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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Department of Music
Degree Requirements | Admission | Courses

Area of Study and Degrees

Music Education


Music Performance


Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis


Larry Wiley

101 Fine Arts, 817-272-3471

Graduate Advisor

Elizabeth Morrow

101 Fine Arts, 817-272-2432

Graduate Faculty


Ling-Tam, Powell

Associate Professors

Bogle, Chave, McKinney, Morrow, Wiley, Witt

Assistant Professors

Hunt, Lange, Stamer


The Master of Music in Music Education curriculum is designed to impart the knowledge needed to facilitate successful careers and encourage personal development. Through further education, music teachers will become more articulate, reflective practitioners so that they are able to select, adapt, adjust, and assess teaching and learning expectations.

More specifically, the aims of the degree are to:

The intention of the Certificate in Performance is to provide graduate level instruction to performers interested in professional development. Specific outcomes of the program include improving the technical ability of performers, raising artistic performance level, and expanding repertoire, including excerpt work for orchestra instrumental majors.

Degree Requirements

Master of Music in Music Education

The program is designed for the student who has a bachelor's degree in music or its demonstrated equivalent and wishes to enhance knowledge in the field of music education. The graduate studies advisor will counsel the student in correcting deficiencies and selecting courses for the student's degree program. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required if the student chooses to write a thesis. If the student chooses not to write a thesis, a minimum of 36 semester hours is required. Advisory examinations in music history and aural and written theory will be administered to all students prior to enrollment or during their first semester as a degree-seeking student.

Coursework for the program includes 15 core hours: Research in Music Education (MUSI 5363); Form and Style Analysis (MUSI 5301); one class from Selected Topics in Music History (MUSI 5308); Seminar in Music Education (MUSI 5351); and Psychological Foundations in Music Education (MUSI 5352). Students following the thesis option will take three hours of music education electives and an additional six hours of free electives. Students following the non-thesis option will take six hours of music education electives and an additional 12 hours of free electives.

Music education electives may be chosen from the following: Selected Topics in Music Literature (MUSI 5354); Rehearsal Techniques/Conducting (MUSI 5355); Advanced Marching Band Techniques (MUSI 5356); Advanced Diction for Singers (MUSI 5359); Elementary Music (MUSI 5361); Advanced Technology for Musicians (MUSI 5250); Selected Topics in Music Pedagogy (MUSI 5350). Free electives may be selected from ensembles, private instruction, music history, music theory, jazz studies and repeated special topics courses. Up to six hours of graduate credit from other disciplines may be considered if relevant to the degree, subject to approval by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students following the non-thesis option will enroll in at least one semester of Project in Music Education (MUSI 5353). Students who choose to write a thesis (MUSI 5398, 5698) will work closely with one or more members of the graduate faculty from the Department of Music on a research project in a specialized area of interest within the music education field.

Certificate in Performance

The Certificate in Performance requires 15 hours of coursework: nine hours of applied study (MUSI 5392), a three-credit-hour recital (MUSI 5391) and three hours of electives that may include participation in departmental ensembles/keyboard accompaniment (MUSI 5191/5170) or instruction in literature, pedagogical studies or orchestral excerpts (MUSI 5354/5350/5391).


The Department of Music has the following requirements for entry into the Master of Music in Music Education Degree.

Unconditional Admission

Requirements for unconditional admission into the program are:

  1. Three letters of recommendation speaking to the student's potential for success from references familiar with the student's academic background.
  2. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. Bachelor's degree in music or its demonstrated equivalent (such as a music conservatory degree, a bachelor's degree in some other discipline with substantial undergraduate hours in music, etc.)

All admission criteria will be considered equally. Students meeting all three criteria will be granted automatic unconditional admission.

Probationary Status

A student meeting two out of three criteria and showing promise for successful graduate study may still be admitted on probationary status upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee. Within probationary status, said student will be admitted unconditionally into the degree program upon completion of 12 hours of graduate study with no grade lower than a B.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Admission will be denied for students not meeting at least two of the three criteria. Applicants may reapply for admission if the deficiencies in credentials that led to denial are remedied.

Certificate Admission Requirements

Students wishing to enroll only in the certificate program but not a graduate degree program may apply for admission to U.T. Arlington as a special student (non-degree seeking). Admission requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent and would be contingent upon an audition for a minimum of two faculty members; GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required. Students in this certificate program who later seek graduate degrees at U.T. Arlington may apply 12 hours of certificate coursework within six years of completion and award of the certificate, if they meet the admission requirements for the graduate degree and receive approval from the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Admission as a special student in no way guarantees subsequent unconditional admission into a graduate program or into the Graduate School.


