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2003-2004
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Course Descriptions

Department of Music

Prospective students should be aware that the deadline for application to the graduate program in Music is January 1.

Graduate Programs in Music

The department offers graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in music, with concentration either in Composition or in Critical and Comparative Studies of Music.

The concentration in Composition will develop composers  creative and intellectual potential through intensive work in acoustic and digital media; analytical and critical study of diverse musics; and active engagement in the development of new musical technologies. Performances of both acoustic and digital works will be an important part of the program, as will the resources of the Virginia Center for Computer Music.

The concentration in Critical and Comparative studies will prepare students for a wide range of careers based on the scholarly study of music, including college and university teaching. Through seminars, independent study and close work with faculty advisors, students learn to craft the intellectual approach appropriate to their research interests by drawing from the skills of musicology, ethnomusicology, criticism, theory and analysis, aesthetics, and performance studies.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. requires 54 credits of course work, up to 18 credits of dissertation research, and successful completion of a dissertation project. (Students who successfully complete two years (36 credits) of course work and the projects appropriate to their concentration will be granted an M.A. at the end of their second year). Students entering with an M.A. degree may petition the department's graduate committee to transfer up to 24 graduate credits.

Students in both concentrations are required to pass both a written qualifying examination and an oral examination on their dissertation proposal before admission to candidacy. Completed dissertations will be defended in an oral examination open to the public.

All entering students will be required to take a non-credit introduction to music research as part of their orientation experience.

The Concentration in Composition

1. Course Requirements

    Composition students will register for private composition instruction for 6 semesters. Students are strongly encouraged to work with different faculty each year in order to draw upon varied faculty approaches. All Composition students will take at least one segment of the three semesters of MUSI 747 and will also work closely with faculty to design the most appropriate course of study. Normally, Composition students will take at least two courses in digital media (such as MUSI 735, 740, 743, 745). Composition students are also encouraged to take seminars offered by the Critical and Comparative Studies faculty, as well as courses outside of the department in other areas of interest, such as cognitive science, computer science, or philosophy. Because MUSI 711 will be a pre- or co-requisite for Critical and Comparative Studies seminars, Composition students are urged to take this course during their first semester.

    Generally, no more than two courses at the 500 level may be counted toward the Ph.D.

2. Language Requirement

    Composition students are required to demonstrate mastery of at least one foreign language or computer language before admission to candidacy.

3. Year One Project

    In their first year of study, Composition students will create a significant work to be performed during the spring semester. Successful completion of this project will be required for continuation in the program. After the performance, the Composition faculty will meet to discuss the composition, and to advise on the nature of the student's second year project and the areas that might be covered on the qualifying examination.

4. Year Two Projects

    In their second year of study, Composition students will write an article-length paper demonstrating analytical and critical abilities. Ordinarily this paper will be drafted by the end of the third semester of study, and submitted in revised form by March 15 of the fourth semester. Additionally, second year Composition students will create another work that will be performed in the spring semester.

    At least one of the project compositions completed by the end of the second year should have an electronic component.

    By the end of the second year of study, students should choose the principal faculty advisor for their dissertation project, and the other members of their committee. This committee will administer and grade the qualifying exam, and approve the dissertation proposal.

5. Qualifying Examinations

    Composition students will normally take a qualifying examination during the fifth semester. Intended to demonstrate the student's analytical and critical abilities, the examination will consist of written exercises and an oral exam. One exercise will focus on an area of the student's interest, to be determined at the conclusion of the second year project, while the second will reflect the student's broader familiarity with the field. The oral exam will include discussion of written work as well as current compositional projects.

6. Dissertation Project

    The dissertation project in Composition will consist of two parts: (1) creation of an extended composition for acoustic, electroacoustic or electronic media; and (2) an article-length essay suitable for publication. In some cases a longer dissertation essay may be appropriate.

    During the sixth semester, Composition students will develop a proposal that describes both the composition and the essay that together will constitute the dissertation project. Students will present the dissertation proposal to their committee for approval.

    The completed dissertation will be defended in a public examination before a committee of at least four faculty, at least one of whom will be from another department.

