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Summer Graduate Music Courses

The "2+2" Master of Music in Music Education Degree at Crane

The Master of Music in Music Education degree may be completed in as little as two summers with as few as two additional online courses (2+2). Summer courses are taught by Crane faculty and distinguished guest faculty. Graduate Music Admissions information can be found on this webpage. The summer admissions deadline is May 1st.

Over the course of two summers, students will have the opportunity to take electives in thee main areas: music technology, creativity, and global music. This is in addition to required coursework in music education, music history, and music theory, and still leaves opportunities for students to take additional electives in music education or other subjects. The entire degree plan for the degree can be found here.

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On-Campus Summer Courses

Our normal in-person schedule consists of a four week session where students take two courses, followed by two one-week sessions during which students take one class each week. For the summer of 2020, all summer courses at SUNY Potsdam will be virtual, with no face-to-face instruction. While the Crane School of Music summer Master's of Music - Music Education program will keep the same six-week overall schedule we had planned on, it will be divide it into two three-week sessions.

First three-week session, Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 17, 2020 

MUCE 608: Curricular Development in the School Music Program
Instructor: Dr. Emmett O'Leary

Examination of the systematic process of program development. Focus upon the development of general goals, program objectives, and instructional objectives, as well as the design and sequence of musical experiences and materials. Final project involves the development of a program for a specific course of study; school music teachers are encouraged to gear projects toward their own specific teaching situations.

MUCT 695: Open Source Software for Musicians
Instructor: Dr. Jerod Sommerfeldt

Examination and exploration of musical topics through the prism of open source software. Participants will review topics in music theory using the programming language RTcmix, create handouts, compositions, and scores using MuseScore and Lilypond, create dynamic, interactive electronic music with Pure Data, and cover basic recording in Audacity. Those enrolled will become comfortable navigating hardware found in many electronic music studios and all projects aim to be applicable and customizable to each participants’ own needs and interests.

MUCT 695: Instrumentation & Arranging
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Sullivan

Master the basics of instrumentation through study and exercises. Complete several small arranging assignments, and one final arranging project. Students may independently choose the particulars for all assignments (source material, ensemble, etc.); the only stipulation is that each assignment must be for a different instrumentation. The primary goal is for each student to personalize the assignments so as to build skills that will maximize the usefulness of this course.


Second three-week session: Monday, July 20 - Friday, August 7, 2020

MUCP 695: Creativity and Problem Solving in Ensemble Settings
Instructor: Dr. Andrea Maas
In this course students will apply creative and problem-solving approaches to music teaching and learning through small ensemble work. Students will engage in daily music inquiries, analyzing and deconstructing musical problems, followed by creative projects to re-construct musical works in small ensembles. Students will utilize primary and/or secondary/tertiary instruments as well as multimodal approaches to music making.

First year students take:
MUCH 611: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music

Instructor: Dr. James Madeja
A survey of bibliographic and resource materials in music, education, and music education. Examination of basic research methodologies, techniques and procedures and their practical applications. This is a core course required for all Master of Music degrees at Crane.

Second year students take:
MUCE 523: Advanced Issues in Music Education

Instructor: Dr. Emmett O'Leary
Advanced Issues in Music Education focuses on the examination of ideas and issues which impact learning and teaching music in the schools. Students have an opportunity to design curricular experiences and instructional strategies that aid in achieving program goals for their particular teaching situations.  The Summer 2020 focus is on Engaging Popular Music. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of popular and vernacular music. 



Online Courses

Summer Session I: Thursday, May 28 - Thursday, July 1, 2020

Online: MUCE 595: Peace Building Through Music Education
Instructor: Dr. Caron Collins

This course is designed for current practicing music teachers and music education students interested in exploring, discussing, and designing impactful music-making experiences for developing peace building and resolving conflict in our communities or schools.
In this course, students will explore and discuss current conflicts in our society, collaborative music practices that address diversity and inclusion, and various ways to promote community, democracy, and social responsibility; evaluate the effectiveness of these peace-building practices in transforming conflict; and design a peace-building music program, course, or project for a community or school.

Online: MUCE 645: Music in Special Education
Instructor: Tracy Wanamaker

Acquaints music education students with the individualized education program (IEP) process, music materials and techniques for teaching special learners in self-contained classrooms or mainstreamed into music classes. Readings, observations, music activities and originally designed materials a part of this class.