Student Services

Student musicians (violin and saxophone) play for a student conductor during a graduate music "advanced instrumental conducting" class August 8, 2008 in Brady Educational Center (BEC).

For more information please contact:

Mail:  University of St. Thomas          
Graduate Programs in Music Education           
2115 Summit Avenue           
LOR 103           
St. Paul, MN   55105

Telephone: (651) 962-5870
Toll free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5870
Email:  gradmusic@stthomas.edu

Academic Policies

These policies are a general guide to the policies, procedures and rules at the University of St. Thomas. Students should read these carefully and are responsible for the content of these policies. Graduate Student Policy Book

Active Status

Once accepted as a student in the St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education degree program, students must enroll in a course within one year. Matriculated students who do not register for two successive summer terms will be deactivated and must re-apply to resume work in the program. 

Attendance

Graduate students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and to make appropriate arrangements for assignments and class materials covered in their absence.

Summer session day courses, offered three-day and in one-, two-, and three-week formats, have a no-absence policy. Students should be aware that absence from these classes may affect their final grade.

Transfer Graduate Credits

A maximum of six semester hours completed at another accredited institution prior to entering the program may be considered for transfer to meet degree requirements if the course work was:

  • graded "B-" or better;
  • taken within the last seven years;
  • comparable in content and approach with those in the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education degree program:
  • acceptable at the granting institution toward a graduate degree there; and
  • not used to fulfill requirements for a previously granted degree.

Transfer credits from another institution may not be applied to Level II or III of either the Orff Schulwerk or Kodály fields of concentration; however, they may be applied to the core requirements and Level I in these fields of concentration.

Six graduate credits earned as a nondegree student in UST courses that also are requirements for the graduate program may be transferred to meet the student's course requirements. The total number of transfer credits from other institutions and the University of St. Thomas may not exceed six.

Time Limits

All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven years of matriculation into the program. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within seven years must re-apply to the program. The new application must include:

A letter petitioning reactivation of the file with an explanation of the reasons why the degree was not completed and why the student wishes to be readmitted.

The director determines the number of credits which will be added to the course load for graduation. Students will have no more than three years from the time of readmission to complete all degree requirements.

Students who have reached the time limit for completion of the degree but are making satisfactory progress toward degree completion must submit a letter to the director requesting an extension, reason for the extension, and proposed date of completion.

Grades

Graduate Programs in Music Education uses and A-D grading system that includes plus (+) and minus (-) designation. B- is the minimum grade accepted for courses to be used to meet degree requirements. Students earning a grade lower than B- in a core or concentration course must repeat the course until a grade of B- or higher is earned. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale is needed to receive the Master of Arts degree. Thesis projects are graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. Student progress in the program is reviewed annually by the director.

The meaning of each grade may be interpreted numerically or qualitatively:

Quantitative Interpretation

A      93-100
A-     90-92
B+    87-89
B      83-86
B-     80-82
C+    77-79
C      73-76
C-     70-72
D+    67-69
D      63-66
D-     60-63

Qualitative Interpretation

A      Superior work in all aspects
A-     Superior work in most aspects
B+    Good work in all aspects
B      Good work in most aspects
B-     Good work in some aspects
C+    Fair work in some aspects
C      Fair work in most aspects
C-     Fair work in all aspects
D+    Poor work in some aspects
D      Poor work in most aspects
D-     Poor work in all aspects

Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Our goal is to provide you with easy access to important information about financing your education at University of St. Thomas.

Graduate Financial Aid Contact Information:

Phone:  (651) 962-6550
Toll Free:  (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6550
Email: financialaid@stthomas.edu 

For information about costs, scholarships and grants, student loans, and other resources available to graduate students, please visit Graduate Financial Aid.

Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded based on application and academic credentials. You must be accepted for admission to the University of St. Thomas prior to being considered for institutional, merit-based awards.

New Student Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to new University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education students for summer study. Criteria for selection include:

  • Outstanding undergraduate GPA.
  • Especially strong letters of recommendation.
  • Exceptional promise for contributing to the program and to the field based on career history.

