School of Music : Program Requirements
MUS 503 (taken first year)
MUS 533 (taken first year)
MUS 534 (taken second year)
3.0 units of electives selected from the following*:
MUS 500, 501, 502, 504, 506, 507, 530, 531, 532, 561,
580A-H, 581, 590, or otherwise approved units
* Students may also select courses in other disciplines appropriate to their research interests.
A thesis is required of all students in the MA in Musicology, which is followed by an oral examination. The thesis proposal is developed within the context of MUS 503 and MUS 533, after which it is distributed for committee approval. The thesis is then completed while enrolled in MUS 599. The thesis can take the form of an article-length paper suitable for publication, a similarly rigorous project that has been tailored for presentation at a national or international conference, or a specialized research project approved by the student's primary supervisor and the head of musicology as meeting the rigors of thesis research.
MUS 503 (taken first year)
MUS 533 (taken first year)
MUS 534 (taken second year)
MUS 540 (taken each year)
*MUS 580A-H Ensembles or 581 Chamber Music (taken each 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.
MUS 500 (taken each year)
MUS 503 (taken first year)
MUS 555 (taken first year)
MUS 561 (taken each year)
MUS 598B (taken second year)
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 503 (taken first year)
MUS 545 Major Instrument Study, taken each year
MUS 581 (taken each year)
MUS 588 (upon supervisor's approval)**
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 503 (taken first year)
MUS 540 (taken both years)
MUS 545Q (taken both years)
MUS 588* (completed before spring of second year)
1.5 units of electives selected from the following: MUS 500, 501, 502, 504, 506, 507, 530, 531, 532, 533, 536, 562A, 590, or otherwise approved units
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: