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Western Illinois University School of Music
Graduate Student Handbook
Master of Music
Table of Contents
I Welcome and General Statement 3 II Music Faculty and Key Contacts 3 III Admissions and Placement Procedures a. Auditions 5 b. Interview with Graduate Advisor 5 c. English Language Proficiency 5 d. Advisory Exam in Music Theory 5 e. Advisory Exam in Music History 6 f. Additional Admissions Requirements for Specific Degree Programs 7 g. Undergraduate Deficiencies 8 h. Advising and Course Registration 8
i. Probationary Status 8 j. Transfer Credits and Revalidation 9 IV Degree Requirements 1. Core Requirements 10 a. Music Theory area 10 b. Music History area 10 c. Comprehensive exams 11 2a. Master of Music in Music Education 13 3. Master of Music in Instrumental Performance 14 4. Master of Music in Vocal Performance 15 5. Master of Music in Music Composition 16 6. Master of Music in Piano Performance 17 7. Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy 18 8. Master of Music in Choral Conducting 19 9. Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting 20 10. Master of Music in Musicology 21 11. Master of Music in Jazz Studies 22 V Recital Preparation Information a. Performance Recitals in CoFAC Recital Hall 24 b. Lecture Recitals Jazz Studies 26 VI Thesis Guidelines 27 VII Graduation a. Time to Complete Degree 33 b. Incomplete Grade Policy 33 c. Application Procedures to Graduate 33 d. Graduation Ceremony 34 VIII Graduate Assistantships 34
I. Welcome and General Statement Welcome to the Western Illinois University School of Music! We offer an inviting and challenging environment for students to work toward the Master of Music degree. Students may specialize in Music Education, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Conducting, Music Composition, Musicology, or Jazz Studies. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The majority of our degree programs involve study during the regular Fall and Spring terms, during which students can enjoy a wide selection of performance opportunities, group seminars, and independent study experiences. For students registered in traditional, full-time residency semesters, course work typically requires two years (four semesters) for completion because of applied study, recital, and/or thesis requirements, depending on the area of specialization. All courses take place in the facilities of the College of Fine Arts and Communications on Macomb campus, in the buildings of Browne Hall, Sallee Hall, and Simpkins Hall, which houses our remodeled CoFAC Recital Hall. Soon to be added to our facilities is the much anticipated Center for the Performing Arts, where students and audiences alike will enjoy state-of-the-art acoustics in a captivating performance space. With one of the lowest teacher-student ratios among music institutions in the country, students will find a wide array of full-time faculty membersprofessional performers, educators, and scholarswho provide support, instruction, and the crucial skills needed for professional development. Whether your goal is to be a performer, educator, composer, or scholar, the School of Music at WIU is dedicated to your success. II. Music Faculty and Key Contacts Name, Position Office Loc. Office Ph.
Administration Dr. Tammie Walker, Director of the School of Music, Prof. of Piano BR 122C 298-1544 Dr. Moiss Molina, Assistant Director, Prof. of Cello BR 121 298-1347 Dr. Brian Locke, Graduate Coordinator, Prof. of Musicology SA 203 298-1969
Administrative Staff Tammy Fretueg, Office Administrator, graduate student business BR 122 298-1544 Trista Tone, Recruitment Coordinator, auditions BR 121A 298-1087 Karla White, Office Administrator, Bands SA 202A 298-1505
Support Staff Joanie Herbert, COFAC Recital Hall Manager SI 505 298-1843 Anthony Lang, Piano Technician BR Bsmt (F) 298-1544 Min Jung Seo, Staff Accompanist Coordinator BR 127 298-1163 Po-Chuan Chiang, Staff Accompanist BR 124 298-1544 Liang-Yu Wang, Staff Accompanist BR 126B 298-1544 Sandra McVey, Music Library Assistant SA 108 298-1105
Mallory Sajewski, Music Librarian SA 108 298-1105 Chad Walker, Wind Instrument Technician SI 003 298-1797