Fellowships, when available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Music will be selected based on the following criteria:

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Music (MUSI)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5170. ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (1-0). All vocal and instrumental ensembles. The schedule of classes indicates by section numbers which ensembles are offered each semester.

5191, 5291, 5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN MUSIC Prerequisite: permission of instructor and Graduate Advisor.

5192, 5292, 5392. APPLIED LESSONS (0-1), (0-2), (0-3). This course provides private instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, or voice. This course may be repeated for credit as often as course content changes.

5301. FORM AND STYLE ANALYSIS (3-0). A survey of the forms and styles of Western art music employing relevant analytical techniques.

5308. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY (3-0). This course will consist of an in-depth study of a particular genre or composer. It may be repeated as the course content changes.

5330. SELECTED TOPICS IN THEORY/COMPOSITION (3-0). This course covers topics which vary from semester to semester and includes in-depth studies of the historical and acoustical foundations of music theory. This course may be repeated for credit as often as the content changes.

5331. PEDAGOGY OF THEORY (3-0). Detailed study of methods, techniques, and materials for teaching music theory.

5350. SELECTED TOPICS IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY (3-0). This course covers topics which vary from semester to semester and includes studies of teaching techniques applied to pre-K, elementary grades, the junior high school, the high school, the junior college, and the college or university. This course may be repeated for credit as often as the content changes.

5351. PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC EDUCATION (3-0). A study of the philosophical foundations of music education. An investigation of topics such as philosophy of education, aesthetic philosophy of music education, and praxial philosophy of music education.

5352. PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC EDUCATION (3-0). A study of the psychological foundations of music education. An investigation of topics such as perception of and responses to music, the future of musical attributes, music learning, and the measurement of musical behavior.

5353. PROJECT IN MUSIC EDUCATION (3-0). For students enrolled in the non-thesis option. Offers the opportunity to complete a professional project in music education relevant to the student's background, interest, and/or needs. The project should include, but
no necessarily be limited to, appropriate written documentation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 3 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree. Enrollment is required each term in which the project is in progress.

5354. SELECTED TOPICS IN MUSIC LITERATURE (3-0). This course covers topics which vary from semester to semester and include studies in musical literature for the following: 1) Wind Band Literature; 2) Orchestral Literature; 3) Choral Literature; 4) World Music Literature; 5) Jazz Literature. This course may be repeated for credit as often as the content changes.

5355, REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES/CONDUCTING (3-0). A study of rehearsal techniques, including tone development, phrasing, rehearsal score study, and rehearsal organization. Topics are 1) Choral; 2) Instrumental; 3) Jazz. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently.

5356. ADVANCED MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES (3-0). A detailed study of show planning, arranging, drill design, and rehearsal techniques for the contemporary marching ensemble.

5359. ADVANCED DICTION FOR SINGERS (3-0). A study of performance diction for singers and the pronunciation of the language as it applies to public performance. Topics include English, French, Italian, and German. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

5360. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSICIANS (2-0). Intensive and extensive student-centered study topics to be selected from MIDI sequencing, multimedia development, advanced music notation, and digital sampling and synthesis.

5361. ELEMENTARY MUSIC (3-0).A study of current methods and materials used in teaching elementary music. Classroom instruments are also studied.

5363. RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION (3-0). An introduction to historical, philosophical, descriptive, and experimental research in music education, and present research practices in music education.

5364. HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS AND CURRICULAR TRENDS IN MUSIC EDUCATION (3-0). A study of the historical foundations of music education and curricular trrends that provide the context for contemporary music education.

5393. CONDUCTING (3-0). Applied lessons in conducting. This course is an in-depth study of conducting technique as applied to choral and instrumental ensembles. It may be repeated for credit as the content changes. Prerequisite: 2 undergraduate courses in conducting or the equivalent in practical experience.

5398. THESIS (3-0). The graduate student must be registered for 5398 when in consultation over the thesis with the advisor or supervisory committee.

5698. THESIS (6-0). The graduate student must be registered for 5698 in the semester or term in which the Master of Music degree will be conferred. Prerequisite: MUSI 5398 and permission of the graduate advisor in music.


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