Degree Requirements for the PhD
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory
This degree plan went into effect Fall 2004. See Information and Departmental Procedures for more details.
Music theory at Indiana University emphasizes musicianship and scholarly study with particular emphasis on the history of musical thought, analysis of musical structure, and pedagogy.
Applicants for the Ph.D. in music theory must have received a master's degree in music theory or musicology or the demonstrated equivalent. Students with outstanding credentials may apply directly from a bachelor's degree. Students are required to demonstrate competency in all areas required of the M.M. music theory major at Indiana University, and may be exempted from certain courses on the recommendation of the department. Applicants must apply to both the Graduate Division of the School of Music and the University Graduate School.
In addition to three letters of recommendation, applicants must submit two extensive, formal research papers or a master's thesis in music theory or musicology. An individual interview is also required; applicants are expected to be proficient in sight singing, aural skills, and keyboard harmony. The applicant's scores on the GRE General Test must be received from Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, by the application deadline.
36-66 credit hours.
Foundation Courses: T550 Readings in Music Theory (3 cr.), T551 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music (3 cr.), T555 Schenkerian Analysis (3 cr.), T556 Analysis of Music Since 1900 (3 cr.), T565 Stylistic Counterpoint: Variable Topics (3 cr.), T591 Teaching of Music Theory (3 cr.).
Advanced courses: T623-T624 History of Music Theory I-II (3-3 cr.), T658 Seminar in Music Theory: Variable Topics (3-3-3-3-3-3 cr.; students may substitute up to 6 credits of T561 Music Theory: Variable Topics, T619 Projects and Problems in Music Theory, or courses outside music theory with the approval of the advisory committee), T700 Dissertation in Music Theory (9-24 cr.). The dissertation topic must be approved by the music theory faculty before the oral qualifying exams are taken.
T659 Public Lecture (0 cr.). The public lecture must be completed before taking the oral qualifying examinations.
24 credit hours. Student must elect two minor fields, usually for 12 credit hours each. The first minor must be either music history and literature or musicology. The second minor may be inside or outside of the School of Music. For the second minor, the student may also select guided electives not in the major field, approved by the student's advisory committee and the director of graduate studies.
M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (2 cr.) with a grade of B or higher and reading knowledge of two non-English languages as demonstrated by examination or by grades of B or higher in two semesters of reading courses at the graduate level in each; or reading knowledge of one language and demonstration of proficiency in one research skill, approved by the department and the director of graduate studies of the School of Music.