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Master's Degree Emphasis in Choral/Vocal Pedagogy


Summer 2010: 
Three Week Term June 8-25 
Mini Term June 28-29 

Complete the degree largely in 3 summers with 3-week and 1-week summer terms
One required course. Select others according to individual interests & career goals 
Both thesis and non-thesis degree options
A World-Class Degree from a World-Class University

Summer Conducting ClassThe Master of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy emphasis is designed especially for practicing professionals and others who wish to pursue graduate studies (1) on a schedule more convenient and flexible than traditional academic year semesters, and (2) in a university environment that emphasizes scientific, data-based approaches to real-world choral music-making contexts.

Special summer terms allow students to complete coursework in 3-week summer residencies, plus an optional 2.5 day mini-term. Students may also pursue approved independent studies and distance education graduate courses during the regular school year. In addition, up to 3 hours of graduate credit can be earned through participation in approved professional conferences and workshops, such as KMEA/MENC and KCDA/ACDA. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses from other universities, in consultation with an adviser, if appropriate for the student's overall program and goals. 

This degree emphasis combines scientific and artistic approaches to choral pedagogy, which makes it unique among university music education and choral programs. Students have opportunity both to learn from and contribute to cutting-edge research in the field. Research-based knowledge enables choral music professionals to hone their skills in such areas as rehearsing, conducting, and vocal pedagogy according to the best available data on how human beings learn and grow both musically and vocally. 

Voice science lab makes laryngesAnother unique feature of the MME in Choral Pedagogy is the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally recognized choral musicians, music educators, musicologists, voice teachers, voice scientists and otolaryngologists in the environment of a world-class research university. In addition to KU faculty, visiting professors are invited each year to offer short courses and workshops in their particular areas of expertise. Dr. Sten Ternstrom, Professor of Choir Acoustics, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden visited in Fall 2004. Dr. Judy Bowers, Florida State University, was visiting professor for the Summer 2005 term. Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Ohio State University, President of the American Choral Directors Association, was visiting professor for the Summer 2006 term. Prof. John Nix, University of Texas at San Antonio, presented a series of lectures and workshops in Fall 2007. Dr. Janice Killian, Texas Tech University served as visiting professor for the Summer 2007 term. Dr. Andre Thomas was in residency for the Summer 2009 term. For the 2009 summer term, Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow, Florida State University, and Dr. Dwayne Dunn, Olathe East High School, were visiting professors.

The MME degree at the University of Kansas is an individualized graduate degree. There is only one required course. Other coursework is chosen in consultation with an adviser to meet the needs of particular students and general course distribution requirements. 

Voice Science labe makes laryngesThe Choral Pedagogy Emphasis insures that students can complete the degree largely in three summers by providing coursework and research opportunities that will be offered on a regular basis to satisfy degree and course distribution requirements. Within this particular structure, students may begin the program in any summer.

Students, however, are not limited only to these courses and opportunities. Other graduate courses offered by the MEMT Division or elsewhere in the University can be part of a student's program of studies subject to adviser approval. 

The Choral Pedagogy Emphasis MME Degree is especially suited for:

  • practicing or aspiring choral music educators in public and private schools (K-12)
  • choral conductors at all levels
  • those who desire specific expertise in choral research
  • aspirants to the Ph.D. (choral pedagogy or voice pedagogy) or D.M.A. (choral conducting) degrees
  • earning course credits for re-certification or continuing professional development


The MME thesis option requires 25-27 hours of coursework and 3-5 hours of master's thesis, for a total of 30 hours. The MME non-thesis option requires 29 hours of coursework and 1 hour of comprehensive examination, for a total of 30 hours.

Conducting Class learns multi-cultural pieceStudents who desire to take summer courses offered by the Voice Care Network and the National Center for Voice and Speech are encouraged to do so. Students may receive KU graduate credit applicable to their graduate degree programs for such work. See Dr. Daugherty for details. 

You may also pursue the choral pedagogy master's degree as a fulltime graduate student during the regular academic year. Qualified students enrolled fulltime may apply for graduate teaching assistanships for contiguous fall and spring semesters. Other KU graduate degrees for persons interested in choral/vocal pedagogy include: MMus in choral conducting, DMA in choral conducting, Ph.D. in choral pedagogy, Ph.D. in voice pedagogy. For Ph.D. studies in choral or vocal pedagogy, a summer term contiguous with a fall semester or a spring semester may be used to satisfy fulltime residency requirements.

Should you have questions not addressed on this site about the Choral Pedagogy Track, email Dr. James F. Daugherty (jdaugher@ku.edu). For further information about the MME and Ph.D. degrees email the KU Division of Music Education/Music Therapy, Dr. James F. Daugherty, Director of Graduate Studies (memt@ku.edu).

