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Students in the Performance, Conducting, and Composition concentrations, as well as those students in the Teaching Concentration who choose a Professional Development Project instead of a Thesis, are required to pass an oral examination in order to receive their degree. In the exam the student will demonstrate the ability to speak articulately and intelligently about various aspects of music.
Students in the Teaching Concentration who choose a Thesis rather than a Professional Development Project defend their Thesis in lieu of an oral exam.
Scheduling of the exam:
The exam takes place during the last semester of study, at least three weeks before the last day of classes.
If the student completes their coursework during Winter Session, the oral exam takes place during Spring Semester. If the student completes their coursework during one of the Summer Sessions and wishes to have the degree confirmed in August, they must take the oral exam during the previous Spring Semester.
The student is responsible for scheduling the exam and reserving a room from the School of Music staff. The exam date must be determined not less than two weeks in advance. The student gives the date of the exam to the Director of Graduate Studies once it is determined.
Students are responsible for obtaining three faculty members to hear their exam.
For those in the Performance, Conducting, and Composition Concentrations, these are: the student's Private Study instructor, one faculty member whose primary teaching load is in a non-performance area, and one additional faculty member of the student's choice.
For those in the Teaching Concentration planning to complete a Professional Development Project, these are: the faculty member who guided the Professional Development Project, one faculty member whose primary teaching load is in a non-performance area, and one additional faculty member of the student's choice.
The student gives the names of the faculty members to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Each faculty member gives the student either a topic or up to three questions to consider and be prepared to speak about at the exam. These questions or topics are given to the student at least 14 days prior to the exam date.
The student obtains a Master's Oral Exam Completion sheet from the Academic Advisor and brings this to the Exam.
The student may not have written notes for the exam. The Private Study instructor is responsible for welcoming the student at the beginning of the exam, and explaining the following exam procedure to the student. The exam is scheduled for 45 minutes. At the end of the exam, the student is asked to leave the room briefly, and the faculty committee determines the result of the exam. There are three possible results: pass, fail, or partial pass. (See next section.) The student re-enters the exam room and is told the result.
The student must pass all portions in order to pass the exam. The exam is considered in three portions, corresponding to the topics or questions provided by the three faculty members on the exam committee.
Recourse if the student does not pass:
Students must pass all portions of the exam by the second attempt in order to be awarded the degree.
Students must return the Oral Exam Completion
Form to the Academic Advisor on the day of their exam.
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THESIS PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Students must return the Master’s Thesis
Proposal Form to the Academic Advisor.
THESIS DEFENSE AND SUBMISSION
Students must return the Master’s Thesis
Completion Form to the Academic Advisor on the day of their
Proposal outlines the scope and sequence of the project
Students must return the PDP Proposal Form and
the PDP Completion Form to the Academic Advisor.