Faculty Linda Andrews, Instructor of Organ BR 226 298-1544 Dr. Matt Bean, Prof. of Voice BR 123 298-1544 Courtney Blankenship, Asst. Prof. of Music Business BR 208 298-1464 Dr. Bruce Briney, Prof. of Trumpet BR E 298-1544 Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Assoc. Prof. of Piano BR 217 298-1544 Dr. James Caldwell, Prof. of Theory/Composition SA 216 298-1240 Dr. Richard Cangro, Assoc. Prof. of Music Education BR 203 298-3114 Terry Chasteen, Prof. of Voice BR B 298-1400 Dr. John Cooper, Prof. of Jazz Studies SA 202A 298-1505 Dr. Michael Fansler, Prof., Director of Bands SA 204D 298-1505 Dr. Randall Faust, Prof. of Horn BR 126A 298-1300 Dr. Eileen Garwood, Asst. Prof. of Music Therapy BR 216 298-1544 Eric Ginsberg, Prof. of Clarinet BR F 298-1544 Dr. Anita Hardeman, Asst. Prof. of Musicology SA 215 298-1544 Emily Hart, Instructor of Oboe BR 128 298-1544 Dr. Douglas Huff, Prof. of Bassoon BR 202 298-1175 Matt Hughes, Instructor of Double Bass BR 206 298-2545 Dr. Richard Hughey, Assoc. Prof., Orchestra Conductor SA 214 298-1729 Dr. Jennifer Jones, Assoc. Prof. of Music Therapy BR 211 298-1187 Mary Kay Karn, Assoc. Prof. of Voice BR 120 298-1544 Dr. Richard Kurasz, Prof. of Percussion SA 100 298-1355 Dr. Christine Lapka, Prof. of Music Education BR 209 298-1472 Dr. John McMurtery, Asst. Prof. of Flute BR D 298-1544 Mary McMurtery, Instructor of Voice BR 218 298-1544 Dr. Julieta Mihai, Assoc. Prof. of Violin SA 103 298-2165 John Mindeman, Assoc. Prof. of Trombone BR C 298-1544 Dr. Kevin Nichols, Assoc. Prof. of Percussion SA 102 298-1235 Dr. Paul Paccione, Prof. of Theory/Composition SA 218 298-1124 Dr. James Romig, Prof. of Theory/Composition SA 222 298-1544 Jonathan Saeger, Instructor of Music Education/Choir SA 205 298-1544 Lauren Saeger, Instructor of Voice BR 218 298-1544 Dr. Penelope Shumate, Asst. Prof. of Voice BR G 298-1501 Dr. Glen (Terry) Solomonson, Assoc. Prof. of Tuba BR A 298-1544 Dr. James Stegall, Prof., Director of Choirs SA 200 298-1378 Dr. Michael Stryker, Prof. of Jazz Piano BR 222 298-1544 Dr. Istvn Szab, Assoc. Prof. of Viola BR 224B 298-1367 Dr. Matthew Thomas, Assoc. Prof. of Bands SA 204C 298-1505 James (Lynn) Thompson, Assoc. Prof. of Voice BR 125 298-1544 George Turner, Instructor of Guitar BR 212 298-1328 John Vana, Prof. of Saxophone BR H 298-1544
III. Admissions and Placement Procedures All students must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, which include an earned bachelors degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applicants with a GPA between 2.50 and 2.75 may be accepted under Probationary Status (see section III i.) but are ineligible to hold Graduate Assistantships. Students seeking admission to the Master of Music program must have an earned bachelors degree in music or equivalent with a major in music from an accredited institution. The School of Music may request an acceptable score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. The undergraduate major is subject to approval by the Graduate Committee. All students must complete the Application and Audition Request for Acceptance into the Graduate Music Program available online. III a. Auditions Regardless of area of specialization, all prospective Master of Music students must audition before a panel of graduate faculty members from the School of Music. In cases where the student lives far from WIU and the cost of travel is prohibitive, an audio recording, (CD, DVD, or web upload) may be considered acceptable at the discretion of the adjudicating faculty panel. For students applying to study Music Composition, a portfolio of scores and recordings will be accepted in lieu of an audition. Students may contact the area coordinator or an appropriate graduate faculty member for advice as to the repertoire content and/or technique requirements of the audition. The faculty panel will adjudicate the audition and make recommendations for admission to the Graduate Committee. For special audition considerations particular to WIU graduates applying to Music Education and Musicology, see section III f. III b. Interview with Graduate Advisor After the audition process, the Graduate Advisor will consult with members of the faculty panel and may request a personal or telephone interview with the student applicant. The purpose of this interview is to discuss the students academic standing prior to entering the Master of Music program, his/her transcripts and/or letters of recommendation, his/her preparedness for the Core Requirements of Theory, History, and Research, and his/her aspirations for a future career and/or professional development. III c. English Language Proficiency For students whose first language is not English and who have not previously attended an English-language university, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for full acceptance into the Graduate School at WIU. Students who pass the TOEFL with a