Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Music D.A. – Music History and Literature Concentration

Program Overview

College of Performing and Visual Arts

General Doctoral Degree Admission Requirements

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Interim Director: Melissa Malde, D.M.A.

Interim Associate Director: Carissa Reddick, Ph.D.

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Website: arts.unco.edu/music/

Graduate Coordinator: Carissa Reddick, Ph.D.

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

Each new student entering a graduate program in music at the University of Northern Colorado is required to take graduate advisory examinations in Music History and writing skills, and placement examinations in Music Theory and Aural Skills, and the student’s major area. Graduate students who do not pass the theory placement exam must enroll in MUS 401. Graduate students who do not pass the aural skills placement exam must enroll in MUS 402. All students must either pass the theory and aural skills exam OR pass; MUS 401 and/or; MUS 402 with a grade of C or better before they can enroll in graduate-level theory classes or graduate from their programs.

The Doctor of Arts degree provides options for advanced study in the areas of music history and literature, composition, conducting, and performance (with an optional concentration in pedagogy.

The Doctor of Arts in Music at UNC is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) established by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). In most cases, WRGP students pay tuition at resident student rates; prospective D.A. students may direct inquiries concerning the WRGP to the School of Music.

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

Degree Requirements — 70 Credits

Primary Concentration — 18 hours

The primary concentration 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 Concentration — 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 604Linear 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.

Program Notes

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 concentration, 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 Concentration has an optional concentration in pedagogy.

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