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Music

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Music

Graduate Programs


Welcome to graduate studies in the Department of Music at Winthrop University. Below you will find information on degrees offered, application procedures, admission requirements for each degree program, auditions, and on the entrance examinations.

For additional information regarding the graduate program, please consult the Graduate Music Student Handbook.

Mission

It is the mission of the Department of Music at Winthrop University to offer nationally accredited music programs that provide students with opportunities to explore their intellectual and creative potentials through liberal arts, music education, and music performance degrees to prepare them for a life of professional, academic, and community service.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Music at Winthrop University offers the following graduate degree programs:

Master of Music in Conducting degree
 - Wind instrumental track
 - Choral track

Master of Music in Performance degree
 - All band and orchestral instruments, piano, organ, voice, guitar 

Master of Music Education degree

Master of Arts in Teaching degree
 - This degree offers initial teacher certification in music through the Richard W. Riley College of Education. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

Application Procedures for all Graduate Degrees

The complete requirements for application to a graduate degree program at Winthrop University are contained in the latest edition of the Winthrop University Graduate Catalog or online.  

In general, applicants for admission to a graduate music degree program should:
• Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.000 or better on a 4.000 scale.

• Submit a completed Graduate Application Form to the Graduate School (204 Tillman Hall) – forms are available in the latest edition of the Winthrop University Graduate Catalog or online

• Request an official copy of transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.

• Present acceptable verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Exam [GRE], the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), or the PRAXIS II Examination (music education students only).

• Provide evidence of current immunizations (complete required medical form).

• Set up an appointment with Dr. Donald Rogers, Chair and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Music (803.323.2255 or by e-mail).

• Make a reservation to take the Graduate Entrance Diagnostic Examinations in Music Theory and Music History (examinations are scheduled in January, May, and August of each year—for the next available date, please check the Department of Music website).

• Make a reservation to audition in your major instrument (or conducting).

• Satisfactorily complete a Writing Sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability write effectively and cite sources appropriately.

In addition to the above requirements, international students must also:

• Provide a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based exam or 79 on the internet exam, IELTS 6, or ELS 112 (for students whose native language is not English).

• Submit the Statement of Financial Responsibility and current bank statement indicating ability to pay expenses incurred while a graduate student at Winthrop University.

• Present a copy of your INS Identification Card.

Additional questions concerning the international application process should be directed to the International Center. Information and appropriate forms are also available from the Winthrop University Graduate Admissions.  


Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for all graduate degrees at Winthrop University, students applying for admission to a graduate music degree program must meet the following additional requirements as indicated.

 

Master of Music Education Degree

Applicants for the Master of Music Education Degree must:

• Hold an undergraduate degree in music education with certification from an accredited institution.

• Take the Graduate Entrance Diagnostic Examinations in music theory and music history/literature.

NOTE: Exams should be taken early in the program. Results of the entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history literature will be used to plan an appropriate program of study for each student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses that would not count toward a graduate degree.

• Perform an applied entrance audition in the major instrument.

NOTE: Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the first semester of study for the student to continue in the degree program.

• Demonstrate keyboard proficiency similar to that required in an undergraduate degree program in music education (or provide proof of completion of the requirement in the undergraduate degree program).

 
Master of Music in Conducting Degree

 Applicants for the Master of Music in Conducting Degree must:

• Hold an undergraduate degree in music education or music performance (or their equivalent) from an accredited institution.

• Take entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature.

NOTE: Exams should be taken early in the program. Results of the entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature will be used to plan an appropriate program of studies for each student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses that would not count toward a graduate degree.

• Perform an entrance audition in conducting.

For the audition, each applicant should:
• Present to the appropriate applied committee a list of all repertory studied at the undergraduate level and professionally
• Present DVDs of at least two complete performances conducted during undergraduate studies or professionally (or arrange for a member of the conducting faculty to observe rehearsals and/or performances with an appropriate ensemble)

NOTE: Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition in conducting will study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the first semester of study in order for the student to continue in the degree program.

• Demonstrate keyboard proficiency similar to that required in an undergraduate degree program in music education or performance.

• Demonstrate proficiency in a major instrument required of graduates in the appropriate undergraduate degree (choral—piano, organ, or voice; instrumental—wind instrument or percussion).

• Applicants in the CHORAL CONDUCTING track should also possess a diction proficiency in liturgical Latin and either French, German, or Italian.

 

Master of Music in Performance Degree

Applicants for the Master of Music in Performance Degree must:

• Hold an undergraduate degree in music performance (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution.

• Take entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature.

NOTE: Exams should be taken early in the program. Results of the entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature will be used to plan an appropriate program of study for each student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses that would not count toward a graduate degree.

• Perform an entrance audition in the major instrument.

For the audition, each applicant should:
• Present to the appropriate applied committee a list of all repertory studied at the undergraduate level
• Present copies of at least two complete recitals performed during undergraduate studies or professionally
• Include in the audition a wide variety of styles and languages (voice)
• Demonstrate mastery of English, Italian, French, German, and Latin diction (voice)

NOTE: Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will need to study at the undergraduate level. Graduate-level study must be attained by the end of the second semester of study in order for the student to continue in the degree program. As a result of the audition, the student may be required to take additional course work at the undergraduate level to address any deficiencies.

