Proposal for a Master of Arts – Music Major -Graduate
Add a new degree-major program
Master of Arts - Music Major
Summary of the Changes:
Summary of the Changes:
To meet the growing demand for trained musicians in the northeast Florida and
greater southeast region demonstrated through hundreds of requests from local
students, public school and private studio teachers, church musicians, and
professional performers, the University of North Florida Music Flagship Program
plans to initiate a Master of Music (M.M.) performance degree, with concentration
areas in conducting and jazz studies, woodwind, brass, percussion, strings,
piano, and voice.
The M.M., a practice-oriented degree designated by the National Association of
Schools of Music, will consist of 36 credit hours of graduate courses offered
by the Department of Music. After completion of the two-year M.M. degree
program in Performance, students will have the option of pursuing a doctoral
degree in another school; serving as musicians and music leaders in religious
and civic settings; and performing regionally, nationally and abroad. Music
educators currently certified to teach will benefit from pursuing the M.M. by
adding to their expertise as musicians, and having the option to pursue career
paths in administration, which requires a Master’s Degree. Duval County
teachers hired before July 2011 will receive a sustained salary increase for
achieving a Master’s Degree.
Faculty Salary and Benefits:
Flagship Funds ($1.5 million from 2011-12 through 2015-16) are being used to
add three new lines which will continue to be supported by the university after
the Flagship funding period ends.
The addition of these lines make it possible to offer the M.M. without the
addition of any new lines. Drs. Gosden and Provost are listed on Appendix A,
Table 4 as “New faculty to be hired on a new line.” They are listed as such
because they were hired to teach undergraduate courses and to develop and teach
our graduate offerings. However, no new expense will be incurred to launch the
M.M. degree, as the lines were initiated with Flagship funds, and will be
sustained by the university as if they were pre-existing lines.
Most, if not all of the M.M. students will be taught by ranked faculty. As
such, we do not anticipate added OPS expenses, and no other support staff will
be added, too.
Additional Resources Information:
The department will attempt to utilize academic out of state tuition waiver
(OSTW) awards ($100K currently budgeted annually), Graduate Assistantships
awarded by College of Arts and Sciences ($15K to be awarded annually beginning
in fall 2014), newly created Graduate Fellowships ($15K annually from a gift,
to mature in 2014-15), and Foundation Scholarships ($28.5K currently budgeted
Library Expenses: Our library holdings are first rate, and were well received
by NASM during our accreditation visit in October, 2012. The department will
continue to add to these holdings utilizing the library budget. No additional
expenses will be incurred.
(Master of Music
Performance Proposal Attachment)