department of Music has requested the following curricular action:
Program Change: Master of Music Education
Rationale for Change:
- Over the past five years inquiries into our master of music program
by individuals seeking a masters degree in music with an interest
in music curricular options other than a music education have increased.
With music educators under pressure to attain an advanced degree
earlier in their teaching careers, inquiries from New York and Pennsylvania
are on the rise. While initially this information is related anecdotally,
we are confident that we are losing possible master candidates because
of our current program limitation. The desire of potential candidates
to expand their musical expertise and explore options in music such
as performance make an emphasis in instrumental or choral conducting
an attractive option.
- After completing a survey of teachers and students in music education
who expect to pursue a masters degree, we have confirmed that in
offering only one option for study, we lose potential graduate applicants.
Because the survey also indicates that potential graduate students
are interested in a variety of music related emphases, offering
the proposed emphases around our current core is a logical means
of attracting and building our graduate program.
- By retaining the core courses of our Master of Music degree, maintaining
their rotation in our current academic setting, expanding our summer
offerings and exploring possible on-line instruction, the emphases
in choral or instrumental conducting may be offered with little
or no increase in current faculty load. Furthermore, no new courses
need to be created to accomplish any of these degree emphases.
- The rational for the change from a Master of Music to a Master
of Arts relates to our National Association of Schools of Music
and accreditation issues. Under the Master of Music designation
an increase in the number of hours required for each new emphases
would be impossible given our faculty compliment and current course
offerings. However, the Master of Arts designation provides a bit
more freedom in developing the curriculum and would be more appropriate
to our setting at Mansfield University.
Furthermore, through our survey of public schools in our region
we find that the type of degree (either MA or MM) is not of concern
to potential employers. In fact, most employers of music teachers
or musicians in general recognize the Master of Arts as a very typical
- Offering the Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music
education, choral conducting or instrumental conducting will attract
more students to our program primarily because we would offer a
variety of emphases demonstrated to be of interest to our constituencies.
- We do not see this as a truly new program, but rather an expansion
of our current offering and a return to a degree that was offered
previously by Mansfield University. Again, we make note of the fact
that no new courses are being created to accomplish this degree
and that given the proposed
rotation of courses there would be no negative impact on faculty
- Currently there are 10 master candidates in the MM program or
post baccalaureate certification program. With the change to an
MA a maximum of 2 individuals in each of the conducting emphases
may be handled (total of 4 persons) yearly. However, with the summer
rotation of courses and the attraction of being able to complete
this course of study in a part-time manner, more students can be
enrolled. The limitation on the number of students would apply primarily
to those being allowed to take conducting lessons MAP 6615, which
we currently offer and on average have only 2-4 persons registered
annually. It should be noted here again that no increase in faculty
load would occur under this plan and that in fact, because of the
summer rotation, faculty load might become somewhat more flexible
allowing more elective choices for students and/or the possibility
of accepting more individuals at the undergraduate level.
- There would be no additional resources required to maintain this
program because all courses in these emphases are approved in our
catalogue and are currently being taught. Advertisement would simply
be amended to include information on the choices of emphases that
are available in the MA. For courses in the summer, these are already
required to meet certain enrollment
criteria that ensure financial stability. However, these offerings
will attract more individuals, and not only those who wish to pursue
the MA, but those needing hours in continuing education and those
No new staff are needed to make this program a possibility
- There is potential for a number of courses to be given on-line
that are specifically related to this degree. They include MU 5500
Methods and Materials of Research, MU 5510 Form and Analysis, MU
5529 Seminar in Music Literature, MU 5537 Wind Band Literature,
MU 5549 Seminar in Music Education, MU 5540 History and Philosophy
of Music Education. While these are not currently offered as on-line
courses, music faculty are working towards these offerings as they
could significantly impact enrollment, especially as summer offerings.
LIST ALL CHANGES:
New Program Title: Master of Arts (choose one option: Music
Specialist, Instrumental Conduction or Choral Conducting)
Current music education option revised to include instrumental and
choral conducting emphases, Education component kept as music specialist
option.No addition or deletion of courses.
- To attract talented individuals to the Master of Arts in Music
at Mansfield University.
- To build skills in music education, choral and instrumental conducting
for those students enrolled in the program that may be useful after
- To enhance student analytical ability in the realm of music performance
through conducting and education.
- To foster a spirit of scholarship among students of music at
both the graduate and undergraduate level.
- To encourage application and knowledge of skills in an educational
and performance based environment during and after completion of
- To encourage a greater depth of learning in the discipline of
music through research related to the performing and teaching of
- To strengthen candidates areas of specialization through intensive
studies in their program of choice.
- To develop a deeper artistic expressiveness and aesthetic.
- To develop independent, musical teachers and performers.
Program description for catalogue: The Master of Arts program
in Music is designed specifically to meet the needs of the music professional
who wishes to expand and strengthen their understanding and skills
in the discipline of music through study in one of three offered tracks;
instrumental conducting, choral conducting or general music with an
emphasis in music education. Prior music teaching experiences is advisable,
but not required. A maximum of 9 semesters may be transferred from
an NASM accredited master's degree program.