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Ithaca College Graduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Curricular Adviser: Gregory Woodward, Chair of Graduate Programs,

The School of Music educates prospective teachers, performers, and composers in programs designed to develop persons of professional competence.

Nine graduate programs leading to the master's degree are offered: the master of music or master of science in music education; and the master of music in performance, conducting, composition, Suzuki pedagogy, strings, woodwinds, or brasses. Programs range from 30 to 36 credits of graduate study. A minimum combination of two consecutive terms of full-time study in residence is required for the master of music degrees in performance, composition, strings, woodwinds, or brasses. The master of science or master of music degree in music education may be pursued on a part-time basis. The master of music degrees in conducting, Suzuki pedagogy, and music education with Suzuki emphasis require two years in residence.

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the general admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 36 credits in music.

M.S. and M.M. -- all applicants (except composition) should have an audition on the major instrument or voice or submit a taped performance. Contact the graduate chair in music regarding the content of the audition or tape recording to be submitted. Composers do not have a performance audition.

M.M. in performance -- applicants who submit tapes also may be required to audition in person to demonstrate their recital potential. Applicants in percussion performance must audition live on campus.

M.M. in composition -- applicants should submit representative scores and tapes. A personal interview is recommended.

M.M. in conducting -- applicants are required to submit an initial screening videotape of a rehearsal or performance they conducted recently. The purpose of this tape is to aid in the assessment of conducting competence. Based on the tape review, successful candidates will be invited to come to the campus for a live conducting audition/interview.

M.S. and M.M. in music education -- applicants must hold an initial or provisional teaching certificate, normally earned through an undergraduate music education degree. All candidates must submit a ca. 500-word essay on a contemporary issue in music education which demonstrates the applicant's ability to craft the English language, using and/or citing scholarly sources where appropriate.

Summer-only applicants -- Only the M.S. and M.M. degrees in music education are available in the summer. The deadline for all application materials is April 1 of the year the student wishes to begin study. All candidates will be notified of an acceptance decision by April 15, with a May 1 deadline for candidates to accept admission and pay the entrance deposit.

Comprehensive Examinations

All students must pass a final oral examination in their major field, as well as comprehensive exams in music theory and history. All written exams are given four times per year, while the oral exam is taken at the end of the course of study. Sample exams and exam outlines are available from the graduate chair.

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