Master of Music (MMus) Degree in the field of String Quartet Performance

Program Learning Outcomes for the MMus Degree

Upon completing the MMus degree, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical and musical competence in performance, composition, or historical scholarship at a professional level.
  2. Develop advanced analytical skills in music theory and a deep understanding of how those skills inform music performance.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the relationship between music history and music performance.
  4. Develop career development skills that complement their professional-level performance skills.
  5. Demonstrate technical and musical competence in performance, composition, or historical scholarship at a professional level. 

Requirements for the MMus Degree  

The MMUS degrees can be thesis or non-thesis master's degrees depending on the field declared. For general university requirements for thesis master's degrees, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. For general university requirements for non-thesis master's degrees, please see Non-Thesis Master’s Degrees. Students pursuing the MMUS degree programs must complete:

  • A minimum of 43-54 credit hours depending on field of study to satisfy degree requirements

Students completing the MMus degree in all fields of study must participate in core music, applied music, and other required music courses as well as in chamber music and large ensembles, plus electives. They are entitled to one hour of private lessons each week of each semester they are enrolled as an MMus degree candidate; private or group lessons beyond this may result in additional fees. 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MMus Degree in the field of String Quartet Performance45

Degree Requirements

Performance Requirements
MUSI 698ADVANCED STRING QUARTETS (minimum of 4 semesters)3
MUSI 690INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENT COACHING FOR STRING QUARTET MAJORS (minimum of 4 semesters)3
MUSI 635ADVANCED ORCHESTRA (minimum of 2 semesters)2
MUSI 705APPRENTICESHIP - ARTISTIC OUTREACH (minimum of 4 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)2
MUSI 742STRING QUARTET RECITAL (minimum of 3 semesters) 10
MUSI 741MASTER'S RECITAL II 10
Academic Coursework
MUSI 405MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW3
MUSI 407CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD3
Select 1 from the following:3
1 course from the Music History course offerings (see below for course list)
1 course from the Music Theory course offerings (see below for course list)
3 credit hours of Independent Study in Music History or Music Theory (MUSI 649)
Proficiencies 2
Students must demonstrate the following proficiencies:
Piano proficiency
Aural skills proficiency
Total Credit Hours45

Academic Coursework  

Music History, Music Theory, and Graduate Independent Study Coursework3
Select 1 course from the following:
ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS
MODAL COUNTERPOINT
SCORE READING AND THEORY AT THE KEYBOARD
ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION
EARLY MODERN MASTERS
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS
AMERICAN MUSIC
PERFORMANCE PRACTICES SEMINAR
WOMEN IN MUSIC
TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC
TOPICS IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES
TOPICS IN 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
MUSIC, MAGIC, AND SCIENCE IN THE MODERN WORLD
PROGRAM MUSIC IN THE 19TH CENTURY
SATIE, COCTEAU, & LES SIX: PARIS IN THE 1920s AND BEYOND
MUSIC AND MODERNISM IN FRANCE
MUSIC OF RICHARD STRAUSS
WORDS AND MUSIC
ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC SYSTEMS
ADVANCED COMPUTER SOUND SYNTHESIS
CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY
TONAL COUNTERPOINT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY AND MUSIC THEORY COMPOSITION
MUSIC OF RAVEL: MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSTION
MUSIC SINCE 1950
EARLY OPERA
J.S. BACH: CAREER, WORKS, AND CRITICAL RECEPTION
SEMINAR ON A SELECTED COMPOSER
MOZART OPERAS
THE CLASSICAL STYLE
ROMANTIC SONGS AND PIANO PIECES
GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY
ANALYTICAL APPROACHES
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
MUSIC OF SCHOENBERG
MUSIC OF STRAVINSKY
AESTHETICS OF MUSIC
Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MMus Degree  

Admission

For Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, and Orchestral Conducting applicants, an audition is required. Composition applicants must submit portfolios, and Musicology applicants must provide samples of their written work. Musicology applicants must also complete advanced music tests as well as the Graduate Record Examination for admission consideration.

Academic Standards

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Further information on curricular requirements for all majors and degree programs is available from the Shepherd School of Music.

Grading Policy

A minimum grade of “B-“ is expected of all music students in their major applied area. A grade of “C+” or lower is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated in the following manner:

A music major who receives a grade of “C+” or lower in their major applied area will be placed on music probation. Music probation signifies that the student’s work has been sufficiently unsatisfactory to preclude graduation unless marked improvement is achieved promptly. A student on music probation may be absent from class only for extraordinary reasons and may not represent the school in any public function not directly a part of a degree program.

If a student receives a second semester of “C+” or lower in their major applied area, whether for consecutive semesters or not, the student will be discontinued as a music performance major and merit scholarship from the Shepherd School will be discontinued.

Note: For music history and musicology majors a grade of “C+” or lower in any music history course is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated as above.

Graduate degree requirement: a minimum grade point average of 2.67 is necessary for graduation. 

Leaves of Absence and Voluntary Withdrawal

Music majors must obtain permission in writing from the dean of the Shepherd School before requesting a leave of absence from the university. Requests must be in the dean’s office before the first day of classes in the semester for which leave is requested.

Music majors taking voluntary withdrawal from the university are not guaranteed readmission into the Shepherd School and may be asked to reapply/reaudition. Students should explain the reasons for their withdrawal to the dean before leaving campus.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website at: http://music.rice.edu

Opportunities for the MMus Degree  

Other Musical Opportunities

Lectures and Performances

A visiting lecture series, a professional concert series, and numerous distinguished visiting musicians contribute to the Shepherd School environment. The Houston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Masterworks Chorus, Da Camera, Context, and Chamber Music Houston, as well as the activities of other institutions of higher learning in the area, also provide exceptional opportunities for students to enjoy a wide spectrum of music.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website at: http://music.rice.edu