The Concentration in Critical and Comparative Studies

1. Course Requirements

    Students of Critical and Comparative Studies in Music will ordinarily take 3 seminars each semester for three years. MUSI 711 should be taken in a student's first semester, as pre- or co-requisite for 700- and 800-level seminars. Additionally, students of Critical and Comparative Studies may take up to 9 hours of course work outside the music department. The choice of such interdisciplinary study should be made in close consultation with faculty advisors.

    Generally, no more than two courses at the 500 level may be counted toward the Ph.D.

2. Language Requirements

    By the end of the second year of study, students of Critical and Comparative Studies will have demonstrated mastery of one foreign language and proficiency in a second. (These levels of competency are described elsewhere in the Graduate Record.) No student will be admitted to candidacy until the language requirement is fulfilled.

3. Year One Project

    By the end of the first year of study, students of Critical and Comparative Studies will submit to the graduate committee an abstract of one seminar paper they have completed during that year. Working with faculty advice and comments, students will develop the seminar paper into a 20-minute conference paper to be presented at a mini-conference sponsored by the department in the first week of the following term.

4. Year Two Requirements

    By the end of the second year of study, students will have chosen the principal faculty advisor of their dissertation work, and the other members of their committee. Working in close consultation with these faculty advisors, students will have determined the general area of their dissertation project, and will have identified the areas on which their qualifying examination will focus.

    The faculty committee students assemble in their second year will administer and grade the qualifying exam, and the same committee will examine orally and approve the dissertation prospectus.

5. Qualifying Examination

    By the end of the sixth semester, students of Critical and Comparative Studies will ordinarily have taken a written general examination showing broad familiarity with several fields of musical research. Intended to demonstrate the student's capacity for research and teaching in several fields, this examination will normally cover three fields (such as one theoretical approach, one geographical area or historical period, and one genre). At least one of these fields should be related to the area of the student's dissertation; one or two others may be developed out of course work.

6. Dissertation Project

    A dissertation in Critical and Comparative Studies will consist of a book-length study demonstrating original research and critical insight.

    By the end of the seventh semester, students of Critical and Comparative Studies will submit to a faculty committee a detailed prospectus (with annotated bibliography) of the dissertation project. Students will present and discuss their dissertation proposal orally before the committee. The committee's approval will be required for a student to be admitted to candidacy for the degree.

    The completed dissertation will be defended in a public examination before a committee of at least four faculty, at least one of whom will be from another department.

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Course Descriptions

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Note Courses numbered 500-599 are for advanced undergraduate and graduate students; courses numbered 700 and above are for graduate students only.

MUSI 533 - (3) (IR)
Modal Counterpoint

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Written and aural exercises based on analyses of the contrapuntal style of Palestrina and his contemporaries.

MUSI 534 - (3) (IR)
Tonal Counterpoint

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Written and aural exercises based on analyses of the contrapuntal style of J.S. Bach and his successors.

MUSI 535 - (3) (O)
Instrumentation

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 536 - (3) (O)
Orchestration

Prerequisite: MUSI 535.
Composing and arranging music for orchestral instruments in various combinations.

MUSI 538 - (3) (IR)
Canon and Fugue

Prerequisite: MUSI 431 and instructor permission.
Composition and analysis of canons and fugues focusing on works of J.S. Bach.

MUSI 541, 542 - (3) (Y)
Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and instructor permission.
Studies the theory and practice of conducting and rehearsal technique.

MUSI 551-558 - (2) (SI)
Graduate Performance

Prerequisite: Graduate student in music with instructor permission by audition.

MUSI 560-569 - (1-2) (SI)
Performance Ensembles

Prerequisite: Graduate student in music with instructor permission by audition.

MUSI 581, 582 - (3) (Y)
Composition

Prerequisite: MUSI 431 and instructor permission.

MUSI 593, 594 - (1-3) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will not place primary emphasis on research.

MUSI 700 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Pre-Modern Music to 1500

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 701 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Early Modern Music 1500 - 1750

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 702 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 703 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 704 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Twentieth Century Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 705 - (3) (IR)
Vocal Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies topics, announced in advance, and selected from opera, oratorio, choral music, or song.

