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Program information and answers to common questions are given on this webpage.

Advising

Below is information for advising for music graduate students:

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Capstone Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Research and/or performance final project in an area of special interest to the student that demonstrates an integration of ideas from at least two content areas of the graduate music program - Aesthetics, Education (foundations, philosophy, psychology), History/Literature, Theory, Pedagogy/Methods, and Performance.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Students must create a project integrating a minimum of two of the following program domains (with instructor  approval):  Aesthetics, Education (foundations, philosophy, psychology), History/Literature, Theory, Pedagogy/Methods, and Performance.

2. Students will choose one of the following options:

  • Research paper/project: A paper of at least 30 pages in length, including references and citations, in 12-point font with 1-inch margins, using the established and appropriate editorial style of writing (MLA, APA, or other approved style of writing).

  • Performance: Presentation of a lecture/demonstration, including a musical performance specific to the candidate's area of expertise. The presentation should be open to the public, and be approximately an hour in duration. The presentation may include supplementary media, such as handouts, slideshows, etc., and must be recorded if performed outside the university area.

  • Projects, including the "Music Performance" content area, must produce a written scholarly document including narrative, bibliography, references and citations, in 12-point font with a 1-margins, using the established and appropriate editorial style.

Students must successfully complete the required research course (TE 800) early in the graduate studies for preparation of the Capstone Project (MUS 897).

Capstone Guidelines Option A: Research Paper/Project

Current Syllabus:

Option A Research paper/project A paper of at least 30 pages in length, including references and citations, in 12-point font with 1-inch margins, using the established and appropriate editorial style of writing (MLA, APA, or other approved style of writing).

Within the first three semesters of study:

  1. Student will take the TE800 Research course
  2. Student will begin discussions with the graduate chair about research interests, in order to focus on the selection of the two disciplines for the research study.
  3. Based on the disciplines, the student will be paired with a faculty member to chair the Capstone Project.
  4. Two other faculty members will be chosen as readers of the project to form a Capstone Committee of three faculty mentors for the project.
  5. The student will work with the Capstone Chair for the writing of the Capstone Project. The readers will help with later drafts and final grading.
  6. Through conference with the Capstone Chair, the student will select a writing style for the research paper, as well as sub-areas within disciplines (such as historical era, time range, etc.).
  7. Once the topic is selected, the student will begin the literature review and the gathering of source materials.

Within the last three semesters of study:

  1. Continue working with the Capstone Chair to write the drafts of the paper.
  2. Enroll in MUS897 Capstone Project course
     a. During the semester of completion of the Capstone Project
     b. Enroll in MUS897 in the Capstone Chair's section.

Capstone Guidelines Option B: Performance

Current Syllabus:

Option B Research paper/project Presentation of a lecture-recital or lecture-demonstration, including a performance specific to the candidate's area of expertise. The presentation should be open ot the public and be approximately one hour in duration. The presentation may include supplementary media such as handouts, slideshows, etc.

Projects including the "Music Performance" content area must produce a written scholarly document including a narrative, bibliography, references, and citations in 12-point font with 1-inch margins, using the established and appropriate editorial style of MLA.

Option B Performance/Research:  Proposed Criteria and Timeline

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Present a Public Performance of a Lecture-Recital Program
    (length approximately one hour);
2.
Submit a Video Recording for review/file;
3. Submit a Written Scholarly Document (lecture narrative, program/program
     notes, bibliography, reference citations, in MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual
     style)
; and
4. Enroll in MUS 850 Graduate Applied Lessons.

 

Within the first three semesters of study:           

  1. Begin discussions with the graduate program chair and the applied instructor about performance/research interests in order to determine the direction of the performance option capstone project—Performance plus one other discipline from Aesthetics, Education (foundations, philosophy and/or psychology), Music History/Literature, or Pedagogy/Methods;
  2. Take the TE800 Research course;
  3. Enroll in MUS 850 Graduate Applied Instruction (prerequisite: submission of a recorded performance on principle instrument or voice and faculty approval;
  4. Work primarily under the direction of the applied instructor who will serve as Capstone Project Chair; and
  5. Based on the applied area and accompanying discipline, the student will be assigned two additional committee members to serve as readers for the written portion as well as performance evaluators for the lecture-recital presentation.

