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The Department of Music at UC Davis offers four graduate programs. Three lead to the degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), in musicology, ethnomusicology or composition and theory. Musicology focuses on stylistic and critical study in all historical periods, the acquisition of research skills, writing for publication, professional development, and application of critical theory. Ethnomusicology covers training in the theory, fieldwork, ethnography, transcription/analysis, and intellectual history of the subject. Composition and theory emphasizes analysis of tonal and post-tonal music, and original inventive composition by way of various approaches and methods. Students may elect to receive a Master of Arts degree en route to the Ph.D.
The Master of Arts degree in conducting is designed for students who expect to conduct the major repertoire during their professional careers. In addition to developing practical technical skills, students study issues of performance practice and musical analysis, and gain experience in the preparation of performance materials.
Apply online through the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications are due December 1. All incoming Ph.D. students are offered, at a minimum, a multi-year fellowship and teaching assistantship package from the Department of Music, providing tuition, most fees, health insurance, and approximately $20,000 stipend/salary per year (the entire package is approximately $37,000). Admitted students are also considered for competitive university-wide fellowships.
For more information, contact faculty graduate advisers, Carol Hess regarding the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and musicology, Kurt Rohde regarding the Ph.D. in composition and theory, Jeffrey Thomas regarding the M.A. in conducting, or staff graduate coordinator, Marian Bilheimer.
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