Ph.D. Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Music degree program provides students with an integrative framework for music scholarship, emphasizing the ways in which musicology and ethnomusicology interact and complement one another.

A series of required courses encourages students to discover commonalities and distinctions among the world's music cultures through an examination of cross-cutting parameters, such as pitch and rhythm systems; the relationship of music to text, dance, religion, gender, and politics; and issues of ethnography.

Students also select from a series of more specialized cross-cultural courses that draw on the particular specialties of UCSC's music faculty. An ongoing colloquium series features presentations by faculty, students, and guests, providing an opportunity for interaction and discussion of current topics in research. Students may also supplement their studies with courses from other departments on campus, such as anthropology or the history of consciousness program. In addition to cultural approaches to world musics, the program encourages the integration of scholarly research with musical performance, emphasizing the ways in which performance serves both rhetorical and symbolic ends within various cultural settings. To this end the concept of “performance practice” plays a significant role in this program, given that the concept of historically or culturally informed performances is applicable to music from the earliest times to the present day in all geographical and cultural regions, and can encompass research activities as diverse as fieldwork, historical editing, and recording, as well as publishing of books and articles on compositional and performance traditions

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PhD - Overview Faculty List

Specialists on the UCSC faculty include:

Amy C. Beal
20th-century American music; experimental music, post-1945

Linda Burman-Hall
Baroque music, Indonesian music, performance practices, theory

Benjamin Carson
Cognitive musicology; music and identity

Karlton Hester
Spontaneous and premeditated composition of the African diaspora

Anatole Leikin
19th- and early 20th-century European music

Fredric Lieberman
American vernacular traditions

Tanya Merchant
Musics of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, music and gender, Baroque music; nationalism, globalization, and institutionalization of music

Leta Miller
20th-century American experimental music, 16th-century chanson, madrigal, and C.P.E. Bach

Dard Neuman
20th-century Hindustani music: musicians, colonialism, nationalism, technology and pedagogy

Nina Treadwell
Italian Renaissance and early Baroque music, gender and music

PHD Overview