Additional Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the music specialization will also be able to
- identify forms and style characteristics in music literature,
- produce public performances showing graduate proficiency in music, and
- integrate current music technology and computer applications in
arranging and composition.
This program is designed to provide the music educator with advanced training in education as well as in a specific music proficiency (conducting, instrumental, keyboard, or vocal). The student receives further training in music history, music theory, and literature for piano, vocal, choral, or orchestral settings.
See Admission Requirements. Graduate applicants must have majored in music on the undergraduate level. Music applicants must audition in person. Those who live beyond 400 miles from Pensacola may submit a high-quality video recording.
An entrance examination in music theory (sight singing, dictation, part writing, harmonic and formal analysis) is required. Applicants who do not earn a satisfactory score on the exam must take a review course in the appropriate area with no graduate credit.
Graduate students in voice must be proficient in oral pronunciation and principles of IPA transcription. A diagnostic diction exam will be offered in conjunction with the graduate platform at the end of a student's first semester of study. Students receiving a lower than satisfactory score on the diagnostic exam are required to take a review course.
All music graduate students must demonstrate basic keyboard skill before completing the degree program.
Private music instruction in the student’s proficiency is required each semester. Music instruction is available in voice, keyboard, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and conducting. MU 646 Graduate Recital includes private music instruction. Ensemble credit includes Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Choir, Orchestra, or Accompaniment Practicum.
Continuation in this graduate program is dependent upon an ongoing evaluation of the student’s abilities. Students must successfully complete a graduate music platform in their proficiency at the end of their first semester in the program. A student may be removed at any time from the program if, in the opinion of the faculty/administration, the student fails to perform satisfactorily or improve sufficiently in the appropriate skill, regardless of the student’s academic average in the program.
A student earning a “C+” or lower in any private lesson may be required to repeat that course. A student cannot repeat a private lesson more than one time. Upon the student’s earning a “C+” or lower in another private lesson, the Graduate Committee reviews the student’s status to determine eligibility to continue in the graduate program.
Courses You’ll Take