Degree Requirements: Master of Music (MM)

A minimum of 32 credits is required for the degree of Master of Music.

Prerequisites

Candidates in all fields of specialization normally possess an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent. Students accepted for the program may be required by the faculty to take prerequisite courses if their undergraduate degree was not in music.

Placement Exams

All incoming students must take proficiency exams in music history and music theory. These exams are administered just before the start of the fall semester and the results are used to inform course selections. Students who are found to be deficient in either area may be assigned remedial coursework as determined by their advisor. This remedial coursework will not count towards the requirements of the degree.

Fields of Specialization and Coursework

Candidates choose one of the following fields of specialization:

Historical Musicology Students should take the Pro-Seminar in Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology (CFA MU 828) in their first semester and Research and Bibliography (CFA MU 749) in their first year. There are no further specific course requirements for the MA in Historical Musicology, but students should customize their program in consultation with their advisor according to the following distribution:

  1. 17 credits from among graduate-level courses in musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory;
  2. 4 credits in approved non-music electives;
  3. 4 credits in Master’s Thesis (CFA MU 795).
  4. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Have no more than 2 failing grades (lower than B or an incomplete grade older than 12 months).
  6. Pass qualifying exams and other milestones on the schedule specified (and published) by the program.

Ethnomusicology Students should take the Pro-Seminar in Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology (CFA MU 828) in their first semester.

Other requirements are as follows:

  1. 8 credits in Research Methods in Ethnomusicology (CFA MU 829) and Contemplating Ethnomusicology (CFA MU 830);
  2. 16 credits of approved music and non-music electives (these courses can come from areas such as Anthropology, Musicology, Music Education, History, or specific Area Studies);
  3. at least two semesters of World Music Ensemble (CFA MU 567), either as student, auditor, or instructor (worth 0 to 1 credit);
  4. knowledge of the undergraduate survey course Musical Cultures of the World (CFA MU 340/350), either as auditor or teaching assistant;
  5. 4 credits in Master’s Thesis (CFA MU 795).
  6. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  7. Have no more than 2 failing grades (lower than B or an incomplete grade older than 12 months).
  8. Pass qualifying exams and other milestones on the schedule specified (and published) by the program.

Language Requirements

MM candidates in Historical Musicology must demonstrate a reading knowledge of German and one other foreign language. MM candidates in Ethnomusicology must demonstrate a speaking knowledge of one foreign language relevant to their studies.

Students can fulfill language requirements in several common European languages by enrolling in a GRS Reading Seminar (e.g., GRS LF 621, LG 621, LI 621, etc.) and receiving a passing grade.

Comprehensive Exams

MM candidates in Historical Musicology must pass a Comprehensive Exam.This exam must be taken at the beginning of the fourth semester of course work. The exam will be oral and will consist of a one-half hour round of questions from members of the faculty on fundamental repertory of Western music. Candidates must display a general knowledge of and familiarity with this repertory and its history.

MM candidates in Ethnomusicology must pass a Comprehensive Exam. This exam must be taken at the beginning of the fourth semester of course work. The exam will be oral and will consist of a one-half hour round of questions from members of the faculty on the theory, history, and practice of ethnomusicology. Candidates must display a general knowledge of the field and its history.

Terminal Project

Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology candidates must write a thesis. Students should discuss and formulate a topic with their advisor by the end of their second semester. The student will first submit to the Chair of the Department a proposal of approximately 10 pages in length, consisting of:

  1. a description of the subject to be addressed and the methods of research involved,
  2. a chapter outline, and
  3. a bibliography.

Spring graduates must submit their proposals to the chair no later than November 15 of their third semester. After the proposal has been approved, the candidate may enroll in Master’s Thesis (CFA MU 795). Please note that a separate topic approval form must be submitted to the School of Music Graduate Studies Committee. For further information about this form, see the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

The final draft of the completed thesis must be submitted to the Chair two weeks before the university deadline for submission.  This copy must already have been approved and signed by the readers. Failure to adhere to these dates will mean that the date of graduation will be delayed. After approval by the Chair, one hard copy of the final document must be submitted to the Chair.

 

Research with Human Subjects

Students doing research with living human subjects, or with data from living human subjects, are required to comply with IRB regulations.

For further information and to begin the process of obtaining IRB compliance, see the Institutional Review Board website.