Department of Music and Drama

MUSIC

http://www.twu.edu/music/
Chair: Pamela Youngblood, Professor
Location: MUSIC 114
Phone: 940-898-2500
Fax: 940-898-2494
Email: music@twu.edu

DRAMA

http://www.twu.edu/drama/
Drama Program Director: Patrick Bynane, Associate Professor
Location: REDBUD 228
Phone: 940-898-2510
Fax: 940-898-2655
Email: drama@twu.edu
 

Degrees in Music

Degrees in Drama

The Department of Music and Drama, housed within the School of the Arts, offers the Master of Arts degree in both drama and music, the latter with emphases in music education, music pedagogy, music performance, and music therapy. Description of the drama program begins immediately below. Description of the music programs follows.

Programs in Music

The Master of Arts degree in Music allows qualified students to pursue advanced studies in music with an emphasis in music education, music pedagogy, music performance, or music therapy. The degree offers students the opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of knowledge in their area of emphasis, develop research skills, and engage in career-related experiences.  The Master of Arts in Music prepares students for professional careers as therapists, teachers, and performers and serves as a foundation for pursuing doctoral studies in music.

Private Music Lessons

Consult the class schedule for course numbers.

Program in Drama

Course work and stage experience are designed to train well-rounded theatre practitioners who have the ability to function creatively and skillfully in a variety of theatrical situations. Committed to top quality theatre performance and excellence in the classroom, the graduate drama program provides practical as well as academic training for students pursuing careers in professional and educational theatre. Degree concentrations emphasize acting/directing, design/production, or literary/criticism.

Successful completion of a professional paper is required for the Master of Arts Degree. The culminating project can be creative, scholarly or a creative/scholarly hybrid and must meet professional standards. Projects may be selected from such focus areas as directing; acting; stage management; playwriting; technical direction; design; theatre history; or criticism. With permission of the faculty, a project may be completed off the Denton campus.

Music Admissions

Graduate students take placement examinations in music history and music theory/aural skills at the beginning of the first year of graduate course work. Appropriate keyboard skills required of the major emphasis will be tested during the first term of enrollment. See the Music Department Graduate Handbook for additional details.

Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Therapy

Students whose bachelor’s degrees are in music, but not in music therapy, may apply for admission to the graduate program.  However, these students will be admitted provisionally with the stipulation that they complete all equivalency coursework and clinical experience that make them eligible for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  This equivalency coursework usually consists of about 50 undergraduate semester hours, most of which can be taken concurrently with graduate coursework in a carefully planned program. As part of the undergraduate equivalency coursework, a six-month internship is required prior to removal from provisional status and enrollment in any graduate practicum coursework.

Students whose undergraduate degree is not in music will not be admitted to the graduate program in music with an emphasis in music therapy. Rather, they may apply as post-bachelor’s degree students to complete equivalency requirements and/or a second bachelor’s degree. Completion of these requirements will lead to eligibility to take the national board certification examination in music therapy.

Music therapy students who do not have the appropriate professional certification (i.e., MT-BC) must complete all eligibility requirements for that exam prior to the awarding of the master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Therapy.  See the Music Department Graduate Handbook for current information on admission requirements.

Dual Degree: Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Therapy and Master of Science in Counseling and Development

Students interested in completing the dual degree must complete separate applications to BOTH departments/programs through the Graduate School. If a student has already been admitted to the music program, it is only necessary to complete the application process for the M.S. in Counseling and Development and declare the intention to pursue the dual degree option. Dual degree students must declare their intentions to pursue this option prior to the completion of 12 semester credit hours of graduate credit toward their degrees.

Drama Admissions

To apply for admission a prospective student must submit the following materials to the Drama program for review:

  1. Letter of intent/application
  2. Sample of academic writing
  3. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  4. Audition and/or design portfolio (Optional)
  5. Interview
  6. Resume or CV

Please refer to the Drama Student Handbook at the Drama website for additional information, course rotations, and teaching formats.

Minors offered to students from other Departments

Music

Coursework equivalent to the undergraduate minor in music is required. Six additional graduate semester credit hours of music must be selected in conference with the major and minor advisors.

Drama

Coursework equivalent to the undergraduate minor in Drama is required. Six additional graduate semester credit hours of drama must be selected in conference with the major and minor advisors.

