A new Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis on History/Literature or Theory is now available. Contact the School of Music and Dance Undergraduate Office at (541) 346-1164 for more information.
The Master of Arts degree in musicology can be the culmination of formal studies or preparation for doctoral study. Many students who have completed the MA at the University of Oregon have continued in Ph.D. programs in musicology at other major universities, or continued in the doctoral degree program on this campus. The MA program is focused on classes and small seminars in musicology and includes opportunities to study performance and cognate areas outside of music. It culminates in a thesis. Most students need two years to complete the MA in musicology.
The Ph.D. with musicology as the primary area differs from the traditional Ph.D. in musicology in several ways, including the focus on a supporting area, which provides the student with additional advanced skills. Course work related to pedagogy and supervised experience in college teaching are integral parts of this degree, as is the emphasis in research. Students are expected to obtain a thorough grounding in the history of Western music. In addition, the program allows considerable flexibility to pursue specialized interests and nonstandard subject areas.
The supporting area in musicology in the doctoral program prepares students to teach undergraduate music history classes and to complement their primary area with a comprehensive historical background. Dissertations for other primary areas often include a significant component in musicology, and involve the musicology faculty actively in their preparation.
Students interested in music theory may work toward Master of Arts degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in that area. In addition, other doctoral degrees in the School of Music and Dance offer a supporting area in music theory. Both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Theory focus on analysis, aural skills, counterpoint, history of theory, pedagogy of theory, and allied subjects.
The Master of Arts program enables students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in music theory as well as in closely related area. Seminars in music theory provide extensive exposure to problems in analysis and the history of music theory. This well-rounded program allows students flexibility in shaping their studies within the degree focus. A thesis in music theory is required for the degree and is carried out under the guidance of a faculty advisor, who works closely with each student.
The Ph.D. program in music theory prepares students for careers both as practicing theorists and as teachers of music theory. The program emphasizes both intellectual and practical skills while enabling students to become as broadly knowledgeable in the field as possible. Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to become familiar with all aspects of music and musical style. Included in the course of study are classes in advanced analysis, keyboard techniques, pedagogy, composition, history of theory, college music teaching, world music, synthesizer techniques, and other subjects. Each student experiences a great deal of personal attention from the faculty. There is an especially supportive relationship between the student and his or her major advisor and with members of the student's doctoral committee.
Students in the School of Music and Dance are encouraged to broaden their studies through participation in classes, seminars, and performance opportunities in world music. Although there is no degree program per se in this field, ethnomusicology is an approved supporting area for doctoral degree programs.
Courses include surveys such as Music in World Cultures and Music of the Americas. Introduction to Ethnomusicology is a seminar which provides an overview of important approaches and trends in the discipline. Seminars are offered which focus on particular cultures, such as Folk Music of the Balkans or Music of India. Other seminars focus on particular issues or topics, such as Musical Instruments of the World, Music and Gender, or Fieldwork. Performance opportunities include the East European Folk Music Ensemble, as well as individual instruction in North Indian classical drumming on tabla. There is an ongoing World Music Series on the UO campus, featuring visiting performers from many cultures.