Summer MM Classes

Master of Music degree (MM) in music education or choral conducting can be completed in just three summers. You’ll learn from and interact with some of the nation’s leading music educators, performers, and conductors. Both programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Course details are provided below. You may also take individual courses without seeking a degree by enrolling as a Lifelong Education student through MSU.

Scholarship assistance for music education majors is available through the New Directions Summer Scholars Program and for choral conducting majors through choral scholarships for out-of-state students.

Summer Music Master’s Degree Programs and Classes 2020


MUS 124 sec. 301 [1 credit]
Choral Union
July 13 – July 31
M, T, W, Th - 5:00 – 7:00 pm
103 Music Practice Building

Jonathan Reed, professor and associate director of choral programs, MSU

A laboratory chorus for singers and graduate students in choral conducting. Repertoire is drawn from music of the Baroque Era.


MUS 150A, 350A, 850A sec. 301 [2-3 credits]
Piano

May 11 – July 31
Time arranged
108 Music Building
Deborah Moriarty, professor of piano, MSU

Private instruction in piano. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact Professor Moriarty at forgerd@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2020.


MUS 150M sec. 301 [1 credit]
Piano for piano minors

May 11 – July 31
Time arranged
Location TBA
Instructor TBA

Private instruction in piano for piano minors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please email the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2020.


MUS 200 sec. 301 [1 credit]
Music Theory Review

June 25 – July 31
T, Th - 11:15 am – 1:10 pm
219 Music Practice Building
Mary Gossell, Instructor

Elements of music theory, with emphasis on voice leading and harmonic analysis in diatonic and chromatic music. This remedial course is required for those who do not pass the Orientation Examination in Music Theory. Credit for this course will not count toward a graduate degree. First class meets Thursday, June 25, 2020.


MUS 844, 846, 847, 848, sec. 301 [1 credit]
Secondary Emphasis: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

June 22 – July 31
Time arranged
Location TBA
Instructors TBA

Private instruction in piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion specifically designed for graduate students in music education. Space in these courses is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2020.


MUS 845 sec. 301 and 302 [1 credit]
Voice

June 22 – July 31
Time arranged
106 Music Practice Building 
Richard Fracker, professor of voice, MSU
Additional instructor, TBA

Private instruction in voice specifically designed for graduate students in choral conducting or music education. Placement in each section will be determined by background and skill level. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2020.


MUS 857 [2 credits]
Choral Music of the Baroque Era

June 22 – July 10  (No class July 3)
M, T, W, Th - 3:45 – 5:45 pm and F - 1:20 – 3:20 pm
219 Music Practice Building
David Rayl, professor of choral conducting and director of choral programs, MSU

Designed to give the student an overview of the development of choral music of the Baroque Era with knowledge of specific works from this period appropriate for choirs of varied skill levels, and the ability to write and speak in a clear and concise manner about the music of this period. Enrollment preference will be given to graduate students in choral conducting. First class meets Monday, June 22, 2020.


MUS 858C sec. 301 [1-2 credits]
Seminar in Choral Conducting

July 13 – July 31
M, T, W, Th - 3:35 – 4:35 pm and F - 1:20 – 3:20 pm
M-Th - 5:00 – 7:00 pm
103 Music Practice Building
Jonathan Reed, professor of choral conducting and associate director of choral programs, MSU

Designed to give the student the ability to rehearse and conduct choral music of the Baroque Era. Enrollment preference will be given to graduate students in choral conducting.


MUS 860  [3 credits]
Philosophical Considerations in Music Education

June 24 – July 31 (No class July 3)
M, W, F - 8:00 – 10:15 am
219 Music Practice Building
Ryan Shaw, assistant professor of music education, MSU

Philosophical views regarding the nature of music education leading to the development of a personal, professional philosophy of music education. First class meets Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


MUS 863  [3 credits]
Sociology in Music Education

June 25 – July 31
T, Th - 8:00 – 11:05 am
219 Music Practice Building
Juliet Hess, associate professor of music education, MSU

Examination of sociological theories and research on musical experience and music education. Topics include: musician and teacher identity; music communities and ensembles; musical experience in and out of schools; equity in music education; and the effect of class, power, and culture on the music curriculum. First class meets Thursday, June 25, 2020.


MUS 867 sec. 301 [3 credits]
Keyboard Skills and Practical Musicianship

June 23 – July 31
T, W, Th - 1:20 – 3:35 pm
245 Music Building
Michael Callahan, associate professor of music theory, MSU

Intended to help music educators and conductors develop skills that utilize the keyboard as a resource for teaching, demonstration, and music learning. Students will learn to realize open scores (including SATB choir), transpose single- and multi-line music, harmonize melodies, and improvise simple phrases and accompaniments. At least a basic familiarity with the piano is assumed, but the course is not restricted to pianists; non-pianists should contact Professor Callahan at mrc@msu.edu for suggestions on how to prepare.


MUS 875 [3 credits]
Analysis of Musical Scores

June 24 – July 31
T, W, Th - 1:20 – 3:35 pm
419 Music Practice Building
Gordon Sly, associate professor of music theory, MSU

Analysis of choral, orchestral, and band music as a means of enhancing interpretation and performance. First class meets Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


MUS 891 Sec. 303 [1 credit]
Composition for Music Educators
June 23 – July 31
Time arranged
215 Music Practice Building
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU

Private composition study specifically designed for graduate students in choral conducting or music education. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2020.


MUS 891 sec. 304 (2 credits)
Applied Counterpoint
June 25 – July 31
T, Th - 11:15 am – 1:10 pm
419 Music Practice Building
Michael Callahan, associate professor of music theory, MSU

This course teaches the fundamental skills of counterpoint: balancing activity among voices, negotiating between horizontal (melodic) and vertical (harmonic) parameters, learning a vocabulary of common idioms, and employing dissonance effectively. But its goals and its repertoire differ from those of most tonal counterpoint courses. Rather than focusing on Baroque music and aiming to mimic its features through model compositions, we will treat counterpoint as an applied discipline, using it to create instrumental and vocal (SATB) arrangements and covers of stylistically diverse compositions that begin with a lead sheet or piano arrangement. Students will learn to manipulate bass voices, primary melodic voices, harmonic and rhythmic support, inner-voice thickeners, and countermelodies using standard contrapuntal techniques (such as suspensions and passing tones) as elements of interest. First class meets Thursday, June 25, 2020.


MUS 892a sec. 301 [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History – Music in Michigan: History, Community, and Sound

June 24 – July 31 (No class July 3)
M, W, F - 10:25 am – 12:40 pm
241 Music Building
Kenneth Prouty, associate professor of musicology and jazz studies, MSU

In this course, we will explore Michigan’s rich and varied musical traditions and communities. Topics may include (but will not be limited to) folk and vernacular communities, music and politics, musical institutions, music’s relationship to industry and organized labor, musical communities in Detroit, issues in musical learning, and focused studies of particular Michigan artists and genres. First class meets Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


MUS 892a sec. 302 [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History – Making Progress: Music, Tradition and Modernity from 1650

June 24 – July 31
M, W, F - 10:25 am – 12:40 pm (No class July 3)
219 Music Building
Nick Field, instructor of musicology, MSU

This course investigates the concept of modernity in its broadest sense, including within its scope the place of music within global socio-cultural developments from the seventeenth century until the present. Discussions will explore the production, consumption, and function of music within the context of modernizing social currents, focusing on cultural tensions between perceptions of tradition and progressive or modernist impulses.