Summer Courses Offered on a Rotating Basis

CHOR 910 Research Methodologies in Choral Music
This course will provide the student with an overview of historical, analytical, qualitative, and quantitative approaches used in the research of choral music and issues related to teaching and conducting in the choral field. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MEMT 710 Professional Development
Participation in approved professional development conferences. Requires documentation of attendance, an annotated time log of activities, and a short paper. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours. FLD.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 18304
FLD Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 16926
MEMT 711 Emerging Technologies for Choral Teaching and Learning
Applications of current digital and electronic technologies to choral ensemble teaching and learning. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

 
MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: _____
Specific methodologies, strategies, approaches, and materials for music education/music therapy for specific populations, musical media, instructional settings, or clinical environments. May be repeated for credit. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

Current Topics in Choral Pedagogy (1-2 credit hours)
In depth focus on a topic of current interest in choral pedagogy or choral pedagogy research. Topics will vary each term. May be repeated for credit. Offered Summer 2010 June 28-29. Guest faculty: Dr. Steven Demorest, University of Washington. 
MEMT 812 Research in Music Education and Music Therapy
Study of research in music education and music therapy. Required of all candidates for graduate degrees. Enrollment must precede or be concurrent with enrollment in thesis. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Johnson,Christopher M.
TR 11:00-12:15 PM MUR 402 - LAWRENCE
3 13429
  
MEMT 820 Advanced Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques
Refinement of conducting and teaching skills in a choral setting. Focus on relationships between gesture and choral sound, rehearsal structure and optimal learning, and age-appropriate choral literature and development of musicality. (Same as COND 820.) LAB.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 18367
MEMT 823 Seminar in: _____
May be repeated for credit. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

 Working with Adolescent Voices in Choral Contexts (1-3 credit hours)
Application of current research and best practice in conjunction with the KU Jr. High Summer Choral Camp, June 14-18. Additional seminar meetings during, before, and after camp week. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, and successful completetion of COND/MEMT 820, CHOR/MEMT 826, or CHOR/MEMT 828. 
MEMT 825 Choral Diction
Study of methods to teach and learn diction in choral music contexts. Attention to International Phonetic Alphabet, acoustic implications of particular phonemes, and contributions of emerging technologies. Application of various languages, including English, Latin, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. (Same as CHOR 825.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MEMT 826 Adolescent Changing Voices
Scientific approaches to the pedagogy of adolescent male and female voices during voice change. (Same as CHOR 826.) LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 19148
MEMT 827 Children's Voices
Scientific approaches to understanding and working with unchanged children's voices. (Same as CHOR 827.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MEMT 828 Science-based Voice Education
Comprehensive examination of vocal anatomy, respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and voice development, with particular attention to research-based vocal/choral pedagogies for working with child through senior adult voices. (Same as CHOR 828.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Daugherty,James F.
W 06:00-08:50 PM MUR 574 - LAWRENCE
3-6 17093
 
MEMT 895 Master's Project
May be repeated for credit. RSH.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18784
RSH Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18783
RSH Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18785
RSH Dakon,Jacob Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 23369
RSH Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18786
RSH Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18787
RSH Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18788
RSH Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18789
RSH Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18798
MEMT 897 Independent Study: _____
May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and instructor. RSH.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 23133
RSH Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13432
RSH Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 18307
RSH Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13433
RSH Dakon,Jacob Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 23370
RSH Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13434
RSH Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13435
RSH Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15771
RSH Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13436
RSH Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15681
MEMT 898 Comprehensive Examination
An independent course in preparation for the non-thesis M.M.E. degree final examination. The grade will be S or U as determined by performance on the examination. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. IND.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 20315
IND Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 18308
IND Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 20316
IND Dakon,Jacob Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 23365
IND Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 20317
IND Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 18894
IND Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 20318
IND Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 20319
IND Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 17712
MEMT 899 Master's Thesis
May be repeated for credit. THE.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13437
THE Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 18309
THE Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13438
THE Dakon,Jacob Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 23366
THE Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13439
THE Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13441
THE Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 15772
THE Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13440
THE Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 15682
 
MEMT 995 Field Experience in: _____
Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The advisor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours. May be repeated for credit. FLD.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17088
FLD Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13448
FLD Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17089
FLD Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13447
FLD Garnett,James D
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 25430
FLD Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17090
FLD Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17091
FLD Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17092
Field Experience in Clinical Voice Assessment (1-3 credit hours)
Offered in cooperation with participating largyngologists and speech pathologists at the KU Medical Center and the Kansas Voice Center. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, graduate degree-seeking status in vocal or choral pedagogy, and successful completion of CHOR/MEMT 828 or VOIC 921. 
MEMT 997 Individual Study: _____
May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of Instructor. IND.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13455
IND Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 18312
IND Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13454
IND Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13456
IND Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13457
IND Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15773
IND Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13458
IND Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15683
IND Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-4 16167
 
