Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 42

Required Courses:

Composition Concentration

MUST 8701Research in Music3
MUST 8740Seminar in Composition (4 terms)12
MUST 8749Current Topics in Musicology and Theory3
Select two of the following:6
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Theory
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music History
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Composition
MUST 9999Dissertation/Monograph Research6
Electives 112
Total Credit Hours42

Music Studies Concentration

MUST 8701Research in Music3
MUST 8731The Pedagogy of Music Theory3
or MUST 8737 History and Pedagogy of Musicology
MUST 8743Seminar in Stylistic Analysis3
MUST 8749Current Topics in Musicology and Theory3
Select two of the following:6
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Theory
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music History
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Composition
MUST 9999Dissertation/Monograph Research6
Electives 118
Total Credit Hours42

Music Theory Concentration

MUST 8701Research in Music3
MUST 8739Schenkerian Analysis 23
or MUST 8771 Post-Tonal Theory II
MUST 8743Seminar in Stylistic Analysis3
MUST 8749Current Topics in Musicology and Theory3
Select two of the following:6
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Theory
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music History
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Composition
MUST 9999Dissertation/Monograph Research6
Electives 118
Total Credit Hours42

Musicology Concentration

MUST 8701Research in Music3
MUST 8737History and Pedagogy of Musicology3
MUST 8738Schenkerian Analysis 13
or MUST 8748 Seminar in Post-Tonal Theory
MUST 8743Seminar in Stylistic Analysis3
MUST 8749Current Topics in Musicology and Theory3
Select two of the following:6
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Theory
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music History
Doctoral Seminar in Music Studies: Music Composition
MUST 9999Dissertation/Monograph Research6
Electives 115
Total Credit Hours42

Language Examination: Prior to the dissertation proposal, students are required to pass two foreign language exams, with preference among German, French, and Italian. Students may choose a different language if it relates to their dissertation research. The Chair of the Music Studies Department must approve a language exam outside of German, French, and Italian. 

Additional Requirements:

All degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.

Written Entrance Examinations:
All doctoral students must take written entrance exams prior to or during the first term of doctoral study. Candidates who fail the entrance examinations the first time may, upon application to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, be permitted to take the examinations a second time. If the examinations are failed a second time, remediation must occur. Students are advised by departmental faculty who develop a remediation plan according to the student's needs. A third opportunity is not allowed.

To continue registration in the doctoral program beyond the second term of study, all portions of the examinations must be passed or the appropriate review courses (or the equivalent, as determined by the examining department) must be in progress. Students planning to take the written examinations should request a list of dates from the graduate secretary and submit a written request to the Associate Dean one month prior to the administration date.

  1. Music History Exam: A general examination covering the history of music is administered. Questions relative to forms, styles, and periods of music are included. It is expected that all examinees are acquainted with the standard literature of music.
  2. Harmony Exam: This exam involves completion of a harmonic excerpt in advanced chromatic idiom and the creation of a bass line with figuration (figured bass) in Baroque style.
  3. Counterpoint Exam (required only for the Composition and Music Theory concentrations): From a given motive, approximately 20 measures of imitative counterpoint in three parts are to be completed.
  4. Form and Analysis Exam: A score is provided at the examination that requires analysis of specified passages.
  5. Composition Exam (required only for the Composition concentration):
    This examination includes essay questions on stylistic analysis and historical context, the writing of a figured bass line, and the Piano Performance Examination.
  6. Writing Sample: A 90-minute examination of the student's ability to write at the doctoral level is conducted. Examination topics are of a general nature.

Composition Portfolio (required only for the Composition concentration):
Scores of completed compositions in various media must be submitted on or before the date of the Piano Performance Examination. Tapes of works in electronic media may also be submitted with or without graphic representation. All such submitted work of these designations should indicate the composer's abilities to use effectively both instrumental and vocal media, and, if appropriate, electronic media.

Piano Performance Examination:
Prior to the examination, the following should be prepared:

  1. A twentieth-century work for piano of sufficient technical difficulty and expressive scope to demonstrate at least medium ability.
  2. Score-reading a section of a nineteenth- or twentieth-century orchestral score.
    In addition, the following will be given for sight-reading:
  3. Bach chorale.
  4. Eighteenth-century orchestral score, in part.
  5. Realization of a figured bass.

If the applicant in Composition gives evidence of outstanding ability to work in computer synthesis of music and has an educational background to support this kind of musical composition rather than one oriented to a more traditional performing medium, dispensation of the performance requirement may be made by the department, based on the applicant's evidence of skills related to the above or to other specialized modes of musical composition. If admitted on these qualifications in lieu of performance ability, the applicant is required to undertake sufficient work at the piano to enable her/him to perform, as a minimum requirement, a prepared chorale harmonization by Bach and a relatively simple orchestral score, also prepared in advance.

Recital (required only for the Composition concentration):
A recital of the student's music of chamber dimension is presented as a public event, with the performances the responsibility of the composer-candidate. A faculty committee selected from relevant performance and academic, as well as compositional, areas is asked to attend this recital and to participate in an oral critique of the recital as a whole with the composer-candidate. This is held at a designated time closely following the recital as set by the department chair. This recital must take place prior to the preliminary examination.

