Music

Music Department Graduate Program

Wesleyan undergraduate and graduate students enjoy the benefits of a rigorous and creative liberal arts university experience, marked by intimate individual and small group study, along with diverse offerings in musics from around the world found in very few of even the largest universities in the country. Numerous centers and programs at Wesleyan enrich the university's intellectual and cultural experience. Undergraduate and graduate alumni have attained international recognition as recording and concert artists, television film music producers, print and radio journalists, and music scholars and composers. Wesleyan M.A. and Ph.D. graduates teach in major universities, colleges, and conservatories throughout the world.

Master of Arts in Music Degree Requirements

Required Courses:

A total of 11 credits

Proseminar in World Music Studies (510)
Two core graduate seminars: 506, 507 for scholarship or performance
508, 509 for composition or performance
Two additional graduate seminars
Two performance courses
One course outside the department
Two semesters of thesis tutorial (591/592)
Four semesters of Colloquium Series (530)
Thesis and defense

Language:

One foreign language is required for the M.A. All incoming students are required to take the language examination administered by the department at the beginning of their first term.

Colloquia:

Regular attendance at Music Department Colloquia is required as these events are the principal context for department-wide discourse.

Thesis and defense:

The thesis must constitute an archivable product displaying mastery of, and an original contribution to the understanding of music. The M.A. thesis may follow various formats and modes of musical investigation, but performance per se does not constitute a thesis without substantial, written ancillary materials. After completing all department requirements and acceptance of the thesis by the committee, the candidate is scheduled for an oral thesis defense administered by the committee.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

Required Courses:

A total of 14 credits

Three core seminars (519, 521, 520/522)
506 and 507, or the equivalent taken during a Master's program
Three additional graduate seminars
Two performance courses
One course outside the department
Two semesters of dissertation and qualifying exam tutorial (591/592)
Four semesters of Colloquium Series (530)
Dissertation and defense

Language:

Two foreign languages are required for the Ph.D. (one field language and one research language). All incoming students are required to take the language examination administered by the department at the beginning of their first term.

Colloquia:

Regular attendance at Music Department Colloquia is required as these events are the principal context for department-wide discourse.

Qualification:

At the conclusion of the second year in residence, students take a qualifying examination consisting of a set of essays and a follow-up oral examination.

Dissertation and defense:

The dissertation must constitute an archivable product displaying mastery of, and an original contribution to the understanding of music. After completing all department requirements and acceptance of the dissertation by the committee, the candidate is scheduled for an oral dissertation defense administered by the committee.


Graduate Courses

505 Seminar in Music (topic varies each semester)
506 Reading Ethnomusicology
507 Practicing Ethnomusicology
508 Seminar in Composition
509 Special Studies in Contemporary Music
510 Proseminar in World Music Studies
513 Improvisation in Cross-Cultural Perspective
516 Seminar in Indonesian Music
519 Current Issues in Ethnomusicology
520 Seminar in Historical Musicology
521 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
522 Seminar in Comparative Music Theory
530 Colloquium Series (1/4 credit)
591/592 Thesis Tutorial

Graduate students may also enroll in undergraduate music courses (extra work will be required).

Accelerated M.A./Ph.D. Program
Certain students with significant academic or professional qualifications may finish both M.A. and Ph.D. coursework in three years, with the possibility of two years of dissertation writeup support. An interview with the department chair and director of graduate studies is required at the time of application.

Graduate Financial Assistance and Residence

Full tuition waivers are granted to all graduate students. The department also grants a limited number of stipends for graduate assistantships, requiring 9 to 12 hours of work per week. For the 2011-12 academic year, 12-month stipends will be approximately $15,600 for the M.A. and $20,400 for the Ph.D. First year students receive pro-rated 9-month stipends. Both M.A. students and Ph.D. students entering with an M. A. are expected to be in full-time residence for two years, and to meet all course requirements within those two years. Ph.D. students are eligible for one year of dissertation writeup support, for which they must be in residence.


Graduate Housing Information

On-campus housing is offered through Residential Life.   Residential Life is responsible for both undergraduate and graduate housing needs.