Music MA Musicology
This program aims to develop musical understanding of the history of Western musical traditions in a more focused and intensive manner than undergraduate programs. Students in the Master of Arts program in musicology gain an increased familiarity with the history, practice, sociology and aesthetics of the Western musical tradition. They are trained in research techniques that equip them for original research on historical and analytical topics in music.
Students must have a music baccalaureate degree or the equivalent as a prerequisite to graduate study in the MA Musicology program. A minimum of 26 course-work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Music 699R) are required beyond the baccalaureate. In addition, students must successfully complete the department language proficiency examination, normally in French or German. Students also pass a comprehensive written examination and conduct a defense of the thesis.
Is conversant with the entire history of Western music, with an in-depth understanding of most of the period styles and traits of that tradition.
Has mastered the research and study techniques that will produce original research suitable for publication in scholarly media. This is evidenced by the production of a thesis on a topic in historical musicology.
Is equipped for success in a doctoral program.
Evidence of Learning
Progress in this program is assessed through examinations, term papers, theses, and evaluation of students' oral abilities both in and out of class.
Performance on exams, written and assignments, and, especially, the thesis.
Placement in doctoral programs.
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
In the musicology division we analyze, evaluate, and seek to improve our performance on an ongoing basis, several times a year, through the forum provided by our regular division meetings. This forum is used to assess progress in implementing the degree program goals. Individual faculty also have access to university-structured course evaluation tools and voluntary evaluation methods offered by the university's Faculty Center.