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2022-2023 Catalogue

Master of Arts in Music

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 below, 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 Collaborative Musicianship, Applied Lessons, Practicum/Internship, and Thesis/Recital) 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 (Total 32 hours)

Core (23 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
  • MUS 620 Advanced History/Literature Seminars (in chosen instrument), 3 credits
  • MUS 630 Practicum/Internship, 2 credits
  • MUP 541, 542, 543, 544 Collaborative Musicianship, 4 credits
Concentration (9 credits):
  • MUP 510-615 Applied Lessons (in a single instrument, composition or conducting), 6 credits
  • MUS 640-645 Master’s Thesis/Recital (in the same single instrument, composition, or conducting), 3 credits

Sample Course Schedule:

Fall I Split A
MUP 510-515 Applied Lessons 1 credit
MUP 541 Collaborative Musicianship 1 credit
MUS 500 Research Methods 2 credits
 
Fall I Split B
MUP 510-515 Applied Lessons 1 credit
MUS 510 Analytical Techniques 3 credits
 
Spring I Split A
MUP 520-525 Applied Lessons 1 credit
MUS 520 Technology and Video for Musicians 3 credits
MUS 630 Practicum/Internship 1 credit
 
Spring I Split B
MUP 520-525 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 510-515, MUP 521-525, MUP 610-615, 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 610-615 Applied Lessons 1 credit
MUS 610 Philosophy of Music 3 credits
 
Spring II
MUP 544 Collaborative Musicianship 1 credit
MUS 640 Master’s Thesis/Recital 3 credits
 
Summer II
Available upon request for individually scheduled courses, including MUP 541/542/543/544, MUP 510-515, MUP 521-525, MUP 610-615, MUS 630 and MUS 640
 

The Graduate Certificate Program in Music. The graduate certificate program in Music at Wesleyan College aims to equip musicians to practice their discipline in an increasingly digital and intersectional world, while also creating a stepping stone for post-bachelor students who want to delve deeper into music study but are not yet ready to commit to a full-fledged Master’s Program. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition of Wesleyan College, 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, 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. The certificate program consists of 12 credits and typically takes 8-12 months to complete. Students may enter the program in any of 5 entry points (mid-August, mid-October, mid-January, mid-March and mid-May).

Graduates of the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Make artistic and intellectual judgments about music and its roles in various contexts;
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to the liberal arts and the place of music in a larger social-historical context;
  3. Collaborate effectively with other musicians;
  4. Integrate technical performance skills and musical understanding in chosen area of specialization;
  5. Use technology effectively as tools in learning, creating, and/or teaching within the field of music.
Program Curriculum 12 hours
  • MUP 610-615 Applied Lessons (in main instrument, composition or conducting) 3 credits
  • MUP 541/542/543 Collaborative Musicianship 3 credits
  • MUS 520 Technology and Video for Musicians 3 credits
One from the following options:
  • MUS 500 Research Methods 2 credits plus 1 additional credit of MUP 610-615 Applied Lessons or MUP 544 Collaborative Musicianship
  • MUS 510 Analytical Techniques 3 credits
  • MUS 620 Advanced History/Literature Seminar 3 credits
  • MUS 600 Music Pedagogy Seminar 3 credits
  • MUS 610 Philosophy of Music 3 credits

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