Graduate Summer Session


The University of Maine Division of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

MUH 650 Entartete Musik 
May 11- 29, 2020  Online, 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Phillip Silver
Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) was the term applied by the Nazis to any musical work influenced by jazz, the avant-garde, or written by composers of Jewish descent. This music, at odds with the perverse racial and cultural policies of the regime, was banned from performance, the composers driven into exile and/or murdered in concentration camps. The exclusion from public life of many esteemed artists created what is in essence a lost generation, and may literally have altered the direction of twentieth century musical development. Seventy plus years after the defeat of Nazi Germany there is a worldwide effort underway to bring these artists back into the light and it is hoped that this course will contribute to that effort.

Course topics include a discussion of anti-Semitic thought in the writings of Richard Wagner and its influence upon Hitler, Nazi Racial Laws targeting Jewish musicians, Agencies established to enforce racist cultural policies, Musicological distortions, Music in Concentration Camps, Composers in Exile, performers and composers as collaborators, victims and survivors. Mediums will include lecture, listening and film presentations.

Week of May 11th: Assigned reading and consultation
Week of May 18th: Online class meetings, 9:15 – 12:00 and 1:15 to 4:00
Week of May 25th: Research and Writing of Paper, topic to be assigned

Vocal Health Techniques for the Professional Voice User
July 6- 24, 2020  Online, 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Webb Parker
Vocal Health Techniques for the Professional Voice User (VHT) focuses on techniques of vocal health to help preserve a long and healthy career as a professional voice user. Designed for all music teachers, VHT explores current research and techniques of vocal hygiene: how to preserve your voice, voice science, and using the voice as a pedagogic tool in your choir, band, orchestra, or general music classes. VHT also explores creative and divergent thinking techniques in applying the skills of vocal pedagogy to call types of music environments. Topics include: singing with your band/orchestra, medications and the voice, effective and efficient rehearsal and classroom management techniques, and mindfulness as a tool of vocal pedagogy.


The University of Maine School of Performing Arts Division of Music offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Music degree in Music Education with an optional conducting emphasis and Performance. Individualized curricula are designed to meeting students’ interests and needs while offering a balanced program of academic and professional courses.

Course offerings are scheduled so that students who are otherwise employed may meet all degree requirements for any major by enrolling in any four consecutive terms. This plan is recommended for students pursuing majors in Performance and Conducting where course continuity is desirable. For students who pursue full-time graduate studies during the academic year and summers, it is possible to complete all degree requirements in a shorter time span. Core courses offered during fall and spring semesters are scheduled in afternoon time blocks to allow area music teachers to enroll. Students in the Music Education major can complete all degree requirements within four consecutive summers or less.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Trustee Tuition Waivers are available at The University of Maine. For information contact: 207.581.1247

For graduate information for the music program, contact:

Dr. Stuart Marrs, School of Performing Arts, University of Maine
5788 Class of 1944 Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5788
Call: 207.581.1247

For registration materials, contact:

Graduate School, The University of Maine
Stodder Hall, Room 42, Orono. ME 04469-5775
Call: 207.581.3219

For parking information contact:

The MaineCard Office
Room 130, Memorial Union
Free one-week temporary passes are available for students enrolled in these classes.

To register: 

The University of Maine Graduate School

5775 Stodder Hall, Room 42
Orono, Maine 04469-5775
(207) 581-3219