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DEAN: Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E. OFFICE: 165 Communications/Music Complex
Anthony A. DeCuir, Ph.D.


Mission Statement

The College of Music serves as the preeminent center of music study among all Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States and recognizes the historical role of music in the Roman Catholic Church. The College of Music offers professional and liberal arts music programs in a rigorous academic environment. Students are prepared for music professions in a manner that reflects the Jesuit ideals of truth, service, and justice. The College of Music provides the campus, region, and nation with musical activities demonstrating the university’s commitment to the arts.


The College of Music, founded in 1932, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190). The college also holds membership in the Association of American Colleges, Jesuit Educational Association, National Catholic Educational Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The music education curriculum is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for teacher certification in the State of Louisiana. This curriculum is accredited through the Department of Education and Counseling. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Admission Requirements

The College of Music requires an appropriate undergraduate music degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a performance audition for matriculation in the college, in addition to university requirements for admission. The required performance level may vary according to the degree program (M.M., M.M.E., or M.M.T.) specified by the applicant. Those applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, or whose undergraduate major was not in music, may be admitted conditionally. This especially applies to students who have considerable work experience in the field of music. Students given conditional admission must achieve a 3.0 GPA in their first nine hours of non-remedial graduate music coursework.
All M.M. and M.M.E. students must take placement exams in music history and music theory to ensure an adequate foundation in these disciplines before graduate study is begun. Depending on the results of these tests, students may be required to enroll in remedial music history and/or theory courses; these courses will not count toward the degree. Remedial courses must be passed with a B or better or must be repeated. The exams should be taken prior to the first semester of enrollment. Without permission from the director of graduate studies, students may not enroll in any graduate theory or history course until they have taken the exams and remedied any deficiencies.
Bibliography and Research Methods (MUGN M705) is normally taken during the first semester of enrollment. Without the permission from the director of graduate studies, students are not allowed to register for a graduate music history course unless they are enrolled in or have already completed Bibliography and Research Methods.
Candidates for graduate degrees are required to complete the College of Music Audition Application prior to scheduling their audition on one of the published audition dates. Contact the College of Music for specific requirements.


The College of Music administers talent-based music scholarships for graduate students. These awards vary according to the student’s potential for continued musical and academic progress, and the performance needs of the college. Retention of a music scholarship depends on satisfactory musical and academic progress and the student’s fulfillment of performance requirements as stipulated in the scholarship contract.

Admission to Candidacy

Students must petition the College of Music Graduate Committee for admission to candidacy after the following degree program requirements have been met:

Master of Music and Master of Music Education

a. Completion of nine credit hours of non-remedial graduate coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
b. Completion of remedial courses required as a result of the theory and history entrance examinations.
c. Completion of Bibliography and Research Methods (MUGN M705) with a grade of B or higher.

Master of Music Therapy

a. Completion of nine credit hours of non-remedial graduate coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
b. Successful completion of a functional music proficiency examination administered by the music therapy faculty.
c. Completion of Seminar in Research (MUTY M701) with a grade of B or higher.

Individual degree programs and departments stipulate a variety of specific proficiencies. Students must consult their advisers concerning these requirements.

Comprehensive Examinations (M.M. and M.M.E.)

All students in M.M. and M.M.E. programs must take a comprehensive exam during or after their final semester of coursework; this exam must be passed within the two years following the completion of other degree requirements, or additional coursework may be required before the exam can be taken. The exam, graded pass-fail, will cover the student’s major area, history, and theory, and the exam committee will consist of one faculty member in each of these fields, with the associate dean and director of graduate studies serving ex officio as committee chair. The associate dean will select the committee, with input from the student and the relevant area coordinators.
The comprehensive exam includes written and oral components, with the oral exam usually scheduled at least a week after successful completion of the written. The three sections of the written exam may be taken over the course of a single ten-day period, with not more than four hours allotted to each section; they may also, at the student’s request, be taken during a single business day. The specific format and content for each part of the exam will be worked out in advance between the student and the individual members of the exam committee. Each student must pass the written exam in all three areas before an oral exam can take place. Each section of the written exam may be taken up to three times; if the student has not passed the written exam by the third attempt, additional coursework may be required to remediate deficiencies before the student is allowed to retake the test. The oral exam, which usually lasts from one and a half to two hours, may address any problems identified in the written exam and test the student’s ability to synthesize knowledge in different areas. Each student must pass at least two sections of the oral exam, in addition to all three sections of the written exam, in order to graduate.


In addition to fulfilling all degree requirements (courses, exams, thesis, recital, etc.), each student must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.

