Master of Music (MMus) Degree in the field of Vocal Performance
Program Learning Outcomes for the MMus Degree
Upon completing the MMus degree, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate technical and musical competence in performance, composition, or historical scholarship at a professional level.
- Develop advanced analytical skills in music theory and a deep understanding of how those skills inform music performance.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the relationship between music history and music performance.
- Develop career development skills that complement their professional-level performance skills.
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.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the MMus Degree in the field of Vocal Performance||48-52|
|MUSI 673||VOICE FOR MAJORS-ADVANCED (minimum of 4 semesters)||3|
|MUSI 570||ADVANCED OPERA STUDIES (minimum of 4 semesters)||1|
|MUSI 571||VOCAL COACHING (minimum of 4 semesters)||1|
|MUSI 572||GRADUATE OPERA PERFORMANCE (minimum of 4 semesters)||1-2|
|MUSI 587||GRADUATE DICTION FOR SINGERS (minimum of 2 semesters )||1|
|MUSI 549||VOCAL PHYSIOLOGY & FUNCTION||2|
|MUSI 575||VOICE REPERTOIRE I||2|
|MUSI 576||VOICE REPERTOIRE II||2|
|MUSI 641||MASTER'S RECITAL I||0|
|MUSI 741||MASTER'S RECITAL II||0|
|Select 1 course from the Approved Music Theory course offerings (see below for course list)||3|
|Select 1 course from the Music History course offerings or an additional Music Theory course (see below for course list)||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) 1||6|
|Additional Coursework 2|
|FREN 141||FIRST YEAR FRENCH I||3|
|GERM 141||FIRST YEAR GERMAN I||3|
|ITAL 141||FIRST YEAR ITALIAN I||3|
|Select 1 from the following:||3|
|FIRST YEAR FRENCH II|
|FIRST YEAR GERMAN II|
|FIRST YEAR ITALIAN II|
|Students must demonstrate the following proficiencies:|
Aural skills proficiency
|Total Credit Hours||48-52|
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 Courses||3|
|Select 1 course from the following:|
|EARLY MODERN MASTERS|
|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|
|MUSIC FOR MEDIA|
|SCORE READING AND THEORY AT THE KEYBOARD|
|ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC SYSTEMS|
|ADVANCED COMPUTER SOUND SYNTHESIS|
|SEMINAR IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS|
|AESTHETICS OF MUSIC|
|Music History Courses||3|
|Select 1 course from the following (or select 1 additional Music Theory Course):|
|MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES|
|BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS|
|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|
|J.S. BACH: CAREER, WORKS, AND CRITICAL RECEPTION|
|SEMINAR ON A SELECTED COMPOSER|
|THE CLASSICAL STYLE|
|ROMANTIC SONGS AND PIANO PIECES|
|MUSIC OF SCHOENBERG|
|MUSIC OF STRAVINSKY|
|Music Career and Skills Enhancement Courses||4|
|Select 2 courses from the following:|
|ADVANCED MENTAL TRAINING|
|THE NEW ENTERPRISE|
|BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT|
|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|
|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 1||6|
|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
|RICE JAZZ ENSEMBLE|
|APPLIED STUDIES IN JAZZ|
|PRACTICUM IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC|
|GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY|
Footnotes and Additional Information
No more than three (3) credit hours of MUSI 649 - Independent Study may fulfill this requirement. Remedial courses (such as MUSI 281, MUSI 432, MUSI 511, MUSI 521, or MUSI 522) and extra hours of required Performance Coursework (such as extra private instrumental or vocal study, ensembles, chamber music, vocal coaching, or repertoire classes) will not fulfill this requirement.
Language coursework is only required for MMus students in the field of Vocal Performance if not completed at the undergraduate level. Language coursework may be taken for Elective credit by Vocal Performance students only if the required coursework (or equivalent) is completed at the undergraduate level, otherwise language coursework is considered remedial and will not count toward the elective requirement.
Deficiencies in these areas will result in remedial coursework being added to a student's degree plan.
Policies for the MMus Degree
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.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
Further information on curricular requirements for all majors and degree programs is available from the Shepherd School of Music.
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.
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.
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