Artist Certificate and Master or Music in Chamber Music

The Conservatory offers a unique program of study for violin, viola, cello, and piano leading to either a Master of Music in Chamber Music or a non-degree Artist Certificate in Chamber Music. An important aspect of these programs is the apprentice concept of students, faculty, and guest artists rehearsing and performing together. Private instruction with a member of the Conservatory collegiate faculty in violin, viola, cello, and piano is also required.

For both the Master of Music and the Artist Certificate in Chamber Music, the applicant is expected to hold a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university, or conservatory. Exceptional applicants for the Master of Music who hold a bachelor's degree in another area may be accepted into the Master of Music program. Exceptional applicants for the Artist Certificate who do not hold a bachelor's degree may request a waiver of the degree requirement. Existing chamber groups are encouraged to apply to the program.

Students must complete four semesters of full-time residency at the Conservatory. Students are required to participate in weekly concerts, workshops, open rehearsals, and chamber music master classes. Ensemble requirements other than ENS 602 (Chamber Music Performance) shall consist of four credits. Students are not required to register for any of these other ensembles in their first semester, but may elect to do so. Students will also perform in two chamber music groups per semester, in addition to performing with guest artists and in faculty concerts. Each chamber music major will receive four hours of coaching per week.

Credit Total: MM - 53; AC - 44

Rec.

Course #/Title

Cr.

Private Instruction

1st/2nd Yr.

PVL 600 Major Instruction

16

Musicianship and Music Theory
Credits earned for MMT 602/604 will not count towards the overall credit requirements for graduation, but will affect the student's GPA. Artist Certificate students are exempt from this requirement.

1st Yr.

MMT 602 Musicianship Review

3

2nd Yr.

MMT 604 Music Theory Review

3

Music History and Literature (12 credits total; 6 must be in chamber music literature)
Students may pass part or all of the music history placement exam. Students who fail the first part must take MHL 602 and students who fail the second part must take MHL 603. MHL 602 and 603 will count towards the 12 credits required. Students will not receive credit by exam for placing out of MHL 602 or 603. MHL 300-500 are undergraduate courses and do not count for this requirement. Artist Certificate students are not required to show proficiency or take MHL 602/603 or any Proseminars.

1st Yr.

MHL 602 Topics in Music History

3

1st Yr.

MHL 603 Topics in Music History

3

1st Yr.

Proseminar MHL 650-699

3

 

MMT 702 or MHL 600-799

9

Career and Professional Development (2 credits)
Classes that fulfill the Career and Professional Development requirement include: APP 252, APP 272, APP 402, APP 404, APP 408, APP 410, APP 412, and APP 414. Students are encouraged to develop a focused Independent Study Project. Artist Certificate students are exempt from this requirement.

 

 

2

Ensembles

1st/2nd Yr.

ENS 602

16

Ensemble other than chamber music (4 credits total)

 

ENS 200-312, 403-513: ENS

4

Electives (3 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

Juries and Recitals

1st Yr.

JRMM1 First Graduate Jury

 

1st Yr.

RCTMM1 First Graduate Recital

 

2nd Yr.

JRMM2 Second Graduate Jury

 

2nd Yr.

RCTMM1 Second Graduate Recital

 


For the Master of Music degree, chamber music majors must take six of the required 12 graduate course credits (listed above) in chamber music literature. The Artist Certificate also requires six credits in graduate courses (as listed above) to be taken in chamber music literature. This requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Graduate Music History and Literature courses in which the subject matter is chamber music literature.
  2. Individual or group independent study projects with other chamber music majors in which specific works, or an area of chamber music literature, are studied from a historic and analytical perspective, and then presented in both written form and in a performance and discussion of the works in a seminar forum for chamber music faculty and majors.

Each student must give two recitals over the two years of the program, at least one with an emphasis on chamber music repertoire. Two juries are also required, with repertoire at the discretion of the instrumental teacher. Since the programs will require each student's full attention, the faculty reserves the right to restrict outside employment of students.

Recitals and Juries

Each student must give two recitals over the two years of the program, at least one with an emphasis on chamber music repertoire. Two juries are also required, with repertoire at the discretion of the instrumental teacher. Since the programs will require each student's full attention, the faculty reserves the right to restrict outside employment of students.