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2009-2011 Jacobs School of Music Bulletin Changes

Since the publication of the 2009-2011 Jacobs School of Music Bulletin, the Jacobs School of Music Council will approve several changes to the curriculum. The most important of these (along with corrections of some misprints) will be listed here.

Please note that these changes apply to students entering in semesters after the changes were approved. Students who entered before that date may petition to have the new requirements apply to their degrees; ordinarily this means switching to all the requirements of the most recent Bulletin.

Please contact the Music Graduate Office if you have questions.

General Requirements for Master's Degrees, Required Grades [JSOM Bulletin, p. 31] (11 October 2011)

Tool Subjects Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course to fulfill degree requirements. Some departments may require a higher grade.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees, Required Grades [JSOM Bulletin, p. 30] (11 October 2011)

Tool Subjects Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course to fulfill degree requirements. Some departments may require a higher grade.

Registration after Admission to Candidacy [JSOM Bulletin, p. 34] (11 October 2011)

Once they are admitted to candidacy, students must enroll each semester for course work, dissertation or final project credit, or G901 Advanced Research in order to maintain their candidacy. Candidates who will graduate in August must enroll in the preceding summer session.

"Music Techniques" area for the Master of Science in Music Education [JSOM Bulletin, p. 43] (11 October 2011)

In the Choral Teaching Area, eliminating G 372 Choral Conducting II (2 cr.) as a requirement.

In the Instrumental Teaching-Band Area, replacing E470 Pedagogy of Jazz (2 cr.) with E481 Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Jazz (2 cr.)

In the Instrumental Teaching-String Area, replacing the current technique requirements with the following requirements:

20 credit hours. E420 Methods and Materials for Teaching String Music (2 cr.), F261 String Class Techniques (2 cr.), F281 Brass Instrument Techniques (2 cr.) concurrent with  F200 Music Education Instrumental Lab (1 cr.), F337 Woodwind Techniques (2 cr.) concurrent with  F200 Music Education Instrumental Lab (1 cr.), F338 Percussion Techniques (2 cr.), G370 Techniques for Conducting (2 cr.), G373 Instrumental Conducting (2 cr.) and 4 credit hours selected from E303 Violin/Viola Pedagogy I (2 cr.), E304 Violin/Viola Pedagogy II (2 cr.), E306 Cello Pedagogy (2 cr.), E315 Double Bass Pedagogy (2 cr.), E481 Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Jazz (2 cr.), or G390 String Orchestral Literature (2 cr.).

Doctor of Music Education and Doctor or Philsophy in Music Education [JSOM Bulletin, p. 43] (22 April 2010)

Doctor of Music Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (through University Graduate School)

The Doctor of Music Education is designed to prepare the student who intends to teach music education at the collegiate level and conduct scholarly research in music education. This degree is regarded as generally interchangeable with the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, however may have a more practical focus.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education is designed to prepare the student who intends to teach music education at the collegiate level and conduct scholarly research in music education. This degree is regarded as generally interchangeable with the Doctor of Music Education, however may have a more scholarly focus.

Prerequisite Candidates must have a scholarly or teaching background that indicates potential for outstanding scholarship in the field of music education.

Admission  (1) GRE General Test scores (2) short video recording which demonstrates proficiency in teaching and performance or ensemble direction (3) interview with music education faculty (4) three- to five-page essay on applicant’s background and goals in music education.

Major
Foundation Courses (9 credits)
E518 Foundations of Music Education (3 cr.)
E530 Learning Processes in Music (3 cr.)
E535 Measurement, Evaluation, and Guidance in Music (3 cr.)

These courses may be validated based on prior work and credits replaced with dissertation credits or other graduate music courses.

Core Courses (12 credits)
E616 Curriculum in Music Education (3 cr.)
E618 History and Philosophy of Music Education (3 cr.)
E619 Psychology of Music (3 cr.)
E645 Music Teacher Education (3 cr.)
E662 Public Lecture in Music Education (0 cr.)

Research courses (13 credits)
E631 Quantitative Research in Music Education (3 cr.)
E640 Qualitative Research in Music Education (3 cr.)
One of
E660 Philosophical Research in Music Education (2 cr.)
E661 Historical Research in Music Education (2 cr.)
One of
E632 Advanced Quantitative Research in Music Education (3 cr.)
An advanced qualitative research course outside music education, approved by the music education department
E665 Historical and Philosophical Readings in Music Education (3 cr.)
E658 Seminar in Music Education (2 cr.) 
E650 Music Education Research Colloquium (0 cr.) Required each semester of full-time enrollment

Specialization Area.  6 credit hours of graduate music courses in one of the following areas with the approval of the chair or coordinator of graduate studies in music education.  An audition is required for wind conducting, choral conducting, and individual studio (performance/composition) specialization areas.

