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2012-2013 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, M.M.M.E.

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The Master of Music, Music Education program is a 30-credit hour degree program that offers a high level of specialization designed with the needs of currently employed music educators in mind. The program can be completed in two years. All students in the program will take a nine-hour core that includes courses in musicology, theory, and research. Students will also be required to take nine hours in education, including two education courses and three hours of practicum (including portfolio review). Finally, students will choose an emphasis in elementary, choral, band, or orchestra and will complete the degree with nine credit hours in their area of specialization. A recital/project or a written thesis will be required as the culminating project for the degree. Projects can include conducting or accompanying performances. The graduate advisor will closely monitor the thesis.

Curriculum for a Master of Music, Music Education

Total hours, 30 Hours:

Courses in concentration area, 9 Hours:

Thesis/Recital, 3 Hours:



All MMME students must pass a final comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course of study at Shepherd University. The exam is oral, and covers the major components of the student's coursework and, if applicable, the thesis or recital program.  In the final semester of study, the student should register for MUSC 650  (Thesis), or the recital alternative as prescribed, and work with his or her assigned thesis advisor on the final project or recital. The MMME program coordinator, in consultation with the student's advisor and the music department faculty, will assign three faculty members to serve on the student's examination committee.  The committee will typically include two members of the faculty from the appropriate area plus a member of the musicology or theory faculty. The length of the exam will be approximately 45-50 minutes. The exam will typically be scheduled during the final 2 weeks of classes or during the first few days of finals week. The student will be informed immediately if they have passed.


* With advisor permission, any General Music Education concentration course can be replaced by MUSC 512 , MUSC 514 , or MUSC 517 

** With advisor permission, any wind/percussion concentration course can be replaced by either MUSC 540  or any three of the following one-credit-hour courses: MUSC 570 , MUSC 571 , MUSC 572 , MUSC 573 , MUSC 574 .

*** With advisor permission, any strings concentration course can be replaced by any three of the following one-credit-hour courses: MUSC 570 , MUSC 571 , MUSC 572 , MUSC 573 , MUSC 574 . Any strings concentration course may also be replaced by any secondary instrument lesson.

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