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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.

Music Performance Core (16 credits) 

Specializations

Brass Specialization  (30 credits)

Guitar Specialization (28 credits)

Percussion Specialization (26 credits)

Piano Specialization  (28 credits)

Strings Specialization (28 credits)

Voice Specialization (30 credits)

 Woodwinds Specialization (30 credits)

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 presentation of a public recital.

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.

To retain full-time status, a 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.

APM 471

BRASS CONCEPTS

(2credits)
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Brass student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 414

THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC FROM THE PERFORMER'S PERSPECTIVE

Explorations of the business aspects of the performing musician. Topics will include unions, networking, free-lancing, audition preparation, taxes, and ethics. Seminar format.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 474

BRASS INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE STYLE

Survey of solo and orchestral performance styles through the principal composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Analysis of new demands placed on performers in the 21st century. Study of stylistic concepts based on historical, technical, national, and aesthetic considerations.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 472

ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE FOR BRASS

Study of standard orchestral repertoire for brass instruments.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Brass student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 405

GRADUATE RECITAL

A full 60 minute, public recital performance of solo and/or chamber repertoire to be completed during the graduate residence. This recital is required as partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Music in Performance and for the post-Masters Certificate in Performance. Students must be registered for applied lessons during the quarter the recital is presented.
Prerequisites:
APM 405 is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 486

STRING PEDAGOGY

A study of the concepts and philosophies of teaching string instruments for beginners through advanced levels. In addition, approaches to coaching chamber music will be reviewed.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate String student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 477

GUITAR HISTORY AND LITERATURE I

Analytical and historical survey of the literature for plucked instruments from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. A year-long sequence of courses.

APM 478

GUITAR HISTORY AND LITERATURE II

Guitar History and Literature II. Analytical and historical survey of the literature for plucked instruments from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. A year-long sequence of courses.
Prerequisites:
APM 477 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 479

GUITAR HISTORY AND LITERATURE III

Analytical and historical survey of the literature for plucked instruments from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. A year-long sequence of courses.
Prerequisites:
APM 478 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 446

PERCUSSION PEDAGOGY

The Percussion Pedagogy Course presents teaching techniques of all the major percussion instruments, for students of beginning through advanced levels of proficiency. The course includes an in-depth examination of pertinent published teaching materials, e.g. as method books and collections, as well as an exploration of techniques for motivating young students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 461

PIANO LITERATURE

An in-depth study of the long-established tradition of pianists and pianism, from Liszt and his disciples in the 19th century through Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and the great pianists of the 20th century, and how the role of the pianist has evolved to the present day.

APM 442

ACCOMPANYING CLASS

AN in-depth study of the development of the specific skills necessary to effectively accompany vocal (Fall Quarter) and instrumental repertoire (Winter and Spring Quarters).
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Piano student or Music Performance certificate student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 429

ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE FOR STRINGS

Study of standard orchestral repertoire for string instruments.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate String Performance student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 400

OPERA WORKSHOP

An advanced course in opera repertoire; scenes of operas will be presented for public performance.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 453

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES OF THE MUSIC STAGE

Study, coaching, rehearsal, and performance of music and opera.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Voice Performance student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 496

VOICE PEDAGOGY

An introduction to basic concepts of vocal pedagogy and the physiology of the singing voice. Through listening, evaluation, study, discussion, observation, and teaching, students will gain a better understanding of how to approach teaching beginning through advanced vocal students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Voice graduate student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 415

ITALIAN DICTION/LANGUAGE LAB FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

This course is offered in conjunction with the first year of graduate vocal study, with an emphasis on the translation, pronunciation, grammatical understanding, and interpretation of Italian texts.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Voice Performance student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 416

GERMAN DICTION/LANGUAGE LAB FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

This course is offered in conjunction with the first year of graduate vocal study, with an emphasis on the translation, pronunciation, grammatical understanding, and interpretation of German texts.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Voice Performance student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 417

FRENCH DICTION/LANGUAGE LAB FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

This course is offered in conjunction with the first year of graduate vocal study, with an emphasis on the translation, pronunciation, grammatical understanding, and interpretation of French texts.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Voice Performance student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 428

ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE FOR WOODWINDS I: LITERATURE PERFORMANCE

Detailed study of significant woodwind orchestral literature, with special emphasis on improving ensemble skills. Each week will feature new repertoire to be rehearsed and performed during the class.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

APM 433

WOODWIND ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE II: AUDITION PREPARATION

An overview of orchestral woodwind audition repertoire with special emphasis on audition preparation and audition practice. Students will take several mock auditions over the course of the quarter to improve their understanding of the audition experience.

APM 411

WOODWIND PEDAGOGY

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the important aspects of woodwind pedagogy. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to teach woodwind students of all ages and ability levels.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music student is a prerequisite for this class.
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