Master’s Core Courses

All master's students in the Ball State School of Music are required to take course work in music history and music theory. Some master's programs require one course in each discipline, while others require two. One core course in each discipline must be selected from the following lists:

Core Courses in Music History
MUHIS 501 - Piano Literature
MUHIS 535 - Music in the Baroque Era
MUHIS 536 - Music in the Preclassical and Classical Eras
MUHIS 537 - Music in the Romantic Era
MUHIS 538 - Opera History from 1780 to 1980
MUHIS 603 - Chamber Music Literature
MUHIS 605 - Vocal Literature
MUHIS 632 - Music in the Renaissance
MUHIS 633 - Music in the Twentieth Century
MUHIS 680 - Symphonic Literature

Core Courses in Music Theory
MUSTH 612 - Compositional Practices of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
MUSTH 616 - Theory of Nineteenth-Century Music
MUSTH 617 - Theory of Twentieth-Century Music
MUSTH 621 - Analytical Technique

Placement Tests
All applicants must achieve acceptable scores on graduate placement tests in music history and music theory prior to enrolling in graduate-level history and theory courses.

Research Classes
All master's students also must take a course that introduces them to research methodology at the graduate level. In most master's programs, the student may choose either MUSED 668 Research in Music Education (3 hours) or MUHIS 600 Methodology and Bibliography in Musicology (3 hours). The research course is prescribed for the MM in music education (MUSED 668), and for the MM in music history or music theory (MUHIS 600).

More Information
Curriculum outlines for the Master of Music and Master of Arts in Music degrees can be located in:

For complete course descriptions on all music courses, please consult the Ball State University Course Directory.

For complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Graduate Catalog, or contact Dr. Linda Pohly, coordinator of graduate programs in music.