Summer MM Classes

A Master of Music degree (MM) in music education or choral conducting can be completed in just three summers. You’ll learn from and interact with some of the nation’s leading music educators, performers, and conductors. Both programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Course details are provided below. You may also take individual courses without seeking a degree by enrolling as a Lifelong Education student through MSU.

Scholarship assistance is available: New Directions Summer Scholars Program 

2017 Summer Music Master’s Degree Programs and Classes 

MUS 491 sec. 301 [1-2 credits] 
Promotion and Marketing for the Entrepreneurial Musician
May 15-17
M,T,W, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
241 Music Building
Al Pryor, VP of Mack Avenue Records
This course will introduce performing artists to the basics of promotion and marketing. Students will learn how to Identify their niche and positioning within the music market and write effective electronic press kit materials that articulate this niche and message. They will understand the marketing ecosystem and industry standard strategies for promoting classical and jazz artists and define and identify important music marketing principles, terms, and practices for building marketing plans

MUS 124 sec. 301 [1 credit]
Choral Union
July 17-Aug. 4
M,T,W,Th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
Jonathan Reed, professor and associate director of choral programs, MSU
A laboratory chorus for singers and graduate students in choral conducting. Repertoire is drawn from the Renaissance Era.

MUS 150A, 350A,  850A sec. 301 [2-3 credits]
Piano
June 27-Aug 4
Time arranged
108 Music Building
Deborah Moriarty, professor of piano, MSU
Private instruction in piano. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact Professor Moriarty at forgerd@msu.edu prior to May 26, 2017.

MUS 150M sec. 301 [1 credit]
Piano for piano minors
June 27-August 4
Time arranged
Location TBA
Instructor TBA
Private instruction in piano for piano minors. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please email the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 26, 2017.

MUS 200 sec. 301 [1 credit]
Music Theory Review
June 29-Aug. 4
T,Th, 11:15 a.m-1:10 p.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Benjamin Montgomery, adjunct instructor, DMA student in composition, MSU
Elements of music theory, with emphasis on voice leading and harmonic analysis in diatonic and chromatic music. This remedial course is required for those who do not pass the Orientation Examination in Music Theory. Credit for this course will not count toward a graduate degree.

MUS 844, 846, 847, 848 sec. 301 [1 Credit]
Secondary Emphasis: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
June 27-Aug. 4
Time arranged
Location TBA
Instructors TBA
Private instruction in piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion specifically designed for graduate students in music education. Space in these courses is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 26, 2017.

MUS 845 sec. 301 and 302 [1 credit]
Voice
June 27-Aug. 4
Time arranged
208 Music Building
Melanie Helton, professor of voice, MSU
Additional instructor, TBA
Private or small-group instruction in voice specifically designed for graduate students in choral conducting or music education. Placement in each section will be determined by background and skill level. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 26, 2017.

MUS 857 [2 credits]
Choral Literature of the Renaissance
June 26-July 14
M,T,W,Th, 3:45-5:45 p.m. and F, 1:20-3:20 p.m.
219 Music Practice Building
David Rayl, professor of choral conducting and director of choral programs, MSU
Designed to give the students an overview of the development of choral music of the Renaissance with knowledge of specific works from this period appropriate for choirs of varied skill levels, and the ability to write and speak in a clear and concise manner about the music of this period.

MUS 858C sec. 301 [1-2 credits]
Seminar in Choral Conducting
July 17-Aug. 4
M,T,W,Th, 3:45-4:45 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
Jonathan Reed, professor of choral conducting and associate director of choral programs, MSU
Designed to give the student the ability to rehearse and conduct choral music composed during the Renaissance Era. 

MUS 862 [3 credits]
Music Curriculum and Methods
June 28-Aug. 4
M,W,F, 8:00-10:15 a.m. T, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (Aug. 1 only)
219 Music Practice Building
Mitchell Robinson, associate professor of music education, MSU
Historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of music education curriculum and methodology. Curriculum development and implementation. 

MUS 863 [3 credits]
Sociology of Music Education
June 27-Aug. 4
T,Th, 8:00-11:05 a.m. T, 6:00-9:30 p.m. (June 27 only) and F, 1:20-4:30 p.m. (July 28 only)
219 Music Practice Building
Karen Salvador, assistant professor, University of Michigan-Flint
Examination of sociological theories and research on musical experience and music education. Topics include: musician and teacher identity; music communities and ensembles; musical experience in and out of schools; equity in music education; and the effect of class, power, and culture on the music curriculum.

MUS 872 [2 credits]
Tonal Forms
June 29-Aug. 4
T,Th, 11:15 a.m.-1:10 p.m. W; 6:00-9:00 p.m. (July 19 only)
419 Music Practice Building
Gordon Sly, associate professor of music theory, MSU
A technical and analytical approach to the understanding of the formal organization of 18th- and 19th-century European music. [One credit of MUS 890, Independent Study, may be added to this class for a total of 3 credits of music theory].

MUS 875 [3 credits]
Analysis of Musical Scores
June 27-Aug. 4
T,W,Th, 1:20-3:35 p.m.
419 Music Practice Building
Gordon Sly, associate professor of music theory, MSU 
Analysis of choral, orchestral and band music as a means of enhancing interpretation and performance. 

MUS 891 sec. 301 [2 credits]
Practical Keyboard Musicianship
June 27-Aug. 4
T,W,Th, 1:20-3:35 p.m.
235 Music Building
Michael Callahan, associate professor of music theory, MSU
Intended to help music educators and conductors develop skills that utilize the keyboard as a resource for teaching, demonstration and music learning. Students will learn to realize open scores (including SATB choir), transpose single- and multi-line music, harmonize melodies, and improvise simple phrases and accompaniments. At least a basic familiarity with the piano is assumed, but the course is not restricted to pianists; non-pianists should contact Dr. Callahan at mrc@msu.edu for suggestions on how to prepare.

MUS 891 Sec. 307 [1 credit]
Composition for Music Educators
June 27-Aug. 4
Time arranged
Location TBA
Instructor TBA
Private composition study specifically designed for graduate students in choral conducting or music education. Space in this course is limited. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edu prior to May 26, 2017.

MUS 892A sec. 301 [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History: Popular Music and the Classical Ideal
June 28-Aug. 4
M,W,F, 10:25 a.m.-12:40 p.m. T, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (July 25 only)
241 Music Building
Kenneth Prouty, associate professor of musicology and jazz studies, MSU
In this class, we will critically examine the intersections between popular and classical traditions, cutting across boundaries of historical period, style, genre, and identity. Our studies will take us from the progressive rock of groups like Yes, Jethro Tull, and Rush, to the pop infused works of composers such as John Adams and William Bolcom, from Van Halen to Franz Liszt, from pops concerts to marching band shows. A central theme in this study is that boundaries between musical traditions are often very fluid, challenging long held assumptions about the nature of music in contemporary cultures, and having important practical considerations for performers, composers, educators, and scholars of music. 

MUS 892A sec, 302 [3 credits]
Seminar in Music History: Teaching Caribbean Music
June 28-Aug. 4
M,W,F, 10:25 a.m.-12:40 p.m. T, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (July 25 only)
219 Music Practice Building

Michael Largey, professor of musicology, MSU
The course will give students a hands-on experience in preparing and teaching classes that deal with Caribbean music. Students will conduct guided research on Caribbean musical genres and issues, create annotated bibliographies, assemble video libraries, prepare presentations, and develop musical activities.