Analysis for Performers
Survey of analytical techniques and approaches required for professional performers, including phrase structure, harmonic rhythm and prolongation, small and large forms, theories of musical coherence, and understanding of styles
Survey analysis of evidence performers use to make their interpretive decisions in performance of vocal and instrumental music of European tradition. Topics include editions, treatises, tempo indications, expressive notation, use and influence of recordings, composer-performer relationship, and nonstandard notation.
Survey of general bibliographic techniques in music, with emphasis on materials for performing musicians.
Investigation of primary source readings in performance practices as related to period; analytical reports and practical applications in class demonstrations. A: Medieval. B: Renaissance. C: Baroque. D: Classical. E: Romantic. F: Contemporary. J: Jazz. (MM students are required to take at least 1 quarter of Problems in Performance Practices. DMA students are required to take at least 3 quarters of Problems in Performance Practices.)
Interactive course in preparation and performance of premiere work especially composed for graduate performer or performers by graduate composer at UCLA. (Required for DMA students;  elective for MM students.)
Performance-based course that develops repertoire and experience in collaborative performance for pianists and vocalists. Activities include text and score preparation, diction, weekly rehearsals, regular coaching, and performances for lessons, juries, recitals, master classes, auditions, and other related activities. Intensive diction study incorporated. Regular coaching with faculty members, weekly performance class, and rehearsals. (Required for MM students; MM students may substitute additional ensemble participation for this course. Elective for DMA students.)
Study of art of teaching musical instruments, including discussions of philosophy of teaching, learning process itself, and teaching of musical interpretation. Individualized study of various considerations, such as physical/technical aspects and pedagogical repertoire, peculiar to teaching student’s primary instrument. (DMA students are required to take either Instrumental Pedagogy or Vocal Pedagogy. Both courses are electives for MM students.)
Study of teaching techniques for voice, including thorough investigation of vocal mechanism and its use, plus study of noted teachers of past and present. Further emphasis on practical teaching experience in class. (DMA students are required to take either Instrumental Pedagogy or Vocal Pedagogy. Both courses are electives for MM students.)
MM students enroll in individual instruction for 6 quarters. DMA students enroll in individual instruction for 9 quarters.
Conducting students participate in Music Department ensembles. Learn more about the performance ensembles.

Elective Courses

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Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Repertory and Analysis
Exploration of defined repertory through readings and analysis. Specific topics vary.
In-depth study of selected topics in keyboard literature, concentrating on problems of performance through analysis, historical and comparative studies, and actual performances by participants.
A: History. B: Non-Western Musics. C: Curriculum Innovations. D: Tests and Measurements. E: Choral Literature. F: Instrumental Literature. G: General Topics.
Exploration of topics in music through variety of approaches that may include projects, performances, readings, discussions, research papers, and oral presentations.
Study of contemporary marching band as component of music curriculum in secondary education, including current approaches, practices, and problems associated with marching bands, as well as historical perspective. 

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