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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2020-2022 Graduate Programs in Music Graduate Courses Graduate Music Courses Offered through Mason Gross School of the Arts(702)  

Graduate Music Courses Offered through Mason Gross School of the Arts (702)

08:702:502 Art Song Repertoire (3)
Study and performance of 19th- and 20th-century art songs. Includes historical development and discussion of composers and poets, research papers, assigned readings, and listening assignments. In-class performances.
Prerequisite: Open to piano and voice majors, or with permission of instructor.
08:702:506 (F) Writing About Music (BA) A proseminar that offers graduate music students (primarily international) practice in the language and discourses of academic writing as they develop and revise a series of essays. This class serves a purpose to prepare students for advanced seminars in their respective degrees and for their professional lives by helping to comprehend and engage with complex readings; articulate independent arguments; and support them through textural engagement, organized ideas, and clear, incisive prose. This course is an addition to the regular requirement and is based on the results of the examination taken at the graduate audition.
08:702:507,508 Score Reading (1,1) Practical application of score reading at the piano. Includes realization of figured bass, study of C clefs, and open-score techniques.
08:702:509 Special Studies in Piano Repertoire I (2) An in-depth study of the core literature for the keyboard instruments including works for solo piano and piano and orchestra from the early baroque, classical, and early romantic periods. Includes intensive study and performance of works by major composers and their contemporaries. Explores the evolution of the piano as a solo and as an ensemble instrument.
08:702:510 Special Studies in Piano Repertoire II (2) An in-depth study of the core literature for the keyboard instruments including works for solo piano and piano and orchestra from the late romantic period to present times. Includes intensive study and performance of works by major composers and their contemporaries. Explores the evolution of the piano as a solo and as an ensemble instrument.
08:702:511 Special Studies in Piano Repertoire III (2) Course explores the historical, theoretical, and applied aspects of piano pedagogy.
08:702:513 Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (3) Significant philosophical positions that have influenced contemporary music education; the history and purpose of music in education; current curriculum models and theories; and teaching strategies.
08:702:514 Graduate Research in Music Education (3) Design, analysis, and evaluation in music education. Recent research, planning, and development of an independent project. Intended for M.M. students in music education.
08:702:517 Vocal Health (1) This course is an integration of vocal anatomy and physiology, vocal pedagogy, voice therapy, and vocal health for singers. It will include presentations and discussions on selected topics related to voice and chapter reviews directly related to practical application. This class is intended for graduate students in the opera and voice programs.
08:702:519 Jazz Historiography I (3) This course explores the historiography of jazz: the ways in which history of jazz has been constructed, the voices that have told the story and those whose views have been silenced, and the issues that appear to be absent from the narrative commonly told. Engaging with standard narratives of jazz history, but expanding our view beyond those, students will use their own research to offer thoughtful revisions to our current understanding and contribute newfound knowledge to the discussion through critical inquiry. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence in Jazz Historiography and is required from Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) jazz M.M. students. It is open to graduate students in other MGSA music programs as an elective.
08:702:520 Jazz Historiography II (3) This course explores the historiography of jazz: the ways in which history of jazz has been constructed, the voices that have told the story and those whose views have been silenced, and the issues that appear to be absent from the narrative commonly told. Engaging with standard narratives of jazz history, but expanding our view beyond those, students will use their own research to offer thoughtful revisions to our current understanding and contribute newfound knowledge to the discussion through critical inquiry. This course represents the second semester of a two-semester sequence in Jazz Historiography and is required from Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) jazz M.M. students. It is open to graduate students in other MGSA music programs as an elective.
08:702:521,522 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Jazz (3,3) Major topics in jazz studies, approached from the points of view of scholars and performers, encompassing review and modern perspective of jazz history. Topics include African-American culture, methods of historical and biographical research, bibliography, discography, problems of transcription, analytic techniques, and jazz education. May be held at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University-Newark.
08:702:523,524 Jazz History and Research (3,3) Intensive study of periods and styles of jazz from New Orleans to the present. May be held at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University-Newark.
08:702:525-526 Seminar in Jazz Arranging and Composition (3,3) Intensive study of jazz arranging and composition. Score study and analysis, transcriptions and arranging for small and large ensembles, and commercial arranging.
08:702:527,528 Advanced Improvisation (3,3) Advanced study of stylistic improvisation. Emphasis on major periods of jazz.
08:702:531 Wind Band Literature for Graduate Music Educators (3) The task of choosing appropriate quality literature for bands is challenging for both young and experienced directors. The challenge is magnified by the many varied demands and responsibilities that fill a limited time schedule, and by the enormous amount of superficial publications that are released each year. This course will briefly explore research that outlines the criteria of artistic merit that helps identify and define the great standard wind band works. We will then examine a number of works for elementary, middle, and high school band (grades I-V) that are regarded as works of artistic merit and are considered standard repertoire. Repertoire sources, curricular and programming ideas, and a historical review are also included. Online course.