Scholarships are competitive. All students are advised to prepare their application materials carefully. The completed application consists of:

  • Official graduate transcripts for any non-UST courses taken since admission to the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program.
  • Personal statement indicating your reasons for pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education and your future goals.
  • Supporting data such as programs, articles, publications, recordings.
  • Two supporting letters of Recommendation from professionals in your field of study for receiving a scholarship.

Completed application are due on or before April 1 of the current year. Notifications will be processed by May 1.

Students denied scholarships may reapply in the subsequent year, supplying updated application support materials.

Current Student Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to continuing University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) students for summer study. Selection criteria for all student applicants includes:

  • Completion of at least two courses taken at the degree rate at UST.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.5.
  • No incomplete grades when the application is submitted.
  • Outstanding performance in the MAME program.
  • Demonstrate exceptional promise for contributing to the field based on career history.

Scholarships are competitive. All students are advised to prepare their application materials carefully. The completed application consists of:

  • Official graduate transcripts for any non-UST courses taken since admission to the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program.
  • A two-page personal statement indicating your reasons for pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education and your future goals. In light of your coursework here at St. Thomas, state how your reasons have or have not changed since your original application.
  • Supporting data such as programs, articles, publications, and recordings produced during your time as a Master's student at St. Thomas.
  • Two supporting letters of Recommendation from professionals in your field of study.

Completed applications are due on or before April 1 of the current year. Notifications will be processed by May 1.

Students denied scholarships may reapply in the subsequent year, supplying updated application support materials.

Arvida Steen Orff Schulwerk Studies Scholarship

The Arvida Steen Orff Schulwerk Studies Scholarship was established in 2004 to recognize Arvida's extensive and generous support to music education. Arvida taught in the UST Orff Schulwerk Certificate Program from 1972-2003, serving as director for four years. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in 1997 and was vice president and president of AOSA between 1978 and 1981. She is the author of Exploring Orff, an important resource for Orff practitioners. Through her work with teachers and children, thousands of lives have been touched and changed.

Luann Dummer Scholarships

The Luann Dummer Center for Women offers two graduate fellowships to students who will conduct research on topics related to girls and/or women. This award has been offered since the 1999-2000 academic year.

Full-time and part-time students in all graduate programs are invited to apply. The research may be conducted as part of a course, a thesis, or a dissertation. It may consist of a credit or non-credit independent study. The student must have a faculty sponsor to guide the project and support the application. The research fellow agrees to credit the Luann Dummer Center for Women as co-sponsor and funder in all research outcomes. The research must take place during the grant period, and the researcher must agree to present the results in a forum sponsored by the women's center at the end of the grant period.  A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to the student to support work on the project, and a $1,500 stipend will be provided to the faculty sponsor. For additional information, contact the Luann Dummer Center for Women at (651) 962-6118.

This scholarship provides financial assistance to GMUS 735 Curriculum Development. The scholarship recipient must complete an Arvida Steen Orff Schulwerk Studies Scholarship application and:

  • be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Music Education program at the University of St. Thomas with Orff Schulwerk as a declared concentration;
  • have successfully completed Level II Orff Schulwerk; and
  • provide verification of financial need.

If no candidate meets all of the above criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a current MAME Orff concentration student and applied toward Level III Orff studies. The scholarship cannot be awarded more than once to the same student. Scholarships are competitive.

Tax-deductible donations to help a music educator continue their excellence through study at St. Thomas are greatly appreciated.

St. Thomas Resources

Identification Cards

Students must obtain a University of St. Thomas identification card to use all facilities on campus (i.e libraries, practice rooms, laundry, pool). The Card Office is located on second floor of Murray-Herrick Campus Center.  Summer hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. There is no charge to get an ID card. For more information call (651) 962-6069.

The Libraries

St. Thomas is home to four libraries. The O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on the main campus, John Ireland Memorial Library on the St. Paul "south" campus, and the Charles J. Keffer Library on the Minneapolis campus. The new School of Law library has room for 250,000 books and 250,000 volumes on microform. Library users have access to hundreds of electronic databases and online resources, including electronic collections of books, newspapers, and journals. CLICnet,the libraries' online catalog, is searchable via the Internet. It serves as the catalog of the holdings of the St. Thomas libraries as well as the collections of an eight-library consortium in the Twin Cities, with a combined collection of 2 million volumes.

Music Resource Center & Curriculum Lab

Brady Educational Center, where the majority of Master of Arts in Music Education courses are held, houses the Music Resource Center (room 103), which contains musical scores, recordings, videos, and reference materials. A special Music Education Resource Room is located in Loras Hall (room 104), home of Graduate Programs in Music Education.

Parking

In general, parking permits are not required during summer term, provided you are not parking overnight. Students staying on campus in the residence halls/apartments must park in the resident lots only. Seminary guests may park in Lot P but will need to obtain a parking permit from the front desk at the Seminary. There is no parking available in St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity lots. You can find more information at Campus Parking Information. If you are staying on campus for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended you register your car with Public Safety and Parking Services. For assistance or general questions call (651) 962-5100.

Post Office

St. Thomas has a full service post office. It is located in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center on north campus. Mail services include receiving, processing, and delivery of USPS, Federal Express, UPS, and internal mail.

Public Safety

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to the University of St. Thomas. The Campus Security Act Report includes campus crime statistics for the most recent three year period and a broad range of institutional policies concerning campus security. These policies pertain to alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and more. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety, Investigations Division at (651) 962-5100 or by visiting their Web site at www.stthomas.edu/psps/.

Service Center

The Service Center provides copying, printing, high-speed scanning, layout/design, bindery, mailing, and courier services to the University of St. Thomas.

Information and Resource Technology

Computers are available for your use in all campus libraries, the McNeely lab (second floor McNeely Hall) and Koch Commons.  For help and support you can contact Information and Resource Technology (IRT), or call the Tech Desk at (651) 962-6230; on campus.

Summer Housing

Summer Housing

On-campus housing is available for students who complete a housing request form in advance.  All housing costs are based on one per person/per night price. Housing will be based on availability on the date your request is received. Housing Request Form 2015.‌

Check In/Check Out

Once you arrive on the UST campus, you will pick up your keys at the Koch Commons front desk.  The Koch Commons desk is open daily (including weekends) from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. If you need to make arrangements for times outside of these, you can do so by contacting the Graduate Music department at gradmusic@stthomas.edu THREE weeks prior to your arrival.

When you are departing from the UST campus, you must drop your keys off at the Koch Commons Desk. You must do this by 10 p.m. on the night of your check out or you will be charged for each additional night that you have the keys in your possession. 

Here is the link to a campus map: http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/

Rates

The 2015 Graduate Programs in Music Education summer student rate for a shared apartment is $54 per person per night.  This rate includes linens.

Maintenance Issues

For any maintenance or custodial problems with the room or building in which you are staying, please put in a request for service by calling the Office of Residence Life at extension (651) 962-6475 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency requiring immediate assistance, e.g. flood, loss of electrical power, fire, theft, assault or attempted assault, personal crisis or injury, contact the Public Safety Office at (651) 962-5100.

Cleaning and Housekeeping

Each resident is expected to complement the efforts of university personnel by maintaining cleanliness in both public and private areas of the residence halls and throughout campus.  Lounges, common restrooms, and laundry rooms are cleaned by the housekeeping staff. Resident cooperation in keeping these areas as neat as possible is expected and appreciated. Vacuums are available to check out at the front desks of the residence halls. Linen is provided every week for all guests who stay five nights or longer.

Phones

Each room in the residence halls is equipped with a touchtone phone. Parties can reach you by dialing (651) 96x-xxxx (the number printed on your phone).  To call other residence halls, simply dial just the extension number for that room.

To place a local call, dial 8 for an outside line, then the number you are calling.