Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will refine their musical voice as creative artists, and their skills as collaborators with performers and generative artists.
  • Students will demonstrate their mastery of technical skills in music composition, analysis, and of style, genre and media.
  • Students will demonstrate active participation in the global community of composition with performances, commissions, presentations and prizes illustrated by submission to "calls for scores".
  • Students will master their ability to speak and write about their music and the music of their time.

Required Courses

Conservatory 5500-5600Music Theory (three courses)9
Conservatory 5500-5600Music History (three courses) 19
CONSVTY 5593Introduction To Research And Bibliography In Music3
Take the following course 3 times:9
Advanced Composition
CONSVTY 5533Advanced Composition3
or CONSVTY 5534 Advanced Electronic Music Composition
CONSVTY 5699Dissertation Research 26
Area of Concentration 311
Electives 3
Total Credits53

All doctoral students are required to complete three graduate music history courses. One must be a period course (CONSVTY 5555 - CONSVTY 5559B), one must be a seminar course, and the remaining course may be either. Any substitutions must be approved by the music history faculty.


An extended work in a format approved by the composition faculty. Two copies of the full score must be placed in the Conservatory Library.


The area of concentration is developed by the student with guidance and approval of the supervisory committee as part of the planned program. Examples include Applied Music/Ensemble Performance, Music Scholarship, Conducting (Choral and/or Instrumental), Music Technology and interdisciplinary courses.