08:702:532 Modal Composition and Tonal Analysis for Graduate Music Educators (3) This course, which is designed for music education majors, explores important topics in music theory from the Medieval period through the 18th century. Beginning with the development of notation, we will follow the progression of Western music from chant through the beginning of the Common Practice period. While this is not a class on the history of theory, we will be reading and discussing the major theorists of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. There will be an emphasis on the practical application of the concepts studied in class, as students will learn the fundamentals of 16th- and 17th-century counterpoint, realize figured bass in four-part voice-leading, and complete formal analysis of music from the Baroque and early Classical periods. Online course.
08:702:536 Cognitive Approaches to Music Learning Online (3) Cognitive psychology is a broad subdiscipline within the larger field of psychology that concentrates on the study of mental processes. The range of subjects covered will include attention, memory, problem solving, imagery, optimal experience, knowledge representation, language, and comprehension. This course will provide an overview of the field especially as it applies to music and music education. To provide greater depth, the second half of the course will focus on study of one subdiscipline: varying theories about individual differences. Online course.
08:702:537 Behavioral Approaches to Music Learning Online (3) Intensive study of behavioral teaching techniques in music education, with guided research leading to oral and written reports. Students will show evidence of critical thinking concerning the teaching of music by verbalizations demonstrating ability to logically analyze, criticize, and/or choose alternatives consistent with a value orientation. By completing various learning activities and projects, students will develop specific techniques related to communication of musical and nonmusical ideas and organization of time and materials for the purpose of facilitating musical learning experiences. Students will cultivate an understanding of human musical behaviors through assigned readings and completion of assignments. Online course.
08:702:538 Proseminar in Music Education (3) Intensive study of selected areas in music education, with guided research leading to oral and written reports.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
08:702:541,542 Advanced Accompaniment Repertoire (2,2) Study and performance of standard vocal and instrumental repertoires from the perspective of the accompanist. Special emphasis on repertoire frequently encountered in auditions and competitions to provide a stylistically broad and immediately applicable repertoire. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
08:702:543 Special Topics in Collaboration (1) Forum for the exchange of ideas in music and the arts that are collaborative by nature. In consultation with the instructor, students provide presentations on various aspects of collaboration, with a focus on keyboard collaborations.
08:702:550 Special Topics in Music History (3) Intensive study of selected areas in the history of music with guided research leading to oral and written reports. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate director.
08:702:551 Instrumental Literature: Winds, Brass, and Percussion (3) Study of large and small ensemble music for winds, brass, and percussion from the late Middle Ages to the modern era. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
08:702:552 Orchestral Literature (3) Survey of major works through analysis and performance. Includes study of bibliography, historical context, and performance practice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
08:702:553 Wind Literature (3) The course is a review of literature for winds and brass from antiquity to the present and will focus on both small-ensemble and large concert-band repertoire. Mixed in along the way are fun tips and techniques for performance. Intended for M.M. and D.M.A. students who might find themselves teaching college-level courses in the future.
08:702:555 Business of Opera (1) The singer's guide to a career as a performer. The course will ensure the understanding of the various facets of the opera business from the singers, producers, supportive fields, and audience's viewpoints as well as provide the necessary tools for a mock business plan for either an individual artist or professional company.
08:702:560 Music Theory Pedagogy (3) Practical and effective approaches to teaching college-level music theory including written theory, aural skills, rudiments for nonmajors, syllabus preparation, and textbook evaluation.
08:702:570 Introduction to Graduate Studies (3) A course designed to stimulate an interest in systematic inquiry in music education, know how to transfer knowledge of one concept to another area of learning, and be able to understand the thought processes necessary for strong music curriculum development, assessment, sequencing instruction, and feedback. Students will be challenged to critically think about how they approach the ideas of teaching and learning. Online course.
08:702:572 Seminar in Choral Literature for Music Educators (3) The objective of this course is to help students develop skill in logical analysis, critique, and decision-making related to repertoire selection that is founded upon and consistent with some value orientation. The course is designed to allow students to develop specific selection techniques and an expanded repertoire of source materials directly related to various levels of school choirs. It seeks to teach students how to construct choral programs (for performances) with music appropriate for ensembles of various ages and levels of ability. Online course.
08:702:573 Studies in Form and Analysis for Graduate Music Educators (3) The goal of the course is to explore the relationship between form (phrases, motives) and structure (harmony, key areas, modulations) as they relate to the standard forms of the common practice period, and to learn to make accurate formal analyses and present them in clear and effective essays. Students will analyze compositions and demonstrate key concepts through formal diagrams, short essays, and analytical papers. Online course.