Graduate Committee and Graduation

For purposes of administering comprehensive exams or thesis defense, a graduate committee will be selected for each student and may consist of the following members:

a. The student’s applied teacher or the department coordinator.
b. Instructor of Bibliography and Research Methods (M.M. and M.M.E.) or a member of the psychology department (M.M.T.).
c. One member of the music theory faculty.
d. Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies (ex officio).
The Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the candidate will select the members of the graduate committee early in the student’s final term of enrollment.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.


Graduate degrees offered by the College of Music require a minimum of one semester, or its equivalent in summer terms, as a full-time student. Ordinarily, two summer terms will be interpreted as meeting this minimum requirement. A student may enroll for a maximum of 16 credit hours during the regular terms and a maximum of 12 credit hours during the two terms (10 weeks) of a summer session.
Students employed full-time may enroll for a maximum of six hours per term; this limitation does not apply to teachers during summer sessions.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to six hours of graduate-level or upper division undergraduate coursework toward masters’ degrees in the College of Music, with the approval of the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies. Transfer courses will not normally fulfill major course requirements, but may be credited toward graduate electives, as determined by the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies. Transfer credits earned more than seven years prior to enrollment will ordinarily not be considered.

Music Therapy Thesis Process

A quantitative experimental thesis in the field of music therapy is required of all students in the M.M.T. program. The current APA Publication Manual will serve as the source for style and format. The thesis proposal will be submitted to the thesis adviser no later than mid-semester preceding the semester in which data are to be collected. There are four levels of approval in the thesis process: thesis adviser, the Music Therapy Graduate Council, the university’s Institutional Review Board, and the thesis committee.
The thesis committee is composed of the major adviser, another music therapy faculty member, a faculty member from outside the department, and one other person. The candidate may request that one member of the committee be a music therapist from an institution in the area. The initial thesis committee meeting will be called to approve the proposal or to suggest modifications. If changes are made, a second meeting will be called to approve the proposal. Following acceptance of the proposal by the thesis committee, the candidate is free to write the first three chapters. The first three chapters of the thesis are presented to the thesis committee for approval prior to data collection. With the approval of the first three chapters, the candidate is free to begin data collection and complete the project.
The completed thesis is submitted to the thesis committee for approval. The committee could accept the project or return the document to the candidate for further revision. With the approval of the thesis, a meeting is scheduled to defend the project. The defense is a ninety-minute thesis committee meeting in which the committee questions the candidate on various elements of the thesis. The project is complete with the signing of the title page by each member of the committee. Prior to receiving the diploma, the candidate must submit two hard cloth-bound copies of the thesis. One copy is for the candidate and the other for the department.


Master of Music in Performance (30 hrs.)

I. Applied Study (11 hrs.) cr. hrs.

MUPR M721 – 748 Applied Lessons (2 semesters) 6  
MUPR M800 Graduate Recital 3  
MUEN M700 - 910 Ensembles 2  

II. Studies in Music (12 hrs.)

MUGN M705 Bibliography and Research Methods 3  
MUHL M801 – 815 Graduate Music History 6  
MUTH Graduate Music Theory 3  

III. Electives3 (7 hrs.)

  Supportive areas 7  
Total cr. hrs. 30


Master of Music in Education (30 hrs.)

I. Major Area cr. hrs.

MUED M701 Foundations of Music Education 3  
MUED M704 Contemporary Issues in Music Ed. 3  
MUED/MUPD Music Education/Pedagogy Elec. 6  

II. Other Studies in Music

MUGN M705 Bibliography and Research Methods 3  
MUHL M801 – 815 Graduate Music History 6  
MUTH Graduate Music Theory 3  

III. Electives1

  Ensembles, applied study, thesis, and other supportive areas 6  
Total cr. hrs. 30

Master of Music Therapy (30 hrs.)

The music therapy degree program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Students who have not completed an approved undergraduate program in music therapy will be required to fulfill deficiencies. This coursework will be taken concurrently with graduate studies.

I. Music Therapy (14 hrs.) cr. hrs.

MUTY M818 Clinical Training1 1  
MUTY M701 Seminar in Research 1  
MUTY M714 Graduate Council 1  
MUTY M702 Music Therapy Research 3  
MUTY M703 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum 3  
MUTY M704 Music Therapy Supervision, or    
MUTY M705 Advanced Music Therapy Methods 3  
MUGN M810 Thesis 2  

II. Studies in Music (10 hrs.)2/3

  MU Music Electives 10    

III. Studies in Psychology/Special Education (6 hrs.)

EDGR Psychology/Special Education Electives 6  
Total 30


Updated August 8, 2005