The doctoral program is designed to stress solo performance, but with academic training and other related skills also integrated into the curriculum. The program includes the study of theory and analysis, musicology and historical background, organology, improvisation and composition, pedagogy, and ensemble performance. The SMTD is unusually well equipped to offer doctoral work in harpsichord because of the quality and quantity of its faculty, library, and instruments, and because of the extraordinary range of early music activities in the Ann Arbor area, including a wide variety of concerts and active instrument builders.
A master's degree in harpsichord or its equivalent is required for admission.
Although residence and fee hour requirements must be satisfied, the doctoral degree is not awarded on the basis of a specified number of credit hours but rather on the basis of demonstrated competence. Completion of the program normally requires six terms of full-time study beyond the master's degree. Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.
Course elections must include the following:
At least one academic year of full-time residence is required.
Other works may be substituted with the approval of Professor Joseph Gascho.
*beyond the repertoire used to satisfy the minimum repertoire requirements for admission
Language: a basic reading knowledge of two foreign languages selected from French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish is required.
Pedagogy: every doctoral student in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance must satisfy the pedagogy requirement during the first two terms of enrollment. A list of courses that satisfy this requirement may be found in the Handbook for Rackham Students in Music, Dance, or Theatre.
Preliminary Examinations Prior to Candidacy:
The preliminary examinations required for admission to candidacy are taken after the student has satisfied the language, residence, and pedagogy requirements; has completed most of the course work; and is prepared to concentrate his or her efforts on the dissertation recitals. At least two courses in musicology, including MHM 503, must be completed prior to taking the preliminary examination in that field, and at least two courses in music theory must be completed prior to taking the preliminary examination in theory. During the examination in performance the applicant must satisfy a jury that he or she has achieved the requisite musical competence to undertake the preparation of the public programs to be presented in lieu of a written dissertation.
Candidacy will be conferred upon completion of these requirements and examinations. A dissertation committee must have been appointed by the time candidacy is achieved.
Two lecture-recitals: the lecture-recitals may be presented in the forum of the Early Music Ensemble, in the Doctoral Seminar, or in public. They will be comprised of music studied in the Ensemble or Seminar, or types of music not included in the solo recitals. The lecture-recitals may be given as a precandidate or as a candidate.
Two solo recitals after reaching candidacy: repertoire will be selected to fulfill the needs and interests of the student.
Written document: a thesis not shorter than a normal master's degree thesis and suitable for publication. Topics could include a source or genre study, a critical edition, a discussion of a particular problem in harpsichord performance or interpretation, or an interdisciplinary analysis of a work or group of works.
An abstract listing the music performed and, if space permits, providing program notes and commentary is required.
A final oral examination concerned primarily with the field of specialization will be conducted by the dissertation committee after all of the other requirements have been completed.
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