Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Music D.A. — Music History and Literature Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

See “Music D.A. — Music History and Literature Emphasis"

Doctor of Arts in Music candidates will take written and oral comprehensive examinations at a time approved by the major advisor.

For additional information, see “Doctor of Arts Sequence and Check List” published by the School of Music.

See "Graduate Admission Requirements” for more information.

Degree Requirements — 70 Credits

Primary Emphasis — 18 hours

The primary emphasis area develops a focused scholarly and/or creative and pedagogical expertise to professional levels in Music History and Literature. Courses are selected by advisement based upon candidate's area of focus and upon the candidates needs identified through the advisory examination.

Secondary Emphasis — 10 hours

Elective Credits — 5 hours

Research and Pedagogy Core — 21 hours

MUS 504Music Theory Pedagogy


MUS 649Music History Pedagogy


MUS 700Introduction to Doctoral Research


Select two courses (6 hours) (music history advisory exam)

Period Seminars in Music History

MUS 507History of Instruments and Instrumental Practices


MUS 643Seminar: Medieval Music


MUS 644Seminar: Music in the Renaissance


MUS 645Seminar: The Baroque Period


MUS 646Seminar: The Classic Period


MUS 647Seminar: The Romantic Period


MUS 651Seminar in Music History: Debussy to 1945


MUS 652Seminar in Music History: 1945 to the Present


Music history exam: Dependent upon results of advisory exams

Select two courses (6 hours) (music theory exam)

Graduate Music Theory and Analysis

MUS 50118th Century Counterpoint


MUS 502Harmony and Form


MUS 503Post-Tonal Music


MUS 505Sixteenth Century Counterpoint


MUS 595Music Theory Seminar


MUS 603Analytical Studies in Music


MUS 604Schenkerian Analysis


Music theory exam: Dependent upon results of advisory exams

Research Proposal/Dissertation — 16 hours

MUS 797Doctoral Proposal Research

1- 4

MUS 799Doctoral Dissertation


MUS 797: Take 4 credits

MUS 799: Take 12 credits

NOTES: The hours allotted to the doctoral dissertation may be divided between performance and dissertation requirements according to the plan of study as outlined and approved by the candidate's committee.

Performance, Conducting, Jazz Studies, and Collaborative Piano majors will perform two recitals for 8 semester hours and complete a four semester hour dissertation. Students seeking the D.A. in Music Education, Music History and Literature or Composition will complete a 12-hour dissertation.

Composition majors will present a recital of their compositions written as part of their degree program.

A reading knowledge of one foreign language (typically French, German or Italian) is required by the following areas: brass, history and literature (a second language may be required through advisement), piano, strings, theory and composition, voice, woodwinds and instrumental conducting. Students in the areas of choral conducting and vocal performance should have skills in translation of vocal literature in one foreign language (French, German or Italian) as well as diction mastery of all three. In the woodwind and jazz studies areas a substitute research tool may be permitted after consultation and approval by the candidate's committee. For the collaborative piano emphasis, language proficiency will be examined upon entry. Candidates must demonstrate pronunciation proficiency in French, German, Italian and the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as reading proficiency in French, German, and Italian. Candidates with deficiencies will meet with their major advisor and other appropriate faculty to determine the best way to remedy those deficiencies. Students should contact the Graduate Coordinator or appropriate area faculty to clarify language requirements.

The candidate must complete two consecutive semesters (minimum of 9 semester credit hours per semester) of graduate work on the University of Northern Colorado campus in order to satisfy the Doctor of Arts residency requirement.

The Program Advisor or Graduate Coordinator will provide information concerning how the student's oral and research committees are formed, the student's responsibility in the committee process and the means of scheduling comprehensive examinations and the doctoral defense.

The Music Performance Emphasis has an optional concentration in pedagogy.