Graduate students must take all core courses for a letter grade. These courses include the following: Music 200, 201, 202, 203A-H, 206A-D, 219, 220, 253A-D, and 254A-M. Independent study courses (Music 261, 265, 295, 297, 298 and 299) and the colloquium course (Music 252) may still be taken with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option. Please note that grades of C or D do not satisfy any course requirement for a music graduate degree.
All DMA students are required to enroll in Music 252: Current Issues Colloquium (0 credits) every quarter until advancing to candidacy (after completing the Qualifying Exam).
Students who enroll in Music 252 for a letter grade must attend all meetings each quarter to receive a grade of 'A.' Students with one unexcused absence will receive a grade of 'B,' and those with two unexcused absences will receive a 'C.' Please note that grades of C or D do not satisfy any course requirement for a music graduate degree. Students may also enroll with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option. A 'Satisfactory' requires attendance at the majority of sessions in a given quarter (3/4 or 2/3). Excused absences are for medical reasons, jury duty or other court attendance, or other extenuating circumstances, all of which must be documented. Students should notify the instructor via e-mail prior to a meeting they cannot attend. In some cases, students who have missed meetings may be given the grade "Incomplete," and a written assignment or other work determined by the instructor will be assigned for removal of the grade 'I.'
- Music 200: Introduction to Research Methods
- May be waived for students entering the DMA with an MA in music; students should consult their faculty adviser
- Music 202: Tonal and Posttonal Analysis
- Music 219: Techniques in Composition
- Required during first year of enrollment
- Music 220: Graduate Seminar in Music Composition
- Prerequisite: course 219. May be repeated with different instructors
- Music 206A: World Music Composition
- Music 206B: Computer-Assisted Composition
- Two of the following elective seminars:
- Music 201: History of Music Theory from the Greeks Through Rameau
- Two quarters of Music 267: Workshop in Computer Music and Visualization
- Music 203H: Area Studies in Performance Practice
- Music 203G: Concepts, Issues, and the Practice of Ethnomusicology
- Music 297, Independent Study (required for preparation of the Qualifying Exam)
- Music 298, Graduate Recital (enrollment required the quarter of the Qualifying Recital)
- Music 299, Thesis Research (composition for the dissertation project)
A minimum of five quarters total of graduate independent study (297, 298 or 299) are required.