  1. Wind Conducting and Literature.  G566-G567 Interpretation and Conducting of Band Literature I-II (3-3 cr.)

  2. Choral Conducting and Methodology.  E528 Advanced Choral Methods and Materials (3 cr.), G560 Graduate Choral Conducting (3 cr.

  3. College Music Teaching.  E517 Sociology of Music (3 cr.), E635 College Music Teaching (3 cr.)

  4. Instrumental Methodology.  E527 Advanced Instrumental Methods (3 cr.), E568 Administration of Instrumental Groups (3 cr.)

  5. Jazz Methodology.  One of E581 Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Jazz (3 cr.) or E582 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Jazz (3 cr.); O521 Jazz Improvisation 1 (3 cr.)

  6. General Music Methodology.  One of E524 Exploratory Teaching in General Music K-12 (3 cr.) or E540 Topics in General Music (3 cr.); one of E521 The Children’s Chorus (3 cr.), E522 Music in Early Childhood (3 cr.), or E571 Kodaly Concept I (3 cr.)

  7. String Methodology.  E646 Graduate Seminar in String Research (3 cr.); one of G590 String Orchestra Literature (3 cr.) or E580 Methods and Materials for Teaching String Music (3 cr.)

  8. Individual studio study (performance/composition). 6 credits of 800-level individual study in a performance area or composition.

Electives  6 credits in graduate music courses.  Students completing the individual studio study specialization area must include one graduate-level pedagogy or literature course in an appropriate performance area or (for students studying composition) G550 Conducting New Music. 

Minor  12 credit hours within or outside the field of music in any subject for which the candidate has the necessary background for advanced coursework.  The minor field must differ from the specialization area.  Some departments may require a written and/or oral examination in the minor field.

Tool Subject (Ph.D. only)  Reading knowledge of two non-English languages as demonstrated by examination; or reading knowledge of one language and demonstration of proficiency in one research skill such as statistics or computer science, approved by the department and the director of graduate studies of the Jacobs School of Music.

Dissertation E700 (2 cr.)

MM in Choral Conducting [JSOM Bulletin, p. 38] (15 April 2010)

Major 20 credit hours. M555 Foundations in Choral Score Analysis and Preparation (3 cr.), concurrent with G561 Master’s Choral Conducting I (3 cr.); M565 Master’s Seminar in Choral Literature (3-3 cr.), concurrent with G562 Master’s Choral Conducting II (3-3 cr.); G504 Master's Choral Conducting Practicum (0 cr.); G604 Master’s Choral Conducting Performance (0 cr.); F531-F532 Score Reading and Aural Skills I-II (1-1 cr.). A student may demonstrate proficiency in F531-F532 without having to substitute other graduate-level courses.

New Course: G504 Master's Choral Conducting Practicum (0 cr.)  Supervised work with a choral ensemble, including public performance of approximately 20-30 minutes. 

Diploma Program Grade Requirements [JSOM Bulletin, p. 36 and 88-89] (15 April 2010)

Grade requirements Students in the Artist Diploma and Performer Diploma programs must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate; a grade of A- or higher in performance study; a grade of A- or higher in each recital; a grade of B or higher in each  ensemble enrollment; a grade of C or higher in each course that is to count under the heading “Music Courses”; and a grade of A- or higher in chamber music, if required. [p. 36]

Academic Standing - Graduate.  Academic Warning [p. 88-89]

3. the student receives a grade below the required minimum in a course required for the major field

Doctoral Minor in Music Theory [JSOM Bulletin, p. 33] (5 November 2009)

The minor in music theory must include T551 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music (3 cr.) or T556 Analysis of Music Since 1900 (3 cr.), plus 9 credit hours from the available graduate courses in music theory numbered T545 or above approved by the music theory department chairperson. Aminimum grade of B is required in each course to be counted toward the music theory minor.

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General Requirements for Master's Degrees [JSOM Bulletin, p. 30] (5 November 2009)

Time Limit for Degree Completion

M.M., M.S., and M.M.E. students must complete all degree requirements within seven calendar years from the date of matriculation in the master's program.

M.A. students have five calendar years.

Students who do not complete their course work within the prescribed time limit must be readmitted to the major field (through interview, submission of documents, or audition, as appropriate to the major), meet current requirements, and make any other curricular changes required by the major field department and the director of graduate studies. If a student is readmitted to the major, the term of readmission is two years.

In addition, any master's course taken more than seven calendar years prior to the date of readmission must be revalidated according to procedures approved by the department offering the course and the director of graduate studies.

Proficiencies (music history, music theory, keyboard, performance, language reading, language grammar, language diction) more than seven years old must be revalidated.

These time limits are suspended for students in active military service for the duration of that active service.

