School of Music : Program Requirements
MUS 500, 501, 502, 504, 506, 507, 530, 531,532, 561,
580, 581, 590 (or approved undergraduate credit)
* Student may also select courses in other disciplines appropriate to the student’s research interests. Students are encouraged to select these electives to create a secondary area of concentration in music theory, performance, composition, ethnomusicology, or an area outside music relevant to their thesis work.
A substantial thesis is required of all students in the MA in Musicology (MUS 599, MA Thesis), followed by an oral examination. The thesis proposal is completed in the context of MUS 534 (Advanced Research Forum in Musicology).
Full-time students are required to pass an Oral Comprehensive Examination in the context of MUS 534 (Advanced Research Forum in Musicology) during the fall term of their second year. The exam is designed to prepare students for doctoral work and teaching at the post-secondary level. In consultation with their academic supervisor, candidates develop a total of three topics of inquiry that address a range of approaches to musicology, theory, and analysis. The selection of these research areas takes place in the Spring semester of the student’s first year, in the context of Music 533: Graduate Forum in Musicology. The selected topics are expected to represent a variety of historical periods and genres or issues that have not been addressed in his/her coursework and research experience.
MUS 500, 501, 502, 506, 507, 530, 531,
532, 561, 562A, 590 (or approved
undergraduate credit)
*Depending upon the student’s instrument and upon the needs of the School, the student will be assigned to either MUS 580 or 581 in any given year.
Lecture-Recital (MUS 596): Students are required to give a lecture-recital, which usually forms a basis for the written thesis and for the oral defense.
and a minimum of 3.0 units of electives selected
from the following:
MUS 501, 502, 504, 506,
507, 530, 531, 532, 533, 562B, 580, 581, 590,
or approved undergraduate credit
Candidates for the degree are required to complete one or more extensive original compositions (MUS 598B). These works will normally be performed during the final year of graduate study.
MUS 580 - Ensembles, taken each year
MUS 581 - Chamber Music, taken each year
MUS 545 - Major Instrument Study, taken
each year
MUS 598A - Degree Recital
MUS 503 - Bibliography, taken in first year
and a minimum of 3.0 units of electives selected
from the following:
MUS 500, 501, 502, 504*, 506,
507, 530, 531, 532, 533, 562A, 590, or approved undergraduate credit
MUS 588 (optional)**
In order to qualify for MUS 545 (Individual Tuition, 4 units), the performance major must be registered as a full-time student, taking a minimum of 9 units of course work within an eight-month period.
MUS 580 – Ensembles,
taken once, in first year
MUS 540 – Individual Tuition,
taken both years
MUS 545Q – Major Instrument Study
– String Quartet Ensemble 4.0,
taken both years
MUS 588* – MMus Practicum, completed
before end of term 1 of second year
MUS 598Q** – Quartet Degree Recitals
MUS 503 – Bibliography
and a minimum of 1.5 units selected from
the following:
MUS 500, 501, 502, 504, 506,
507, 530, 531, 532, 533, 536, 562A, 590,
or approved undergraduate credit
The first two recitals are completed in conjunction with MUS 545Q; these recitals will be graded internally by the members of the Lafayette String Quartet and one additional faculty member. The third is the Degree Recital MUS 598Q, which is followed by an oral examination.
MUS 503 Bibliography
MUS 510 Computational Music and Audio Analysis
MUS 511 Music Perception and Cognition
MUS 512 Music Technology Colloquium
MUS 598C Project
and an additional 6.0 units of electives in music and other areas relevant to the student’s research as determined in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee. These may include a maximum of 3.0 units of undergraduate courses at the 300 level or above in a department outside the School of Music, if relevant to the student’s area of specialization. With the exception of MUS 421 (Special Topics in Musicology), no credit will be given for undergraduate courses taken in the School of Music.
In addition, students will register for MUS 689 Dissertation Proposal (1.5) in the semester in which the dissertation prospectus is developed. The Dissertation is prepared in conjunction with MUS 699 (PhD Dissertation) on successful completion of the PhD Candidacy Examinations (MUS 693) described below.
Students will register for MUS 693 PhD Candidacy Examinations (3.0) for the duration of their preparation for their candidacy examinations. This begins at the time a student first enrolls in the PhD program and continues until candidacy requirements have been completed.
The portfolio should also include a list of the proposed supervisory committee for the dissertation work and a statement regarding progress toward completion of the language requirement. Preparation of the first-year portfolio is completed in conjunction with the Graduate Forum in Musicology (MUS 533) in the spring semester of the first year. The musicology faculty will review the portfolio and provide comment on the candidate’s progress in the program, supervisory committee, and the proposed comprehensive topics by May 31.
The student must register for MUS 689 Dissertation Proposal (1.5) in the semester in which the dissertation prospectus is developed. The prospectus is to be at least 20 pages in length, and should include: