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Graduate Student Handbook

Entrance Advisory Examinations

All graduate music students must take the Entrance Advisory Examinations in Music Theory and Music History. These examinations are scheduled on the first weekend of each new semester. Specific dates will be posted in the bulletin board outside the Music Office in the Fine Arts building.

The Entrance Advisory Examinations are designed to determine the presence of any deficiencies in the areas of music history and music theory that might hinder a student’s progress in their graduate work. The results of these examinations are given to the student’s entry committee. The committee and the student determine the course(s) that will be required to remediate any deficiencies that may have been identified on the examinations.

There are currently two courses available to remediate deficiencies the areas of music theory and music history: Music Theory Practicum (MUSIC ) and Music History Survey (MUSIC ). Because these are remedial courses, the credit hours earned for either of these two courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Students who fail to take the Entrance Advisory Examination in the beginning of their first semester of enrollment will be allowed to take applied and ensemble credits only. Upon completion of the examinations and in consultation with their entrance committee, the student will then be allowed to enroll in degree course work.

Admission to Candidacy Forms

Graduate Committee

Final Comprehensive Examinations (MUSIC 5100)

All music graduate students must take the Comprehensive Examinations near the end of their degree program. The members of students Graduate Committee will give the student questions in the areas of Music Theory, Music History and Pedagogy/Literature. Master of Music in Music Education students may receive questions in the practices of music education in lieu of the pedagogy.

The Graduate Comprehensive Examinations are administered once each semester including summer session. In the fall semester, the exams are given on the weekend before fall break. In the spring semester, the exams are given on the weekend before spring break. During summer sessions the exams are given during the third full week of classes.

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