Graduate Music Program


Advising: Candidacy to Cornerstone projects


Music students are expected to exhibit professional conduct at all times and to help preserve and maintain the resources of the department.  Failure to do so will result in the revocation of privileges, cancellation of scholarships and may result in suspension from the degree program.

Students are to attend all assigned classes and rehearsals, arriving promptly and prepared. Specific attendance policies are developed by each instructor and ensemble director and students are expected to abide by them.

Students may not use the name “UTC” in public performances unless granted permission by the Department Head.


Graduate students in the Music Department are assigned a program advisor according to their concentration.  The Music Education advisor is Dr. Lee Harris.  Students in the Performance concentration are advised by Dr. Rebecca St. Goar. The Program Advisors will work with the student to determine a program of studies.  In the event a student's undergraduate record reflects areas of deficiency, the student will be assigned prerequisite coursework to strengthen the deficient areas.  Although credit for such courses will not apply toward the degree, satisfactory completion of these courses will enable the student to remain in the graduate program.

The Program Liaison for Music, Bonny Clark, works directly with students in matters of admission, candidacy and graduation. The Dean of the Graduate School is the general advisor for graduate students in procedural matters.

Dr. Kevin Ford, Graduate Music Coordinator, is available to all graduate students for consultation as needed.  In this capacity, his signature is required on many of the forms to be submitted to the Graduate School.


Students admitted to the graduate program will choose, in consultation with the program advisor, an Advisory Committee, comprised of three graduate music faculty members.  The program advisor serves as Chair of the Committee.  This committee will serve as the comprehensive exam committee, thesis or project committee. 

In the first semester of coursework, the graduate student, in consultation with the program advisor, selects two additional graduate faculty members for the Advisory Committee.  In the Performance option, one of these must be the major applied music professor.  The student obtains permission from those faculty members to submit their names to the Graduate Music Coordinator for consideration as the Advisory Committee.  The student submits the names of this committee in writing to the Department Head, who appoints the committee.  Faculty members and graduate students are informed by memorandum of the official formation of the committee.




After successfully completing nine, but not more than eighteen, semester hours of approved graduate courses the student will make application for admission to candidacy for the degree. The Candidacy form is reviewed by the Advisory Committee and must be signed by the advisor and Coordinator of the Graduate Program prior to submission to the Graduate

School.  The Graduate School dean must approve the program of study, which is then used as the official plan to complete the degree.  A copy of the Candidacy form is included in the Documents section and may be downloaded from the Graduate School web site


Candidates for the Master of Music degree will take written and oral comprehensive examinations during the last semester before graduation.  Scheduled dates and regulations regarding procedures for comprehensive examinations may be found in the Graduate Catalog and on the Graduate School web site.  The program advisor should be consulted for complete information.  Masters in Music Education students who are writing a thesis will hold a public defense of their thesis in place of the comprehensive exam.

Within the first two weeks of the semester in which the student intends to take the comprehensive examinations, the student will complete the appropriate application form (see Documents).  Since there is an oral component to the exam, the advisor assists the student in scheduling the exam date (Option #2 on the Comprehensive Exam Application form).

The completed application is due to the Graduate School at least one month before the date of the exam.  The advisor will request appropriate questions for the written portion from the graduate advisory committee.  Each member will provide two questions, for a total of six written questions.  These questions will be available to the student on Monday, two weeks before the scheduled oral examination and will be completed by the student and returned to the committee members on Monday, one week later.

This scheduling should be accomplished in such a way that there is at least one week but not more than ten days between the time when the written questions are returned to the committee and the time of the scheduled oral examination.

For example:

  • February 5 Application for Comprehensive Examination due to Graduate School
  • February 19     Student picks up written questions from Music Office
  • February 26 Student returns written examination to Music Office
  • March 5 Oral Examination date

The written examination shall be typed, double-spaced with appropriate citations according to APA (Music Education candidates) or Turabian (Performance candidates) style guidelines. Four bound copies of the written examination are due to the Music Office on the prescribed date.


Each student is required to complete a recital, thesis or major project as the culminating experience of graduate study.  Candidates in the Performance concentration perform or conduct a graduate recital (MUS 5998r), while Music Education candidates have the option of writing a thesis (MUS 5999r) or completing a major project (MUS 5996r).


