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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory

Doctoral Degrees

Music Composition: Doctor of Musical Arts Curriculum

About the Program

The DMA program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the composition of music at the advanced level in both acoustic and electro acoustic mediums. This design is based on the assumption that a professional career as a composer will normally follow successful completion of the DMA. A candidate is expected to compile a portfolio of compositions in the course of their studies in the DMA program, culminating in a solo composition recital given towards the end of their degree program. To accomplish these goals, a candidate will need to develop the requisite skills associated with the technique of musical composition, as well as familiarize themselves with the literature and aesthetic issues pertaining to the field. In addition, students in the DMA program will undergo a course of general studies in the history and literature of music, as well as studies in a cognate area to be determined in consultation with the composition faculty and director of graduate studies. Composition students at CCM enjoy a wide variety of performing opportunities ranging from small ensembles to orchestral readings and performances. In addition there are a number of special programs available, such as the Visiting Composers Series and the exchange program with the China Conservatory in Beijing. CCM's composition students are also engaged in a number of activities outside the campus, such as performance in new music ensembles, participation in festivals and membership in professional societies. CCM can provide support for these activities. The CCM Center for Computer Music provides computer music studios and opportunities for composition, performance and research involving technology.

Program and Admission Requirements

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Musicology: Ph.D. Curriculum

About the Program

The PhD program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the history, literature, and philosophy of music and related subject areas. A candidate is expected to acquire competence in the broad range of endeavors characteristic of musicology, and to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate). Determination of a candidate's specific responsibilities will be made by an academic adviser, cognate adviser, and director of graduate studies.

Music History: Cognate

The music history cognate will consist of three graduate-level MUHS topics courses or seminars (at least 9 semester hours at the 6000, 8000, or 9000 level). The student should consult with a musicology faculty member whose specialty is in an area of the student’s interest.  If the faculty member agrees, s/he will become the student’s cognate advisor and will help the student draw up a suitable plan of study according to the following guidelines:

  • At least one of the courses must be an 8000- or 9000-level course.
  • Courses in ethnomusicology may be included if appropriate to the area of specialization
  • The following courses may not be used for cognate hours:
    • Any courses being used to fulfill the student’s degree requirement in music history
    • Any courses being used as substitution for a DMA document.
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Theory: Ph.D. Curriculum

About the Program

The PhD program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the theory, literature, and philosophy of music and related subject areas. A candidate is expected to acquire competence in the broad range of endeavors characteristic of music theory, and to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate). To accomplish these goals, a candidate will also need to develop the requisite skills in musicianship, languages, etc. Determination of a candidate's specific responsibilities will be made by a principal adviser, cognate adviser, and director of graduate studies.   

Music Theory: Cognate

Required Music Theory Cognate Courses
  • Pedagogy of Theory (16 THRY 7015) 3 (offered in the Spring every other year)
  • Set Theory I (16 THRY 8011) 3 (offered in the Fall every other year)
  • Schenkerian Analysis I (16 THRY 8015) 3 (offered in the Fall every other year, in alternation with Set Theory 1)
Cognate electives (12 hours needed)

Any non-required graduate theory courses are acceptable. Possible recommended electives include:

  • 16th-Century Counterpoint
  • 18th-Century Counterpoint
  • Special Topics
  • Readings in Music Theory
  • Advanced Topics: Rhythm and Meter
  • Aesthetics
  • Schenker 2
  • Set Theory 2                                             

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