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  • Binghamton University

    Department of Music

    GRADUATE HANDBOOK

    2016-2017

    Phone E-mail Office

    James Burns 777-2592 [email protected] FA-163A

    Department Chair

    Christopher Bartlette 777-2559 [email protected] FA-118

    Director of Graduate Studies

  • Ren Neville 777-6969 [email protected] FA-163

    Assistant to the Chair

    Cheryl McGowan 777-2589 [email protected] FA-165

    Department Secretary

    Marnie Wrighter 777-3004 [email protected] FA-161

    Concert Manager

  • GRADUATE HANDBOOK

    20162017

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Preliminary Information ............................................................................................................................. 3

    2. University Bulletin and Graduate School Manual ........................................................................... 3

    3. Placement Examinations ............................................................................................................................ 3

    4. Registration for Academic Courses ...................................................................................................... 4

    5. Auditions and Registration for Applied Lessons and Ensembles ............................................ 5

    6. Independent Study ...................................................................................................................................... 5

    7. Grading and Incompletes ......................................................................................................................... 6

    8. Maintaining Matriculated Status ............................................................................................................ 6

    9. Transfer Credits ............................................................................................................................................. 6

    10. Graduate Application for Degree .......................................................................................................... 7

    11. Assistantships and Scholarships ............................................................................................................ 7

    12. The MM Degree in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting, Instrumental

    Performance, and Vocal Performance (excluding Opera) ......................................................... 9

    13. The MM Degree in Opera ...................................................................................................................... 13

    14. The MM Degree in History and Literature ...................................................................................... 15

    15. Graduate Final Examinations in Music ............................................................................................. 17

    Forms

  • Department of Music Graduate Handbook 2016 2017 Page 4

    MM Thesis Proposal / Evaluation Forms for Recital

    MM Thesis Proposal / Evaluation Forms for Opera Role

    MM Thesis Proposal / Evaluation Forms for Conducting Performance

    MM Thesis Proposal / Evaluation Forms for History and Literature Thesis or

    Composition Portfolio

    MM Foreign Language Examination (for History and Literature only)

    MM Piano Proficiency Exam (for History and Literature only)

    MM Comprehensive Examinations Proposal / Evaluation Form for

    Listening Examination

    MM Comprehensive Examinations Proposal / Evaluation Forms for Oral

    Examination

    General Checklist for MM Program

    Checklists for MM Thesis

  • Department of Music Graduate Handbook 2016 2017 Page 5

    BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

    Department of Music

    Graduate Handbook

    The faculty and staff of the Music Department cordially welcome you to Binghamton

    University, and we hope that your upcoming educational experience will be provocative,

    challenging, fulfilling, and rewarding. This handbook has information that should answer

    many questions you may have regarding general aspects, procedures, and requirements of

    our academic program.

    1. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

    Abbreviations used in this handbook:

    DGS = Director of Graduate Studies

    ATTC = Assistant to the Chair

    GA = Graduate Assistant

    You should familiarize yourself with the requirements of the degree you are pursuing.

    Questions or problems with degree programs or with courses should be addressed to the

    DGS, who can make referrals, if necessary, to the Department Chair or other administrative

    personnel. Questions of procedural details may be directed to the ATTC or to the

    Department Secretary. Let us know if we can be of help.

    2. UNIVERSITY BULLETIN AND GRADUATE SCHOOL MANUAL

    The University Bulletin (http://bulletin.binghamton.edu) contains the official requirements and

    regulations that concern you. For additional emphasis, some information from the Bulletin

    also appears in this Handbook.

  • Department of Music Graduate Handbook 2016 2017 Page 6

    The Graduate School Manual (http://www.binghamton.edu/grad-school/resources/policies-

    procedures/manual/index.html) contains helpful information, especially regarding the

    submission of written theses (including compositions). Please review it for informational

    purposes and consult it as you begin to prepare for thesis work.

    3. PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS

    Examinations in music history and theory are given during the orientation period before

    classes begin to determine eligibility to take graduate-level courses in these areas. Students

    are expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of achievement, equivalent to the

    baccalaureate degree with a major in music. The results are used for diagnostic and advisory

    purposes; students may be required to do remedial work before taking graduate music

    history and/or music theory courses.

    History

    All incoming graduate students must pass the graduate Music History Placement Exam

    before registering for Music History & Research I and II (MUS 501 and 502); students may

    also be advised or required to take remedial undergraduate-level Music History

    courses. Students should be familiar with the history of western music in the notated

    tradition, including the contributions of important composers, performers, and patrons, as

    well as the historical context and importance of major works, genres, and styles, and the

    dates or periods with which they are associated. Students should also be aware of important

    historical issues in areas like performance practice, philosophies of music, the role of music

    in society, and views of musics history, including how all of these issues have changed over

    time. Finally, students should be able to think critically about music history and to express

    themselves in clear, grammatical, written English.

    Theory

    All incoming graduate students must take the graduate theory diagnostic test before

    registering for Graduate Theory Review (MUS 520) or Analytical Techniques (MUS 522). The

  • Department of Music Graduate Handbook 2016 2017 Page 7

    examination focuses on tonal harmony (diatonic and chromatic) and tests skills in the

    following areas:

    Aural: Identify melodic and harmonic intervals

    Melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation

    Aural analysis from repertoire: Phrases, cadences, non-chord tones, and form.

    Written: Rudiments: Scales, key signatures, non-chord tones, intervals, meters, etc.

    Roman numeral analysis

    Figured bass realization and melodic harmonization

    Musical form

    Essay on a score, discussing rhythm, melody, harmony, and form

    4. REGISTRATION FOR ACADEMIC COURSES

    It is important for you to meet with the DGS each semester prior to registration in order to

    review progress on your program of study. The DGS provides the course assignment, which

    should then be given to the ATTC who enters the information into the Registrars online

    registration system.

    The initial semesters registration takes place during the orientation period before classes

    begin; after the initial semester, there is a pre-registration period in November for the spring

    semester and in April for the fall semester.

    Any changes to your courses must be made in consultation with both the DGS and the ATTC.

  • Department of Music Graduate Handbook 2016 2017 Page 8

    GAs must be enrolled as full-time students. Students enrolled as non-funded may take

    any number of credits each year, to a maximum of 18.

    For students with less than 24 credits of graduate work completed at the time of

    registration, full time is 12 graduate credits.

    For students with 24 or more credits of graduate work completed at the time of

    registration, full time is 9 graduate credits. For exceptions to the 9 credit hour full-

    time status, see the DGS.

    Because of changing policies on GA financial support, it is imperative that funded students

    carefully manage their sequence of courses in keeping with the recommended registration

    plan to avoid unnecessary extra charges and fees.

    The minimum number of credits for a Masters Degree, other than in opera, is 32. The MM

    Opera degree requires a minimum of 36 credits. Theoretically, it is possible to accumulate

    this number in two semesters; it is more likely that three o