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Master of Music in Musicology

This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Graduates of this program would be qualified to pursue careers as teachers and researchers of musicology-related subjects at the college level and to pursue doctoral study in historical musicology or ethnomusicology.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An interview with members of the musicology  faculty is required prior to admission. Applicants must also submit a paper demonstrating their capability to undertake graduate study and to engage in research in music.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, and musicology  must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.
  4. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general. Copies of GRE scores must  be sent to the office of Graduate Admissions and Records. Please note that in order for your GRE exam results to reach us by the deadline, you must take the exam no later than the December test date.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen 510 3
Music Theory Elective Music Theory 500-level or Music General 520: Styles 3
Intro to Ethnomusicology Musicology  590 3
Thesis Mus Gen 500 6
Musicology Electives Musicology  400-500 levels 9
Music Electives*   7
Ensemble Mus Ens 500 level 2
Total 33
* At least one credit of music electives must be in non-musicology courses

Candidates must pass a foreign language reading proficiency examination before being admitted to candidacy. Any language other than English is acceptable. A maximum of 2 ensemble hours may be counted as Music Electives.

Graduate students in the Musicology concentration are limited to a total of two failed attempts at graduate-level musicology courses, including those attempts that end in withdrawal from a course.

Final Requirements

  1. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.
  2. Thesis.
  3. Thesis defense.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.

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