Academic Planning for Options I (A-C) and III

Advisor and Supervisory Committee

Each new graduate student is assigned an advisor by the Chair of the Glenn Korff School of Music Graduate Committee. The advisor (who becomes that student's Supervisory Committee Chair) must be a member of the Graduate Faculty of the School of Music. The student, in consultation with the advisor, arranges for three faculty members to serve as the Supervisory Committee in approving the thesis proposal, evaluating the recital and/or thesis, and administering and evaluating the student’s oral comprehensive examination. All three committee members must have Graduate Faculty status. The chair and one member must be from the student’s major area, with the chair being the student’s teacher or advisor. The other member must be from an area outside the student’s major area (woodwinds, voice, piano, etc.). Students may not schedule their degree recital until they have submitted the names of the members of the Supervisory Committee, including the chair, to the School's Graduate Secretary in Westbrook rm 113. Substitutions in supervisory committee members attending the degree recital must be approved by the chair of that committee; any changes, even temporary, also must be recorded with the Graduate Secretary

Occasionally a student will wish to change their applied music instructor. Permission for any change in applied studio assignment must come from the area head.  It is not admissible to sign up for a different section of applied lessons without the approval of the area.

The Memorandum of Courses

Detailed course requirements for each MM option, plan, and emphasis are spelled out systematically in checksheets provided in the very next section of this Handbook. With this material in hand, students are expected to arrange their individualized program of studies for all four semesters with their advisor early in the first semester of their academic career at UNL, specifying the course content of each of their three subsequent semesters of study. This should be done before Priority Registration occurs in semester 1 (at the end of October or March), so that the plan already can be followed to register for classes in semester 2. (This will normally be taken care of, then, even before the student has set up a full Supervisory Committee.)

The individualized plan needs to be done right away, and it is best to fill out the official Memorandum at that time. However, officially a student has until the completion of 18 hours of course work (i.e., normally during the second semester of study for an MM degree) to submit to the Graduate Secretary for approval by the Graduate Committee the official form required by UNL Graduate Studies called the "Memorandum of Courses" on which are listed all of those courses that will be used by the student to satisfy all graduation requirements. This form can be downloaded from the UNL Graduate Studies website under "Current Students" under "Forms and Deadlines" under "Masters's Degree" (www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/Masters-Memorandum.pdf), and there is also a link to the form at the end of this Handbook.

When the student's Memorandum of Courses has been approved by the Graduate Committee, the Graduate Secretary will file it with the Office of Graduate Studies. If a student fails to submit the Memorandum of Courses at the correct time, any additional course work does not count toward the degree program. NOTE: A student may not file a Memorandum of Courses and graduate in the same semester or summer.

Changing the Memorandum
NOTE: Changing the Memorandum is easy. With their advisor’s approval, the student can revise the Memorandum of Courses at a later date. The change(s) must then meet with the approval of the Graduate Committee. The request must come in the form of a letter of request signed by both the student and the advisor and given to the Graduate Secretary for circulation to the Graduate Committee. A model or example of a letter requesting a change is available on the Glenn Korff School of Music website under "Current Students" under "Forms."

Minimum Credit Enrollment
Students on a GTA must enroll each semester for a minimum of seven (7) credits. For all students, full-time status requires enrollment in at least nine (9) credits.

Correction of Registration Errors

 A graduate student who has registered in error (for example, enrollment in the undergraduate level of a 400/800 course) should correct the error through the normal drop and add process during the term in which the error occurred.

In the event the error is not recognized until a grade is posted, the student may appeal for correction of registration within sixty (60) days of the posting of the grade report in the Office of the University Registrar. Changes to a student registration record will not be made more than sixty days after grades are posted.

Some Common Requirements

Students in Option IA and Option IB are required to register for "Strategies for Advanced Research in Music" (MUSC 881).

Students in Option IC and Option III are required to register for "Introduction to Graduate Studies" (MUSC 836) during their first fall semester of full-time enrollment.

All Option III performance majors are required to take 3 credit hours of applied lessons during fall and spring semesters.

All students in Option I, Plan C (composition) and Option III are required to take two theory courses and one history course, or one theory and two history courses.

The following courses may be used to satisfy the music history and music theory requirements:

 

Music History

  • 830J Music & Text English Renaissance (3 cr)
  • 835 Music and Film: History & Analysis (3 cr)
  • 836 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2 cr)
  • 837 History of Jazz: Origins-Bop(3 cr)
  • 838 History of Jazz: Post Bop (3 cr)
  • 842 Great Composers (3 cr)
  • 849 Medieval Music (3 cr)
  • 850 Johann Sebastian Bach (2-3 cr)
  • 851 Music and the Church (3 cr)
  • 858 History of the Opera (3 cr)
  • 859 Symphonic Literature (3 cr)
  • 878 Music of the Twentieth Century I (3 cr)
  • 879 American Composers and the Orchestra
  • 882 Music of the Twentieth Century II (3 cr)
  • 884 Music in 20th Century American Society (3 cr)
  • 885 Music of the Classic Period (3 cr)
  • 886 Music of the Renaissance (3 cr)
  • 887 Music of the Baroque Era (3 cr)
  • 888 Music of the Romantic Period (3 cr)
  • 889 American Music (3 cr)
  • 898 Meaning in Music (3 cr)
  • 942 Music History Pedagogy* (3 cr)
  • 986 Seminar in the History and Literature of Music (3 cr)
  • 988 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Study of the Middle Ages (3 cr)
  • 989 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Study of the Renaissance (3 cr)

*Students may elect to apply either Music History Pedagogy or Music Theory Pedagogy to degree requirements in music history and theory, but not both.

