Music (Musicology), PhD

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Examine and expand the traditional boundaries of musicology as you research, create and teach.

The PhD program in music with a concentration in musicology focuses on the scholarly study of music in historical contexts, musical traditions as sociocultural artifact and behavior, and performance. These areas are approached through investigation forms and genres, performance practices, instruments, spaces, philosophies, musical infrastructures and geographic locations. Faculty members include Sabine Feisst, Dave Fossum, Kay Norton, Catherine Saucier, Peter Schmelz, Ted Solis, Christopher J. Wells, and faculty associate Bliss Little.

Coursework includes historiography, applied musicology, methodologies and pedagogy. Transdisciplinary studies are encouraged with scholars and artists in the School of Music (e.g., a studio professor, music theorist, or composer), the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (e.g., a Design or Dance faculty member), and faculty in schools and institutes across the university (e.g., specialists in languages, regions or cultures).

A plan of study is designed by the student with the faculty to support an individualized research trajectory. Research conducted by students in the doctoral program in musicology aims to examine and interrogate the discipline of musicology and to expand the traditional boundaries of music scholarship by challenging methodological and disciplinary boundaries. The program concludes with a dissertation.

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Music (Musicology), PhD

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a U. S. bachelor's degree in music or a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in music history, musicology, ethnomusicology or music theory.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee:
  2. School of Music application
  3. official transcripts
  4. GRE scores
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The School of Music does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances: In order to meet English proficiency requirements, students should have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), or an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5, or a Pearson Test of English score of at least 60.

The School of Music application must include a curriculum vitae, a two-page personal statement expressing the goal in pursuing this degree and two writing samples):

Two writing samples must be submitted with the School of Music application. It's preferable that each of these samples be a paper from a course, either an upper-level undergraduate course or a graduate course, or an article or document written by the applicant.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

Information about this program

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