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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


October 22, 2002

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext. 4521,

The department of Music has requested the following curricular action:

Program Change: Master of Music Education

Rationale for Change:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 degree.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 load.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 seeking certification.
    No new staff are needed to make this program a possibility
  9. 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.


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.

Program Objectives:

  1. To attract talented individuals to the Master of Arts in Music at Mansfield University.
  2. To build skills in music education, choral and instrumental conducting for those students enrolled in the program that may be useful after graduation.
  3. To enhance student analytical ability in the realm of music performance through conducting and education.
  4. To foster a spirit of scholarship among students of music at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
  5. To encourage application and knowledge of skills in an educational and performance based environment during and after completion of studies.
  6. To encourage a greater depth of learning in the discipline of music through research related to the performing and teaching of music.
  7. To strengthen candidates areas of specialization through intensive studies in their program of choice.
  8. To develop a deeper artistic expressiveness and aesthetic.
  9. 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.


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