MUSI 706 - (3) (IR)
Instrumental Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies topics, announced in advance, selected from the orchestral, chamber music or solo repertories.

MUSI 707 - (3) (IR)
Composers

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Study, announced in advance, of the life and works of a composer (or school of composers).

MUSI 708 - (3) (IR)
American Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 709, 710 - (3) (IR)
Cultural and Historical Studies of Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Selected topics, announced in advance, exploring the study of music within cultural and historical frameworks.

MUSI 711 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Research in Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 712 - (3) (SI)
Studies in Jazz Literature

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 719, 720 - (3) (IR)
Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 723 - (3) (IR)
Issues in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Intended as a first intensive experience with ethnomusicology and performance studies, this seminar explores musical ethnography, field research, and a performance approach to both. Addresses issues involving race, class, gender, and identity politics in light of particular topics and area studies.

MUSI 724 - (3) (IR)
Field Research and Ethnography of Performance

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Working with and critiquing ideas about ethnography and performativity, students explore epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic issues as they relate to field research, and push the envelope of creative non-fiction in the ethnographic realm through writing. A final essay as well as a final performance presentation are required.

MUSI 725, 726 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies the field of ethnomusicology. Specific issues and cultural areas addressed depend on the interests of students and the instructor.

MUSI 732 - (3) (Y)
Musical Analysis

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies various approaches to musical analysis; readings from the most important theoretical literature; and the practical exercises in analysis of music from all periods.

MUSI 740 - (3) (Y)
Computer Sound Generation and Spatial Processing

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. The course is intended for graduate students in music.
Studies in sound processing, digital synthesis and multichannel audio using RTCmix running under Linux. Students learn techniques of computer music through advanced composition, analysis of representative works, and programming.

MUSI 743 - (3) (Y)
Sound Studio

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Studies in computer music studio techniques, sound synthesis using a variety of software packages based on the Macintosh platform, and the creation of original music using new technologies.

MUSI 745 - (3) (SI)
Computer Applications in Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Topics involving the composition, performance, and programming of interactive computer music systems.

MUSI 747 - (3) (Y)
Materials of Contemporary Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
The course is intended for graduate students in music. Topics in contemporary music that will focus on different areas in rotation. Each will involve focused readings, analysis of selected works, and the creation of original compositions that reflect the issues under discussion.

MUSI 771, 772 - (3) (SI)
Instrumental Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Advanced studies in the theory and practice of conducting, score analysis, and rehearsal techniques.

MUSI 774 - (3) (SI)
Music in Performance

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Provides a venue for students to study how musical performances implicitly or explicitly enact and/or (re)negotiate their historical, cultural, and ideological circumstances. Students examine their premises about the very nature of music as constituted by a given cultural context and evaluate the socio-esthetic bases of their own musical judgments.

MUSI 775, 776 - (3) (S)
Choral Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Advanced studies in the technique and art of conducting, with weekly experience conducting repertoire with a small choral ensemble.

MUSI 781, 782 - (3) (Y)
Composition

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 783, 784 - (3) (SI)
Proseminar in Computer Music Composition

Prerequisite: MUSI 539, MUSI 540 and instructor permission.

MUSI 805, 806 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Studies in Music

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 871, 872 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Instrumental Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
This course will offer individual advanced training and coaching in instrumental conducting for experienced graduate conductors.

MUSI 881, 882 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSI 883, 884 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Computer Music Composition

Prerequisite: MUSI 539, MUSI 540 and instructor permission.

MUSI 891, 892 - (3) (IR)
Supervised Research

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students.

MUSI 893, 894 - (1-3) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research.

MUSI 896 - (3) (S)
Thesis

MUSI 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

MUSI 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

MUSI 901, 902 - (3) (IR)
Directed Readings

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Intensive readings on particular topics, under the supervision of an instructor.

MUSI 991, 992 (3) (IR)
Supervised Research

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students.

MUSI 993, 994 - (3) (IR)
Independent Research

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Research carried out by graduate student in consultation with an instructor.

MUSI 997, 998 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor.

MUSI 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
Independent dissertation research in consultation with a dissertation director.


 
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