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Course Requirements​​

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.  

Composition Core Requirements (16 credits)

Composition Specialization Requirements (26 credits)

Composition Electives (6 credits) 

  • Electives  

Terminal Requirements  

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 an original work.

While preparation of the terminal requirement in the major may take place within some course or activity for which a student is registered for credit, additional academic credit is not granted for the project itself.

Residency Requirements  

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.
 
A full-time graduate student 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.

MUS 408

ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

Investigation of various analytical approaches to music syntax, structure, style and texture (including timbral and vocal or instrumental configurations) as exhibited in representative compositions from many historical periods. Intended as an overview of theory/analysis for graduate students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

COM 405

GRADUATE ANALYTICAL STUDIES

The study and practice of specific analytical techniques as related to specific works from the common practice period through the present day.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

JZZ 405

JAZZ HISTORY

Graduate level study of jazz history and the styles which contributed to the evolution of jazz. Topics include bebop period, swing era, the cool school, and hard bop periods. Significant recordings, musicians, and musical styles will be examined.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

JZZ 406

JAZZ STYLE AND ANALYSIS

Students will demonstrate a theoretical and aural understanding of the process of jazz improvisation, including song forms and structures, chord/scale relationships, and chord notation and phrasing. Select recordings of solo jazz improvisations will be analyzed, transcribed, and performed, supplemented by historical biographies of the recording artists.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 420

HISTORY OF THE ORATORIO

An analytical and historical study of oratorio literature from 1600 to the present.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 435

18th & 19th WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE

A historical connection exists between wind music of the ancient and medieval periods, and the music of today. This course will trace that historical line, focusing on the 18th & 19th Centuries. The development of repertoire as well as the functions and uses of wind music will be explored. It is the intention of this class to address the needs of people who will perform, conduct, or teach "classical" wind music as part of a career. Emphasis will be placed on original music suitable for professional concert performance.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 436

20th CENTURY WIND HISTORY AND LITERATURE

The role of this course is to inform students of the development of wind music through the exploration of ensemble size and instrumentation, civic or artistic purpose, influential composers and conductors, and specific repertoire.

MUS 475

MEDIEVAL MUSIC

Historical survey of music from the Middle Ages: sacred and secular music as artistic, theoretical, and intellectual expression of the Middle Ages; history of musical styles to 1420; performance pratice issues
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 478

RENAISSANCE MUSIC

Historical survey of music from the Renaissance. Musical style, compositional procedures, and performance practice are studied, within the social, political and economic environment in which the composers worked.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 479

BAROQUE MUSIC

Historical survey of Baroque music and performance practice. Representative examples of both vocal and instrumental music are studied, mostly using the analytical techniques of the period, with the aim of becoming familiar with the most significant manners of composition of Baroque composers.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 481

HISTORY OF OPERA

The course surveys the history of opera in western culture from its beginnings in the 17th century through the 20th century. The class materials cover stylistic trends and genres as demonstrated through seminal works. Each class period will contain a relevant analytical study.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 482

WORLD MUSIC CULTURES

This graduate course will provide a global musical perspective and widen the lens through which students experience music. Through lectures, listening, guest performances, and engaging discussion students will gain rich insights into new worlds of music.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 484

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Traces the development of musical style during the Classical Era through the analytical study of examples in the principal musical forms such as sonata form. Reception and performance practice then and now will be addressed.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 485

ROMANTIC MUSIC

Survey of nineteenth century music through a close analysis of representative Romantic works. The course will cover the expansion of both harmonic language and form leading to their eventual breakdown and reinterpretation.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 486

MUSIC SINCE WORLD WAR II

This course surveys Western art music and related theoretical and technical issues from near the end of World War II to the present focusing on the development of new musical languages, new instruments and new methods of analysis.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 487

20TH CENTURY MUSIC BEFORE WWII

This course surveys Western art music and related theoretical and technical issues from near the end of the 19th century to World War II, focusing on the new musical languages and aesthetics developed from 1890 until 1940.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 400

MUSIC RESEARCH

Introduction to music research types and techniques; bibliography and bibliographical sources; the development of writing skills; analysis of research examples.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

COM 447

NON-WESTERN SOUND AND CONCEPT IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

This class will consist of two major elements: one is a survey of the non-western influences in question and the second is the application of non-western influences to actual composition. The final goal of the class is to produce a small scale composition, which demonstrates the application of non-western music ideas.

COM 445

TWENTIETH CENTURY MUSIC TOPICS

A review of significant 20th century literature and techniques as partial preparation for the comprehensive exam.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Composition student is a prerequisite for this class.

COM 416

COMPUTER ASSISTED COMPOSITION

The purpose of this course is to offer composition majors an introduction to the use of computers in the implementation of generative and formal strategies for music composition.

COM 415

COMPOSITION

The study of advanced compositional issues at the graduate level which will culminate in quarterly projects as well as a final composition project.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

COM 446

NEW MUSIC COMPOSITION SEMINAR

Analysis of compositional and notation techniques as found in significant new works from the last twenty-thirty years for chamber ensembles or orchestral ensembles. Students will develop weekly presentations on specific works that will eventually be presented at the department's weekly meeting sessions and will also develop a minimum 10 page paper on one-two works.
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