Graduate Music Programs

One of the first graduate programs at the University of Chattanooga was the Masters of Music.  Programs covered in the Masters of Music include performance on voice and standard orchestral and band instruments, piano and band, choral or orchestral conducting.  In addition to the standard Music Education Masters we have a track for the Kodaly approach to Music Education and we have a conducting concentration option in band, choral or orchestral.  We also help students with courses for teacher certification if their undergraduate degree was not in music education.

Anyone holding the baccalaureate or higher degree who wishes to take graduate courses must make formal application for admission through the Graduate School.  Those who do not qualify for graduate admission or who elect to pursue a second bachelor's degree may be admitted as post-baccalaureate students.


The Master of Music Degree

Both the Performance and Music Education concentrations within the Master of Music degree require a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours distributed among: (1) courses in major area (core); (2) cognate courses in music; (3) electives from designated courses in professional studies and liberal arts, and; (4) a significant major project.  The significant major project consists of comprehensive exam and a recital for candidates pursuing the Performance concentration and a thesis and defense, project and comprehensive exam, or performance and comprehensive exam for Music Education majors.  Suggested course of study sequences are presented on pages 20-24. If approved by the Graduate Music Committee of the Department of Music, as much as one-third of the total hours required for a Master’s degree (generally 11 hours) may be transferred from other institutions.

Ensemble participation requirements may be fulfilled by participation in established Music Department ensembles or chamber music activities approved by the Program Advisor. Credit for either of these options is established through registration in MUS 5000r

Music Education Concentration

The Music Education concentration (click for catalog) requires fifteen hours in the major area, twelve hours of supportive courses in Music distributed among three cognate areas (Applied Music, Music History, Music Theory), five hours of elective courses and from one to three hours of thesis preparation or a recital (performance) or project.  An option in Kodály Studies within the Music Education concentration enables the candidate to complete certification in the Kodály approach to music while earning the M.M. degree.  This is described in the Graduate Catalog and outlined on page 24.

The course of study will be determined by the student in consultation with his or her Advisor, and will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Music Coordinator and the Dean of the Graduate School through the Program of Studies form. [link to sheet]  In addition, all final projects or capstones, including recitals, must be approved prior to undertaking.  Recital programs must be approved by the Division Jury and project or thesis prospectus by the Graduate Committee in Music.  Recital programs or a project prospectus must be approved no later than the semester prior to the semester in which the project will be presented.  The thesis or project prospectus must be submitted to the Graduate Committee in Music with the appropriate cover sheet [link to sheet]

It should be noted that successful completion of an approved professional education concentration leads to Tennessee certification only when the applicant already holds a valid professional teacher certificate as prescribed for the endorsement being sought.  Any student not holding a valid Tennessee professional certification must necessarily meet all certification requirements prescribed for initial certification at the time of official application for Tennessee certification as well as the additional requirements of the approved master's program.

Performance Concentration

The Performance concentration (click for catalog) requires fifteen hours in applied music study (primary), ensemble participation, and recital preparation; twelve hours of cognate studies in music history and theory; and six hours of elective courses.  The course of study will be determined by the student in consultation with his or her Graduate Advisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator with approval by the Graduate School dean.   In addition to the concentration in solo performance, there are options in Conducting or Collaborative Piano.  In the former, conducting is the applied area of study.  In the latter, the focus is on vocal and chamber music.

The recital requirement consists of a full-length recital on the UTC campus or at an approved venue.  Students in the Conducting or Collaborative Piano options are responsible for assembling the required ensemble or chamber musicians.  The recital program must be submitted with the appropriate cover sheet (see Appendices) to the Graduate Committee in Music for approval in the semester prior to that in which the recital will be given.  The student must register for Music 5998r for the semester in which the recital is scheduled and will be subject to a pre-hearing by the Division Jury at least three weeks prior to the scheduled performance date.  For Conducting majors, the literature will be approved then once rehearsals commence progress will be monitored by the major professor and a final hearing will occur a minimum of one week prior to the recital date.