This list of related fields applies to both musicology and theory students.
Minor Or Related Field Exam (3 Hours)
The fulfillment of the related field or minor will be determined by the faculty of that area.
Course Work: MUMH 5020 (3 hours) is required; the student will choose 9 additional hours, 6 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. Three of the 9 hours must be from a class devoted to a topic from before 1750 (MUMH 5331, MUMH 5332, MUMH 5333, MUMH 6020, MUMH 6030 or MUMH 6740). The remaining 6 hours may be chosen from any of the following: MUMH 5110, MUMH 5331, MUMH 5332, MUMH 5333, MUMH 5341, MUMH 5342, MUMH 5343, MUMH 5430, MUMH 5440, MUMH 5771, MUMH 6020, MUMH 6030, MUMH 6080, MUMH 6160, MUMH 6740, MUMH 6750, MUMH 6760 and MUMH 6770. Classes used to fulfill the musicology component may not be duplicated in the related field if musicology is the related field of choice.
Well in advance of the exam the student must ask one musicology professor to serve as the related-field adviser and another to serve as a second adviser. The exam will require students to write three one-hour essays. The related-field and second advisers will make up and grade the exam.
Approximately six weeks before the exam the student will receive two possible topics for each essay. Two days before the exam the related-field adviser will communicate to the student which of each pair of possibilities will appear on the exam and provide the student with specific prompts for each essay. The student may bring scores to the exam. The exam is to be handwritten, but the student does not have to write in blue books.
1. The first essay will be on a topic that concerns methodology. The topic will most likely be taken from MUMH 5020, which is required for the related field. It may also be taken from another course, subject to the approval of area faculty.
2. The second part of the exam will require the student to write two essays that focus on central repertory. The student's advisers will assign two pieces from before 1750 and two from after 1750, but, as stated above, the student will write on only one of each pair.
Students will prepare for this part of the exam by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the assigned pieces and the English-language literature on them. The related-field and second advisers will be careful to assign pieces on which there is a significant amount of published English-language research.
(Revised 6 March 2011)
The related field professor, in consultation with the GADCom, will select two pieces representative of the standard repertoire. The pieces may involve original notation; they may be in full score (symphonic movements of moderate length).
Candidates will write an analytical essay on one of these pieces and should begin with a clear thesis, in which they indicate the purpose and the analytical approach of the essay. The essay should continue by addressing (at least briefly) salient large-scale issues of form and structure.
Candidates may then decide whether to write about large-scale matters, or whether to narrow down their discussion to particularly rich passages. The essay’s analytical discourse must be supported by precise evidence in the form of musical examples, diagrams, and/or sketches. If relevant to the work, the candidate might address extra musical elements such as word-painting, poetic ideas, narrativity, rhetoric, and aesthetics, being careful to ground such elements firmly in the immediate details of the work at hand. A conclusion should provide a clear overview of the results and significance of the essay’s thesis.
(3 Hours) The related field professor, in consultation with the other ethnomusicology graduate faculty with whom the student has taken courses, will formulate an exam that will require students to write three essays. The essays should be focused, well organized, and clearly written. Each of the essays should evaluate scholarship relevant to the topic, articulate the candidate's own views on the issues involved, and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the discipline of ethnomusicology. Each professor will submit one question for each course taken by the student to the related field advisor who will compile the questions and administer the three hour related field exam. Listening examples may be included.
Other Related Fields and Minors
Other related fields in music and minors outside the College of Music will be formulated on a case by case basis.
“When an official minor is required or opted, the candidate’s graduate advisory committee must include a faculty member from that area who will verify accountability in the minor area through comprehensive examinations, dissertation projects or other appropriate means” (Graduate Catalogue 2009-10, p. 61).
Representative Related fields outside the Division include:
Section 1 (2 Hours)
Candidates will write an essay that demonstrates a thorough understanding of jazz historiography. The essay topic will be written with the student's research interests in mind.
Section 2 (1 Hour)
Candidates will listen to five excerpts chosen from recordings made between 1920 and 1970 and make written comments, in prose or outline form, that do the following:
1. Identify as many features of the excerpt as possible: artists, title, date, styles of composition, improvisation, and arrangement,
2. Contextualize the excerpt in two ways:
1. in terms of the lives and the works of the artists involved;
2. in terms of jazz and social history.
Candidates will discuss various interpretations of performance practice topics (1500-1800), including modern writing pertaining to them.
At least two topics will be chosen from the following with pertinence to performance: rhythm and notation, ornamentation, tempi (including dance), pitch and temperament, history of instruments.
Candidates will discuss their specialty (voice or instrument) from the perspectives of historical technique and performance practice. Questions will be designed in consultation with the candidate’s committee.