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Music (MUS)

The Honolulu University Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Musical Arts. Each of the above degrees are offered with specific majors such as, music education, applied music (performance), music business, composition, and musicology. Not all majors are offered for every degree level. The unique use of digital, audio and videotape and program design make distance learning in music available only through Honolulu University.

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Applied Music (Performance) Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 301 Music Theory I 3
MUS 351 Music History & Literature I 3
2 MUS 302 Music Theory II 3
MUS 352 Music History & Literature II 3
3 MUS 303 Form & Analysis 3
MUS 477 Rehearsal Techniques 3
4 MUS 371 Applied Music I 3
MUS 304 Counterpoint 3
5 MUS 372 Applied Music II 3
MUS 401 Instrumental Conducting 3
6 MUS 473 Applied Music III 3
MUS 402 Choral Conducting 3
7 MUS 474 Applied Music IV 3
MUS 478 Pedagogy of the Applied Instrument 3
8 MUS 476 Analysis of Repertoire 3
MUS 471 Music Business Practices 3
9 MUS 475 Senior Recital 6
10 MUS 480 Bachelor Capstone 6

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Applied Music (Performance) Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 301 Music Theory I 3
MUS 351 Music History & Literature I 3
2 MUS 302 Music Theory II 3
MUS 352 Music History & Literature II 3
3 MUS 303 Form & Analysis 3
MUS 480 Instrumental Conducting 3
4 MUS 304 Counterpoint 3
MUS 402 Choral Conducting 3
5 MUS 371 Applied Music I 3
MUS 404 Brass Methods 3
6 MUS 372 Applied Music II 3
MUS 405 Woodwind Methods 3
7 MUS 406 String Methods 3
MUS 403 Music Therapy 3
8 MUS 407 Piano Methods 3
MUS 408 Vocal Methods 3
9 MUS 409 Directed Teaching 3
10 MUS 480 Bachelor Capstone 6

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Music Education Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 301 Music Theory I 3
MUS 351 Music History & Literature I 3
2 MUS 302 Music Theory II 3
MUS 352 Music History & Literature II 3
3 MUS 303 Form & Analysis 3
MUS 480 Applied Music I 3
4 MUS 304 Counterpoint 3
MUS 402 Applied Music II 3
5 MUS 371 Harmony 3
MUS 404 Instrumental Conducting 3
6 MUS 372 Orchestration 3
MUS 405 Choral Conducting 3
7 MUS 406 Composition I 3
MUS 403 Music Business Practices 3
8 MUS 407 Composition II 3
MUS 408 Recording Techniques 3
9 MUS 409 Senior Composition Recital 6
10 MUS 480 Bachelor Capstone 6

Master of Music

Master of Music degrees are offered in Applied Music (Performance), Music Composition, Music Education, and Music Business.

Masters degree candidates must hold an equivalent Bachelor degree, which meets the course requirements of the B.M. at Honolulu University.

Candidates for the Masters degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in their major music area. A Masters thesis is required of all candidates in non-performance majors. The thesis topic must be approved by the Music Department, and students are to write the thesis along the guidelines of Honolulu University.

Candidates in performance majors must present a Masters Recital on their declared instrument or voice. Composition majors must submit a major work, written by the student, the scope of a symphonic movement or concerto, to be performed in recital. In lieu of a Thesis, all performance majors must write a Masters Document in an area to be approved by the Music Department.

Candidates for the Master of Music degree must complete all the Modules listed below for their declared music major.

Master of Music (M.M.) – Applied Music (Performance) Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 301 Graduate Applied Music I 4
2 MUS 351 Graduate Applied Music II 4
3 MUS 302 Graduate Applied Music III 4
4 MUS 352 Graduate Applied Music IV 4
MUS 303 Historical Literature of the Applied Repertoire 4
5 MUS 480 Masters Recital 6
6 MUS 304 Masters Document 4

Master of Music (M.M.) – Composition Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 501 Graduate Harmony 4
2 MUS 510 Graduate Orchestration 4
MUS 511 Music Arranging 4
3 MUS 512 Graduate Composition I 4
4 MUS 513 Graduate Composition II 4
5 MUS 650 Masters Composition Recital 6
6 MUS 656 Masters Document 4

Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Education Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 501 Graduate Harmony 4
2 MUS 540 Score Analysis 4
3 MUS 542 Stylistic Conducting 4
MUS 544 Graduate Music Therapy 4
4 MUS 641 Curriculum Development 4
5 MUS 642 Music Pedagogy 4
6 MUS 655 Masters Thesis 6

Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Business Major

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 502 Music Theory for Non-Performers 4
2 MUS 520 Music History & Literature for Non-Performers 4
3 MUS 531 Graduate Music Business Practices 4
4 MUS 532 Introduction to the Recording Studio 4
5 MUS 741L Intellectual Property Law 4
6 MUS 743L Music Contract Analysis 4
7 MUS 655 Masters Thesis 6

Doctor of Philosophy in Music

The Ph.D. is awarded to candidates majoring in non-performance areas in music. Honolulu University offers the Ph.D. in Music Education and Musicology.

Candidates for the Ph.D. program must hold an equivalent Masters degree, which meets the course requirements of the M.M. at Honolulu University.