Within the last three semesters of study:

  1. Enroll in MUS 850 Graduate Applied Instruction;
  2. Select specific topic including title, program outline, specific performance literature, and working bibliography.
  3. Submit a written proposal for Lecture-Recital to the capstone committee;
  4. Select date and select/schedule a performance venue for presentation of lecture-recital; and
  5. Set goals for meeting performance level of each musical work to be performed.

After the above criteria are met, the student may receive permission to enroll in MUS 897 for the subsequent term under Capstone Committee Chair section number.

Semester enrolled in MUS 897:

  1. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 850 Graduate Applied Instruction;
  2. Provide committee chair/applied instructor with 1st draft of lecture portion of your presentation at least eight weeks prior to recital date (make revisions as per Chair comments);
  3. Submit second draft of lecture to the full committee at least four weeks prior to recital date (make revisions as per committee comments);
  4. Submit the final written document (s) to the entire committee prior to or on the lecture-recital performance date;
  5. Prepare Program;
  6. Perform/Record public lecture-recital. Provide documentation of the performance via video recording;
  7. Submit the video via YouTube, Dropbox, or other online sharing platform.

Steps to the Graduate Music Comp Exam

COMP EXAMS:

  • The totally on-line Comp Exams taken during the last semester of studies –  in October for Fall semester, in March for Spring semester, and in June for Summer semester.
  • Comp Exams taken in – Music Theory, the 2 Music History courses completed, and Music Education (Foundations, and if taken, Elementary Music Education).
  • The Music Education Graduate Chair will review the courses completed for each student and communicate with the graduating student and each of the faculty members in these courses to arrange for the three exams.
  • The three exams can be arranged for any specified days during the test month, and it does not have to be consecutive days.
  • The student should have all materials ready for each test day and arrange to devote the entire day to taking the exam. 
  • The student should contact the instructors for any questions about a specific exam.
  • Each instructor will send out the exam in an e-mail attachment the evening before test day and the student must return the exam by 11:59 pm on test day to the instructor and cc the graduate chair.
  • The Graduate Chair will negotiate with all involved on any special arrangements for testing dates and times not listed above.

EXAM REQUIREMENTS TO PASS FOR GRADUATION:

  • The student must pass all 3 exams at 80% or better to pass without reservation
  • If a student scores under 80% in any of the exams, the instructor can ask for a retake of the portion of the exam not passed
  • If the student passes 2 exams at 80%, or better, but passes one exam in the range of 70%, the student passes the exam with reservation. The faculty member scoring the test will write a report of the reservation to be included with the comp exam form.
  • If the student fails to meet the above test scores, an alternative exam or graduation timeline will be administered.
  • The Graduate Chair completes a Comp Exam form with the test results shortly after the exam. This form is sent into the Graduate Office in accordance with graduation deadlines.

Steps to Graduation

Application Process

Step 1 - Contact Dr. Brian Alber, Graduate Program Chair for the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Dr. Alber can be contacted at 308-865-8607 or alberbw@unk.edu.

Step 2 - Complete an application through graduate admissions. Requires transcripts, three letters of recommendation, philosophy statement, resume. To apply, click here.

Step 3 - Wait for your file to be processed by the graduate music committee.  Once accepted you will receive a letter of acceptance from the graduate school.

For New Student

Step 4 - Register for classes through MyBlue

For a list of classes, see the advising form and the Course Rotation list.

Be sure to check the Course Rotation list

Be sure to check the requirements for MUS 402 and 802.

Step 5 - During the first year of studies, the student will work with an advisor to select Capstone Project topics and determine the Capstone Chair and two other members for the committee.

Research and/or performance final project in an area of special interest to the student that demonstrates an integration of ideas from at least two content areas of the graduate music program—Aesthetics, Education (foundations, philosophy, psychology), History/Literature, Theory, Pedagogy/Methods, and Performance.

*See Capstone options above

Step 6 - During the final semester of studies at UNK, the student is required to take the online comprehensive examination, which covers the courses studied in music education, music theory, and music history.    

*See above "Steps to the Graduate Music Comp Exam"

Filing for Graduation

Step 7 - For Application Deadlines and to apply for graduation through MyBlue, check university graduation details. Click here for graduation information. Students must apply for graduation and pay fees even if not attending the ceremony.