With departmental permission, a student may request a waiver of the recital requirement by presenting scores and recordings of five compositions that have received professional performances. The request must be made in writing to the department chair and a committee convened to review the compositions with the candidate prior to the preliminary examination.

Continuous Registration:
Continuous registration of at least 3 s.h. must be maintained each term, with the exception of Summer, from the time of acceptance into the Ph.D. program in Music until the completion of all coursework.

Continuation in the Ph.D. Program:
Each course or seminar requires an end-of-term final grade based on papers presented, recitals prepared, and discussion and/or examinations taken during the course of the term. Each term of private study culminates in a performance examination or jury, except during terms in which the student has presented one of the required adjudicated recitals. Grades of less than "B-" cannot be counted toward the degree. If the student earns a grade of less than "B-," s/he may, with permission of the department chair and the Associate Dean, retake the term of study one additional time. Screening for continuance in the program after the first term of study is conducted at adjudicated recitals, end-of-the-term juries, and major examinations. This ensures that only the most qualified students continue beyond the early stages of the program.

Professional Development Policy:
In addition to taking the required subjects for their degrees, all students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes; tutoring; teaching private lessons; coaching; participating in the distribution and inventory control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials; participating in ensembles; accompanying; performing at admissions and open house events; supervising performance classes; and engaging in other academic activities.

Performing Ensembles:

  1. Touring: All students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after termination of academic terms. Students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.
  2. Non-Credit Participation: With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.

Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the students' major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Acceptable English:
All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

Written Preliminary Examination:
After the student completes coursework, the student and the student’s academic advisor agree on a dissertation topic and choose a Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC). The student presents a written description of the dissertation topic with an accompanying bibliography to the DAC for review. When the committee approves the description and bibliography, a date is set for the Written Preliminary Examination. The examination, composed by the DAC, should test the student’s readiness to commence the dissertation. When the student completes the written exam, the DAC convenes an oral defense of the exam. If the defense of the preliminary exam is successful, the student presents a formal dissertation proposal. If the student fails the Written Preliminary Examination, the DAC schedules a second examination.

Oral Preliminary Examination:
One week after the completion of the Written Preliminary Examination, the student takes an Oral Preliminary Examination with the DAC.

Incompletes:
All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.

Other:
Graduate assistantships and other forms of University-sponsored financial aid do not cover private lesson and recital extension fees.

Culminating Events:
Proposal:
Having completed the Written Preliminary Examination, the student’s proposal for the dissertation is also complete. 

Dissertation:
For the Composition concentration, the dissertation consists of two parts:

  1. An original composition of dimension approved by the advisor for full or chamber orchestra with or without soloists, or for voices and orchestra, or other approved media.
  2. A short research paper suitable for publication.

Early in the term in which a defense of the dissertation is anticipated, the major advisor notifies the Associate Dean that it is time to appoint the Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC). The DEC consists of the DAC plus an "outside" reader, who is an additional graduate faculty member from Temple or another university, but not from the faculty of the student's home department.

Doctoral candidates must schedule a defense of the dissertation with the Associate Dean at least one month before the requested defense date. Forms to schedule the defense are available from the graduate secretary.  This includes the "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms,” which must bear all appropriate signatures and be submitted to the Associate Dean.

Two weeks prior to the oral defense, the student submits individual copies of the abstract and the completed dissertation to the Associate Dean and each member of the DEC. The graduate secretary notifies the Graduate School and posts notices of the impending defense on bulletin boards located within the Boyer College of Music and Dance. All members of the DEC attend the oral defense and then vote to pass or fail the dissertation and its defense after the conclusion of the public presentation.

Changes in membership of a DAC or a DEC must be approved by the Associate Dean. The change also must be communicated to the Graduate School.

For those in the Music Studies, Music Theory, and Musicology concentrations, the completed dissertation demonstrates the capability to integrate coursework; identify a viable research topic; develop an appropriate research design; systematically gain evidence toward resolving the stated problem; and write, defend, and publicize the results in a professional manner. When the dissertation is complete and approved by the major advisor, the major advisor of the DAC asks the Associate Dean to appoint an "outside" reader, who is a graduate faculty member from Temple or another university, but not from the faculty of the student's home department. The DAC plus the outside reader comprise the Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC) for the oral defense. The DEC is formed early in the term in which a defense is anticipated.

One month prior to the requested defense date, the "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms,” must be submitted to the Associate Dean bearing all appropriate signatures. This form is available in the Main Office and on the Graduate School website. Two weeks prior to the oral defense, the student submits individual copies of the abstract and the completed dissertation to the Associate Dean and each member of the DEC. The graduate secretary notifies the Graduate School and posts notices of the impending defense on bulletin boards located within the Boyer College of Music and Dance. All members of the DEC attend the oral defense and vote to pass or fail the dissertation and its defense after the conclusion of the public presentation.

Changes in membership of a DAC or a DEC must be approved by the Associate Dean. The change also must be communicated to the Graduate School.