Instrumental Concentration

A student conductor practices his technique during a graduate music "advanced instrumental conducting" class August 8, 2008 in Brady Educational Center (BEC)

‌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; and
  • emphasize the commonality of the goals and techniques shared by music educators at all levels‌.

Instrumental Concentration Requirements

Required music education core courses (17 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 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.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required instrumental concentration courses (11 credits)

GMUS 570-592 Performance Studies - Piano, 2 cr.
    Major Instrument 30-minute lessons
    Secondary Instrument 30-minute lessons
GMUS 665 Instrumental Musicianship Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 687 Advanced instrumental Score Study & Literature, 3 cr.
GMUS 690 Advanced Instrumental Conducting, 3 cr.

Instrumental elective courses (minimum of 5 credits) 

GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 557 Marching Band Techniques, 1 cr.
GMUS 558 Small Ensemble and Solo Literature, 1 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 664 Jazz Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam