Music, Pedagogy & Performance
Oklahoma State University offers a graduate degree which combines two elements that are essential for many of today's musicians and music educators. The Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance is a degree which provides additional training, skills, and knowledge for the performer, the conductor, and the music educator. The degree program is predicated on the belief that a fine music pedagogue is also an accomplished musician.
The Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance requires thirty-two credit hours. Regardless of specialty, each student in the degree completes a core group of courses that includes courses in music research and bibliography, music theory, and music history. Additional required courses center upon the student's degree track. Elective credits that are built into each degree track permit the student to explore additional interests and to develop specific, desired capabilities. Each degree candidate will complete a final project which contains both written and performing components. A final oral examination is also a part of the degree requirements.
The student pursuing the conducting track will concentrate on conducting skills, repertoire, and rehearsal techniques. The student will focus on his/her particular area of specialty and will have numerous opportunities to conduct appropriate choirs, wind bands, orchestras, string groups, and chamber ensembles.
As a part of specializing on his/her instrument, the student who chooses the applied music track will develop a refined knowledge of the repertoire composed for that instrument and will also learn the teaching and technical approaches germaine to teaching that instrument. Solo and collaborative performing opportunities abound.
The school music educator will enroll in courses addressing the musical development of the students with whom he/she works. The practical application of advanced teaching techniques is a focus of studies, bolstered by the opportunity for additional study in applied music and conducting as appropriate.
The student desiring to enter the Master of Music degree program must apply for admission to the Graduate College of OSU. In addition, the applicant must successfully complete an audition for the Department of Music. The audition time will be scheduled with the major professor under whom the student wishes to study. In addition, three letters of recommendation must be sent to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of Music.
The standards of both the Graduate College and the Department of Music must be met for admission to the Master of Music degree program.
General financial assistance is offered through the OSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 119 Student Union, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, phone number 405-744-6604.
In addition, the Department of Music awards graduate assistantships that include an out-of-state tuition waiver and a stipend that is paid over a period of nine months. Graduate assistants are assigned duties related to individual strengths and interests as well as the needs of the Department of Music. Responsibilities include duties with ensembles, administration of various departmental offerings and offices, accompanying, assisting teachers of undergraduate courses, and teaching. To secure an application form for a graduate assistantship, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of Music.
Graduate Faculty List
Adams, Brant Ph.D., University of Texas
Music Theory, Composition
Belter, Babette, M.M., Michigan State University
Bovenschen, Wayne, M.M., Michigan State University
Compton, Paul, M.M., University of North Texas
Droste Douglas, M.M, Texas Tech University
Conducting, Orchestra Director
Frank, Gerald, D.M.A., University of Cincinnati
Organ, Harpsichord, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Haley, Julia, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Lanners, Thomas, D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Missal, Joseph, D.M.A., University of Colorado
Conducting, Director of Bands
Scott, Allen, Ph.D., Florida State University
Talbott, Laura, D.M.A., Boston University