Candidates for the Ph.D. program in music must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in their major music area. All Ph.D. candidates must complete a Doctoral Dissertation. The dissertation topic must be approved by the Music Department, and students are to write the dissertation along the guidelines of Honolulu University. An oral defense of the dissertation is required.

Completion of the Ph.D. requires the attainment of the highest level of academic achievement in all coursework. Candidates for the Ph.D. must complete all the Modules listed below for their declared music major.

Doctor of Music (Ph.D.) – Music Education Major

Module Number Course  Credits
1 MUS 701 Applications in Harmony 4
2 MUS 721 Contemporary Topics in Music Education 4
3 MUS 722 Fiscal Impacts and Analysis of Music Programs 4
4 MUS 723 Applied Pedagogy 4
5 MUS 723 Performance Adjudicating 4
6 MUS 855 Doctoral Dissertation 6

Doctor of Music (Ph.D.) – Musicology Major

Module Number Course  Credits
1 MUS 731 Musicology I 4
2 MUS 732 Musicology II 4
3 MUS 733 Evolution of Music 4
4 MUS 831 Eastern Music Literature 4
5 MUS 832 History’s Influence on Music 4
6 MUS 855 Doctoral Dissertation 6

Doctor of Musical Arts

The D.M.A. is awarded to candidates majoring in performance music areas. Honolulu University offers the D.M.A. in Applied Music (Performance) and Composition.

Candidates for the D.M.A. program must hold an equivalent Masters degree, which meets the course requirements of the M.M. at Honolulu University.

Candidates for the D.M.A. program in music must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in their major music area. All D.M.A. candidates must complete a Doctoral Recital on their major instrument or voice. Composition majors must submit a major work, written by the student, the scope of a symphony or concerto, to be performed in recital. In lieu of a dissertation, all D.M.A. candidates must write a Doctoral Document in an area approved by the Music Department. An oral defense will be required.

Completion of the D.M.A. requires the attainment of the highest level of academic achievement in all coursework. Candidates for the D.M.A. must complete all the Modules listed below for their declared music major.

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) – Applied Music Major

Module Number Course  Credits
1 MUS 701 Applications in Harmony 4
2 MUS 721 Contemporary Topics in Music Education 4
3 MUS 722 Fiscal Impacts and Analysis of Music Programs 4
4 MUS 723 Applied Pedagogy 4
5 MUS 723 Performance Adjudicating 4
6 MUS 855 Doctoral Dissertation 6

Doctor of Music (Ph.D.) – Musicology Major

Module Number Course  Credits
1 MUS 731 Musicology I 4
2 MUS 732 Musicology II 4
3 MUS 733 Evolution of Music 4
4 MUS 831 Eastern Music Literature 4
5 MUS 832 History’s Influence on Music 4
6 MUS 855 Doctoral Dissertation 6

Bachelor and Master Degree Elective Classes

Bachelor and Master Degree Elective Classes

Number Course  Credits
MUS 490 Musicology 3
MUS 491 Evolution of Music 3
MUS 492 Eastern Music Literature 3
MUS 493 Pop/Rock Music Literature 3
MUS 494 Music Theater 3
MUS 495 Score Analysis 3
MUS 496 Ear Training Lab 3
MUS 497 History’s Influence on Music 3
MUS 498 Performance Adjudicating 3
MUS 690 Graduate Musicology 4
MUS 691 Graduate Evolution of Music 4
MUS 692 Graduate Eastern Music Literature 4
MUS 693 Graduate Pop/Rock Music Literature 4
MUS 694 Graduate Music Theater 4
MUS 695 Graduate Score Analysis 4
MUS 696 Graduate Ear Training Lab 4
MUS 697 Graduate History’s Influence on Music 4
MUS 698 Graduate Performance Adjudicating 4

Diploma in Forensic Musicology

Diploma in Forensic Musicology

The Diploma in Forensic Musicology is for students who wish to act as an "expert witness" in music plagiarism lawsuits. Graduates will be trained to do an analysis of the suspected music, and make a determination of whether musically it meets the law's requirements for plagiarism.

The Diploma program is offered to candidates holding a Doctorate in music. However, in some cases, candidates who hold a Masters degree may be admitted into the program with the consent of the Music Department. An extensive background in music theory, harmony, form and analysis, ear training, and knowledge of the literature is required. In addition to the music studies, candidates must study copyright law, plagiarism laws, intellectual property, as well as courtroom procedures.

All candidates must take entrance/placement exams in Graduate Music Theory, Harmony, Music History and Literature, and Ear Training, prior to admission. Candidates found deficient in any of these areas will be required to take appropriate prerequisite courses.

Completion of the Diploma requires the attainment of the highest level of academic achievement in all coursework.

Forensic Musicology Courses

Module Number Course Credits
1 MUS 471 Music Business Practices 3
MUS 501 Graduate Harmony 4
2 MUS 493 Pop/Rock Music Literature 3
MUS 701  Applications in Harmony 4
3 MUS 646 Advanced Ear Training Lab 4
MUS 861 Advanced Research in Music and Score Analysis 4
4 MUS 641L Intellectual Property Law 4
MUS 742L Courtroom Procedures 4

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