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B.M. in Performance and M.A. in Music with track in Musicology, Music Theory, or Music Theory and History

Program Description

The School of Music offers an Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate degree program that combines the B.M. in Music and the M.A. in Music. This enables a select number of students to further their research interests in music (with tracks in musicology, music theory, or music theory and history) at the undergraduate and graduate levels. By the end of the five-year program, students receive two degrees, a B.M. in Music and an M.A. in Music.

Candidates for the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate degree must demonstrate a high level of aptitude and achievement in academic core courses (i.e., offerings in music theory and music history) and be highly motivated to pursue research projects with musicology and/or music theory faculty.

Modeled after a similar program in the Schreyer Honors College, the IUG program enables gifted music students to double-count credits in two degree programs. As a result, they will have developed a research focus during their fourth and fifth years, which will prepare them for entry into doctoral programs at other institutions. (Penn State does not offer doctoral programs in musicology or music theory.)

Application and Acceptance Process

Normally, a student applies after the fourth semester and before the end of the sixth semester. A faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the IUG program.

To initiate the formal application process, current B.M. students must complete the online graduate admission application and pay the application fee (for current fees, click here.) The application fee is non-refundable and applications without fees cannot be reviewed. All application materials must be uploaded to the online graduate admission application.

Upload the following application materials to the online application:

  • names of two faculty references and their email addresses (Penn State will contact your references directly)
  • a writing sample (research paper on a musical topic; maximum of 20 pages)
  • statement of goals (professional goals and how IUG program at Penn State will help you to attain these goals)

For acceptance into the program, students must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent with a minimum average of 3.5 in their music courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • 4 semesters of music theory (131, 132, 231, 331) 
  • 4 semesters of musicianship (121, 122, 221, 222) 
  • 3 semesters of music history (162, 261, 262)

Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student received financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition (from "Information and Guidelines for Establishing Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Programs" approved by the Graduate Council, May 8, 1996).

Students accepted into the IUG program are eligible for a graduate assistantship starting in the beginning of the fifth year.

Assuming all undergraduate coursework has been completed, a student can still complete the undergraduate program if for any reason he/she is unable to complete the Master of Arts degree.

Double-Counted Courses

The following 500-level courses may be applied to both the B.M. and M.A. degrees:

  • Music 531 Analytical Techniques 
  • Music 532 Schenkerian Analysis 
  • Music 533 Pedagogy of Undergraduate Music Theory/History 
  • Music 572 Musicology Seminar 
  • Music 573 Integrative Seminar in Music Theory and History 
  • Music 574 Seminar in Music Theory

As many as 12 of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A minimum of 50% of the courses proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double-counted.


B.M. in Performance and M.A. in Music with track in Musicology (32 credits)

Requirements:

  • Music 500 Introduction to Music Reference and Research Materials: 2 credits

  • Music 572 Musicology Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music 573 Integrative Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music History* 6 credits

  • Music Theory**: 3 credits

  • Music Elective***: 3 credits

  • Cognate Area****: 6 credits

  • Music 600 Thesis: 6 credits


* Select 6 credits from 461W (Antiquity to 1600), 462W (1550-1750), 463W (1700-1900), 464W (1850-present), 497 (Special Topics in Music History).

** Select 3 credits from 431 (Advanced Tonal Analysis), 433 (Special Topics in 20th-Century Theory), 471 (16th-Century Counterpoint), 472 (18th-Century Counterpoint), 531 (Analytical Techniques), 532 (Schenkerian Theory and Analysis), 574 (Theory Seminar).

*** Select 3 credits from 400- or 500-level music courses.

**** The M.A. in Music with track in Musicology requires that students take 6 credits in an area outside of music (known as a "cognate area").  These courses are selected in consultation with the student's academic adviser, and should preferably be related to the student's particular musicological interest and thesis topic.

Example of a 5-year plan

4th year, Fall - 19 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 043J (Applied performance), 3
  • Theory elective: Music 531 (Analytical Techniques), 3
  • Music elective: Music  572 (Seminar in Musicology), 3
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Soc/Beh Sci: Psy 003 (Intro. to Learning), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Arts: ArtH 112 (Survey of Western Art), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Science: Meteo 003 (Intro. to Meteorology), 3

4th year, Spring - 18 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 480J (Applied performance), 3
  • General music: Music 101 (Common Hour), 1
  • Music electives: Music 462W (Studies in Music History: 1550-1750), 3
  • Music electives: Music 433 (Advanced Analysis of 20th-century Music), 3
  • Music electives: Music 435 (Score Reading), 1
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Humanities: Engl. 185 (The Modern Novel), 3 
  • Gen. Ed. Nat. Sci: Astro 010 (Elementary Astronomy), 3

5th year, Fall - 11 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Music elective: Music 532 (Schenkerian Analysis), 3
  • Gen. Music: Music 500 (Intro. to Music Reference and Research Materials), 2
  • Cognate area: ArtH 414 (Italian Baroque Painting), 3
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3

5th year, Spring - 12 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Musicology: Music 461W (Studies in Music History: Antiquity to 1600), 3
  • Music Seminar: Music 573 (Integrative Seminar in Music Theory and History), 3
  • Cognate area: ArtH 423 (Studies in Italian Renaissance Art), 3
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3

