Music


Staff

Department Head:. Lynn Cavanagh, MMus

Graduate Co-ordinator: Lynn Cavanagh, MMus

Faculty Listing:  http://www.uregina.ca/finearts/areas-study/music/faculty-staff/index.html


Department Description

The degree Master of Music is offered with the following areas of concentration:

  1. Performance (piano, organ, voice, and orchestral instruments).
  2. Composition
  3. Conducting

The degree Master of Arts is offered in the following areas:

  1. Musicology
  2. Music Theory

Application Dates

Applicants are expected to have supporting materials (including DVDs, scores, letters of reference, transcripts, etc.) available for review by the Department of Music no later than January 15 for Fall.   Auditions where required are also to be completed before this deadline.

Departmental Facilities

The Dr. John Archer Library contains listening facilities, recordings, microfilms, and a broad spectrum of scores, collected works and music texts. Two electronic music studios used for composition contain a full range of advanced digital systems for sequencing, notation, editing and recording.

Concert halls include the University Theatre, seating 400; the Schumiatcher Theatre (The Shu Box Theatre), seating 140; and the Education Auditorium, seating 800.


Entrance Requirements

Master of Music Program (effective 201630)

Students entering the Master of Music (MMus) degree program will ordinarily hold a music degree comparable to the degree Bachelor of Music offered by the University of Regina. Bachelor of Music Education graduates accepted to the Master of Music program are normally required to complete additional undergraduate music courses, and to do so by the end of the first semester of graduate study.
Applicants for the MMus in Performance degree program (instrumental or vocal) will ordinarily perform an in-person audition arranged through the department head. International applicants, and Canadian applicants who are not within driving distance of Regina, will be considered on the basis of a video recording (an audio recording alone is not acceptable) and are to submit the recording in one of the following ways: uploaded to a video webiste with links provided or on a DVD or on a USB thumb drive.  Vocalists are to demonstrate acceptable singing ability in French, Italian, and German as well as English.  Applicants who audition in person should be prepared to perform at the audition the equivalent of an entire senior undergraduate recital, from which the audition planel will choose selections of at leaset one-half hour in duration. 
Applicants for the MMus in Composition degree program are to submit recent compositions for evaluation. 
Applicants for the MMus in Conducting degree program are to submit a video recording in one of the following ways: uploaded to a video website with links provided or on a DVD or on a USB thumb drive.  The video will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes of unedited rehearsal and performance, including at least 20 minutes of consecutive rehearsal.  The camera should be positioned to show the upper body from a frontal view.  An audio recording alone is not acceptable. 
For all programs, written diagnostic examinations in music theory and history are required prior to beginning the program.  Entering students scoring below a certain level will be required to do remedial work.  Remedial work of more than two semesters is not permitted.

Master of Arts Program

Students entering the Master of Arts (MA) degree program must hold a music degree comparable to the degree Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts (Honours Music History or Theory) offered by the University of Regina. Applicants are to submit a portfolio of recent samples of their scholarly writing, drawing from senior research projects. Written diagnostic examinations in music theory and history are required prior to beginning the program. Entering students scoring below a certain level will be required to do remedial work. Remedial work of more than two semesters is not permitted.


Residence Requirements
The student in  MMus in Composition or MA program must be in residence for at least two regular semesters and one six-week spring/summer session. The student in MMus Performance or MMus Conducting program must be in residence for a least four semesters, regular or spring/summer. Work toward the degree must be completed within five years, with interruption of not more than two years in duration.

Graduation Requirements

Performance: All graduate students in performance are required to take jury examinations for each semester in which they are enrolled in MU 902 but do not perform a recital. Two recitals are to be performed, one after not more than 6 credit hours of study and the other after the remaining credit hours of study. A preliminary hearing of the second recital will take place at least one month before the performance date. An oral examination covering topics related to the recital is required during the same semester that the recital is presented.

Composition: A portfolio of compositions for a variety of performing mediums, totaling 45 minutes duration, including one major work of at least 12 minutes, is to be presented as the thesis. The student should arrange for the compositions to be recorded. An oral examination covering topics related to the thesis is required during the semester that the thesis is presented.

