Musicology

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CCM's musicology and music history programs foster a learning environment in which civility, inclusiveness and a sense of spirited inquiry converge with a commitment to rigorous thought, practical application of learning and a commitment to the larger local and world community.

We endeavor to communicate the best scholarly practices, encourage a commitment to ethical scholarly behavior and seek to cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality.

Our graduate students are encouraged to look beyond the ivory towers of academe to communicate their love of music and history to both adults and to young people. We encourage them to find the balance between an intense commitment to their chosen specialty and a willingness to expand their scholarly and cultural horizons.

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Daniel L. Batchelder

Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology

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Shelina Louise Brown

Assistant Professor of American Music

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Jenny _ Doctor

Head of the CCM Library, Associate Professor of Musicology

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Stefan P. Fiol

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology

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Megan Steigerwald Ille

Assistant Professor-Educator of Musicology

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Jeongwon Joe

Associate Professor of Musicology

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Jonathan Kregor

Professor of Music; Interim Division Head, Composition, Musicology and Theory

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Scott V. Linford

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

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Stephen Conrad Meyer

Professor of Musicology

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Matthew G. Peattie

Associate Professor of Musicology

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Stephanie P. Schlagel

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Musicology

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Jewel A. Smith

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology

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Kristy   Swift

Assistant Professor of Musicology – Educator

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CCM's graduate admissions process begins on September 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Interview Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Submit a research paper on a subject related to musicology or ethnomusicology 
  • Professional resume  
  • CV or Bio 

Additional Information

  • Please note that the prerequisite for the PhD in music (musicology emphasis) is a master’s degree in ethnomusicology, musicology, music history or music theory. Upon completion of the master's degree, qualified students may be invited to proceed directly into the PhD program on an accelerated timetable.

Interview

Students who are invited to interview will interview on January 22 or January 23.

Assistantship Information

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must give a brief teaching demonstration and have a conversation with the faculty. Detailed information on the expectations, subject matter and format of the teaching demonstration will be provided. Please contact Professor Jonathan Kregor if you have any questions. 

The MM in musicology is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the history, literature, and philosophy of music and related subject areas. Students are expected to acquire competence in the broad range of endeavors characteristic of music historical research and to develop intellectual breadth and intimate familiarity with the discipline.

To accomplish these goals, students will also need to develop the requisite skills in piano, music theory and two foreign languages. The culminating requirement for the degree is a Master’s thesis.

The PhD in music with an emphasis in musicology is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the history, literature and philosophy of music and related subject areas beyond the level required for the master’s degree. This includes specific studies in performance practices, American music, history of theory, music and gender, world music and other related areas.

In addition, students are expected to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate) and to develop the requisite skills in piano, music theory and two foreign languages.

The culminating requirement for the degree is a dissertation demonstrating original research. Determination of a student’s specific course of study will be made in consultation with an academic adviser, cognate representative and director of graduate studies.

The combined MM and PhD in musicology is for those students who wish to pursue the PhD in musicology but do not yet hold a MM in music history. This program allows students to pursue both degrees at once. 

Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CCM are expected to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate). 

Cognate in Musicology/Music History

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, they 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.

The cognate advisor will participate on the committee for the student's final oral examination. 


Cognate in Music Theory

The music theory cognate (12 credit hours) consists of three required courses (9 credit hours) and one graduate-level elective (3 credit hours). The cognate aims to provide students with a solid grounding in advanced tonal and post-tonal analysis, theory pedagogy and another practical/theoretical area depending on the student’s interest. Applicants will be interviewed by the cognate advisor (a member of the music theory faculty) to discuss their experience and interest in music theory. Approval will be granted to students with sufficient background and proficiency in analytical and/or theoretical studies in music at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Required Music Theory Cognate Courses (9 credit hours)

  • Pedagogy of Theory (THRY 7015) 3 (offered in the Fall every year)
  • Set Theory I (THRY 8011) 3 (offered in the Fall every other year)
  • Schenkerian Analysis I (THRY 8015) 3 (offered in the Fall every other year, in alternation with Set Theory 1)

Cognate electives (3 credit hours)

Students may choose any one course from the following list of graduate-level courses:

  • Advanced Musicianship (THRY 6015)
  • 16th-Century Counterpoint (THRY 6001)
  • 18th-Century Counterpoint (THRY 6005)
  • Special Topics (THRY 6060)
  • Tonal Theory (THRY 7020)
  • Readings in Music Theory (THRY 7050)
  • Advanced Topics in Analysis (THRY 8001)
  • Set Theory 2 (THRY 8012)   
  • Schenkerian Analysis 2 (THRY 8016)
  • Introduction to Aesthetics (THRY 9001)
  • History of Theory 1: Antiquity to 1600 (THRY 9011)
  • History of Theory 2: 1600 to present (THRY 9012)
  • Rhythm and Meter (THRY 9050)
  • Seminar in Analysis (THRY 9082)
  • Seminar in Music Theory (THRY 9081)

Cognate in Ethnomusicology

Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CCM are expected to demonstrate intellectual breadth through the completion of a significant program of study in a secondary field (cognate). 

Requirements (9-15 credits)*:

  • 3 credits: Theory and Historiography in Ethnomusicology (required)
  • 1-3 credits: World Music Lab(s)
  • 3-6 credits: Electives in ethnomusicology or related discipline(s) in consultation with Professor Stefan Fiol and Professor Scott Linford.

* The following courses may not be used for cognate credits:

  1. Any courses being used to fulfill the student’s degree requirement in music history
  2. Any courses being used as substitution for a DMA thesis

The cognate advisor will participate on the committee for the student's final oral examination. 



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