Additional Studies: Graduate
Acoustics and Design
MUS 5030 / 2 credits / Every semester
A study of room acoustics and architectural design, along with the underlying math. The objective is for students to gain an understanding of how acoustics work in various venues and the skills to solve problems in their own acoustic environments and to design corrective treatments.
MUS 5250 / 2 credits / Every semester
A mixed ensemble of vocal performance with students from all areas of the campus. The chorus performs a varied repertoire of music and presents concerts on campus and in touring venues with orchestra and professional soloists.
Prerequisite: Prior choral experience
Advanced Jazz Arranging I and II
MUS 5310 and 5320 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Covers advanced arranging concepts in both big bands and small groups, centering on the styles of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, and Duke Ellington. Students have opportunities for performance and recordings of their work.
Topics in Jazz Seminar
MUS 5350 / 3 credits / Fall
Problematic aspects of each student’s playing are remedied through transcription and analysis of solos by master players. Students are assisted in reaching the next level of their playing ability and in developing a passion for life through music.
Seminar in Jazz Styles
MUS 5360 / 3 credits / Spring
This seminar focuses on fostering students’ creativity in their original compositions, arrangements, and related original works. These works prepared and presented for live in-class group evaluation.
Seminar in Studio Pedagogy I and II
MUS 5375 and 5385 / 2 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly; I: Fall; II: Spring)
Practical classroom and tutorial experience in the concepts of teaching. Assignments may include teaching assistantships in theory, ear training, basic keyboard, music history, and recording technology.
Advanced Music Theory I and II
MUS 5435 and 5440 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Offers incoming graduate students the opportunity to advance skills in the terminology and application of music theory. Covers musical style and language from the late Renaissance through the end of the Classical period in the fall semester and from the Romantic period through the 20th century in the spring semester.
Topics in Professional Development
MUS 5455 / 1 credit / Spring
A moderated series of guest lectures that address practical concerns of the professional musician. Topics may include dealing with injuries and injury prevention, tax strategies and tax-related record keeping, advertising and self-promotion in the age of the Internet, travel and airport security issues for the touring musician, and union protections and benefits.
New Modalities in Chamber Music
MUS 5470 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the varied career paths open to composers and performers in the changing musical ecosystem. Contemporary, classical, jazz and world, indie rock, electronica, multimedia work, and more are explored. Analysis of different artists, ensembles, presenters, and festivals, trips to New York venues, and interviews with leaders in the field provide unique insights. Students create and present a performance project.
The Art of Programming Music in the 21st Century
MUS 5480 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A concert program should be more than a random selection of works. How is a concert program put together? What are the reasons for choosing each piece? Is there an underlying concept or stylistic concern? Are there political issues involved? What are the public-relations ramifications? This course examines the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical considerations in concert programming today.
MUS 5900 / Variable credits / Every semester
Independent study at the graduate level is intended to address special artistic, philosophical, ethnomusicological, technological, or entrepreneurial issues.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits
MUS 5990 / Variable credits / Every semester
Graduate projects allow innovative presentation of materials not particularly suitable for live performance or score/tape review (e.g., transcription, recitation, or other nontraditional recital postures).
Prerequisite: Faculty recommendation and approval of the conservatory director
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