• Demonstrate keyboard proficiency similar to that required in an undergraduate degree program in music performance.


Master of Arts in Teaching Degree  (through the Richard W. Riley College of Education)

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree must:

• Fulfill all requirements for admission to the Richard W. Riley College of Education (see latest edition of the Winthrop University Graduate Catalog or on the website.

• Hold an undergraduate degree in music (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution.

• Take entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature.

NOTE: Exams should be taken early in the program. Results of the entrance diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history/literature will be used to plan an appropriate program of study for each student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses that would not count toward a graduate degree.

• Perform an entrance audition in the major instrument.

NOTE: Students who do not pass the applied entrance audition will continue to study at the undergraduate level until an appropriate level of performance is attained.

• Demonstrate keyboard proficiency similar to that required in an undergraduate degree in music education.

• Additionally, students would need to provide evidence of having taken courses that meet the same competencies and course requirements as the following Winthrop courses required in the undergraduate music education program:

 

Emphasis

 Course / Requirement

Hours

Choral

Instrum

   

X

 

 MUST-237. DICTION FOR CHORAL MUSIC EDUC MAJS

1.0

 

X

 MUSA-291. WOODWINDS METHODS

1.0

X

   MUSA-292. INSTRUM METHODS FOR CHORAL STUDENTS

1.0

 

X

 MUSA-293. STRINGS METHODS

1.0

 

X

 MUSA-295. BRASS METHODS

1.0

 

X

 MUSA-296. VOICE METHODS

1.0

 

X

 MUSA-297. PERCUSSION METHODS

1.0

X

X

 MUST-317. BASIC CONDUCTING: CHOR/INSTRUMENTAL

3.0

X

X

 MUST-318. INTERMED CONDUCTING: CHOR/INSTRUM

3.0

X

   MUST-319. VOCAL PEDAGOGY

2.0

 

X

 MUST-341. MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES

1.0

 

X

 MUST-521. INSTRUM ARRANGING AND COMPOSITION

2.0

X

   MUST-522. CHORAL ARRANGING AND COMPOSITION

2.0

X

X

 APPLIED LESSONS IN THE MAJOR INSTRUMENT

7.0

X

X

 MAJOR ENSEMBLES

7.0

X

X

 KEYBOARD PROFICIENCY

0.0 - 4.0


NOTE: Students must take the courses above if they have not had these courses nor possess the competencies covered. These courses will be taken for undergraduate credit (except for those numbered 500) and may not be applied toward a graduate degree program.

No more than 12 semester hours may be completed while a student is under the Graduate, Non-degree status.


 

Graduate Entrance Examinations

All graduate students seeking to enter a graduate music program at Winthrop University must take the diagnostic entrance examinations in music theory and music history/literature early in the degree program. Additionally, all students are required to audition in their major instrument (or in conducting). Graduate Entrance Examinations are scheduled in January, May, and August of each year prior to the opening of each major semester and summer session.


• Music Theory Diagnostic Entrance Examination 

The music theory entrance examination includes both analytical skills and aural skills. The analytical section evaluates your understanding of the following: 

• Notating chromatic chords with key signatures. Chords include secondary dominant chords, secondary leading-tone chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords (including the ones that resolve to a chord other than V), and dominant chords with a substituted sixth and dominant chords with a raised fifth. 
• Figured bass realization and analysis using roman numerals. Included modulation. 
• Terminology definitions. Terminology includes cadence types, period types, and small and large scale forms (such as binary, ternary, sonata, and rondo forms) 
• Analysis of music using roman numerals. The music might include transposing instruments and modulation. 
• Knowledge of Twentieth Century materials (such as church modes, octatonic scales, whole-tone scales, and pitch collection). 

The aural skills section will evaluate the following: 

• Aural skills. Covers intervals, triad and seventh-chord types, melodic and harmonic dictation including modulation.


• Music History Diagnostic Entrance Examination 

The entrance diagnostic examination in music history is comprehensive in nature and covers all periods of music history. It consists of four sections: 

• Listening examples requiring aural recognition (composers, genres, and historical periods). 
• Score identification requiring visual recognition (composers, genres and historical periods) and written descriptions of musical style. 
• Definitions of terminology. 
• Essays on historical periods of musical style.

A recommended method of review and preparation for the exam is outlined below:

• Review the music: make a list of representative (selected) musical works (vocal and instrumental) from each historical period (Medieval, Renaissance, etc.) that you learned in your undergraduate program. If you no longer have your undergraduate anthology or textbook, most public libraries have recordings of significant works by major composers.

• While listening to each work and studying the score, use appropriate musical terminology to describe aspects of each composition that are essential for determining approximately when the piece was written, who wrote it, and what kind (motet, mass, symphony, string quartet, sonata, etc.) of piece it is.

• Consult a reliable music history text to determine if your descriptions and observations are consistent with standard practice, and look for definitions of terminology necessary for discussing the music.

• Write short essays that explain how the musical selections reflect the time, the place, and the composer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are advised to prepare carefully and thoroughly for all portions of this examination as the results are used to determine admission status. This information is also used to plan an appropriate program of study for each student. In order to address any deficiencies, a student may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses that would not count toward a graduate degree in music.