Music (MM in Performance; MMT in Music Therapy)

The Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music

music.appstate.edu

William Pelto, Dean and Professor
PeltoWL@appstate.edu

Jennifer Snodgrass, Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor
SnodgrassJS@appstate.edu

Cathy McKinney, Music Therapy Program Director and Professor
McKinneyCH@appstate.edu

The Hayes School of Music offers the following graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Music in Performance (Major Code: 558* and 680*/50.0903) with the following concentrations:
    • Collaborative Piano (558W)
    • Conducting (680B)
    • Music Composition (558Z)
    • Instrument Concentrations: Performance/Bassoon (558B), Performance/Cello (558C), Performance/Clarinet (558D), Performance/Euphonium (558Y), Performance/Flute (558E), Performance/French Horn (558F), Performance/Guitar (558G), Performance/Harp (558H), Performance/Oboe (558I), Performance/Organ (558K), Performance/Percussion (558L), Performance/Piano (558M), Performance/Saxophone (558N), Performance/String Bass (558O), Performance/Trombone (558P), Performance/Trumpet (558Q), Performance/Tuba (558R), Performance/Viola (558T), Performance/Violin (558U), and Performance/Voice (558V)
  • Master of Music Therapy (Major Code: 560A/51.2305)

The Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree is designed to prepare board-certified or board-eligible music therapists for advanced music therapy practice. Students may either select from one of the following Specialty Areas or, in consultation with the advisor, design a unique Specialty Area. Some Specialty Areas include Addictions, Autism, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (Children), Expressive Arts, Gerontology, Health Care, Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Advanced clinical experiences will be designed to meet objectives within the student's Specialty Area. This degree is designed to meet the standards established by the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music for the Master of Music Therapy degree.

The Music Therapy Equivalency is designed for students who hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than music therapy and who wish to prepare for professional certification as a music therapist. Students who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than music therapy are required to complete the requirements for the Music Therapy Equivalency prior to enrolling in advanced music therapy courses. The Equivalency requirements are available from the Hayes School of Music office, located in the Broyhill Music Center, or online at: http://music.appstate.edu/academics/graduate-degrees/master-music-therapy/music-therapy-equivalency

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

Concentration Codes: Collaborative Piano (558W), Conducting (680B), Music Composition (558Z); Instrument concentrations: Performance/Bassoon (558B), Performance/Cello (558C), Performance/Clarinet (558D), Performance/Euphonium (558Y), Performance/Flute (558E), Performance/French Horn (558F), Performance/Guitar (558G), Performance/Harp (558H), Performance/Oboe (558I), Performance/Organ (558K), Performance/Percussion (558L), Performance/Piano (558M), Performance/Saxophone (558N), Performance/String Bass (558O), Performance/Trombone (558P), Performance/Trumpet (558Q), Performance/Tuba (558R), Performance/Viola (558T), Performance/Violin (558U), and Performance/Voice (558V)

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; successful audition before appropriate music faculty; proficiency in music theory, music history/literature, and music performance.

Students applying to the Master of Music in Performance degree must complete an audition, submit a resume, and provide a list of all repertoire studied.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 31 or 34 - varies by concentration - see below 
Required Courses

AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practice for Musicians (2)
MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3)
MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3)
MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Collaborative Piano (Code: 558W)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 34

  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature (1-3)
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (4)
  • MUS 5997: Practicum Experience (2)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

OR
Conducting Concentration (Code: 680B)

Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 33

  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (4)
  • MUS 5160: Graduate Conducting Seminar (1+1+1+1)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

OR
Music Composition Concentration (Code: 558Z)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 31

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1=2)
  • MUS 5999: Thesis (2-4)
  • 3-5 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

OR
Other Performance Concentrations (Code: 558B through 558Y with exception of 558V)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 31

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

OR
Voice Performance (Code: 558V)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 31

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1+1=2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

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 Other Requirements for the MM in Music Performance:

  • Thesis: Required for Composition Concentration.
  • Proficiency: Students entering the concentration in voice performance (MUS 558V) must demonstrate proficiency or prove by academic transcript one year of study of French and German, undergraduate diction, piano proficiency, Alexander Technique, and one of the following courses: Survey of Song Literature, Opera History and Literature, or Vocal Pedagogy. Students not demonstrating proficiency in these subjects may be required to take appropriate courses prior to being recommended for Admission to Candidacy in the second year of study.
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Written and oral examinations will be given.
  • Product of Learning: None required

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF MUSIC THERAPY (MMT)

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in music therapy* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; proficiency in music theory, music history/literature, music performance, and professional music therapy competencies; submission of the Music Therapy Program questionnaire; live or taped audition.

*Prospective students who hold baccalaureate degrees in music, but not music therapy, may apply for admission to a combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. In this program, students complete both requirements for eligibility to sit for the examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and Master’s degree requirements. Students in the combined Equivalency/Master’s program may take only equivalency courses in the first year of enrollment and must complete all Equivalency requirements including the internship prior to enrolling in MUS 5050, MUS 5051, MUS 5061 or MUS 5900. Continuation in the MMT program requires a grade of at least a “B” (3.0) in music therapy courses taken in each of the first two semesters of the Equivalency program and a cumulative Equivalency GPA of 3.0. Completion of both the Equivalency and the MMT is likely to require 3-4 years of full-time study, including completion of clinical training.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

Course Requirements for the Master of Music Therapy (Code: 560A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36 

 
Required Music Therapy Courses
  • MUS 5050: Supervision and Collegiate Teaching in Music Therapy (2)
  • MUS 5051: Advanced Topics in Music Therapy (3)
  • MUS 5060: Bonny Method of GIM (SEE NOTE BELOW) (3)
  • MUS 5061: Advanced Clinical Improvisation (3)
  • MUS 5200: Music Therapy Laboratory (SEE NOTE BELOW) (0)
  • MUS 5900: Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (3)
  • Choose one of the following options:
  • MUS 5995: Clinical Paper in Music Therapy (1) plus 3 s.h. additional Music Therapy elective
  • MUS 5999: Thesis (4)
  • Select 3 s.h. of graduate research coursework in consultation with the MMT advisor.
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Elective Courses 3 s.h. of music or music therapy graduate courses2
Specialty Area Courses 12 s.h. of graduate courses to be selected in consultation with the MMT advisor.12

Other Requirements for the MMT:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Written and oral examinations will be given.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

NOTES FOR THE MASTER OF MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM:

MUS 5060, Bonny Method of GIM, requires participation in a 5- to 7-day intensive workshop that is conducted off-campus between academic terms and requires payment of workshop fees, in addition to tuition. This course may be repeated with permission of the MMT director for up to 9 hours of credit towards the MMT.

All students who hold the Bachelor’s degree in music therapy are required to register for and successfully complete MUS 5200, Music Therapy Laboratory each semester in which they are enrolled. Equivalency/Master’s students who have completed 5 s.h. of MUS 3900 Music Therapy Practicum are required to register for and successfully complete MUS 5200 Music Therapy Laboratory each subsequent semester in which they are enrolled.

Students who have not had a previous course in statistics must complete one course in statistics, in addition to the research course indicated above.(For an explanation of the course prefixes used in the following list of courses, see the index.)

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