Conducting: All graduate students in conducting may be required to take jury examinations for any semester in which they are enrolled in MU 902. The conducting of a major work for orchestra, band, or chorus and orchestra, or its equivalent, will be presented in public performance as the fulfillment of the thesis requirement. A preliminary hearing will take place at least one month before the performance date. This will be preceded by a wide range of conducting projects and score study. An oral examination covering topics related to the major work is required during the same semester that the recital is presented.

The committee to review the graduate recital of a Master of Music candidate shall consist of the candidate's applied music teacher, the Head of the department, two other members of the Department of Music, an examiner from outside of the department, and the Dean of FGSR (or designate). The general requirements for Master's degrees are applied where appropriate.

Music Theory and Musicology Concentrations: The student is to demonstrate language facility in French or German by means of an examination which carries no credit hours or by successful completion of an approved course. This requirement must be successfully completed before beginning thesis work. Acceptance of a thesis on an approved topic and successful completion of an oral examination on the thesis are required. 

The committee to review the thesis of a Master of Arts candidate shall consist of the thesis supervisor, the designated second reader, one other member of the Department of Music, the Head of the department (ex officio), an examiner from outside of the department, and the Dean of FGSR (or designate). The general requirements for Masters' degrees are applied where appropriate.


Program Requirements

Master of Music

1. Performance Concentration:

Orchestral Instruments                                                               
 
FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 881, 882 Chamber Music Ensemble (I, II) 6
MU 813 Directed Studies in Music Literature 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods    3
MU 871 & 872 or MU 801 & 802 Large ensemble (I, II)  3
MU 902 Research Project                 12
FA 903 Project Report Course (Optional) 0
Total Credit Hours 30

Keyboard Instruments (effective 201630)
 
FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 881, 882 Chamber Music Ensemble (I, II) 6
MU 813 Directed Studies in Music Literature 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods    3
One of: MU 803-809, 811, 816-818, 820, 841 3
MU 902 Research Project                  12
FA 903 Project Report Course (Optional) 0
Total Credit Hours 30

Voice (effective 201630)
FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 861 Opera Workshop 3
MU 813 Directed Studies in Music Literature 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods     3
MU 831, 832 Large ensemble (I, II) 3
One of: MU 803-809, 811, 817, 818, 820, 821, 841 or GER XXX, FRN XXX, SPAN XXX* 3
MU 902 Research Project 12
FA 903 Project Report Course (Optional) 0
Total Credit Hours 30

*For students in a specialized study, the Department Head may give permission for this requirement to be filled by, for example, a course in Ukrainian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese or Cree, Dakota or Salteaux.  If Italian (non-credit) is used to fulfill the language requirement, an MU 8XX from the list provided will be required.

2. Composition Concentration (effective 201630)

FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods 3
MU 816 History of Music Theory 3
MU 811 Analysis of Music Written Since 1900 or MU 817 Analysis 3
One of: MU 803-809, 811, 817, 818, 820, 821, 841 3
MU 902 Research Project                  15
FA 903 Project Report Course (Optional) 0
Total Credit Hours 30


3. Conducting Concentration (effective 201630)

MU 813 Directed Studies in Music Literature 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods 3
FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 801 & 802 or 831 & 832 or 871 & 872 Large Ensemble (I, II) 3
One of MU 803-809, 811, 817, 818, 820, 821, 841 3
One of MU 803-809, 811, 817, 820, 821, 841 or GER XXX, FRN XXX, SPAN XXX 3
MU 902 Research Project                  12
FA 903 Project Report Course (Optional) 0
Total Credit Hours 30

*Please note it is recommended for those following teh Choral stream to take one language course, a language facility examination, or Italian (non-credit).

Master of Arts

1. Musicology (effective 201630)

FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 819 Bibliography and Research Methods in Musicology     3
Two of: MU 803-809 6
One of: MU 811, 816-818, 820 3
MU 901 Thesis Research 15
Total Credit Hours 30


2. Music Theory (effective 201630)

FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I 3
MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods      3
MU 817 Analysis 3
One of: MU 811, 816, 818, 820 3
One of: MU 803-809, 841 3
MU 901 Thesis Research                  15
Total Credit Hours 30


Course Descriptions

The following classes are available for study in the graduate program. They are not offered each semester but rather at irregular intervals, as student demand warrants.

