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    Oct 19, 2019  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, PhD


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The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music and concentrations in composition, musicology or music theory requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Of these 90 hours, at least 60 must be taken at UNT. Thirty hours may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the Coordinator of Theory in the College of Music. A master’s degree from an accredited institution usually is accepted for the first 30 hours. The minimum residence requirement consists of two consecutive long terms/semesters (fall and the following spring, or spring and the following fall) with a minimum load of 9 hours each term/semester.

It should be understood that the Doctor of Philosophy degree cannot be earned by routine work alone, regardless of accuracy or amount. The degree will be conferred, rather, on the basis of mastery of the field of music as a whole and of proven ability either to plan and carry out an original investigation (in musicology or music theory) or to do creative work (in composition) with distinction.

Degree requirements


Must have completed master’s core requirement (15 hours).

All concentrations require the completion of a common core:

Common core, 36 hours


  • MUGC 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation (12 hours)
  • 6 hours of MUMH 6XXX
  • Related field, 12 hours
  • Elective, 3 hours (selected in consultation with the appropriate advisor)
  • Must also have completed Master’s core requirement (15 hours)

Directed seminar, 3 hours


 Selected in consultation with the appropriate advisor from:

Additional degree requirements


Placement examinations


Following the graduate placement examinations administered during orientation week, the student will be counseled by the major professor or major area designate. In conjunction with the faculties administering the examination, the major advisor will develop a plan, if needed, to satisfy deficiencies (not to exceed 6 credits of musicology and 3 credits of music theory). Graduate music history or music theory courses taken as a result of the placement examinations may not be counted toward the degree. A grade of B or better must be earned in each undergraduate or graduate course assigned as a deficiency.

Introduction to research


It is assumed that an entering PhD student will have had an introduction to research course at the master’s level (please see the Graduate Catalog Course Descriptions). If not, the student will be required to take MUMH 5010, Introduction to Research in Music , no later than the second semester of graduate work to facilitate research. Hours earned do not count toward the degree.

Grades


A grade of B or better is required in courses used to satisfy PhD degree requirements, including undergraduate and graduate deficiency courses.

Advisory committee


The student’s advisory committee will include a member who has written a dissertation or similar document (other than the PhD chairperson) and is made up of:

  1. the major professor;
  2. the minor professor (related field representative); and
  3. A committee member.

The advisory committee should be selected and approved by the time the student has completed 12 hours of course work.

Qualifying examinations


Each student is required to pass qualifying examinations in his or her major field and is also required to pass qualifying examinations in a related field. Detailed information about the prerequisites, content and structure of the qualifying examinations may be found in each area handbook located at music.unt.edu.

Additional concentration requirements


Additional requirements for each concentration are outlined below. The Office of Graduate Studies in Music provides complete information concerning procedures, administrative details and GRE requirements for individual programs.

Concentration in Composition


Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music and a concentration in composition must submit a completed College of Music application form and a portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December to be considered for acceptance in the following academic year. The portfolio must include scores, recordings, a resume or vita, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a writing sample and a personal statement; details are included in the Composition Student Handbook and on the composition division web site (music.unt.edu/comp/admissions/graduate).

General application information


  1. Please note that application to the Toulouse Graduate School is separate from application to the College of Music, and that admission to the Graduate School does not imply acceptance to the composition program.
  2. Applicants are expected to submit GRE scores at the time of application in order to be considered for graduate studies in composition:
    1. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted provisionally pending successful completion of the GRE analytical writing exam by the end of the first semester of enrollment. However, all applicants accepted to the program must have at least attempted the GRE analytical writing exam prior to enrollment in graduate courses.
    2. The Graduate Preparation Course (GPC), provided for international students by the Intensive English Language Institute, will not be accepted as a substitute for the GRE requirement.
  3. International applicants in composition must be provisionally accepted to the program prior to beginning study at the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).

Additional application information may be found in the Composition Student Handbook or on the division web site (http://music.unt.edu/comp).

Degree requirements


The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music and a concentration in composition is a 66-hour degree with dissertation, including the common core (36 hours, listed above), plus two possible options for the remaining 30 hours:

Additional degree requirements


Language requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English or tool subject, as approved by the composition faculty. The language requirements must be satisfied before the student takes the qualifying examinations. Hours earned do not count toward the degree.

Dissertation

Upon completion of the qualifying examinations, doctoral students will be expected to enroll in dissertation (MUGC 6950 ) for four semesters. Additional dissertation registration may be required to satisfy continuous enrollment requirements. During those semesters of enrollment, students will meet with their major professor on a regular basis (typically one hour per week, similar to graduate composition lessons). Other arrangements may be made for non-resident students as long as (1) both the student and major professor agree on the terms, and (2) sufficient progression on the final document can be demonstrated to the graduate advisory committee each semester. Further information about dissertation requirements may be found in the Composition Student Handbook and online (music.unt.edu/comp).

Final comprehensive oral examination and dissertation defense

Upon completion of the dissertation credits and the qualifying examinations, the student is required to pass a two-hour final comprehensive oral examination and dissertation defense of his or her project before the examination committee. A reading copy of the dissertation is due in the College of Music Graduate Office one week prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.

