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Ph.D. in Music


The program leading to the Ph.D. in music with emphasis in music education is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study in preparation for university teaching, research, and other leadership roles in music education. The program is individualized to fit each student’s interest and background and includes a 9-credit elective area in music or music education.

Area of Concentration:

The Ph.D. degree in music is offered with an emphasis in music education only.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 57

Goals/Mission Statement

The Ph.D. in music with an emphasis in music education is designed to give the student advanced training in research and methodology appropriate for teaching at the university level.

Course Requirements

Research-12 credits Must include courses in experimental research, historical research, observation research and statistics.

Music Education Methods-6 credits Two courses selected from Mus 551, Orff Level I; Mus 536, Kodaly in American Music Education; Mus 524, Advanced Choral Directing; Mus 523, Advanced Band Directing.

Music Education Foundations–6 credits Mus 548-Psychology of Music, Mus 619-Foundations of Music Education

Music History-3 credits

Music Theory-3 credits

Elective Area–9 credits May include choral music, applied pedagogy, music theory, music history/literature, or music education

Dissertation–18 credits

Other Academic Requirements

At least 57 hours beyond the master's degree is considered a minimum program. The equivalent of Mus 575, World Music, and Mus 620, Introduction to Research in Music Education, are required at the master's level and, if the student has not had these or similar courses, they must enroll in them before completion of the Ph.D.

Dissertation Requirements: A minimum registration of 18 semester hours is required for the dissertation. After passing the comprehensive examinations, the student must submit a project topic suitable for a doctoral dissertation in the form known as the prospectus. The prospectus must be approved by the advisory committee.


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