Building on the legacy of Wesleyan’s long-standing excellence in music education, this trail-blazing graduate music program is the only one in Georgia and the Southeast.
The MA in Music program at Wesleyan College aims to equip musicians to practice their discipline in an increasingly digital and intersectional world. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition of the MA degree, this program will teach students to adapt to a quickly changing professional landscape, think critically and creatively about music, and develop practical skills in collaboration, teaching and technology use. The program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility due to the mix of online and in-person options offered, up to 100% online. Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer semester and take courses full- or part-time to complete the 32 hours. Though a standard two-year plan is shown above, students may be able to complete the degree in as little as one year, or take longer as needed. Furthermore, individually scheduled courses (such as Collaborative Musicianship, Applied Lessons, Internship, and Thesis) may be completed in an 8-week Summer Term
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Why should you join us? To find out more about Wesleyan’s fast-track hybrid graduate programs designed for working professionals. Our programs include online courses for student flexibility as well as Wesleyan's signature seminar-style traditional classes on campus on weekends. All classes are taught by faculty with real world professional experience and outstanding academic credentials.
Program courses are taught by our experienced, seasoned faculty members with global business experience. The program's small class size allows you to form strong relations with your professors and take full advantage of their expertise and wealth of knowledge.
Graduate candidates are required to maintain a 3.00 grade point average. MA candidates may earn a grade of “C” in no more than two courses in their graduate program. Any candidate who earns more than two "C" grade(s) or one "F" grade will be reviewed for continuance in the program and may be suspended or dismissed from the program. Additionally, students must pass an Oral Qualifying Exam administered by a committee of 3 faculty members (two of which should be full-time). Graduate degrees are conferred upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, as announced on the program academic calendar.
Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of research in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional musical reference and research materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies.
This course covers advanced harmonic and structural analyses in various periods of Western music, from antiquity to the contemporary era. Emphasis will be placed upon analysis as a tool to lead to more insightful, informed, and effective practices in performance and/or teaching.
Literacy in video and technology is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous skill in every industry of modern society, and Music is no exception. This course teaches students to use various general and music-specific technologies and apply them to performance and teaching. Students will also learn the intricate processes involved in capturing, editing, and producing effective videos.
Under the guidance of faculty, students will learn to collaborate with others in a musical setting and present a final product or performance of their collaborations. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. To that end, students will have the opportunity to design a custom project based on active musical collaboration with others.
Students will examine the nature and relevant methodologies of teaching and learning in the 21st century, as they relate to the field of music. Traditional teaching materials, method books and supplemental materials will be covered, along with more innovative and contemporary methodologies. Emphasis on observation and evaluation of live teaching done by students will be an important component. Content will be tailored to each student’s concentration.
In this course, students will explore several key existential questions related to Music: What is it? Why does it exist? Why does it matter? Students will discuss how humans function and interact with music, and address the value of music as it relates to various historical contexts and stylistic genres.
In this course, students will have intensive, one-on-one meetings with faculty to explore advanced artistic and technical topics through a wide range of repertoire. Students may choose an in-person or online option for this course. In collaboration with faculty, students will have the opportunity to design custom learning goals and present a final product or performance of their efforts at the end of the course.
In the course, students will explore and examine significant works of music literature relevant to their chosen concentration. In addition to a survey of standard repertoire, innovative styles and genres may also be covered. Students will learn to discuss and evaluate literature and repertoire for teaching and performance purposes. Content may vary according to the performance area studied.
This course will give students an opportunity to explore professional and real-life training in a music-related field outside of academic coursework. Under the guidance of faculty, students will be able to select appropriate experience(s) or projects to fulfill this requirement and participate in active reflection during and after the experience.
This course represents the culminating, capstone project in the M.A. program. Students will prepare and present their work in a final performance or product. As part of the project, students will be expected to integrate and demonstrate advanced musical, artistic, and/or technical skills that they have learned as part of the program.
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