The School of Music, Theatre & Dance and its faculty in Music Theory offer to students enrolled in the doctoral (D.M.A., Ph.D., and Ed.D.) programs a Certificate Program in Music Theory Pedagogy. This program consists of five courses plus an examination. It is designed to enrich the student's knowledge of the foundations of music theoretical study and prepare the student for teaching music theory and musicianship at the undergraduate level.
A significant professional benefit of the program is its certification of the student to teach music theory and musicianship courses at the undergraduate level, in addition to the area of his or her doctoral degree. As most students in all of the doctoral programs of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will be spending at least part of their careers in academic positions, and given the increasing need for broadly based teachers with interdisciplinary skills in institutions of higher learning, the faculty believe a Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy, in combination with a doctoral degree, will broaden the range of possible career choices.
Additional professional benefits may be accounted for in two ways. First, an expanded knowledge of musical structure will enrich the student's repertoire of tools and techniques for dealing with the challenges of his or her primary endeavors, be they performance, composition, or scholarly research. Second, a study of techniques for teaching music theory will enhance the student's approaches to teaching in general.
The Certificate Program is overseen by a committee drawn from the graduate faculty of the Theory Department. The program consists of five courses totaling 15 hours of graduate credit, plus an oral examination. Four courses are required, while the fifth is elected in consultation with the student's Certificate Program advisor.
The required courses are:
These courses are chosen to augment and refine students' understanding of the various theoretical systems and methods that are the backbone of the entire undergraduate and graduate theory curriculum. These include the theories of harmony, counterpoint, form, and more, not only in music of the common practice period but of the past century as well. Though Heinrich Schenker's method is the only one here identified by name, all of these are recognized systems of thought in the field. Schenker's approach synthesizes hands-on skills like figured bass realization with more intellectual tasks, and it is thus a suitable culmination to studies in music theory.
The fifth course may be elected from:
or other suitable courses, such as
Any of these courses may supplement the four required courses, depending on the particular special interests of the student.
While the four required courses need not be taken in any order, it is highly recommended that MT 542 be taken concurrently with or before MT 531 . The fifth course may be elected at any time in the program, with the exceptions of MT 543 (which must follow MT 542) and MT 532 (which must follow MT 531 ).
In order to guarantee a sufficient mastery of the skills developed in each course, students will be required to attain a grade of A- or higher. Additionally, students will be subject to evaluation of all necessary skills during the final oral examination.
The final oral examination will consist of a presentation of a class on a topic chosen by a Faculty Committee of the Music Theory Department, plus a subsequent question and answer session with the committee on any and all of the skills studied during the course of the program. This oral examination serves as the final requirement for the Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy; students who pass this exam and satisfy published requirements for coursework and grades will earn the Certificate.
The examinee will be asked to present (a) a written course outline showing the position of the lesson within the semester curriculum and (b) a 50-minute lesson on the topic.
The lesson must include the following elements:
The examinee will be asked to evaluate a student exercise in writing (model composition or part-writing) or tonal analysis, noting technical and stylistic flaws, making suggestions for improvement, and answering questions on pedagogical issues that arise from the student exercise.
The examination will be evaluated by a committee of members of the Music Theory faculty, and will be graded on a pass-fail basis. The judgment will be collective.
In keeping with Rackham Guidelines for Certificate Programs, students apply separately to the Certificate Program.
In order to qualify for consideration for admission to the program, students must:
In order to be accepted into the program, students must demonstrate particular aptitude for music theoretical study. This may be demonstrated by:
Application forms may be obtained from the Chair of the Theory Department; they are due on January 2 of each year.
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