Summer MM Classes

A 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 is available: New Directions Summer Scholars Program 

Summer Music Master’s Degree Programs and Classes 2019


MUS 124 sec. 301   [1 credit]
Choral Union
July 15 – August 2 
M, T, W, Th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and F 1:20 – 3:20 p.m.
219 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 choral music from the Classical and Romantic eras.


MUS 200 sec. 301   [1 credit]
Music Theory Review
June 27 – August 2
T, Th 11:15 a.m – 1:10 p.m. 
219 Music Practice Building
Mary Gossell, Instructor, MSU Alumni

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 27, 2019.


MUS 441 Sec. 731  [3 credits] 
ONLINE COURSE Introduction to Computer Music   
May 13 – June 27
Alexis Bacon, assistant professor of composition, MSU

Covers the fundamentals of composing music at the computer using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Students will use free software to learn how to create works in the art and experimental music traditions. Topics include the science of sound, synthesis techniques, sound design, digital signal processing, and the uses of these tools in the creation of electroacoustic music.


MUS 483 sec. 201   [2 credits]
Composition for non-music majors
July 1 – August 15
Time arranged, location TBD
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU

Composition study for non-music majors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2019.


MUS 483 sec. 288   [2 credits]
Composition for music majors
July 1 – August 15
Time arranged, location TBD 
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU

Composition study for music majors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2019.


MUS 844, 846, 847, 848, sec. 301  [1 credit]
Secondary Emphasis: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
June 24 – August 2 
Time arranged, location TBD 
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, 2019.


MUS 845 sec. 301 and 302   [1 credit]
Voice
June 24 – August 2
Time arranged
106 Music Practice Building 
Jane Bunnell, professor of voice, MSU 

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, 2019.


MUS 857   [2 credits]
Choral Literature of the Classic and Romantic Era 
June 24 – July 12 (No class July 4)
M, T, W, TH 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. and F 1:20 – 3:20 p.m.
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 from 1750- 1900 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. First class meeting is Monday, June 24, 2019.


MUS 858C sec. 301   [1-2 credits]
Seminar in Choral Conducting 
July 15 – August 2
M, T, W, TH 3:35 – 4:35 p.m. and F 1:20 – 3:20 p.m. 
219 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 Classic and Romantic Era. Enrollment preference will be given to graduate students in choral conducting.


MUS 861   [3 credits]
Psychology of Music Education
June 26 – August 2
M, W, F 8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Ryan Shaw, assistant professor of music education, MSU

Psychological foundations of music teaching and learning. Psychological research on problems in music teaching. First class meeting is Wednesday, June 26, 2019.


MUS 862   [3 credits]
Seminar in Music Curriculum and Methodology
June 27 – August 2 (No class July 4)
T, Th 8:00 – 11:05 a.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Mitchell Robinson, associate professor of music education, MSU

Historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of music education curriculum and methodology. Curriculum development and implementation. First class meeting is Thursday, June 27, 2019.


MUS 867 sec. 301   [3 credits] 
Keyboard Skills and Practical Musicianship
June 25 – August 2
T, W, Th 1:20 – 3:35 p.m.
235 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 Dr. Callahan at mrc@msu.edu for suggestions on how to prepare. 


MUS 872   *[2 credits]
Tonal Forms
June 27 – August 1 
T, Th 11:15 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. W 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (July 10 only)
419 Music Practice Building
Gordon Sly, associate professor of music theory, MSU

A technical and analytical approach to the understanding of the formal organization of 18th- and 19th-century European music. First class meeting
is Thursday, June 27, 2019. 

*One credit of MUS 890, Independent Study, may be added to this class for a total of 3 credits of music theory


MUS 875  [3 credits]
Analysis of Musical Scores 
June 26 – August 1 (No class July 4)
T, W, Th 1:20 – 3:35 p.m.
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 meeting is Wednesday, June 26, 2019.


MUS 880 sec. 288   [2 credits]
Composition 
July 1 – August 15
Time arranged, location TBD 
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU
Private composition study for graduate composition majors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2019.


MUS 891 sec. 303  [1 credit] 
Composition for Music Educators
June 25 - August 2
Time arranged, location TBD
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, 2019.


MUS 892A sec. 301  [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History: American Folk and Vernacular Music
June 26 – August 2
M, W, F 10:25 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
241 Music Building
Kenneth Prouty, associate professor of musicology and jazz studies, MSU

In this seminar, we will explore the varied and diverse musical traditions of communities across the American cultural landscape. Our study will address issues of musical production and performance, cultural and social history, and the ways the music serves to construct and maintain identity. We will also engage in discussions of the place of vernacular music in educational and pedagogical contexts. First class meeting is Wednesday, June 26, 2018.


MUS 892A sec. 302  [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History: Music, Nationalism, and the Other (1650-1945)  
June 26 – August 2
M, W, F 10:25 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. (No class July 4)
219 Music Practice Building 
Nick Field, instructor of music education, MSU

This course covers musical constructions of the Nation and the Other during the early modern period through the mid-twentieth century. (roughly 1650-1945) Investigation of musical notions of nationality, strategies of constructing imagined foreign musical identities, as well as the reception of music and musicians perceived by the target audience as foreign or Other will be discussed. The course will trace orientalist and exotics traditions but also encourage participants to interrogate notions of nationality and Otherness in musical production, consumption and performance. First class meeting is Wednesday, June 26, 2019


MUS 899 sec. 288   [1-2 credits]
Composition- Masters’ Thesis Research
July 1 – August 15
Time arranged, location TBD
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU

Private composition lessons for master’s composition majors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2019.


MUS 998 sec. 288   [1-2 credits]
Composition
July 1 – August 15
Time arranged, location TBD
Ricardo Lorenz, professor of music composition, MSU

Private composition lessons for doctoral composition majors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 6, 2019