Musicology Department

Foreign Language Examinations

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Musicology students matriculating in the Fall Semester of 1995 and thereafter will be able to satisfy the departmental foreign language requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees only by passing a reading examination in the language that has been prepared by members of the Musicology faculty (passages for examinations in Classical languages will be selected by members of the Classics Department from a reading list prepared in consultation between the student and the Faculty of the Musicology Department). The examination will test the student's ability to deal with texts of a musicological nature.

Format: One historical text (Fraktur appropriate in German), one 20th-century academic exegesis, and possibly a poetic text, which may either take the place of the historical text or appear in addition to the other two. In the case of Latin, the texts will be some combination of historical, ecclesiastical, and poetic Latin. In each of the examinations, the student will be expected to translate the texts; a dictionary may be used. Sample past examinations are on file in the Musicology Office.
Length: 3 hours. Ph.D. students opting to take both the M.A. and Ph.D. portions of the German examination at the same time may take 4 hours to complete the examination (students who have passed the M.A. portion ordinarily need not retake it as Ph.D. students).

Examinations will be administered by a member of the Musicology Faculty once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester (please consult the calendar for exact dates). The examinations will be evaluated by members of the respective language departments (except the German examination, which usually is read in-house), who will certify to the Graduate School that the examination has been passed. Students must register in the Musicology Office (M225H) to take the examination at least one week before the examination is scheduled to be given.For specific information regarding the language requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and time limits for completing the requirements, see the Bulletin of the School of Music.

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