The School of Music offers the Master of Music (M.M.) with specialty areas in music education (e.g., Instrumental Teaching or Conducting, Choral Teaching or Conducting, and General Music -Dalcroze Eurhythmics or Orff Schulwerk. The URL for the School of Music Home Page is http://finearts.uky.edu/music.
Graduate work can count toward Rank changes (Rank II or Rank I). Graduates of the MMME are encouraged to work directly with the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) in Frankfort, Kentucky to enact these changes: http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=101
The applicant for the MMME is expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in music or music education.
Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of The Graduate School as well as those of the School of Music. Applicants for the MMME do not need to audition, but should contact the Division Coordinator to schedule an interview.
Applicants take entrance exams in Music History and Music Theory (written and aural) the week before classes begin to determine whether review classes are necessary in the first semester of study. Students will receive information about scheduling exams from the Director of Graduate Studies. Admission for all degrees is conditional upon passing the entrance exams or passing any required review classes with a grade of A or B before accumulating 12 credit hours.
General Requirements for the MMME
- At least half of the minimum requirements for the MMME (e.g., 15 credits) must be in 600- or 700-level courses.
- At least two-thirds of the minimum requirements for the MMME (e.g., 20 credits of the 30-credit minimum) must be in regular courses (not independent studies).
- A maximum of 4 credit hours of MUP (lessons) can apply toward degree requirements.
- Receipt of two grades of C or less can result in dismissal from the program.
- With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies a student may petition the Graduate School to repeat a graduate class in order to replace a previously lower grade. This option is available only once in any particular degree program.
- For the Master of Music in Music Education, students may choose the thesis option (Plan A), or the non- thesis option which requires taking six hours of additional course work instead of a thesis (Plan B). Students planning to earn a doctorate in Music Education should elect Plan A. A final comprehensive examination is required for each plan.
Music Education - Plan A
Core Requirements: (12)
Music Education - Plan B
Core Requirements: (12)
- MUS 600 RESEARCH I (3)
- MUS 601 FOUNDATIONS IN MUSIC EDUCATION (3)
- Music History and Literature (including MUS 693) (3)
- Music Theory (including MUS 578, MUS 670, MUS 671, MUS 672 or MUS 676) (3)
- Specialized Area of Study (12)
- (The student will select 12 hours from the four areas described below, Instrumental Teaching or Conducting, Choral Teaching or Conducting, and General Music-Dalcroze Eurhythmics or Orff Schulwerk. The student and advisor will determine the general area of emphasis and plan a set of courses which best fulfills the student’s needs. Students may mix and match music education courses in their specialized area of study; they do not have to take all the courses listed for each emphasis).
- Music or Education Electives The student can select any music or education courses 500 level or above. (6)
Specialized areas of study for Plan B
INSTRUMENTAL TEACHING OR CONDUCTING EMPHASIS - Band or Orchestra (Student and Advisor choose twelve hours from courses below which would best fulfill the student’s needs).
CHORAL TEACHING OR CONDUCTING EMPHASIS (Student and Advisor choose twelve hours from courses below which would best fulfill the student’s needs).
DALCROZE EURHYTHMICS EMPHASIS (Student and Advisor choose twelve hours from courses below which would best fulfill the student’s needs).
Completing MUS 662, 663, 668, and 669 and two summers of Dalcroze workshops (no credit required) fulfills the requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Eurhythmics, which is a 12-credit hour program that can be embedded into the MMME. Students who wish to do this need to apply to the UK Graduate School again to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Eurhythmics.
ORFF SCHULWERK EMPHASIS (Student and Advisor choose twelve hours from courses below which would best fulfill the student’s needs).
Completing three summers of Orff Teacher Training Courses (listed as MUS 561, MUS 560, and/or MUS 666) and the capstone course MUS 666 fulfills the requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk, which is a 12-credit hour program that can be embedded into the MMME. If students are short on credits, they may enroll in MUS 560 during spring and fall semester to attend Orff workshops or the Orff conference for credit. Students who wish to do this need to apply to the UK Graduate School again to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk.
Students choosing to write a master’s thesis may do so by choosing a topic related to Orff Schulwerk for the thesis and completing six hours of Orff Schulwerk and achieving Level Two Orff Certification.
This MM degree with Concentration in Orff Schulwerk is part of the Academic Common Market program recognized in the state of West Virginia. Residents of West Virginia can be charged Kentucky in-state tuition by submitting an application to their State Academic Common Market Coordinator for approval.