Information for Current Musicology Students


Fall 2023

August 28: Classes begin

TBD early September: Department Fall Welcome Party

September TBA: Deadline to register for the Historical Musicology General Preliminary Exam (sign up with Melynee Weber-Lynch). Students outside the Musicology Department wishing to test out of coursework alternative are required to sit for the Musicology Preliminary Exam.

September TBA: Deadline to register for Language Proficiency Exams (sign up with Melynee Weber-Lynch as soon as possible). Exam dates, times, and locations will be established on the basis of student demand and faculty availability.

October 1: Deadline to register for Music Theory Preliminary Exam (sign up with Melynee Weber-Lynch)

October 15: Residential College Course proposal due (send detailed syllabus, concise course description, and bibliography via email to Prof. Charles Garrett)

TBD, mid-October: Music Theory Preliminary Exam (12:30pm-5:00pm, location TBD)

October 19-22: Society for Ethnomusicology conference

November 6: Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Application due. Please consult with your advisor in advance of this date and plan on obtaining letters of recommendation. Note that the SMTD application deadline is far earlier than Rackham’s deadline of Jan 15.

November 9-12: American Musicological Society conference

December 6: Classes end

Winter 2024

January 10: Classes begin

January 15: GSI preferences (for 2024-25) from students due via online form

February 1: Applications for Cuyler Prizes (dissertation chapter, conference paper/presentation, or journal article) due (contact Prof. Charles Garrett about submission)

February TBA: Deadline for registration for Music Theory Preliminary Exam (sign up with Melynee Weber-Lynch)

March TBA: Music Theory Preliminary Exam

March 31: Rackham requests chair/DGS nominations for student Candidacy and Dissertation Awards that begin in the summer by this date. No action or materials are needed by students.

April 1: Department Summer Funding Applications (send via email to Prof. Charles Garrett)

April 7: Musicology Students Self-assessments due (send via email to Prof. Charles Garrett)

April 23: Classes end

May 15: First and second-year students revised seminar paper/papers due (send via email to Prof. Charles Garrett)

Students should schedule an election for the next departmental representative.


All students admitted to the PhD program in Musicology are provided with five-year funding packages. Students are supported each term either through an appointment as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or through a fellowship, as detailed below. It is typical for students to serve as GSIs for approximately three years during the five-year funding period. All funding is conditional upon satisfactory progress toward the degree and satisfactory fulfillment of teaching obligations. Funding beyond the fifth year is not guaranteed; however, graduate students may qualify for additional support, including teaching opportunities, fellowships, and tuition-only fellowships.

  • Graduate Student Instructor assignments provide a full tuition waiver, GradCare medical insurance, and a stipend of $38,970/year ($12,990/term) in exchange for teaching and related duties.
  • Regents Fellowships provide a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $38,970/year ($12,990/term).
  • Rackham offers a number of selective fellowships for graduate students at different stages of their career.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for funding from external sources. In addition to providing financial assistance, outside awards serve as formal recognition of significant accomplishments and promise as researchers and teachers.