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Fall 2015 Term: The university application deadline for Fall 2015 admission is November 30, 2014. Primary auditions for the Department of Music will be held in December, February, and May.

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GRADUATE STUDIES

The graduate program leading to the Master of Music degree is designed to provide opportunity for a variety of advanced studies in music. The objective of the program is to produce a graduate student skilled in research, able in organizational and writing skills, and imaginative in developing new approaches and concepts: a student who, with a broad knowledge of the history and literature of music, is able to use this knowledge with effective musicality as a performer, conductor, or music educator.

The MM may be earned with either an academic or a performance emphasis. The program will effectively prepare students for continuation into doctoral study. Students may focus their studies in one of three areas: Conducting, Composition, and Performance.

Further information about all aspects of the program is contained in the Graduate Studies Handbook, available upon request from the Music Department office. Prospective students are advised to request this document.

  • a baccalaureate degree with a music major;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • two letters of reference (non-Sacramento State students);
  • successful audition or composition portfolio review, if applicable.

Fully classified graduate status is granted after successful completion of nine units of graduate work. The student must file for a change in status, using a form available from the Music Department's Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Procedures
Applications are accepted as long as room for new students exists. All prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, Riverfront Center 206, (916) 278-6470:
  • an application for admission and a supplemental application for graduate admission (Forms A and B in the CSU application booklet); and
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

Approximately six weeks after receipt of all items listed above, a decision regarding admission will be mailed to the applicant.

Advancement to Candidacy
Each fully classified graduate student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the student has:

  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies. Instructions are found in Part II of the Graduate Studies Handbook.

Requirements - Master of Music Degree
Units required for MM: 30, chosen in consultation with a Music Department graduate advisor Minimum Required GPA: 3.0. Majors must complete each required course with a grade "C-" or better.

A. Core Requirements (9 units)
(3) MUSC 201 Introduction to Graduate Study (An undergraduate degree with music major, or instructor permission)
(3) MUSC 211 Pedagogy of Theory
(3) Select one of the following:
  MUSC 205 Music in the Renaissance
  MUSC 206 Music in the Baroque Era
  MUSC 207 Music in the Classic Era
  MUSC 208 Music in the Romantic Era
  MUSC 209 20th Century Music
  MUSC 215 Medieval Music

Additional Requirements for Concentrations

Conducting (21 Units)
(4) MUSC 217A** Choral Conducting Applied Music (Instructor permission) OR
  MUSC 217B** Instrumental Conducting Applied Music (Instructor permission)
(4) MUSC 218A Choral Conducting Techniques (Instructor permission) OR
  MUSC 218B Instrumental Conducting Techniques (Instructor permission)
(2) MUSC 285 Graduate Recital (Permission to enter Performance option and approval of Music Department Graduate Studies Committee)
(6) Music History OR Music Theory
(4) Electives
(1) MUSC 500 Culminating Experience (Advanced to candidacy and permission from the graduate coordinator)

Composition (21 Units)
(3) MUSC 209* 20th Century Music
(3) MUSC 210 Composition (Undergraduate composition and instructor permission)
(3) MUSC 500 Culminating Experience (Advanced to Candidacy and permission from the graduate coordinator)
(3) Music History OR Music Theory
(9) Electives

Performance (21 Units)
(2) MUSC 142 series course Music Ensemble: Large Performance Groups (Instructor permission)
(4) MUSC 219** Graduate Applied Music (Instructor permission)
(4) MUSC 220** Performance Techniques (Approval by area applied music committee to enter performance option for the MM; instructor permission)
(2) MUSC 285 Graduate Recital (Permission to enter Performance option and approval of Music Department Graduate Studies Committee)
(1) MUSC 500 Culminating Experience (Advanced to candidacy and permission from the graduate coordinator)
(6) Music History OR Music Theory
(2) Electives

*Undergraduate major in Music or instructor permission. May be taken twice for credit with permission of the instructor.
** Courses are one unit each, to be taken four times for a total of 4 units per course.
+Music history courses may not duplicate the core.

Optional Support Field
From 3 to 5 units in fields other than Music may apply toward the degree with approval of the Music Department graduate committee. Students should have at least 10 upper division units in this field as preparation. Normally the supporting field units are on the graduate level. Supporting fields currently approved for music majors are Education, Humanities and Religious Studies, Modern Languages, and Theatre Arts. In the case of Music Education, courses which are part of the credential requirements may not be included.

Note: A foreign language is required for the Music History and Literature Concentration. Students who plan further graduate study in all other concentrations are encouraged to take courses in French, German, or Italian, since proficiency in one of these is usually required in doctoral programs.


Requirements - Certificate - Performer's
The Performer's Certificate is a post-master's level program designed to attract highly qualified instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. Instruction is at an advanced level for very talented and dedicated performers who have completed graduate programs or who are found acceptable into this program through a very competitive audition.

Required Courses (22 units)
(8) Select one of the following course pairs:
  MUSC 217A Choral Conducting Applied Music - for 4 units (Instructor permission) AND
  MUSC 218A Choral Conducting Techniques - for 4 units (Instructor permission) OR
  MUSC 217B Instrumental Conducting Applied Music - for 4 units (Instructor permission) AND
  MUSC 218B Instrumental Conducting Techniques - for 4 units (Instructor permission) OR
  MUSC 219 Graduate Applied Music - for 4 units (Instructor permission) AND
  MUSC 220 Performance Techniques - for 4 units (Approval by area applied music committee to enter performance option for the MM; instructor permission)
(2) MUSC 142 series course* Music Ensemble: Large Performance Groups
(2) MUSC 144** series course Music Ensembles: Chamber and Small Ensembles
(2) MUSC 285 Graduate Recital w/Paper (Permission to enter Performance option and approval of Music Department Graduate Studies Committee)
(2) MUSC 285 Second Graduate Recital (Permission to enter Performance option and approval of Music Department Graduate Studies Committee)
(1) MUSC 295 Fieldwork in Music
(2) MUSC 299 Special Problems (Approval of the faculty member under whom the work is to be conducted and the Department Chair)
(3) Graduate Music Electives* **
* May include serving as assistant to Director.
** May be taken during Summer/January sessions.
Program Requirements
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Minor in Music
Graduate Studies

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For more information, please write or call:
Sacramento State Department of Music
ATTN: Mark Allen, Music Admissions Counselor
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6015
(916) 278-6543
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