Music Theory

NOTE: All graduate level theory courses will have the following prerequisite: a grade of pass for the theory part of the Diagnostic Survey or a grade of P for Graduate Theory Review course.

  • 850 Johann Sebastian Bach (2-3 cr)
  • 855 Techniques of Counterpoint (3 cr)
  • 856 Schenkerian Analysis (3 cr)
  • 857 Post-Tonal Theory(3 cr)
  • 860 Musical Form (3 cr)
  • 861 Comprehensive Analysis (3 cr) [Does not fulfill degree requirements for Opts. IB or IC]
  • 880 Advanced Tonal Theory (3 cr)
  • 865 Jazz Theory (3 cr)
  • 941 Theory Pedagogy* (3 cr)
  • 979 Seminar in Music Theory (3 cr)

*Students may elect to apply either Music History Pedagogy or Music Theory Pedagogy to degree requirements in music history and theory, but not both.

Graduate Only Courses

Each of the three MM options requires the student to take a different minimum number of 900 level and 800-only level credit hours toward the degree. These are courses which are open only to graduate students. The UNL criteria for the options are as follows:

900 Level and 800-only Level Credit Hours Needed

Option I

8

Option II

12

Option III

18

However, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) requires that at least one half of the credits required for graduate degrees in music must be in courses intended for graduate students only. Any of the following courses may be used to meet the Graduate Only requirement:

  • 098 Graduate Recital (0 cr)
  • All 800 (1 cr), 900 (1-3 cr) and 800 alpha (1 cr) applied lessons
  • 830J Music & Text English Renaissance (2 cr)
  • 836 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2 cr)
  • 839 Music in the Lives of People (3 cr)
  • 840 Technology Strategies for Teaching Composition (3 cr)
  • 844 Small Ensemble (1 cr)
  • 845 Large Ensemble (1 cr)
  • 852 Grad Chamber Music (1 cr)
  • 856 Schenkerian Analysis (3 cr)
  • 857 Music Theatre Performance (1-3 cr)
  • 881 Music Bibliography (1 cr)
  • 884 Music in 20th Century American Society (3 cr)
  • 898 Special Topics in Music (1-3 cr)
  • 899 Masters Thesis or Original Composition (1-6 cr)
  • 941 Theory Pedagogy (3 cr)
  • 942 Music History Pedagogy (3 cr)
  • 952 Twentieth Century Church Music (3 cr)
  • 968 Advanced Choral Conducting II (6 cr - 3 cr per semester)
  • 969 Diction for Graduate Students (3 cr)
  • 971 The Science of Singing (3 cr)
  • 972 Seminar: Choral Literature (1-4 cr may be repeated as topics vary)
  • 973 Seminar: Orchestral Literature (1-4 cr may be repeated as topics vary)
  • 974 Seminar: Wind Band Literature (1-4 cr may be repeated as topics vary)
  • 977 Performance Practice (2-3 cr)
  • 979 Seminar in Music Theory (3 cr)
  • 980 Contemporary Analytical Techniques (3 cr)
  • 982 Orchestration (3 cr)
  • 983 Seminar in Composition (cr arr)
  • 986 Seminar in the History and Literature of Music (1-24 cr)
  • 988 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Study of the Middle Ages (3 cr)
  • 989 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Study of the Renaissance (3 cr)
  • 991 Seminar in Opera Performance & Production (3 cr)
  • 995 Conducting Project (3 cr)
  • 996 Special Problems (1-3 cr)
  • 998 Graduate Recital (1-3 cr)

Music Education:

  • 836 Foundations Psychology/Sociology (3 cr)
  • 838 Inclusive Music Education (3 cr)
  • 843 Introduction to Research in Music Education (3 cr)
  • 845 Historical & Philosophical Foundations of American Music Education (3 cr)
  • 862 Choral Literature/Conducting for School Ensembles (3 cr)
  • 863 Instrumental Literature/Conducting for School Ensembles (3 cr)
  • 881 Music in Early Childhood Education (3 cr)
  • 899 Masters Thesis (6-10 cr)
  • 928 Seminar in the Curriculum and Teaching of Music (3 cr)
  • 987 Seminar in Music Education (1-6 cr)
  • 990, 993 Workshop Seminar (1-12 cr)
  • 992 College Teaching in Music (3 cr)