COMPOSITION CURRICULUM

Degrees: Master of Arts (M. A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)

Coursework

The M. A. requirements include study in composition, seminars in orchestration and music analysis, a Selected Topics seminar, and three electives. The Ph. D. requires additional study in composition and Research Methods and Bibliography in addition to the M. A. courses.

For the composition for visual media specialization: requirements include study in composition, seminars in orchestration, electronic music composition, and composition and analysis of music for motion pictures and television. Choice of electives includes courses from the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

The Ph. D. with the cognate in ethnomusicology requires two area- studies seminars in ethnomusicology. In addition, students may substitute the History of Ethnomusicology for Bibliography and Ethnomusicology Seminar: Analysis or Organology for the Selected Topics seminar. Students with no prior coursework in ethnomusicology are required to take the Musical Cultures of the World series. Participation in the ethnomusicology performance organizations is strongly encouraged.

Language

For the M. A., students must demonstrate either by coursework or by departmental examination a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, or Spanish. (Students for whom English is not native may petition for English.)  Ph. D. students must demonstrate either by coursework or by departmental examination a reading knowledge of two languages chosen from German, French, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. (Students for whom English is not native may petition for English as one of these; the native language cannot be used as the second.)

Composition and Performances

All composition students are expected to write and arrange for the performance of at least one work each year. The department provides a regular series of concerts for this purpose. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in the New Music Forum (see the M. M. and D. M. A. programs above).

Qualifying Examinations

Qualifying examinations are required only of Ph. D. students. The written exams cover style composition, music history, analysis, 20th- century music, and two topics chosen from acoustics, aesthetics, psychology of music, ethnomusicology, and music theory. An oral exam follows.

Thesis/ Dissertation

The M. A. thesis is a composition or score for film or other media. The Ph. D. dissertation comprises a composition and an analytical monograph dealing with some aspect of a 20th–21st- century composition. Students defend their thesis or dissertation in a final oral examination.