Music as an academic discipline is the analysis, practice, and performance of sounds, songs, and musical compositions. Its aim is to use a theoretical understanding of musical styles and techniques to create new music, new takes on existing music, and criticisms of these. As such, it involves both theory and practice, and requires the student to learn a great deal about the history, philosophy, and culture of music.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of music and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in music consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization and/or the creation of original music. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, or perspective. The original music may take any form. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method.