In addition to enrolling in MUS 5998r, students must be registered for the appropriate applied music course in the semester in which the recital is given.  The proposed recital program (submitted with cover sheet) must be approved by the Graduate Music Committee. The recital pre-hearing audition for the Division Jury must occur not less than three weeks before the date of the proposed recital.  For the M.M. Performance in Conducting majors, the literature will be approved and the rehearsals will be monitored with a final hearing occurring no later than one week before the scheduled recital.  Should a change in the recital program occur, a new pre-hearing will be required. A recital given as part of a MM Music Education Project shall follow the procedures listed under “Project in Music Education (MUS 5996r)



Each candidate, with the approval of the Advisory Committee, has the option of choosing one of the following final projects:

  1. A master's thesis.  Candidates selecting this option must submit a thesis that demonstrates an appropriate level of research and writing in the field of music education.  The research should be experimental, descriptive, historical or philosophical.  This option is strongly recommended for those who intend to do further graduate work.  For thesis students, the scheduled “defense of thesis” will substitute for the oral and written examinations. Thesis students will follow procedures as outlined by Graduate School for the thesis defense.  It is important that the student appropriately plan to defend and submit the thesis in the approved and accepted format required by the Graduate School with attention to the dates published in the “Graduate School Academic Calendar”on the Graduate School website. Defending and/or submitting the thesis after the deadline date may result in the delay of graduation and the incurring of additional fees. Again, please note the deadlines and plan to defend and submit the thesis manuscript in the final semester of registration prior to graduation.  (MUS 5999r)
  2. The performance of an original large composition(s) or a transcription(s) of at least twenty minutes duration intended for teaching purposes and the production of a short paper relating composition in general to larger concerns in music education. (MUS 5996r)
  3. A forty-five minute recital and a short paper specifying the pedagogical problems normally encountered in teaching the instrument(s) used in the recital.  (MUS 5996r) The recital may consist of: a)  major instrument or voice.  b)  major instrument and secondary instruments studied at the graduate level. c)  conducting school vocal or instrumental ensembles using music of Grade V or higher.
  4. A major music curriculum project for a school system or the writing of a method book for voice or instrument.  (MUS 5996r)
  5. A forty-five minute Kodály or Orff-Schulwerk open practicum and a short paper for those who have transferred work from an accredited Orff or Kodály training center. (MUS 5996r)


All options, including conducting, must be preceded by approved coursework.  Whether a candidate passes or fails an option is determined by the student's Advisory Committee. Additional opinion may be solicited by the Coordinator of Music Education.  The Advisory Committee must be formed with the chosen option in mind.

THESIS (MUS 5999r)

Requirements for thesis are stated in the Graduate Catalog.  Students who choose this option need to register for 5999r Thesis each fall and spring semester after the initial registration until the thesis is accepted for binding.  The student must be enrolled for at least two semester hours of thesis during the semester the thesis is submitted. (Students graduating in August must register for thesis hours in the summer term.) The student's advisor should be consulted for further details.


Graduate students fulfilling degree requirements through enrollment in MUS 5996r should submit a Project Prospectus(with cover sheet) for Graduate Committee in Music approval no later than the semester before the course is completed. If the project chosen is a performance recital the recital will be approved by the Graduate Committee in Music and the final evaluation of the recital will be done by the students Graduate Advisory Committee.



While the format of each Prospectus may differ according to the nature of the project, each should include:

  1. A statement of purpose, including statements regarding limitations in the scope of the project.
  2. Statements that support the need for, and value of, the project. Citations from literature, where appropriate, are encouraged.
  3. Statements describing the design and methodology to be used in carrying out the project. Matters of style will be dictated by Turabian.  For purposes of the Prospectus, end notes are preferable to footnotes.  The final project will follow the style formulations of Turabian or the American Psychological Association, depending on the nature of the project.
  4. If the project chosen is a performance recital the prospectus should include educational components including rehearsal goals, educational goals for the performer or performers should this be a conducting recital, educational goals for the audience including program notes, lecture notes if it is a lecture recital and literature performed.