Master of Arts in Music | Course Catalogue

2021-2022 Catalogue

The M.A. in Music program at Wesleyan College aims to equip musicians to practice their discipline in an increasingly digital and intersectional world. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition of the M.A. degree, this program will teach students to adapt to a quickly changing professional landscape, think critically and creatively about music, and develop practical skills in performance, collaboration, teaching, and technology use. The program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility due to the mix of online and in-person options offered, up to 100% online. Students may enter the program in Fall, Spring or Summer semester and take courses full- or part-time to complete the 32 hours. Though a standard two-year plan is shown above, students may be able to complete the degree in as little as one year, or take longer as needed. Furthermore, individually scheduled courses (such as MUP 541, 542, 543, 544: Collaborative Musicianship, MUP 501/502/601: Applied Lessons, MUS 630: Internship, and MUS 640 Thesis) may be completed in an 8-week Summer Term.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Make artistic and intellectual judgments about music and its roles in various contexts;
  2. Demonstrate professional level of competence for music instruction;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to the liberal arts and the place of music in a larger social-historical context;
  4. Collaborate effectively with other musicians;
  5. Integrate technical performance skills and musical understanding in chosen area of specialization;
  6. Use technology effectively as tools in learning, creating, and teaching within the field of music.

Program Curriculum

Core (14 credits):

  • MUS 500: Research Methods -- 2 credits
  • MUS 510: Analytical Techniques -- 3 credits
  • MUS 520: Technology and Video for Musicians -- 3 credits
  • MUS 600: Music Pedagogy Seminar -- 3 credits
  • MUS 610: Philosophy of Music -- 3 credits

Concentration (18 credits):

  • MUP 541, 542, 543, 544: Collaborative Musicianship -- 4 credits
  • MUP 501, 502, 601: Applied Lessons (in main instrument, composition or conducting) -- 6 credits
  • MUS 620: Advanced History/Literature Seminars (in chosen instrument) -- 3 credits
  • MUS 630: Practicum/Internship -- 2 credits
  • MUS 640: Master’s Thesis/Recital -- 3 credits

Total program hours required for graduation: 32 graduate hours

Sample Course Schedule:

Fall I Split A

MUP 501 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUP 541 Collaborative Musicianship (1 credit)

MUS 500 Research Methods (2 credits)

Fall I Split B

MUP 501 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUS 510 Analytical Techniques (3 credits)

Spring I Split A

MUP 502 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUS 520 Technology and Video for Musicians (3 credits)

MUS 630 Practicum/Internship (1 credit)

Spring I Split B

MUP 502 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUP 542 Collaborative Musicianship (1 credit)

MUS 620 Advanced History/Literature Seminar (3 credits)

MUS 630 Practicum/Internship (1 credit)

Summer I

Available upon request for individually scheduled courses, including MUP 541/542/543/544, MUP 501/502/601, MUS 630 and MUS 640

Fall II Split A

MUP 601 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUP 543 Collaborative Musicianship (1 credit)

MUS 600 Music Pedagogy Seminar (3 credits)

Fall II Split B

MUP 601 Applied Lessons (1 credit)

MUS 610 Philosophy of Music (3 credits)

Spring II

MUP 544 Collaborative Musicianship (1 credits)

MUS 640 Master’s Thesis/Recital (3 credits)

Summer II

Available upon request for individually scheduled courses, including MUP 541/542/543/544, MUP 501/502/601, MUS 630 and MUS 640

Total program hours required for graduation: 32 graduate hours

Course Descriptions

MUS 500 Research Methods (2 hours)
Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of research in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional musical reference and research materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies.

MUS 510 Analytical Techniques (3 hours)
This course covers advanced harmonic and structural analyses in various periods of Western music, from antiquity to the contemporary era. Emphasis will be placed upon analysis as a tool to lead to more insightful, informed, and effective practices in performance and/or teaching.

MUS 520: Technology and Video for Musicians (3 hours)
Literacy in video and technology is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous skill in every industry of modern society, and Music is no exception. This course teaches students to use various general and music-specific technologies and apply them to performance and teaching. Students will also learn the intricate processes involved in capturing, editing, and producing effective videos.
 
MUP 541, 542, 543, 544 Collaborative Musicianship (1 hour)
Under the guidance of faculty, students will learn to collaborate with others in a musical setting and present a final product or performance of their collaborations. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. To that end, students will have the opportunity to design a custom project based on active musical collaboration with others.

 

MUS 600 Music Pedagogy Seminar (3 hours)
Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of teaching and learning in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional teaching materials, method books and supplemental materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies. Emphasis on observation and evaluation of live teaching done by students will be an important component. Content will be tailored to each student’s concentration.
 

MUS 610: Philosophy of Music (3 hours)
In this course, students will explore several key existential questions related to Music: What is it? Why does it exist? Why does it matter? Students will discuss how humans function and interact with music, and address the value of music as it relates to various historical contexts and stylistic genres.

MUP 501, 502, 601, Applied Lessons in Primary Instrument, Composition or Conducting (1 hour)
In this course, students will have intensive, one-on-one meetings with faculty to explore advanced artistic and technical topics through a wide range of repertoire. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. In collaboration with faculty, students will have the opportunity to design custom learning goals and present a final product or performance of their efforts at the end of the course.
 

MUS 620 Advanced Literature Seminar (3 hours)
In the course, students will explore and examine significant works of music literature relevant to their chosen concentration. In addition to a survey of standard repertoire, innovative styles and genres may also be covered. Students will learn to discuss and evaluate literature and repertoire for teaching and performance purposes. Content may vary according to the performance area studied.

MUS 630: Practicum/Internship (1 hour)
This course will give students an opportunity to explore professional and real-life training in a music-related field outside of academic coursework. Under the guidance of faculty, students will be able to select appropriate experience(s) or projects to fulfill this requirement and participate in active reflection during and after the experience.

MUP 640: Master’s Thesis/Recital- (3 hours)
This course represents the culminating, capstone project in the M.A. program. Students will prepare and present their work in a final performance or product. As part of the project, students will be expected to integrate and demonstrate advanced musical, artistic, and/or technical skills that they have learned as part of the program.

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