Information for Matriculated Students
Graduate Competency Exams
All incoming School of Music graduate students must pass a competency exam in music theory/ear training prior to enrollment in MUS 530, Seminar in Music Theory. This exam will be graded pass/fail and may be taken no more than three times. Students unable to pass after three attempts must withdraw from the program.
Special Requirements and Standards
All music graduate programs must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation.
Students must maintain a B average in all coursework and must have no grade lower than B-. Students who receive grades lower than B- will be reviewed for retention in the graduate program.
Each program requires that students demonstrate mastery in their primary area of study. Conducting students meet this requirement through the presentation of recitals.
The following conditions will apply to all recitals:
- Required recitals must be performed after successful completion of the comprehensive exams
- Grading of the recital will be by a committee of no less than three jurors. The jurors will be drawn from the graduate faculty, the degree candidate’s graduate advisor, and the degree candidate’s private instructor.
- The candidate must receive a grade of B or higher on each recital. If the grade of B is not achieved, the candidate must perform another recital that contains at least 50 percent new material. If the grade of B or higher is not achieved at this recital retake, the candidate must petition the faculty to remain in the degree program.
Six graduate credits may be transferred to USM from another NASM-accredited college or university.
Admissions credit: Additionally, no more than six graduate credits for work earned at USM in the five years prior to matriculation may be credited to the master’s degree.
A one-year residency is required for wind and orchestral conducting. Residency is not required in choral conducting.
Exit requirements are specific to each program. Please consult the faculty advisor in these programs for a list of requirements.