Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Composition students receive individual lessons and participate in group seminars, and both the School of Music and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of new music performance opportunities. The Contemporary Music Workshop provides ongoing interaction between composition and performance students. Composition faculty represent national and international profiles in a variety of media and seek to nurture students’ original creative interests and knowledge.
Students applying to this program should have completed basic professional preparation, defined as the equivalent of a minimum of one year of orchestration, one semester of counterpoint, and three years of theory and analysis (tonal and post-tonal).
Program Prerequisites (do not count towards degree program)
- MUS 5541 Counterpoint (3 credits) or equivalent
- MUS 5561 Orchestration I (3 credits) or equivalent
- All requirements of master of arts in composition (or equivalents)
Program Requirements: Minimum 56 credits (in addition to all credit requirements from MA in composition)
1. Emphasis: 15 credits
- MUS 8550 Composition (12 credits at 3 credits per semester)
- MUS 5592 Music Informatics (3 credits)
2. Related fields: 14 Credits.
- Four courses distributed as follows:
- one course in analysis at the 8xxx level
- one course in musicology or ethnomusicology at the 5xxx or 8xxx level
- two courses in creative studies and media at the 5xxx or 8xxx level
- Ensemble: 2 credits
3. Supporting program: 3 Credits. May include music or non-music course(s)
4. Research tool. Reading knowledge in language, or technological or computational skill, in consultation with advisor
5. Thesis: 24 credits of MUS 8888. Comprised of original creative work and supporting paper; documentation of performances (can include public presentations of work not requiring human performers) totaling 45 minutes minimum
6. Comprehensive exams
- Preliminary exams, written and oral (2 hours)
- Final exam, oral (1 hour)