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String Pedagogy Degree at UWM

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee LogoMaster of Music – Concentration in String Pedagogy

A masters in String Pedagogy is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession with a private studio or to prepare for a terminal degree (doctorate) and ultimately a career in higher education.

What makes our pedagogy program unique is the combination of top level performance teachers and the hands-on teaching opportunities with students of all levels provided by the String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM. The faculty of the String Academy are specially trained in and dedicated to the education of young people.

Curriculum focuses on current methods such as Suzuki and Rolland, and organization teaching of instrumental technique and repertoire. Minimum degree requirement is 34 graduate credits, all of which must be in specified music areas.

For further information:
Darcy Drexler, director String Academy of Wisconsin
(414)-963-4729

Program Description

(for complete information on UWM Graduate Program, click here)

Pedagogy Class at UWM with Darcy Drexler

Pedagogy Class at UWM with Darcy Drexler

Applicant should contact faculty in the appropriate string and String Pedagogy areas to inquire about audition and additional entrance requirements.

While prospective students are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores, they are strongly advised to take these tests before or early in their graduate work if they wish to be considered for a UWM Graduate School Fellowship or if they plan to continue their graduate work after completing a master’s degree at UWM.

Diagnostic examinations in both music history and music theory are required of all entering and transferring graduate students before their first semester of study at UWM. Exceptions will be granted in extenuating circumstances. In no case will students be allowed to proceed beyond the first year of graduate study without having taken the diagnostic exams. These examinations assist the faculty in determining whether the student may proceed with required graduate courses, or whether they first need to remove deficiencies.

Applicants exhibiting deficiencies in music history will be required to enroll in Graduate Music History (Music 704), and those exhibiting deficiencies in music theory will be required to enroll in Graduate Theory Foundations (Music 703); these courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “B” or better. Additionally, other areas of deficiency may require further review. Graduate Music History may count toward the degree as an elective. Credits earned in making up deficiencies in music theory do not count toward the degree. The following courses are recommended to fulfill the graduate theory elective requirement: Music 680, 731, 744.

Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. Undergraduate music course background must include adequate preparation in music theory demonstrated through satisfactory completion of Music Theory, Levels I, II & III; Materials 127, 128, 226; Aural Skills 123, 124, 225; Keyboard Harmony 125, 126, 227; Form Analysis 230, Materials of 20th Century Music 421 – or equivalent courses.
  2. Preparation in music history and literature must be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a two-semester survey course in development of music from earliest times to the present plus one semester of more specialized music history.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, those seeking admission to the Master of Music degree program must submit the following to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music:

  1. A Graduate Music Application (available upon request from the Department of Music, 414-229-5162).
  2. A one-page resume of the applicant’s performance experience and extracurricular activities.
  3. A one-page statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a degree program at UWM, the applicant’s career goals, and what he or she intends to do with a UWM degree.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

In addition, auditions, entrance exams, other prerequisites, and portfolio reviews are required as follows:

Concentration in String Pedagogy

Applicant should contact faculty in the appropriate string and String Pedagogy areas to inquire about audition and additional entrance requirements.

While prospective students are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores, they are strongly advised to take these tests before or early in their graduate work if they wish to be considered for a UWM Graduate School Fellowship or if they plan to continue their graduate work after completing a master’s degree at UWM.

Diagnostic examinations in both music history and music theory are required of all entering and transferring graduate students before their first semester of study at UWM. Exceptions will be granted in extenuating circumstances. In no case will students be allowed to proceed beyond the first year of graduate study without having taken the diagnostic exams. These examinations assist the faculty in determining whether the student may proceed with required graduate courses, or whether they first need to remove deficiencies.

Applicants exhibiting deficiencies in music history will be required to enroll in Graduate Music History (Music 704), and those exhibiting deficiencies in music theory will be required to enroll in Graduate Theory Foundations (Music 703); these courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “B” or better. Additionally, other areas of deficiency may require further review. Graduate Music History may count toward the degree as an elective. Credits earned in making up deficiencies in music theory do not count toward the degree. The following courses are recommended to fulfill the graduate theory elective requirement: Music 680, 731, 744.

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Credits and Courses

Minimum certificate requirement is 24 credits; minimum master’s degree requirement is 33 credits. Each student follows an integrated curriculum in which all subjects are related and no course is optional.

Specific Required Courses – 21 cr
Music 710 Graduate Studies in Music, 3 cr
Music 711 Graduate Seminar in Music History, 3 cr
Music xxx Graduate theory elective, 3 cr
Music 806 Chamber Music Master Class, 4 cr
Music 835 Chamber Music Coaching, 8 cr
Group Recital Requirement (met at end of program)
MusPerf 855 Instrumental Master Class, 4 cr (1 cr each for 4 semesters)
MusPerf 8xx Performance (Instrument Lessons), 8 cr (2 cr each for 4 semesters)
Time Limit

The student must complete all degree or certificate requirements within four years of initial enrollment.

mM in String Pedagogy


Concentration in String Pedagogy
A masters in String Pedagogy is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession with a private studio or to prepare for a terminal degree (doctorate) and ultimately a career in higher education.

What makes our pedagogy program unique is the combination of top level performance teachers and the hands-on teaching opportunities with students of all levels provided by the String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM. The faculty of the String Academy are specially trained in and dedicated to the education of young people.

Curriculum focuses on current methods such as Suzuki and Rolland, and organization teaching of instrumental technique and repertoire. Minimum degree requirement is 34 graduate credits, all of which must be in specified music areas.

For further information:
Darcy Drexler, director String Academy of Wisconsin
(414)-963-4729

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