The University of St. Thomas




Choral Concentration

The Master of Arts degree with concentration in choral music education features a broad range of theoretical courses balanced by requirements that apply directly to choral directors' work with treble, emerging adolescent, and mature adolescent voices. Unique to this program is its emphasis on practical application in graduate study as well as cooperation among classroom, vocal, and instrumental music educators to produce superior music education in our schools.

In this program students will

  • Sharpen conducting and rehearsal skills necessary for efficient choral artistry
  • Gain insights into historical and contemporary choral literature through analytical study
  • Improve musical competency
  • Broaden understanding of music history, theory, and literature
  • Gain pedagogical insights into vocal development, sight-singing/musicianship, and choral music learning for choirs of all ages and ability levels
  • Discover new applications for existing expertise
  • Emphasize the commonality of the goals and techniques shared by music educators at all levels

Music Education Core Courses

Students are required to take the following 14 semester credits.

  • GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship and Research Methods in Music Education (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 601 Teaching and Learning (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory (3 cr.)
       Prerequisite: Passing grade on the Diagnostic Exam
  • GMUS 750 Musicianship and Ensemble (1 cr.)
  • GMUS 876 Directed Research (0 cr.)
        To be scheduled with advisor
  • GMUS 890 Culminating Thesis/Project (1 cr.)
        To be scheduled with advisor

Choral Concentration Courses

Students take 13 required credits in the choral field of concentration and 6 elective credits. Through the required concentration courses, students expand and refine the information needed to work successfullly with choral singers of all ages. Elective courses offer students opportunitites to further define and hone the depth and breadth of their expertise.

  • GMUS 574 Applied Voice Study (1 cr.)
    Private study; 12, 30-minute lessons arranged with the instructor.
  • GMUS 673 Choral Score Study and Literature I (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 674 Choral Score Study and Literature II (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 676 Voice Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 726 Intermediate Choral Conducting (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 727 Advanced Choral Conducting (2 cr.)
    GMUS 728 Advanced Choral Conducting Lab (1 cr.)

    Plus one of the following diction courses 
  • GMUS 530 IPA/English/French Diction for Singers (1 cr.)
  • GMUS 531 IPA/Italian/German Diction for Singers (1 cr.)

    Choral Elective Courses
    Choose 6 credits from the following electives:
  • GMUS 517 Develping the Child Voice in the Classroom (2 cr.)
    GMUS 518 Teaching Choral Music to Young Singers (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 523 Teaching Adolescent Voices (3 cr.)
    GMUS 527 Vocal Jazz Techniques (2 cr.)
  • GMUS 544-xx  Topics in Music Education (with Advisor approval)
  • GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 742 Kodály Level II (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 765 American Folk Music (3 cr.)
  • Other courses considered for elective credit (with Advisor approval)

Quick Facts
Course Schedule:

Summer Faculty:
Angela Broeker
Alan Bryan
Matt Culluton
Dan LeJeune

Degree, nondegree, and audit/workshop rates available