Concentration in Musicology


Concentration in Musicology, 24 hours


Additional degree requirements


In addition to course requirements, each applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music and a concentration in musicology must meet the following requirements.

Music history and theory lecture series attendance

Each graduate student with a declared concentration in musicology is expected to attend all lectures presented in the division of music history and theory lecture series during each long term/semester of full-time enrollment (9 hours).

Language requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in two languages other than English. One of these languages must be German. The language requirements must be satisfied before the submission of the proposal. Hours earned do not count toward the degree.

Dissertation

The culmination of the doctoral work is a dissertation of appropriate scope, quality and originality. The student forms his or her dissertation committee in consultation with the major professor. The dissertation proposal will be submitted to the Graduate Academic Degrees Committee (GADCom) of the College of Music after successful completion of the qualifying examination. At this time, upon being admitted to candidacy, the student must maintain continuous dissertation enrollment (MUGC 6950 ) each long term/semester until the dissertation has been completed and accepted by the graduate dean. Registration in at least one summer session is required if the student is using university facilities and/or faculty time during that summer session. The final copies of the dissertation must be placed in the hands of the major professor at least two weeks before the scheduled oral examination in any given term/semester. A reading copy is due in the College of Music Graduate Office two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.

Minor field/related field

The related field (within the College of Music) or minor field (a course of study outside the College of Music) must comprise at least 12 credit hours of study. The course of study an method of evaluation for the related or minor field will be determined by the faculty in that area. If degree credit is to be given for applied music, the student must pass the master’s-level entrance audition in performance prior to enrollment for these credit hours. The student who does not pass or take the audition may study applied music, but this credit will not count toward the 60 hours required for the degree.

Concentration in Music Theory


The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in music and a concentration in music theory is a 60-hour degree with dissertation, including the common core (36 hours, listed above).

Additional degree requirements


In addition to course requirements, each applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music with a concentration in music theory must meet the following requirements.

Music history and theory lecture series attendance

Each graduate student with a declared concentration in music theory is expected to attend all lectures presented in the Division of Music History and Theory Lecture Series during each long term/semester of full-time enrollment (9 hours).

Evidence of satisfactory progress

Students must receive a grade of B or better for all courses counting toward the degree, including deficiency courses. Students not meeting this standard will be placed on probation. Students not fulfilling the conditions of probation may be dismissed from the program.

Language requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in two languages other than English. One of these languages must be German. The language requirements must be satisfied before the student takes the qualifying examinations. Hours earned do not count toward the degree.

Dissertation

The culmination of the doctoral work is a dissertation of appropriate scope, quality and originality. The student forms his or her dissertation committee in consultation with the major professor. The dissertation proposal will be submitted to the Graduate Academic Degrees Committee (GADCom) of the College of Music after successful completion of the qualifying examination. At this time, upon being admitted to candidacy, the student must maintain continuous dissertation enrollment (MUGC 6950 ) each long term/semester until the dissertation has been completed and accepted by the graduate dean. Registration in at least one summer session is required if the student is using university facilities and/or faculty time during that summer session. The final copies of the dissertation must be placed in the hands of the major professor at least two weeks before the scheduled oral examination in any given term/semester. A reading copy is due in the College of Music Graduate Office two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.

Minor Field/Related Field

The related field (within the College of Music) or minor field (a course of study outside the College of Music) must comprise at least 12 credit hours of study. The course of study and method of evaluation for the related or minor field will be determined by the faculty in that area. If degree credit is to be given for applied music, the student must pass the master’s-level entrance audition in performance prior to enrollment for these credit hours. The student who does not pass or take the audition may study applied music, but this credit will not count toward the 60 hours required for the degree.

Related fields


All PhD degree candidates must include on their degree plan a related field of not fewer than 12 hours selected from the options listed below.

Composition


Application procedures and prerequisites are included in the Composition Student Handbook, which may be downloaded from the composition division web site (music.unt.edu/comp).

Conducting


Pursuing a related field in conducting requires that the candidate apply to and be accepted by one of three areas: choral conducting, orchestral conducting or wind conducting. The candidate’s curriculum in the related field will be determined by the director of the discipline chosen.

Early music


Required: audition for the early music committee

 

Or, 6 hours selected from


  • 3 hours selected from the above list and
  • 3 hours of ensembles from African Ensemble, South Indian Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Brazilian Ensemble

Jazz studies


Required: audition and

Music and medicine


Required:

Music education


Required:

Music theory


Classes taken as a result of the placement examinations may not be counted toward the degree in the related field, as electives, or in the musicology/music theory component. The classes used to fulfill the music theory component may not be duplicated in the related field (if music theory is the related field of choice).

Required: 12 hours selected from

Musicology


Classes used to fulfill the musicology component may not be duplicated in the related field if musicology is the related field of choice.

Required:

Opera


Required: 12 hours selected from the following

Performance


Required: audition and 12 hours selected of appropriate courses from MUAC (6500 level), and other courses in literature and pedagogy. (Open only to those with a major in conducting or composition.)

Piano pedagogy


Courses taken as a result of deficiencies may not be counted toward the degree in the related field or as electives.

Two additional courses selected from:


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