MEMT 999 Doctoral Dissertation
May be repeated for credit. THE.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Abromeit,Deanna Hanson
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 13459
THE Bergee,Martin James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 18313
THE Colwell Dunn,Cynthia Melissa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 13460
THE Daugherty,James F.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 13461
THE Dvorak,Abbey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 13462
THE Hedden,Debra Gordon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 18797
THE Johnson,Christopher M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 13463
THE Register,Dena
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-15 18799
MUSC 754 Music of the Baroque Era
Prerequisite: MUSC 340 and MUSC 440. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MUSC 757 Music of the Twentieth Century
Prerequisite: MUSC 480. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

 
VOIC 711 Voice
For graduate students not majoring in voice. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Broxholm,Julia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17012
IND Castle,Joyce Malicky
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15594
IND Kanyova,Maria
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 25099
IND Mendez Jr,Genaro
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15595
IND Stephens,John A.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 15593


For full details on how to apply, read thoroughly the information found on the Graduate Application Procedures Document (pdf).
Applicants are responsible for following the directions detailed on this document. 

Re-enrollment

Students not enrolled in this Spring semester who wish to take courses this summer must file an Application for Permit to Re-enroll ». Print, sign, and mail the Application for Permit to Re-enroll form to the MEMT office. 

New Applications

First-time applicants have two options by which to apply for this Summer: 

Option One

 

Apply for regular graduate degree-seeking status, following the directions on the Graduate Application Procedures Document (pdf). Please make sure you allow sufficient time for all parts of the application, including application DVD and official GRE scores, to be on hand in the MEMT office by May 15.

If you are a summers-only graduate student, you may be provisionally admitted for degree-seeking status by filling out the application, submitting your official transcripts, and submitting the letters of recommendation. This option permits you, if accepted, to complete up to 8 hrs of graduate coursework, prior to submitting the GRE scores and application DVD. In other words, it buys you a little time. However, applicants admitted provisionally may not enroll in any further coursework until all items necessary for degree-seeking status are on hand, and the full application has been acted upon favorably by the MEMT Division. If it is your intent to seek provisional admission for degree-seeking status for summers-only study, please email Dr. James F. Daugherty, Director of Graduate Studies specifying that intention: jdaugher@ku.edu

Option Two

  Begin study as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Apply for non degree-seeking graduate status, following the directions on the Graduate Application Procedures Document (pdf). This application entails only the completed application form and receipt of official transcripts. However, be advised only 6 hrs of graduate credit taken as a non-degree seeking student may transfer to a degree program. Moreover, you would still need to complete the degree-seeking application at some later point, should you wish to pursue a degree. In other words, this route potentially would entail completion of two applications and payment of two application fees, one for non-degree seeking status and one for degree-seeking status. Unless time is an issue or you simply wish to earn graduate credit without pursuing a degree, you would be better advised to do Option One above

Up to 6 hours of appropriate graduate work from accredited universities may be transferred subject to advisor and division approval.

The University of Kansas policy regarding credit by transfer is as follows:

  • Six hours of graduate credit (but not distance-learning courses) taken at a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred and applied to a program leading to one of the master's degrees, if the transfer has the approval of the major department and the appropriate school. Eight hours may be aproved for transfer if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU. Transferred credit and graduate continuing education credited including distance-learning courses (limited to KU courses) together may not exceed 6 hours --or 8 hours if the condition just indicated is met-- and they must not be the last hours required for the degree. Only work graded B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. KU does not accept transfer credit from other institutions for graduate-level courses completed in institutes and workshops or given for life/work experience.
  • ​No courses taken for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate (nongraduate) credit either at KU or elsewhere may be transferred to KU to count toward an advanced degree. 
  • Courses that were counted toward meeting the requirements of a graduate degree, completed either at KU or another institution, may not be used toward meeting the requirements for an additional advanced degree at KU. 


