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David Scott (Department Head)
Location: Music Building, 903-886-5303
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Dr. David Scott, Department Head

The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. The Department of Music offers the Master of Music degree in Music with an emphasis in: Performance, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy.

Maintained within the Music Building are ample facilities for developing the various phases of musical ability. The recording and score collection in the general university library provides a valuable supplement for music scholarship and research. Private instruction is available in voice, keyboard, winds, percussion, and conducting.

Program of Graduate Work

Students in the Master of Music program choose either performance (applied music or conducting), music education or piano pedagogy. The M.M. in performance develops specific music skills and abilities to a high degree in the fields of instrumental and vocal performance and conducting. The M.M. in music education focuses on teacher training at the elementary and secondary levels.  The M.M. in piano pedagogy combines an emphasis in performance with teacher training for private and small group settings.


Admission to a graduate program is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department.  Graduate students are required to submit a writing sample, audition (performance or teaching demonstration) for Performance and Piano Pedagogy emphasis or dept interview for Education Emphasis for admission. Students may obtain specific requirements for the audition by contacting the Graduate Coordinator in the Music Department. Students with a bachelor’s degree in music from A&M-Commerce may use a letter of recommendation from their applied teacher(s) in lieu of an audition.  

Department Requirements

Diagnostic (Advisement) Examinations

Depending on the student’s intended emphasis, diagnostic or advisement examinations may be required in music education, major and/or minor applied music, piano, orchestration, conducting, and foreign language diction. The results of the diagnostic examinations are used for academic advisement and normally do not constitute a basis for actual admission. Once the student completes any diagnostic examinations, the student is assigned a committee which will determine a degree plan to address the student’s strengths, needs, and areas of interest.


Graduate students pursuing the Master of Music degree in performance must perform a fifty-minute public recital.

Final Comprehensive Examinations

The Department of Music requires the candidate to pass a written examination over the course work listed on the degree plan prior to taking an oral examination.

Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who in the judgment of the departmental graduate committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.

MUS 505 - Advanced Theory
Hours: 1-3
Advanced Theory. Two or three semester hours. A study of advanced ideas of theoretical thinking. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 513 - Adv Choral Conducting
Hours: 2-3
Advanced Choral Conducting. Two or three semester hours. Advanced application of techniques developed in MUS 413. Prerequisite: MUS 413.

MUS 514 - Adv Instrumental Conduct
Hours: 2-3
Advanced Instrumental Conducting. Two or three semester hours. Advanced application of techniques developed in MUS 414. Prerequisite: MUS 414.

MUS 518 - Thesis
Hours: 3-6
Thesis. Six semester hours. Required of all graduate students who wish to write a thesis in the field of music or music education regardless of the individual's particular area of academic concentration. This course exploits bibliography and techniques fundamental to music research. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairman.

MUS 520 - Intro to Graduate Music
Hours: 2
Introduction to Graduate Study in Music - Two semester hours Description : The purpose of the course is to prepare students for advanced, in-depth study of music history and theory. The student learning objectives are, "Upon the conclusion of the course, the student will a. List and explain the dates, important geo-political events, aesthetic philosophies, and critical attributes of each stylistic period, from the Middle Ages to the present; b. List and define major genre of music literature and cite significant composers and compositions in each; c. Analyze and describe the structure of music in terms of form, harmony, rhythm, etc. during the Common Practice Period and subsequent 20th Century techniques of composition (i.e. octatonicsm, pitch-sets, serialism, etc.).

MUS 522 - Music of the Baroque Era
Hours: 2
Music of the Baroque Era. Two semester hours. Music from 1600 to the death of Bach; styles, forms, and principal composers.

MUS 523 - Music of the Classic Era
Hours: 2
Music of the Classic Era. Two semester hours. Styles, forms, and composers from the pre-classic school to the death of Beethoven.

MUS 524 - Music of Romantic Era
Hours: 2
Music of the Romantic Era. Two semester hours. Early romantic elements in music. The development of the art song, piano music, opera, and instrumental music during the Nineteenth Century.