08:702:575 Integrating Technology into the Music Curriculum (3) This course provides experience with the three major types of use of technology by music teachers and students: preparing teaching materials, leading class activities, and student uses of technology. The course is based on the belief that technology can: provide tools and resources for helping students become active agents in the growth of their music knowledge, attitudes, and skills; make a contribution to helping students make progress toward achieving the National Standards in music; and contribute to the development of new models of music learning. Online course.
08:702:576 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Learning (3) The course offers an overview of significant historical and contemporary philosophical positions that have influenced music education, especially as they relate to the purpose of music in education, current curriculum models and theories, and teaching strategies. Much of the course will be devoted to discussion of possible directions for music education based upon past and current paths. Many of the discussions will be rooted in the sometimes-conflicting philosophies presented by Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. Online course.
08:702:577 History of the Western Canon for Graduate Music Education Online (3) This course is a chronological music history survey encompassing all eras of Western music history, from c.1000-1950. We will study the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which music was composed and performed, focusing primarily on art music in Europe and the United States. We will examine the stylistic features, forms, and performance practices typical of each era, and how these relate to the wider context of the time. We will discuss how these features evolved over time, and how this evolution was conditioned by the changing context and expressive goals of composers and performers. Finally, we will place the music in the context of other contemporaneous artistic movements. This course has been designed to meet two goals: 1) to allow students to study and discuss major works in the Western art music canon; and 2) to allow students to study and discuss works of an appropriate level for the students they teach. Accordingly, each unit will have two components: study and discussion of the works listed on this syllabus, followed by study and discussion of works chosen and presented by the students in the class. Online course for the arts online M.M. degree only.
08:702:579 Musical Practices of the World for Music Education Online (3) The scope of this course was created to introduce students to the discipline of ethnomusicology as a means through which to learn about musical practices from different regions of the world, as well as music related to students' own background and experience. This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the discipline of ethnomusicology including its intellectual history, major theoretical premises, analytical techniques, and research methodologies. We will explore a diverse set of case studies examining music as social life from different societies throughout the world, and use these as a means to expand upon the broader topics introduced. During this course, students will apply the knowledge they gain, in order to conduct their own ethnographic fieldwork and research, as well as consider the various intersections of ethnomusicology and music education. This course emphasizes reading, writing, original research, and online discussion forums. Online course.
08:702:580 Applied Research in Music Education (Capstone) (3) This course focuses on design, analysis, and evaluation of research and scholarly inquiry in music education. Students will consult recent research, demonstrating an ability to evaluate it and utilize its information. Students will also design research, conduct research projects of varying methodologies, write a full research report, and be able to verbally present findings to classmates in an online forum. Online course.
08:702:597 Practical Training - Pedagogical (0) Students register for this course when engaging in teaching work that is associated with their major area of study, including work that satisfies the D.M.A. Pedagogical Component requirement.
08:702:598 Practical Training - Performance (0) Students register for this course when engaging in performance work outside of the school that is associated with their major area of study.
08:702:600 Research in Music (BA) Individual research in selected areas of music history, theory, performance practice, or music education. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
08:702:603,604 Lecture Recital Advisement (1) Independent research undertaken in connection with the required lecture-recital. The project culminates with an extensive paper toward completion of the D.M.A. in performance, collaborative piano, and conducting.
08:702:614 Graduate Research in Music Education (3) Design, analysis, and evaluation in music education. Recent research, planning, and development of an independent project. Intended for D.M.A. students in music education.
08:702:640 Doctoral Seminar in Music Education Curriculum (BA) Advanced study of music education curriculum history, theory, and design, as well as current research in music education curriculum and program evaluation. Prerequisite: 08:702:614 or permission of instructor.
08:702:643 Special Topics in Collaboration (BA) See 08:702:543 for course description.
08:702:645,646 Special Studies in Advanced Solo Instrumental Repertoire (BA,BA) Study and performance of instrumental sonatas, concertos, and shorter form works from the 18th to 20th centuries. Special emphasis on orchestral reduction at the piano, interpretation, and collaborative considerations. Prerequisite: 08:702:541 or 542, or permission of instructor. Open to piano, collaborative piano, and instrumental majors.
08:702:647,648 Special Studies in Advanced Vocal Repertoire for Collaborative Piano (BA,BA) Study and performance of art song, opera arias, and oratorio excerpts from the 18th to 20th centuries. Special emphasis on interpretation and collaborative considerations. Prerequisite: 08:702:541 or 542, or permission of instructor. Open to piano, collaborative piano, and instrumental majors.
08:702:701 Doctoral Research in Music Education (3) Advanced study of historical, philosophical, and empirical research methodologies in music education. Development of critical analysis and research reporting skills leading to preparation of the dissertation topic proposal. Prerequisite: 08:702:614 or permission of instructor.
08:702:702 Dissertation Research in Music Education (BA) Individual research leading to an extended essay toward completion of D.M.A. degree in music education. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
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