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General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees [JSOM Bulletin, p. 35] (5 November 2009)

Time Limits

Doctoral students (D.M., D.M.E., Ph.D.) must complete all course work and begin qualifying examinations within seven calendar years from the date of matriculation in the doctoral program.

Ph.D. and D.M.E. students have 10 calendar years, including the master's degree.

Students who do not complete their course work and begin qualifying examinations within the prescribed time limit must be readmitted to the major field (through interview, submission of documents, or audition, as appropriate to the major), meet current requirements, and make any other curricular changes required by the major field department and the director of graduate studies. If a student is readmitted to the major, the term of readmission is three years. If the student has not completed course work by that time, the student must once again meet the terms for readmission described previously.

In addition, any doctoral course taken more than 10 calendar years prior to the date of readmission must be revalidated according to procedures approved by the department offering the course and the director of graduate studies. Ph.D. students must also receive permission to revalidate courses from the director of graduate studies and from the dean of the University Graduate School.

Proficiencies (music history, music theory, keyboard, performance, language reading, language grammar, language diction, musical styles) more than 10 years old must be revalidated. Proficiencies must also be revalidated for students beginning a second degree more than 10 years after beginning a first.

Qualifying Examinations

All qualifying examinations, written and oral, must be completed within one calendar year.

After Qualifying Examinations

D.M., D.M.E., and Ph.D. students must complete the degree within seven years after passing the qualifying examinations. After that time, students must be reinstated to candidacy. To be reinstated to candidacy, D.M. and D.M.E. students must (1) obtain the permission of the department chairperson and the director of graduate studies, (2) fulfill any new departmental requirements in effect at the time of the application for reinstatement, (3) pass any qualifying examinations that may be required in the major and minor fields by the student's advisory committee and the director of graduate studies. If reinstatement is granted, it is valid for a period of three years. Revalidation of course work is not required.

Ph.D. students follow the reinstatement procedure outlined in the bulletin of the University Graduate School.

These time limits are suspended for students in active military service for the duration of that active service.

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MM and DM Wind Conducting requirement for Music Theory proficiency (graduate entrance exams) [JSOM Bulletin, p. 28] (12 November 2009)

Music Theory

These examinations assume that each candidate has had at least two years of training in music theory at the undergraduate level. There are three examinations. The first examination covers written work and analysis, the second covers dictation and aural analysis, and the third covers sight singing. Details are available in the Music Theory Office and on the Music Theory Department Web site (theory.music.indiana.edu): see "Academics," and then "Graduate Entrance Exams."

The following High Pass degrees have different standards for passing the examinations and the proficiency courses: M.M. in composition, computer music composition, conducting (choral and orchestral), and music theory; D.M. in composition, conducting (choral and orchestral); and Ph.D. in music theory.

The sight-singing exam is graded on a pass/fail basis. A grade of C or higher (B or higher for High Pass degrees) is required in the written theory and aural theory examinations.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade (or High Pass, where required) in their two permitted attempts, or who do not take the examinations, must complete the appropriate proficiency course(s): T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade C, or B for High Pass degrees), T509 Sight-Singing Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade C), and T511 Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade of B for High Pass degrees, C for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology and for M.M. and D.M. degrees in wind conducting, D for all other degrees).

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Typographical Errors

Pg. 47 - Under "Master of Arts examination" in the MA in Musicology requirements: "Ordinarily to be taken in the semester in which a student completes the course work for the degree." (11/11/2009)

Pg. 91 - Under "Grading": The statement "An organ recital grade is based on a recital hearing" should be changed to "Master's and diploma organ recital grades are based on a recital hearing." (11/11/2009)

Pg. 29 - Under "General Requirements for Master’s Degrees; Degrees Offered": "The Jacobs School of Music offers the Master of Music degree with majors in music performance, conducting (choral, orchestral
and wind), early music, jazz studies, organ and sacred music, composition, computer music composition, and music theory; the Master of Music Education degree; and the Master of Science in Music Education. Through the University Graduate School, students may seek the Master of Arts degree with a major in musicology. Master of Music students may elect a second major from those available on the Master of Music degree. Students may also complete two master's degrees simultaneously. Combined degrees are available in the Master of Library Science with the Master of Arts in Musicology or the Master of Music in Music Theory."

Sentence in italics is added. This simply completes the list of options students have.  (9/30/10)

Pg. 30 and 31 -Under "General Requirements for Master’s Degrees: Required Grades," and "General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees; Required Grades":

"Tool Subjects Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course to fulfill degree requirements.  Some departments may require a higher grade."  Sentence in italics is added. (9/30/10)

Pg. 42 - Under "Master of Music in Jazz Studies; Major":  add MUS-O 516 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr) to list of elective courses in final section. (9/30/10)

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