B.M. in Performance and M.A. in Music with track in Music Theory (32 credits)

Requirements:

  • Music 500 Introduction to Music Reference: 2 credits
  • Music 532 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis: 3 credits

  • Music 533 Pedagogy of Theory and History: 2 credits

  • Music 573 Integrative Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music 574 Theory Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music History*: 3 credits

  • Music Theory**: 4 credits

  • Music Elective: 3 credits

  • Elective: 3 credits

  • Music 600 Thesis: 6 credits


* Chosen from 461W (Antiquity to 1600), 462W (1550-1750), 463W (1700-1900), 464W (1850-present), 497 (Special Topics in Music History), 572 (Musicology Seminar).

** Chosen from 431 (Advanced Tonal Analysis), 433 (Special Topics in 20th-Century Theory), 435 (Score Reading), 438 (Figured Bass), 471 (16th-Century Counterpoint), 472 (18th-Century Counterpoint), 531 (Analytical Techniques.

Example of a 5-year plan

4th year, Fall - 19 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 430J (Applied performance), 3
  • Theory elective: Music 531 (Analytical Techniques), 3
  • Music elective: Music 572 (Seminar in Musicology), 3
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Soc/Beh Sci: Psy 003 (Intro. to Learning), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Arts: ArtH 112 (Survey of Western Art), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Science: Meteo 003 (Intro. to Meteorology), 3

4th year, Spring - 18 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 480J (Applied performance), 3
  • General music: Music 101 (Common Hour), 1
  • Music electives: Music 462W (Studies in Music History:1550-1750), 3
  • Music electives: Music 433 (Advanced Analysis of 20th-century Music), 3
  • Music electives: Music 435 (Score Reading), 1
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Quantification: Math 220 (Matrices), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Nat. Science: Astro 010 (Elementary Astronomy), 3

5th year, Fall - 11 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Free elective: Math 441 (Matrix Algebra), 3
  • Music elective: Music 532 (Schenkerian Analysis), 3
  • General Music: Music 500 (Intro.to Music Reference and Research Materials), 2
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3

5th year, Spring - 11 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Music history elective: Music 461W (Studies in Music History: Antiquity-1600), 3
  • Music seminar: Music 574 (Seminar in Music Theory), 3
  • Music pedagogy: Music 533 (Pedagogy of Undergraduate Music Theory/History), 2
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3

B.M. in Performance and M.A. in Music with track in Music Theory and History (34 credits)

Requirements:

  • Music 500 Introduction to Music Reference: 2 credits

  • Music 573 Integrative Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music 573 Integrative Seminar: 3 credits

  • Music History*: 6 credits

  • Music Theory**: 6 credits

  • Music 533 Pedagogy of Theory and History: 2 credits

  • Electives: 6 credits

  • Music 600 Thesis: 6 credits


* Chosen from 461W (Antiquity to 1600), 462W (1550-1750), 463W (1700-1900), 464W (1850-present), 497 (Special Topics in Music History), 572 (Musicology Seminar).

** Chosen from 431 (Advanced Tonal Analysis), 433 (Special Topics in 20th-Century 
 Theory), 471 (16th-Century Counterpoint), 472 (18th-Century Counterpoint), 531 
 (Analytical Techniques), 532 (Schenkerian Theory and Analysis), 574 (Theory
 Seminar).

Example of a 5-year plan

4th year, Fall - 19 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 430J (Applied performance), 3
  • Theory elective: Music 531 (Analytical Techniques), 3
  • Music elective: Music 572 (Seminar in Musicology), 3
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Soc/Beh Sci: Psy 003 (Intro. to Learning), 3 
  • Gen. Ed. Arts: ArtH 112 (Survey of Western Art), 3
  • Gen. Ed. Science: Meteo 003 (Intro. to Meteorology), 3

4th year, Spring - 18 credits

  • Applied performance: Music 480J (Applied performance), 3
  • General music: Music 101 (Common Hour), 1
  • Music electives: Music 462W (Studies in Music History: 1550-1750), 3
  • Music electives: Music 433 (Advanced Analysis of 20th-Century Music), 3
  • Music electives: Music 435 (Score Reading), 1
  • Ensemble: Music 810 (Concert Choir), 1
  • Gen. Ed. Humanities: Engl. 185 (The Modern Novel), 3 
  • Gen. Ed. Nat. Sci: Astro 010 (Elementary Astronomy), 3

5th year, Fall - 11 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Music History elective: Music 463W (Studies in Music History: 1700-1900), 3
  • Music elective: Music 532 (Schenkerian Analysis), 3
  • General Music: Music 500 (Intro. to Music Reference and Materials), 2
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3

5th year, Spring - 11 credits (student on half-time assistantship)

  • Music History elective: Music 462W (Studies in Music HIstory:1550-1750), 3
  • Music Seminar: Music 573 (Integrative Seminar), 3
  • Music Pedagogy: Music 533 (Pedagogy of Undergraduate Music Theory/History, 2
  • Thesis: Music 600 (Thesis), 3