Master's Degree Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Music degree includes areas of emphasis in Composition, Computer Mus

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Core Curriculum - ALL graduate students are required to take:   ^

  • Music 201 (Projects in New Music Performance) as outlined
  • Music 210 (Musical Analysis)
  • Music 228 (Conducting) optional for Integrative Studies students
  • Music 229 (Orchestration) - Composition students only
  • Music 291 (Problems and Methods of Music Research and Performance). Composition students may substitute music 271 (Electronic Music Techniques).

Students who complete Music 210, 228, 229 and 291 during their Master's degree program at UCSD do not need to retake those courses for their doctoral curriculum. To assure that all requirements are being adequately met, all graduate students must make an appointment with the graduate staff adviser for a degree check no later than the Winter Quarter of the second year.

Master's Degree Curriculum   ^

The Master of Arts in Music degree includes areas of emphasis in Composition, Computer Music, Integrative Studies, and Performance. The degree requires completion of at least thirty-six quarter units of graduate courses (courses numbered 201-299) including six units of Music 500 (Apprentice Teaching in Music) and six units of Music 299 (Adv. Research Projects and Independent Study) bearing directly on completion of the Master's thesis. First time TA's should enroll in 4 units of MUS 501 (Apprentice Teaching), offered in Fall quarter only. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements in six quarters of residence.

M.A. Course Requirements   ^

In addition to the Core Curriculum, Music 500, and Music 299, all Master's degree students are required to complete requirements in their area of emphasis:

Composition   ^

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Must take at least two times
  • Music 203 A,B,C - Successful completion of the jury process is necessary to get a passing grade in the quarter enrolled
  • Music 203D - After successful completion of 203C, students must enroll in Music 203D (with their committee chair) every quarter until graduation
  • Music 204 - Every quarter until graduation
  • Music 206 or 207 (or 208 A,B, or C by petition) - A combination of any three courses
  • Music 271 A and B - must take both courses

Computer Music   ^

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Must take at least two times
  • Music 270ABC - Normally taken the first year of the program
  • Music 206, 207 or 267 (or 208 A, B or C by petition) - A combination of at least 2 courses
  • Music 270D - Required every quarter of the second year

Integrative Studies   ^

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Must take at least one time
  • Music 205 - Every quarter until graduation
  • Music 206 or 207 - At least three courses; two approved for a student's primary specialty and one approved for his/her secondary specialty
  • Music 211, 212, 213 and 214 - Must complete the series of four courses within the first year of the program
  • Music 251, 252, 253 or 254 - Must take two courses, one to correspond with student's primary specialty and one to correspond with the student's seconday specialty. Additional courses from this series may also be taken for corresponding 206 or 207 credit if approved by the student's faculty advisor

Performance   ^

  • Music 201 (A, B, C, D, E or F) - Every quarter until graduation
  • Music 206 or 207 (or 208 A, B or C by petition) - A combination of at least two courses
  • Music 232 - Every quarter until graduation
  • Music 245 - Every quarter until graduation

M.A. Completion Requirements   ^

For Composition/Computer Music/Integrative Studies: A folio of three research papers in professional format (normally written in connection with the courses the student will be taking) must be accepted by the student's committee prior to approval of the thesis.

For Performance:  Either a) folio of three research papers in professional format or b) one research paper in professional format and two other creative projects (such as a CD, DVD, web object, or other multi-media platform).  Creative projects must include a substantive written document  either attached (i.e. in detailed liner notes) or in the form of an external document for committee review. Students may consult MA adviser Anthony Burr or members of their committee for further clarification.

M.A. candidates will present a thesis consisting of the following under the supervision of the student's committee chair in Music 299:

  • Candidates emphasizing Composition will prepare a folio of three chamber compositions together with tape recordings of at least two of them.
  • Candidates emphasizing Computer Music will write a research paper (thesis) and present a lecture-performance in which the scientific, technological, and musical aspects of an original computer music composition are documented, played, and discussed.
  • Candidates emphasizing Integrative Studies with a primary specialty in critical studies, ethnomusicology, or systems inquiry must complete a master's thesis of roughly sixty pages.
  • Candidates emphasizing Performance will present a "portfolio" consisting of either three research papers or one research paper and two creative projects, and  a recital supported by lecture-quality notes. The portfolio and program must be approved by the student's committee chair.

All of the above master's requirements must have final approval from the student's individual committee upon completion.