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The University of Texas at Arlington
Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Music

department web page: www.uta.edu/music/
department contact: music@uta.edu
graduate web page: www.uta.edu/music/masters/
graduate contact:


Larry Wiley
101 Fine Arts

Degree Requirements | Admission | Courses: MUSI

Area of Study and Degrees

Music Education

Music Performance

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor for Admissions

Elizabeth Morrow
101 Fine Arts, 817.272.2432

Graduate Advisor for Program Studies

Rick Stamer
248 Fine Arts, 817.272.3916

Graduate Faculty


Ling-Tam, Powell

Associate Professors

Bogle, Chave, Morrow, Wiley

Assistant Professors

Espinosa, 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 Advisor for program studies 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 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: Form and Style Analysis (MUSI 5301); one class from Selected Topics in Music History (MUSI 5308); Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (MUSI 5351); and Psychological Foundations of Music Education (MUSI 5352); and Research in Music Education (MUSI 5363). 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 Pedagogy (MUSI 5350); Selected Topics in Music Literature (MUSI 5354); Rehearsal Techniques/Conducting (MUSI 5355); Advanced Marching Band Techniques (MUSI 5356); Advanced Diction for Singers (MUSI 5359); Advanced Technology for Musicians (MUSI 5350); Elementary Music (MUSI 5361); and Historical Foundations and Curricular Trends in Music Education (MUSI 5364). 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; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. 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. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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.)

Courses in Music (MUSI)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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