The University of St. Thomas




Instrumental Concentration

The Master of Arts degree with a concentration in instrumental music education features a broad range of theoretical courses balanced by requirements that apply to instrumental directors' work with elementary, middle, and high school instrumental ensembles. 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. Informed, practical pedagogy is the cornerstone of this concentration.

In this program, students will

  • Sharpen conducting and rehearsal skills necessary for efficient instrumental artistry
  • Gain insights into historical and contemporary instrumental literature through analytical study
  • Improve musical competency
  • Broaden understanding of music history, theory, and literature
  • Gain pedagogical insights into instrumental pedagogy, sight-reading/musicianship and instrumental music learning for ensembles 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 17 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 612 Topics in Music History, Literature and 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

Instrumental Concentration Courses

Students take 11 required credits in the instrumental field of concentration and five elective credits. Through the required concentration courses, students expand and refine the information needed to work successfully with instrumentalists of all ages. Elective courses offer students opportunities to further define and hone the breadth and depth of their expertise.

  • GMUS 570-592 Applied Performance Studies (2 cr. as specified below):
    • Private study; 12, 30-minute lessons on the major instrument, arranged with the instructor and determined in consultation with the director. (1 credit)
    • Private study; 12, 30-minute lessons on a secondary instrument, arranged with the instructor and determined in consultation with the director. (1 credit)
  • GMUS 665 Instrumental Musicianship Pedagogy (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 687 Advanced Instrumental Score Study and Literature (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 690 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3 cr.)
        Prerequisite: GMUS 687

Instrumental Elective Courses

Choose 5 credits from the following electives:

  • GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education (with Advisor approval)
  • GMUS 557 Marching Band Techniques (1 cr.)
  • GMUS 558 Solo and Small Ensemble and Solo Literature (1 cr.)
  • GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 661 Exploring Music Technology (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 664 Jazz Pedagogy (3 cr.)
  • GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble (2 cr.)
  • Other courses considered for elective credit (with Advisor approval)
Quick Facts
Course Schedule:

Summer Faculty:
Douglas Orzolek
Matthew George
Chris Kachian
Sowah Mensah

Degree, nondegree, and audit/workshop rates available