchestra [two semesters]
      • MUS 7110, 7120, 7130, or 7140 (0.5) Chamber Music [two semesters]
      • MUS 8590 (1) Solo Recital
      • Electives (8)

Concentration in Piano Performance (18 hours)

      • APPF 8001 (3) Applied Piano
      • APPF 8002 (3) Applied Piano
      • MUS 6010 (0) Performance Laboratory [two semesters]
      • MUS 7071 (1) Collaborative Piano [two semesters]
      • MUS 8590 (1) Solo Recital
      • Electives (9)

Concentration in Voice Performance (18 hours)

      • APVC 8001 (3) Applied Voice
      • APVC 8002 (3) Applied Voice
      • MUS 6010 Performance Laboratory [two semesters]
      • MUS 8620 (2) Opera Theatre Workshop [two semesters]
      • MUS 8590 (1) Solo Recital

Concentrations in Conducting (Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, Wind Band Conducting)

Additional Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to these concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. Applicants may contact the Music Admissions and Enrollment office directly at 404-413-5955 with questions regarding audition dates and appointments.

Concentration in Choral Conducting (18 hours)

      • APCD 8001 (3) Applied Conducting
      • APCD 8002 (3) Applied Conducting
      • MUS 7080A (1) University Singers [two semesters]
      • MUS 7220 (2) Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting [two semesters]
      • MUS 8690 (3) Choral Conducting Project
      • Electives (3)

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting (18 hours)

      • APCD 8001 (3) Applied Conducting
      • APCD 8002 (3) Applied Conducting
      • MUS 7070 (1) Orchestra [two semesters]
      • MUS 8680 (2) Seminar in Instrumental Conducting [two semesters]
      • MUS 8970 (3) Instrumental Conducting Project
      • Electives (3)

Wind Band Conducting (18 hours)

    • APCD 8001 (3) Applied Conducting
    • APCD 8002 (3) Applied Conducting
    • MUS 7060 (1) Wind Ensemble [two semesters]
    • MUS 8680 (2) Seminar in Instrumental Conducting [two semesters]
    • MUS 8970 (3) Instrumental Conducting Project
    • Electives (3)