FA 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods I (3)
Seminar exploring and questioning the history, theory and aesthetics of Fine Arts, and the diverse and shifting conceptions of Fine Arts disciplines in relation to other social and cultural forms.

FA 903 Project Report Course (0)
The student submits the final project or critical engagment paper.

MU 801 University Concert Band I (1)
Participation as principal in one of the sections of the ensemble. Students will assist in duties contributing toward the presentation of concert events.

MU 802 University Concert Band II (2)
Participation as principal in one of the sections of the ensemble. Students will assist in duties contributing toward the presentation of concert events.

MU 803 Medieval Music (3)
Selected topics in the history of medieval music.

MU 804 Music of the Renaissance (3)
Selected topics in the history of renaissance music.

MU 805 Music of the Baroque (3)
Selected topics in the history of baroque music.

MU 806 Music of the Classical Era (3)
Selected topics in the history of the music of the classical era.

MU 807 Music of the Romantic Era (3)
Selected topics in the history of the music of the romantic era.

MU 808 Music of the Twentieth Century (3)
Selected topics in the history of twentieth-century music.

MU 809AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Musicology (3)
Study of selected topics in musicology.

MU 811 Analysis of Music Written Since 1900 (3)
Emphasis on contemporary music. Detailed study and analysis of selected works in chamber, symphonic, choral and solo literature.

MU 813AA-ZZ Directed Studies in Music Literature (3)
Study related to the performing medium of the student. Repertoire and its stylistic development through a study of selected works.

MU 815 Bibliography and Research Methods (3)
Bibliographical materials for graduate study in music theory, history or performance.

MU 816 History of Music Theory (3)
A survey of theoretical writings from ancient times to the present.

MU 817 Analysis (3)
Techniques of analysis covering a variety of approaches and musical styles.

MU 818AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Music Theory (3)
Research problems and topics related to the candidate's needs and interests.

MU 819 Bibliography and Research Methods in Musicology (3)
Attendance at meetings and presentation of a research paper.

MU 820 Music Theory Seminar (3)
Attendance at meetings and presentation of a research paper.

MU 821 Music Composition (3)
Composing music in the smaller forms and for small ensembles.

MU 831 University Concert Choir I (1)
Participation as section leader. Students will assist in duties contributing to the presentation of concert events.

MU 832 University Concert Choir II (2)
Participation as section leader. Students will assist in duties contributing to the presentation of concert events.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head, MU 831

MU 835 University Chamber Singers I (1)
Specializing in a cappella music from the Renaissance to the Twentieth century. Participation as section leader. Students will assist in duties contributing to the presentation of concert events.

MU 836 University Chamber Singers II (2)
Specializing in a cappella music from the Renaissance to the Twentieth century. Participation as section leader. Students will assist in duties contributing to the presentation of concert events.

MU 841 Orchestration (3)
Writing for various instrumental combinations and dealing with the overall problems of blending and balance.

MU 861 Opera Workshop (3)
Preparation and performance of principal roles from the opera and musical theatre literature, in departmental productions. Students must possess a voice suitable to the operatic repertoire and have achieved an advanced level of vocal technique.

MU 871 University Chamber Orchestra I (1)
Participation as principal in one of the sections of the ensemble. Students will assist in duties contributing toward the presentation of concert events.

MU 872 University Chamber Orchestra II (2)
Participation as principal in one of the sections of the ensemble. Students will assist in duties contributing toward the presentation of concert events.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Head, MU 871

MU 881 Chamber Music Ensemble I (Variable 1-3)
Coaching in performance problems and interpretation of selected works from the chamber literature that includes the student's instrument.

MU 882 Chamber Music Ensemble II (Variable 1-3)
Coaching in performance problems and interpretation of selected works from the chamber literature that includes the student's instrument, culminating in presentation of a chamber music recital.
Prerequisite: MU 881

MU 901 Thesis Research (Variable credit 1-15)
Research supporting a studies-based program (MA in Musicology and in Music Theory) resulting in the writing and defense of a graduating theses of 60-100 pages.

MU 902 Research Project (Variable credit 1-15)
Research supporting a professional, practice-based program (MMus in Composition; MMus in Conducting; and MMus in Performance). MMus in Performance is expected to perform two solo recitals - the first after not more than 6 credit hours of study.

All graduate students in performance and conducting are required to take jury examinations for each semester in which they are enrolled in MU 902.