Drama Courses

DRAM 5403. Problems in Production. Advanced theory and practice in the areas of theatrical design, play directing, and acting; practical experience provided by TWU Theatre productions. May be repeated for up to nine hours of credit. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5433. Contemporary Theatre. A study in the trends and developments in the modern theatre, focusing attention on new plays, expanding scenographic ideas, and directorial methods. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5473. Dramatic Criticism and Play Analysis. Analysis of dramatic literature for the theatrical practitioner. Special consideration will be given to the major theories of drama as they pertain to the production of plays. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5483. Theatre History I. A history of the theatre from Ancient Greece through the English Restoration with analysis of the dramatic literature from each major period serving as the basis for discussion. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5493. Theatre History II. A history of the theatre from the eighteenth century to the present with analysis of the dramatic literature from each major period serving as the basis for discussion. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5503. Styles of Acting. Lecture and laboratory experience in the theories and styles of performance, from presentational to representational. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5513. Theatre Management. Instruction in budgets, season selection, grants preparation, long range planning, house management, techniques, and marketing as related to educational and professional theaters. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5521. Theatre in Performance. Laboratory experience course required of all drama master's candidates. Minimum 40 clock hours in rehearsal, performance, or technical crew work. May be repeated for credit. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 5533. Advanced Theatrical Design. Lecture and studio experience in the theories and principles of scenic, lighting, costume, or makeup design. May be repeated for up to nine hours of credit. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5543. Speech for the Stage. Instruction and laboratory study of the mechanisms of speech for the actor; training in breath control, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation, and speech melody for the stage. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5901. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular area or subject not offered in another scheduled course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 5903. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular area or subject not offered in another scheduled course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5911. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content might include directed readings, a research project, or other similar studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: One hour.

DRAM 5913. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content might include directed readings, a research project, or other similar studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

DRAM 5973. Professional Paper. Credit: Three hours.

Music Courses

MU 5001. Woodwinds. Private lessons for woodwind instruments. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5002. Woodwinds. Private lessons for woodwind instruments. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5011. Organ. Private organ lessons. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5012. Organ. Private organ lessons. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5021. Brass. Private lessons for brass instruments. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5022. Brass. Private lessons for brass instruments. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5031. Piano. Private piano lessons. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5032. Piano. Private piano lessons. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5061. Strings. Private lessons for stringed instruments. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5062. Strings. Private lessons for stringed instruments. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5091. Voice. Private voice lessons. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5092. Voice. Private voice lessons. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5201. Practicum in Music Therapy. Advanced practice of clinical music therapy with diverse populations. Completion of 34 clock hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of music therapy internship and permission of instructor. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5202. Practicum in Music Therapy. Advanced practice of clinical music therapy with diverse populations. Completion of 67 clock hours of clinical experience. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of music therapy internship and permission of instructor. Six practicum hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5203. Practicum in Music Therapy. Advanced practice of clinical music therapy with diverse populations. Completion of 100 clock hours of clinical experience. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of music therapy internship and permission of instructor. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5321. Models of Music Therapy Supervision: Graduate Practicum. Examination of various models of music therapy supervision appropriate for graduate education and professional practice. Includes supervision of undergraduate practicum students. Meets requirement for one credit of post-internship graduate practicum. Prerequisite: Music Therapist - Board Certified. May be repeated three times for credit. Two practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5322. Models of Music Therapy Supervision: Advanced Practicum. In-depth examination of various models of music therapy supervision appropriate for graduate education and professional practice. Meets requirement for two credits of post-internship graduate practicum. May be repeated two times for credit. Four practicum hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5333. Models of Supervision and Administration : Graduate Practicum. An in-depth examination of various models of music therapy supervision and educational administration appropriate for graduate education and professional practice. Meets the requirement for three credits of graduate practicum to be taken post-internship. Not repeatable. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5391. Percussion. Private percussion lessons. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5392. Percussion. Private percussion lessons. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5403. Music Theory Pedagogy. Analysis, evaluation, and practical application of current pedagogical approaches and materials used in teaching music theory at the college level. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5423. Research in Music Education. Examination of methodologies, techniques, and procedures for interpreting and conducting research in music education. Critique of relevant studies in music education with an emphasis on preparation of a research proposal. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5431. Guitar. Private guitar lessons. One-half hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5432. Guitar. Private guitar lessons. One hour a week. Credit: Two hours.

MU 5433. Psychological Foundations of Music Education. Investigation of the psychological foundations of music; music perception, physiological responses to music, music and the brain, musical attributes, music learning, and the measurement of musical behavior. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5511. Opera Ensemble. Provides singers the opportunity to experience all facets of operatic production through acting; movement: set building; hair, costume, and makeup design: lighting; and directing small scenes. May be repeated for credit: repertoire varies each semester. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5531. University Chorus. A choral ensemble designed to provide group singing/leadership opportunities for all graduate students. Open to all students regardless of major and/or musical background, without audition. May be repeated for credit. Two rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5533. Philosophies and Theories of Music Therapy. A study of therapeutic theories as they relate to music therapy theory and clinical practice. Students will develop a personal philosophy of music therapy as a course outcome. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5541. Wind Symphony. Performance of standard band repertoire and music from modern composers by students who play wind and percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit: repertoire varies each semester. Four rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5543. Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy. An exploration of musical idioms, aesthetics, and functions within diverse cultural contexts. Therapeutic issues related to working with clients of diverse backgrounds will be explored and treatment strategies will be developed. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5551. Concert Choir. A select choral ensemble including leadership experiences for students in graduate school. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of Director. Four rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5553. Seminar in Music. Selected research projects in music literature. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5571. Jazz Ensemble. Performance of standard and modern jazz repertoire for large ensemble and combo by students who play wind and percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit; repertoire varies each semester. Three rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5581. Chamber Music. A select chamber ensemble for students in graduate level music curriculum. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5591. Vocal Ensemble. Select opera workshop, music theatre ensemble, or mixed vocal ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Audition. Three to five rehearsal hours a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5643. Research on Music and Behavior. An advanced study of the relationships among music, behavior, and therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on qualitative, small-sample, and quantitative experimental proposals suitable for their professional papers/thesis as a course outcome. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5653. History and Philosophy of Music Education. Historical perspective and philosophical issues that provide the basis for contemporary music education. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5663. Seminar in Music Curriculum and Methodology. Evaluation of teaching methods, learning processes, curriculum, and teacher identity as a basis for improving music pedagogy. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5753. Music Pedagogy I. A comparison and analysis of current pedagogical approaches to the teaching of voice or instrument; attention to specific problems of the literature and technique, including appropriate studies in anatomy, physiology, and acoustics; particular emphasis upon the teaching of the younger student. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5763. Music Pedagogy II. A continuation of MU 5753 with additional emphasis on advanced pedagogy suited to a university setting and/or the private studio. Class/studio observation is required. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5803. Graduate Recital. Preparation and presentation of a public recital; content selected in consultation with applied teacher. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5901. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular area of subject not offered in another scheduled course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

MU 5903. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular area or subject not offered in another scheduled course. Three lecture hours a week. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5911. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content might include directed readings, a research project, practicum, or other similar studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: One hour.

MU 5913. Independent Study. Individual supervisory and tutorial instruction; content might include directed readings, a research project, or other similar studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5933. Styles in Music. A comprehensive review of music literature, theory, performance practice, and cultural trends from specific historic periods. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5973. Professional Paper. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5981. The Professional Portfolio. Development of a professional portfolio by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program demonstrating the student's growth in the Learner-Centered Competencies. Pass-fail grade only. May be repeated. Credit: One hour.

MU 5983. Thesis. Credit: Three hours.

MU 5993. Thesis. Prerequisite: MU 5983. Credit: Three hours.

Professors

COHEN, NICKI S., Professor of Music. B.S., Duquesne University; M.A., University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Kansas.
HADSELL, NANCY A., Professor of Music. B.A., University of Georgia; M.M.E., University of Georgia; Ph.D., University of Kansas.
SHUSTER, RICHARD J., Professor of Music. B.Mus., Indiana University-Bloomington; M.M., University of Rochester; D.M.A., University of Rochester.
YOUNGBLOOD, PAMELA J., Professor of Music; Chair of the Department of Music and Drama; Co-Coordinator of the School of the Arts. B.M., Union University; M.M., University of North Texas; D.M.A., University of North Texas.

Associate Professors

BAKER, VICKI D., Associate Professor of Music. B.A., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; M.A., Texas Woman's University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
BYNANE, PATRICK M., Associate Professor of Drama; Program Director of Drama. B.A., Ashland University; M.A., Southwest Missouri State University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University .
GORMAN, RHONDA, Associate Professor of Drama. B.F.A., Texas Christian University; M.F.A., Southern Methodist University.
JENSEN, JONI L., Associate Professor of Music. B.Mus., Brigham Young University; M.M., Brigham Young University; D.M.A., University of Arizona.
YOUNG, STEVEN W., Associate Professor of Drama. B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.F.A., Illinois State University.

Assistant Professors

WOOLERY, DANIELLE N., Assistant Professor of Music. B.M., University of North Texas; M.M., Webster University; D.M.A., University of Miami.
ZANDERS, MICHAEL L., Assistant Professor of Music. B.M., Temple University; M.M., Temple University; Ph.D., Temple University; .