Areas of Emphasis & Options
Areas of Emphasis
The Glenn Korff School of Music offers the following eleven areas of emphasis for the Master of Music degree:
Music Education (Option I, Option II)
Performance (instrumental, organ, piano, voice)
Piano Pedagogy and Performance
Wind Band Conducting
The Glenn Korff School of Music offers the Master of Music degree in three options, in accordance with the policies of the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. The three options permit a concentration on course work and experiences most relevant to the student's area of interest. For general information on these options, see the UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin (www.unl.edu/gradstudies/bulletin/masters-options).
Master of Music Option I: a 30-credit option following one of four emphases which we call plans (A, B, C, D), all of which require a thesis. Fifteen (15) credit hours must be earned in graduate-only classes. This option is intended for students in music history, music theory, composition or music education (thesis). Plan A is intended for students in the Master of Music in Music History program. In Plan A, a proficiency examination in reading French or German must be passed before the Comprehensive Examination is taken. Plan B is intended for students in the Master of Music in Music Theory program. Plan C is for students in the Master of Music in Composition program. Plan D is for students in the Master of Music in Music Education (with thesis) program.
Master of Music Option II: a 36-credit option, of which 18 credits must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students. This option is a "summers-only" Master of Music in Music Education program (meaning all of the courses in this degreee program are offered only in Summer Sessions) designed for practicing K-12 music educators who wish to continue teaching K-12 or who wish to pursue further study in preparation for teaching at the college level.
Master of Music Option III: a 36-credit option, of which 18 credits must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students. This option is intended for students who wish to improve performance skills. It contains emphases in solo performance (instrumental, vocal, piano, organ), piano pedagogy and performance, choral conducting, orchestral conducting, wind band conducting, jazz studies, and woodwind specialties. (NOTE: The emphasis in piano pedagogy and performance requires 38 hours).
For a glossary of terms relating to University and Graduate Studies policies applicable to the degree programs of the Glenn Korff School of Music, see https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/glossary.