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Graduate Student Handbook

Master of Music
Final Project Requirements for Graduate Students

Music Education

All M.M. Music Education students must submit a Final Project in order to meet graduation requirements.  M.M. students in Music Education have two options for a Final Project:

Option 1:  Submit a final written document (thesis paper). The paper must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Be 15-20 pages in length (supporting materials such as Works Cited, Indexes, etc. do not count toward and should be in addition the 15-20 pages). Typeface must be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Documents not conforming to these standards will not be accepted.
  2. The topic must be either a music-theory, music-history, or music-education based research paper. Topics should be approved in advance by the students’ graduate committee.
  3. Final document must be submitted and approved before a student applies for graduation.

Option 2:  Present a one-hour lecture recital. The lecture recital must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Submit a 5-10 page written paper on a research topic (supporting materials such as Works Cited, Indexes, etc. are in addition to the 5-10 pages) and lecture presentation which includes discussion and performance demonstrating your topic. Topics should be approved in advance by the students’ graduate committee. Typeface for the document must be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Documents not conforming to these standards will not be accepted.
  2. The Lecture Recital should consist of approximately 30-minutes of lecture material along with 30-minutes of music performance which demonstrates the lecture topic.
  3. The topic must be either a music-theory, music-history, or music-education based research paper. Topics should be approved in advance by the students’ graduate committee.
  4. Lecture Recital must be presented and approved before a student applies for graduation.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy students must first pass MUSIC 5100 Final Comprehensive Exam before being approved to proceed with a Final Document. There are two options for a Final Project:

Option 1:  A Multiple-Chapter Document (Thesis Paper)

  1. Be minimum of 30 pages in length (supporting materials such as Works Cited, Indexes, footnotes, references, etc. are in addition to the 30 pages). Typeface must be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Citations music be in American Psychological Association (APA) style. Documents not conforming to these standards will not be accepted.
  2. The document should demonstrate in-depth investigation on a selected theoretical, philosophical, historical, or clinical focus via qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
  3. The completion of thesis includes an oral defense exam over its details.

Option 2: Three (3) Clinical Case Studies

  1. Submit 3 clinical case studies. Each case study should be 10 pages (30 pages total). Typeface must be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Citations music be in American Psychological Association (APA) style. Documents not conforming to these standards will not be accepted.
  2. The completion of the case studies includes an oral defense exam over its details.

Performance

All M.M. Music Performance students must submit a Final Project in order to meet graduation requirements.  M.M. students in Music Performance have three options for a Final Project:

Option 1:  Present a full, one-hour recital. The recital must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Recital material must be approved by the principal applied teacher and be at an appropriate difficulty level for a graduate student.
  2. A recital hearing must occur 2-3 weeks prior to the anticipated recital date and be approved by a committee of three or more faculty members.
  3. The recital must be presented and approved before a student applies for graduation.

Option 2:  Present a one-hour lecture recital. The lecture recital must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Include a 5-10 page written paper on a research topic (supporting materials such as Works Cited, Indexes, etc. are in addition to the 5-10 pages). Topics should be approved in advance by the students’ graduate committee. Typeface must be Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Documents not conforming to these standards will not be accepted.
  2. The Lecture Recital should consist of approximately 20-30-minutes of lecture material along with 45-minutes minute of music performance which demonstrates the lecture topic.
  3. A recital hearing of the performance component of the final project must occur 2-3 weeks prior to the anticipated lecture recital date by a committee of three or more faculty members, and the document portion must also be approved by the students’ main advisor 2-3 weeks in advance.
  4. Lecture Recital must be presented and approved before a student applies for graduation.
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