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USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sacred Music (MM)


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Master of Music


Unit and Grade Requirements

Thirty units of graduate work are required; a minimum of 15 units (excluding thesis or project) must be at the 500 level or higher. All students must satisfy the specified requirements of their major department (see department chair or academic adviser). Students must complete at least 26 semester units at USC, including the thesis or recital. A grade point average of not less than 3.0 (A = 4.0) is required for all graduate courses in music, and a grade of B or higher is required for all courses in the major department. Students who transfer credits must achieve this average on all combined transferred and residence units.

Transferred Credits

All credits transferred must be the equivalent of corresponding current work at USC. Course work completed at another institution that has been approved by the Thornton School for transfer credit must have been completed within seven years from the date of admission to a master's degree program to be applied toward that degree. Transfer credit petitions must be filed with the appropriate Thornton adviser during the first semester in residence.

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the Master of Music degree is five years. Progress is measured from the beginning of the first course at USC applied toward the degree. Extensions will be granted by petition to the Thornton School for only the most compelling reasons.

Thesis/Project/Portfolio Requirements and Qualifying Exam Committees

A composition portfolio is required of candidates for the Master of Music degree in composition; a thesis or final project is required of candidates for the Master of Music degree in music education. For music education majors, the thesis will consist of a research document written on a topic approved by the music teaching and learning department; the final project will consist of a creative project that will present the arrangement, production or design of innovative ideas, materials or curricula for specific applications in teaching music. Before registering for 594a Thesis, or a similarly required course for a capstone project or portfolio, a student must establish a qualifying exam committee composed of three members of the faculty, approved by the department chair, of which at least two are from the home department. The chair of the qualifying exam committee directly supervises the preparation of the thesis, the final acceptance of which is based upon the unanimous recommendation of all three members of the committee.

Master's Recital

One or more public recitals are required of all candidates for the Master of Music degree, as indicated below. Candidates must apply for recital dates, according to the current guidelines of the Music Operations office. Some departments require that a candidate be prepared to play or conduct the recital program for the approval of a faculty committee in advance.

Comprehensive Review

Candidates for the Master of Music must pass a comprehensive review toward the end of their course of study, usually in the final semester. This review, which is administered by the faculty of the major department, consists of an oral or written examination, covering relevant aspects of musical performance, literature, and/or technique.

Master of Music in Sacred Music


Prerequisite

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent. Completed course work must include at least the following or their equivalent: Conducting MUCD 340 , MUCD 343  and MUCD 441 ; Music History and Literature MUHL 331  and MUHL 332 ; Theory and Composition MUCO 232b , MUCO 233b  and MUCO 338 . One year of German or French is strongly recommended. Applicants must have attained senior standing in a principal performance medium.

Keyboard and Voice Proficiency

Proficiency tests in keyboard and voice will be given by the choral and sacred music faculty during the student's first semester in residence to determine if additional study in either medium is required.

Comprehensive Review

A final oral examination in sacred music and related areas will be administered by the sacred and choral music faculty.

Curriculum Requirements


Total units: 30


*Sacred music majors must participate in a choral ensemble chosen from MUEN 508 , MUEN 510 , MUEN 511  or MUEN 512  each semester if enrolled for 4 or more units. In some cases, large instrumental ensemble courses may be substituted.

**In some cases, MUHL 500-level courses and/or private instruction in organ, piano, voice or guitar may be substituted for MUCM 440 , MUCM 541 , MUCM 542  and MUCD 541 . In some cases, instruction in guitar or another instrument may be substituted for MPKS 501  or MPVA 501 .

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