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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Doctoral Programs

The Department of Music offers a variety of doctoral degrees. Degrees and concentrations are listed below.

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Instrumental Performance
Vocal Performance
Conducting

For the Doctor of Musical Arts Plan of Study, please click here.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Music Theory and History

For the Doctor of Philosophy Plan of Study, please click here.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Courses Credits
APPLIED MUSIC (performance study)
Music 5323 (private lessons)
4 semesters @ 4 credits each 16
ENSEMBLE (large or small)
4 semesters @ 1 credit each 4
Ensembles chosen from:
Music 5305 (Graduate Performing Ensemble) OR
Music 5324 (Graduate Chamber Ensemble) OR
Music 5325 (Opera Theatre)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
MINOR FIELD either Theory OR History
4 courses @ 3 credits each 12
Theory chosen from:
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis
Music 5353 Theory Seminar
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis
Music 5356 Theory Teaching
Music 5359 History of Music Theory
Music 3371Q OR 5379 20th Century/Atonal Theory and Analysis
History chosen from:
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice
Music 6411 Seminar: The Life and Works of Individual Composers
Music 6412 Seminar: Style Periods in Music History
Music 6413 Seminar: History of Musical Forms
DIRECTED ELECTIVES (chosen with the approval of the Major Advisor and the Advisory Committee)
minimum 7
Electives may be chosen from music courses such as Literature, Diction, History, Theory, Conducting, Performance, Composition and Tutorials.
Electives may also be chosen in areas outside of music.
It is strongly recommended that the student and the Advisory Committee include literature courses appropriate to the student’s area of concentration.
RECITALS Music 5397 – Recital*
3 recitals @ 1 credit each 3
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (Minimum): 45
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60

*All D.M.A. degree recitals must consist of a minimum of 60 minutes of music.

In addition, students with a vocal emphasis must demonstrate proficiency in foreign languages and diction.

For additional requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study (especially Residency, Research Credits, Ensemble Participation, Recitals and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Admission to Candidacy, Doctoral General Examination, and Dissertation Defense).


Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

Courses Credits
APPLIED MUSIC (conducting study)
Music 5323 (private lessons)
4 semesters @ 4 credits each 16
ENSEMBLE (orchestra, concert choir, or wind ensemble) 4
2 semesters @ 2 credits each
(conducting majors must serve as observers and assistant conductors of one of these major ensembles for two semesters. They receive 4 hours of credit under Music 6400, Tutorial)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
MINOR FIELD either Theory OR History
4 courses @ 3 credits each 12
Theory chosen from:
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis
Music 5353 Theory Seminar
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis
Music 5356 Theory Teaching
Music 5359 History of Music Theory
Music 3371Q or 5379 20th-Century/Atonal Theory and Analysis
History chosen from:
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice
Music 6411 The Life and Works of Individual Composers
Music 6412 Seminar: Style Periods in Music History
Music 6413 Seminar: History of Musical Forms
DIRECTED ELECTIVES (chosen with the approval of the major advisor and the Advisory Committee)
minimum 7
Electives may be chosen from music courses such as Literature, Diction, History, Theory, Conducting, Performance, Composition and Tutorials.
Electives may also be chosen in areas outside of music.
It is strongly recommended that the student and the Advisory Committee include literature courses appropriate to the student’s area of concentration.
RECITAL One recital and two non-credit large ensemble conducting appearances (1/2 program) are required for conducting majors.
Music 5397 – Recital*
1 recital @ 1 credit 1
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (Minimum): 43
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60

*All D.M.A. degree recitals must consist of a minimum of 60 minutes of music.

In addition, all graduate conducting students are expected to participate in Conducting Seminar during each smester of residence.

For additional requirements, see Requirements & Standards for Graduate Study (especially Residency, Research Credits, Ensemble Participation, Recitals and Foreign Language), and Final Requirements (especially Admission to Candidacy, Doctoral General Examination, and Dissertation Defense).


Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory and History

The following music theory and history requirements must be completed before the student is admitted to candidacy. Note that these are courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. Similar graduate courses taken at another accredited institution may fulfill some of these requirements if the student is able to demonstrate knowledge or skill approximately equivalent to that expected of students who have completed the corresponding courses below:

PREREQUISITES
Before being admitted into this program, the student is expected to demonstrate, through testing and interviews with members of the faculty, a level of competence equivalent to undergraduate coursework in the following areas:

  1. The principal periods of Western music history, including important composers and other historical figures, the history and development of standard musical genres, and representative musical works.
  2. Musical performance (on the student’s principal instrument or voice).
  3. Harmony and voice leading; conventions of part writing and figured bass.
  4. Aural skills, including sight singing; keyboard facility.
  5. Sixteenth- and eighteenth-century counterpoint.
  6. Standard formal designs of the common practice period.
  7. Twentieth-century music literature and compositional techniques.
  8. Basic principles of score reading, instrumentation and orchestration.
  9. Research and bibliographic skills sufficient for effective writing in the discipline.

A student with a limited background in one or more of these areas may be admitted to the program with the understanding that appropriate undergraduate course work will be completed as soon as possible.

Courses Credits
REQUIRED COURSES (36 Credits)
RESEARCH PROCEDURES Music 5391 Procedures in Historical Research 3
Music 5302 Analytic Techniques 3
Music 5354 Advanced Analysis 3
Music 5359 History of Theory 3
Music 5348 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis 3
Music 5379 Atonal Theory and Analysis 3
Music 5353 Seminar in Music Theory 3
Music 6411, 6412, or 6413: Four Seminars in Music History, chosen from these course numbers. At least one seminar must focus on a pre-eighteenth century topic, and at least two on post-seventeenth century topics. 12
Music 5319 Notation and Performance Practice 3
Music 6491 Advanced Research Procedures in Musicology 3
DIRECTED ELECTIVES Courses chosen by the student in consultation with the Advisory Committee, and guided by the student’s individual interests and research area. These courses may not be taken until the student is within 6 credits of completing the list of required courses above.
minimum 6
OTHER REQUIREMENTS 1. Reading proficiency in one language (normally German).
2. In addition, more language study (in the same or a different language) or 6 credits in a supporting area may be required by the Advisory Committee, depending on the student’s proposed area of research. This work, if required, may not be applied to the Directed Elective credits described above.
3. Practical or applied musical skill: significant experience in performance, conducting, composition or musical technology.
4. Teaching ability: successful experience in academic or applied teaching.
5. Scholarly activity: evidence of success through publications or public presentations.
6. Attendance and participation in the Music History and Theory Colloquium during each semester of residence.Competence in these areas will be evaluated by the student’s Advisory Committee.
TOTAL COURSE CREDITS (minimum, excluding any credits taken under “Other Requirements” described above) 45
RESEARCH CREDITS Grad 6950
May be taken before or after admission to candidacy
15
Total Credits 60