Master of Music (MMus) Degree in the field of Trombone 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 Trombone Performance 44

Degree Requirements

Performance Requirements
MUSI 665TROMBONE FOR MAJORS-ADVANCED (minimum of 4 semesters)3
MUSI 635ADVANCED ORCHESTRA (minimum of 4 semesters)2
MUSI 636ADVANCED CHAMBER MUSIC (minimum of 4 semesters)1
MUSI 531ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE (minimum of 4 semesters)1
MUSI 641MASTER'S RECITAL I0
MUSI 741MASTER'S RECITAL II0
or MUSI 631 MOCK AUDITION
Academic Coursework
Select 1 course from the Approved Music Theory course offerings (see below for course list)3
Select 1 additional course from the Music Theory or Music History courses (see below for course lists)3
Select 2 courses from the Music Career and Skills Enhancement course offerings (see below for course list)4
Select 6 credit hours from the Elective Requirements (see below for course list) 16
Proficiencies 2
Students must demonstrate the following proficiencies:
Piano proficiency
Aural skills proficiency
Total Credit Hours44

Academic Coursework

Academic Coursework is comprised of at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Approved Music Theory course offerings, 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Music Theory or Music History course offerings, 2 courses (4 credit hours) from the Music Career and Skills Enhancement course offerings, and 6 credit hours from the Elective Requirements. 

Approved Music Theory Courses3
Select 1 course from the following:
ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS
MODAL COUNTERPOINT
ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION
EARLY MODERN MASTERS
TONAL COUNTERPOINT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY AND MUSIC THEORY COMPOSITION
MUSIC OF RAVEL: MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSTION
MUSIC SINCE 1950
Additional Music Theory Courses
EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND VIDEO
CLASSICAL, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL ASIAN MUSIC
BASIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC
ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION
MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW
ORCHESTRATION
MUSIC FOR MEDIA
SCORE READING AND THEORY AT THE KEYBOARD
ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC SYSTEMS
ADVANCED COMPUTER SOUND SYNTHESIS
CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY
ANALYTICAL APPROACHES
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
AESTHETICS OF MUSIC
Music History Courses3
Select 1 course from the following (or select 1 additional Music Theory Course):
RENAISSANCE MUSIC
MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES
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
SELECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC HISTORY
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
MUSIC OF SCHOENBERG
MUSIC OF STRAVINSKY
Music Career and Skills Enhancement Courses4
Select 2 courses from the following:
ADVANCED MENTAL TRAINING
THE NEW ENTERPRISE
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
INTRODUCTION TO DALCROZE EURHYTHMICS
IMAGINATION AND COMMUNICATION: DEVELOPING MUSICAL SKILLS THROUGH THEATRICAL TECHNIQUES
ENHANCED PERFORMANCE: WRITING, SPEAKING, PLAYING
CONDUCTING: AN OVERVIEW OF PRACTICAL SKILLS
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: THE MIND/BODY CONNECTION
TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSICIANS
FUNDAMENTALS OF PRIVATE TEACHING
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR MUSICIANS
MUSIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP
THE ART AND BUSINESS OF STUDIO TEACHING
THEMATIC PROGRAMMING: THE ART OF THE RECITAL
THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD AND THE MUSICIAN'S BODY
APPLIED JAZZ IMPROVISATION: DEVELOPING SOLO IMPROVISATIONAL SKILLS IN THE JAZZ IDIOM
Elective Requirements 16
Select 6 credit hours from the following:
Any course at the 300-level or above
Any language course at the 100-level or above
Any additional Music Theory, Music History, or Music Career and Skills Enhancement course
Secondary Lessons (any course between MUSI 251 and MUSI 297 with the exception of MUSI 281)
RICE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
APPLIED STUDIES IN JAZZ
CONCENTRATION PIANO
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
PRACTICUM IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
SONATA CLASS
GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY

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.

Performance

Students are expected to perform frequently during their residency at Rice. MMus students in any of the performance fields of study must present at least two full recitals. Composition and Conducting students should present recitals as specified by their degree programs. Students are expected to attend both faculty and student recitals. In addition, all MMus students must participate in the school’s conducted ensembles as assigned.

Thesis

A thesis is required for MMus students in the field of Musicology. In lieu of a thesis, MMus students in the field of Composition must produce an original work of extended scope. Both thesis and original work must be publicly defended.

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