Primary faculty for Choral Pedagogy Emphasis Summer Courses

Julia Broxholm, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Voice

Jennifer M. Cannady, M.A., CC-SLP»
Guest Lecturer
Speech-Language Therapist, Kansas Voice Center

James F. Daugherty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Choral/Vocal Pedagogy 
Director of Graduate Studies in Music Education and Music Therapy 
Editor, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing

J. David Garnett, M.D., F.A.C.S.»
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, KU Medical Center
Associate Professor of Voice Science in the School of Music

Debra Hedden, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education
Children's Choir specialist

Christopher M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Music Education
Editor, International Journal of Music Education: Research

Paul Laird, Ph.D.
Professor of Musicology

Genaro Mendez, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Voice

Lee A. Reussner, M.D.»
Otolaryngologist 
Director, Kansas Voice Center

Paul Tucker, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor
Director of Choral Activities KU

Visiting Professors each Summer

Steven Demorest, Ph.D. (Summer 2010)»
Professor of Choral Pedagogy and Music Education, The University of Washington

Alice-Ann Darrow, Ph.D. (Summer 2009)»
Cooper Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, Florida State University

Dwayne Dunn, Ph.D. (Summer 2009)»
Director of Choral Activities, Olathe East High School

Andre Thomas, D.M.A. (Summer 2008)»
Director of Choral Activities & Sellers Professor of Choral Music Education, Florida State University

Janice Killian, Ph.D. (Summer 2007)»
Professor of Choral Music Education, Texas Tech University

Hilary Apfelstadt, Ph.D. (Summer 2006)»
Director of Choral Activities, Ohio State University
President, American Choral Directors Association

Judy Bowers, Ph.D. (Summer 2005)»
Professor of Choral Music Education, Florida State University

How do I apply?

Follow the application procedures detailed on the "Applying to KU" link on the overview page and on the MEMT web site. Application forms may be downloaded there. 

What is required for admission?

Check the MEMT web site for full, complete details. In general, students must have an undergraduate degree in music or music education with a 3.0 GPA. Students must submit: Official Transcripts, Scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), Recommendations, and a Video Tape that demonstrates performance proficiency on your major instrument. A student may be admitted initially as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Such admission requires an undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA and official transcripts. Courses taken during one term as a non-degree seeking graduate student may be used for degree requirements following full application and regular admission to the graduate school. 

Is transfer credit accepted?

Yes, up to 6 hours, if in accord with the KU Policy on transfer credit and subject to advisor approval. See the Transfer Credit link for complete details.

What is the difference between the thesis and non-thesis options?

There are two major sets of differences between the two options. One difference, obviously, is that the thesis option requires completion of a thesis that employs historical, philosophical, quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research methodologies. The thesis option degree requires a total of 30 hours, including 3-5 hours of master's thesis advisement. The non-thesis option requires 33 hours of approved coursework, a project (3 hours), and a comprehensive examination (1 hr). The other difference is that the thesis option is preferred, often required, for those students who contemplate doctoral study. The non-thesis option degree is typically a terminal graduate degree.

How can I finish all requirements in 3 years? 

Students may take up to 8 credit hours each summer (24 credit hours total for 3 summer terms). In the summer, students may take 3-6 hours in the three-week session, and 1-2 hours in the one week session. In addition, students may earn up to 3 hours credit for participation in professional development conferences such as those sponsored by MENC and ACDA, earning one hour of credit per conference. Students may also take 3-6 hours credit during per regular academic year, either in on campus evening classes, as offered; in KU online or KU distance education courses, as offered; and/or in individual study or individual research. Furthermore, up to 6 hours of approved transfer credit may be counted toward the degree. Students are encouraged as well to take advantage of summer courses offered by the Voice Care Network and/or National Center for Voice and Speech.

Am I limited to taking only choral pedagogy track courses?

No. Students may take any appropriate KU graduate course, with advisor approval and keeping in mind MME course distribution requirements. Your program of studies should make sense overall in terms of your professional and educational goals.

Can I take one or more choral pedagogy courses as a non-degree seeking graduate student?

Yes. Refer to graduate school policies for details.

I have been accepted into the program and took courses last summer, but did not enroll for any spring semester courses. What must I do to take courses again this summer?

Complete in a timely manner an Application for Permit to Re-Enroll. 

What is the time limit for finishing the degree? 

All requirements must be completed within 7 years of taking your first course as a fully admitted master's degree student. 

Can I gain teacher certification through this degree?

All KU MME degree programs permit students to pursue teacher certification while simultaneously completing the degree, if desired. However, doing so could increase considerably the time spent. Students, moreover, would not be able to complete many courses needed for certification during the summer; such courses are typically scheduled during the fall and spring semesters. The choral pedagogy master's degree track is designed primarily for those who already hold basic certification, or for those who do not need teacher certification to pursue their professional or academic goals.

Will the choral pedagogy track M.M.E. position me to apply for Ph.D. or DMA studies?

Absolutely. Students contemplating the Ph.D. should pursue the thesis option and the many opportunities to hone research skills through choral pedagogy emphasis courses. Students contemplating the DMA in choral conducting may elect some additional studies in conducting and choral literature, if desired. 


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