MUS 525 - Music of the 20th Century
Hours: 2
Music of the Twentieth Century. Two semester hours. Representative music literature from Debussy to the present.

MUS 526 - Music Literature and Repertoire
Hours: 1-3
Approved subtitles will include Levels I and II of the following areas: brass, woodwinds, double reeds, percussion, piano, voice, choral, wind ensemble, elementary(i.e. childrens' choir; textbook series, etc.). May be repeated for credit when subtitles vary.

MUS 529 - Workshop
Hours: 1-6
Workshop. One to six semester hours. Workshops in elementary music, vocal, instrumental, keyboard, and other selected areas of music.

MUS 531 - Pedagogy
Hours: 1-3
Pedagogy. One to three semester hours. Approved subtitles will include Levels I and II in each of the following areas: low brass, high brass, woodwinds, double reeds, percussion, piano, voice, elementary (i.e. Orff, Kodaly, etc.). May be repeated for credit when subtitles vary.

MUS 532 - Seminar in Theory
Hours: 2-3
Seminar in Theory. Two or three semester hours. Analysis of 20th Century music by major composers including Bartok, Copland, Britten, Barber, Prokofief, Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Schumann and Ives. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Theory portion of the Graduate Diagnostic Exam.

MUS 535 - Internship in Piano Pedagogy
Hours: 1-3
Supervised intern experiences in the instruction of piano in individual and group settings.

MUS 536 - Architecture-Music-Philosophy
Hours: 3
The purpose of this course will be to study the relationship between architecture, music, and philosophy in several selected historical periods from Greek civilization to the 20th century. In addition to studying specific content areas of each discipline, the influence of each area on the other will be investigated and students will be expected to develop maxims and to synthesize the information into broader contexts.

MUS 537 - Internship in Piano Pedagogy
Hours: 1-3
1-3 semester hours. Supervised intern experiences in the instruction of piano in individual and group settings. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

MUS 550 - Seminar in Music Education
Hours: 2-3
Seminar in Music Education. Two or three semester hours. Approved subtitles will include Philosophy and Psychology of Music Teaching, Source and Research Techniques, Historical Studies, Theoretical Studies, and Experimental Studies. May be repeated for credit when subtitles vary.

MUS 551 - Minor Applied Music
Hours: 1-4
Applied Music. (Minor applied) One to four semester hours. Private instruction for graduate performance majors. Prerequisites: Satisfactory level assessed in the applied music performance audition.

MUS 552 - Principal Applied
Hours: 1-4
Applied Music. (Principal applied) One to four semester hours. Private instruction for music majors in keyboard, vocal instrumental, conducting, or composition. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

MUS 595 - Research Lit & Techniques
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester hours. Bibliographical material, library resources, and research techniques applicable to graduate study in music will be surveyed.

MUS 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4


Jeffrey Baker
Assistant Professor
B.M, University of Oklahoma; M.M., D.M.A., University of North Texas

Chris Beaty
Assistant Professor
BS., Austin Peay State University, MA., University of Cincinnati, DMA., University of Memphis

Jim W. Clark
Assistant Professor
B.M., University of North Texas; M.M. East Texas State University.

David Davies
Assistant Professor
B.M., Houghton College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Miami

Mary Druhan
Associate Professor
B.M., Louisiana State University; M.M., University of Cincinnati; D.M.A., Louisiana State University.

Theodore C. Hansen
B.M., University of Colorado; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., University of Arizona.

Randall Hooper
Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities
B.M.E., Texas State University; M.M., Baylor University; D.M.A., Louisiana State University.

Daniel Kelly
Assistant Professor
B.S., Austin Peav State University; M.M., D.M.A., University of Illinois.

Michael H. Morrow
Associate Professor
B.S., Indiana State University; M.M., Morehead State University.

Luis Sanchez
Associate Professor
M.M., D.A., Ball State University.

David Scott
Professor and Department Head
B.M.E., Baylor University, B.M., Baylor University, M.M., The Ohio State University, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Julee Walker
Assistant Professor
B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., University of North Texas

Brian Zator
Associate Professor
B.M.E., Baylor University; M.M., University of Michigan, D.M.A., University of North Texas