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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Music History - MM

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Degree Title: Master of Music

Program Name and Number: Music History - MM5183

Department/Unit(s): School of Music

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: The mission of the Master of Music in Music History is:  a) to provide the foundation requisite for acceptance in a  PhD  program in Musicology; or b) to qualify the student to teach music history at the college undergraduate level.

Program Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the two-year program the student is prepared to:

  • Teach the musical genres, composers, and composition techniques of the traditional western musical style periods
  • Provide an introductory background on world music at the undergraduate level
  • Provide an introductory background on Jazz styles and the cultural and social contexts of Jazz at the undergraduate level

Program Overview: While emphasis in the program is on Historical Musicology, studies in contemporary music (20th and 21st centuries) include units in Ethnomusicology and world music. Contextual readings give cultural and aesthetic perspective, and emphasis on research and writing in music encourages creativity and publication on subjects of special interest to the student. The ultimate collective objective is to develop within the student a broad contextual knowledge within which oral and written discourse on specific issues at a high academic level is possible.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.
  2. A thesis on a topic approved by the Graduate Chair and a committee from the Academic Area is required.
  3. The thesis must be defended before and approved by a committee from the Academic Area.
  4. The student must pass a comprehensive Oral Examination, separate from the thesis defense,  given by a committee from the Academic Area.
  5. Reading facility in a foreign language, preferably German, is required.
  6. The expected Time to Degree is two years.  

Admission Requirements: The applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in music with at least a 3.0 cumulative average. The GRE may be considered in evaluating the applicant’s academic record. Additionally, the applicant music submit a research paper of approximately 2000 words, in which musical style, composition, philosophical or aesthetic issues in Music History are discussed or described. A personal interview with a member of the Music History faculty is required.


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