The Graduate Program in Music offers both MA and PhD degrees in broadly defined research areas that include composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, musicology, performance, and popular music.
The program offers a wide variety of academic opportunities with an emphasis on individual curriculum choice. Common areas of student interest include: jazz, popular music, sacred music, concert repertoires, pedagogy, performance studies, urban music, composition, western art music, commercial music, recording industry, choral music, ethnography, theory, analysis, in addition to folk, country, and world musics. Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in contemporary society and to the many contexts and issues which shape musical expression and research. Members of the program are concerned with the scholarly study of composition, improvisation, aural cognition, mediation and reception, performance, analysis, speculative theory, as well as cultural studies and criticism.
Faculty members include jazz musicians, ethnomusicologists, classical performers, historians, theorists, and composers who are involved in their specialized areas of research and share a concern for the critical study of methodologies and creative procedures. More