Curriculum - Music Composition

Music Composition Curriculum Doctoral

Ph.D. in Music Composition
(Degree Code: PhD:MUCP:CMP)

Degree Requirements: 49-55 points

A doctoral degree represents highly personalized study working closely with doctoral adviser. General areas of study are designated with specific recommendations made in consultation with the doctoral adviser. Courses to be selected in consultation with advisor from the following areas (Recommended Courses may be viewed by clicking on Specific Area):

Ph.D. Requirements and points

 

Foundations

6 points

Specialized Research
PREREQUISITE: MPAME-GE 2021 Music Reference & Research Materials or the equivalent: 3 points
(not applicable to degree)

3 points

Cognates

6 points

Departmental Content Seminar

3 points

Dissertation Proposal Seminar

3 points

Advised Research Courses
(must include Recital Preparation)

15 points

Guided Electives

9 points

Remedial Coursework may be recommended as a result of testing and additional electives may be recommended based on the results of the candidacy examination.

Undergraduate 0 level courses may not be credited toward degree requirements.

Recommended Courses:

Foundations

(Foundational to Arts and Arts Education)

 

Literature and the Arts in the Fall semester

 

 

Aesthetic Foundations of the Arts in the Spring semester

 

Specialized Research

(a course relating specifically to the student's proposed research)

MPAME-GE 2130 Research in Music and Music Education (Develop Topic Proposal) 3
RESCH-GE 2137 Aesthetic Inquiry 3
RESCH-GE 2140 Qualitative Field Research: Designs and Analysis I 3
RESCH-GE 2141 Qualitative Field Research: Designs and Analysis II 3

Cognates

(academic courses outside of specialization)
By Advisement some of these courses may also satisfy research requirements

MPATC-GE 2046 Music Criticism 3
MPATC-GE 2042 Psychology of Music 3
RESCH-GE 2137 Aesthetic Inquiry (Fall semester) 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Computer Music Composition 3
AHUM-GE 2248 Creative Experiences in the Related Arts 3

Departmental Content Seminar

MPATC-GE 2028 Seminar in Composition (Spring semester) 3

Dissertation Proposal Seminar

RESCH-GE 3001 Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3-6

Advised Research

  Aesthetics of Music (Mini Proposal Preparation) (required) Fall semester  
MPATC-GE 3026 Seminar in Music and Music Education (Recital Preparation) (required) 2-4
  NYU Composers' Forum (required) to be completed a minimum of three times for 3 points. Additional participation in the Composer's Forum is mandatory as MPATC-UE 0080 for 0 credits, until the final recital of compositions has been presented  
MPATC-GE 2020 Advanced Orchestration (Spring semester) 3
  Stylistic Analysis (post-Schenker) (Spring semester)  
MPATC-GE 2022 Expanded Music and Its Impact on Profession (Spring semester) 3
  Canon & Fugue (Spring semester)  
MPATC-GE 2039 Contemporary Music (Fall semester) 3
MPATC-GE 2123 Analysis of Contemporary Practices (Fall semester) 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Advanced Computer Music, Synth + Comp (both terms) 3
MPATC-GE 2048 Scoring for Film & Multi-Media (Fall and Spring semesters,
BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR)
3
RESCH-GE 2136 Philosophical Inquiry 3
MPATC-GE 2016 Analysis of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Music (Spring semester) 3
MPATC-GE 2200 Seminar in Music Theory: Linear Reductive Analysis (Fall and Spring semesters) 3
MPATC-GE 2050 Music in Non Western Civilizations 3
MPATC-GE 2042 Psychology of Music 3
MPATC-GE 2127 The Aesthetics of Compositional Process in the Symphony (Spring term) 3
MPATE-GE 2603 Digitally Controlled Music Systems (both terms, BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR) 3

Guided Electives

MPATC-GE 2321 Private Composition 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Advanced Computer Music Composition 3

Remedial Theory and History

May be assigned based upon the result of Graduate Theory and History Placement Exams
These courses are not applicable to the degree

  (3 points) 3
  Section I, Section II 3
MPATC-UE 1067 Music History I (Fall) 2
MPATC-UE 1068 Music History II (Spring) 2
  Types and Forms of Music Literature (Fall)  
  Twentieth-Century Techniques and Practices (Spring)  

Courses offered according to students' performance on the Graduate Music Theory and Music History exams.
NOTE: These classes may be required in addition to the 45 points required to complete the degree requirements.

  Theory Review  
  Ear Training Review  
  Applied Harmony: Basic Musicianship (All terms)  
MPATC-UE 1067 Music History I (Fall) 2
MPATC-UE 1068 Music History II (Spring) 2
  Types and Forms of Music Literature (Fall)  
  Twentieth-Century Techniques and Practices (Spring)  

Music Department Elective Courses

MPATE-UE 1015 Form and Analysis (Fall semester) 2
MPAME-UE 1018 Applied Counterpoint (Fall semester) 2
MPATC-UE 1020 Orchestration I (Fall semester) 2
MPATE-UE 1070 Electronic And Computer Music Literature (Fall and Spring semesters) 3
  Integrated Experiences in Music and the Arts  
MPATC-UE 1500 Film Music: Historical Aesthetics And Perspectives (Fall semester) 3-4
  Canon & Fugue (Fall semester)  
MPATC-UE 2039 Analysis of Contemporary Music (Fall semester) 3
MPATC-GE 2123 Analysis of Contemporary Practices (Fall semester) 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Advanced Computer Music Composition (Fall and Spring semesters, BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR,) 3
MPATC-GE 2048 Scoring for Film & Multi-Media (Fall and Spring semesters, BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR) 3
MPATC-GE 2016 Analysis of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Music (Spring semester) 3
MPATC-GE 2200 Seminar in Music Theory: Schenkerian Analysis (Fall and Spring semesters) 3

SECTION 001: Level 1 (required): SECTION 002: Level 2 (optional):

MPATC-GE 2042 Psychology of Music (Spring; Wednesday 6:10-7:50) 3
MPATC-GE 2127 The Aesthetics of Compositional Process in the Symphony 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Computer Music Synthesis: Fundamental Techniques (Fall and Spring) 3
MPATE-UE 1007 MIDI I (Fall, Spring and Summer I; SECTION ONE, SECTION TWO) 3
MPATE-UE 1014 MIDI II (Fall, Spring and Summer II) 3
MPATE-GE 2603 Digitally Controlled Music Systems (Fall and Spring semesters,
BY PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR)
3