Ph.D. in Composition

The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the combined Ph.D. degree in Composition. In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his/her academic advisor. Customized tracks, involving substitutions for required and elective courses, are encouraged but must be planned in advance with the advisor and will require the approval of the Music Department Graduate Committee.

 

I. Course Requirements

    Semester Credits
627/628
627/628SEM*
Composition
Seminar
6
(4-6 recommended)
24
(8-12)
625
525-528
529
530
515***
517***
Notation I
Survey of Music History
Music Survey 1900-1945
Music Since 1945
Studies in Music History
Studies in Music History
3 12
621/622
554/555
613/614
629/630
Schenker Studies 1/2
Studies in Music Theory
Doctoral Sem. in Music Theory
Pitch Structures 1/2
2 8
511/512
607/608
611/612
619/620
Electronic Music
Contemporary Music Materials
Computer Music
Advanced Orchestration
5 20
700 Dissertation   (1-12)**
Total 72

*Recommended
**Variable credit as required by Major Professor
***Either 515 or 517 is required

The Ph.D. program requires completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond a Master's degree conferred by another institution.

 

II.  Examinations

Comprehensive Examination (taken after completion of all course work and language requirement):

  • A three- or four-hour written examination on the history of Western Music from the Middle Ages to 1950.
  • A three- or four-hour written examination on contemporary (post-1950) music.
  • A three- or four-hour examination on music theory.
  • A portfolio of at least three representative works composed while in residence accompanied by a recording of each of the three pieces.
  • An oral examination, the content of which will parallel that of the three written examinations, will be given 10-14 days after the completion of the written exam. Areas of weakness will be addressed by the committee

III.  Thesis/Dissertation

The dissertation will be a composition of substantial scope and complexity which demonstrates the candidate's ability to handle large musical forms.

 

IV.  Language Requirement

One foreign language: French, German, or Italian. Another natural language may be substituted with approval of student's academic advisor and the Graduate Committee.

 

V.  Retention Standards

All degree coursework must be completed with grades of "A," B," or "S."