Department of Music
MARK KATZ, Chair
Annegret Fauser, Associate Chair for Academic Studies
David Garcia, Director of Graduate Studies
Mark Evan Bonds, Director of Graduate Admissions
Allen Anderson (4) Music Theory
Mark Evan Bonds (6) Late 18th- and 19th-Century Music, Aesthetics
Tim Carter (3) Late 16th- and 17th-Century Music, Music and Theater, Analysis, American Musical Theater
Annegret Fauser (7) 19th- and 20th-Century Music, France, America, Women's and Gender Studies, Cultural Studies
Mark Katz (11) 20th- and 21st-Century Music, Music Technology, Popular Music, American Music
Stefan Litwin (9) 20th-Century Music, Performance Practices
John L. Nádas (57) Late Medieval Music, Italian Opera
Severine Neff (12) 20th-Century Music and Theory
David Garcia (10) Latin American Music, African Diaspora, Popular Music, Critical Theory
Anne MacNeil (8) 16th- and 17th-Century Music, Music and Theater, Gender Studies, Historiography
Jocelyn Neal (5) 20th-Century Theory, Popular Music
Adjunct Associate Professor
Philip Vandermeer (15) Traditional and American Popular Music
Andrea Bohlman () East Central Europe, Sound Studies, Music Technology, Activism
Chérie Rivers Ndaliko (25) Music and Media, Conflict and Social/Political Change, African Expressive Culture, Film Scoring
The department offers the degrees of master of arts (M.A.) in musicology and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in musicology, construing "musicology" in its broad sense to encompass the interrelated disciplines of music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, and studies of popular culture.
Central to the departmental resources is the Music Library, which ranks high among the nation's music libraries for its scholarly editions, periodicals, early source materials, iconographic aids, microfilms, folk-music collections, and recordings. In addition, the Southern Folklife Collection is one of the nation's foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture. SFC holdings extensively document all forms of southern musical and oral traditions across the entire spectrum of individual and community expressive arts, as well as mainstream media production.
Prerequisites for Degree Programs
The usual prerequisite for admission to graduate work leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees is a bachelor of arts degree with a major in music, or a bachelor of music degree, comparable to those given at this university. All applicants for graduate study in music are required to take the departmental diagnostic exam and the verbal and quantitative aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be taken early enough for the scores to be submitted with the application for admission, preferably in the summer or fall preceding application for admission. Applicants for the M.A. or the Ph.D. program must also submit with their application samples of their recent writing on musical subjects.
Language and Course Requirements, Examinations
M.A. candidates must either pass an approved language proficiency test for or complete the fourth semester of the undergraduate language sequence in one modern foreign language at UNC–Chapel Hill with a grade of B or better. Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a second foreign language in one of the two ways described above. M.A. candidates must fulfill departmental theory proficiency requirements by examination, or by completing a series of specified undergraduate courses in the department with a grade of B or better. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a completed M.A. from another institution must also meet these theory requirements as early in their course of study in the department as possible, and in any event, before they can advance to candidacy for the Ph.D.
MUSC 750 (Resources and Methods in Musicology) is required of all M.A. students in their first semester, as is MUSC 992 (Master's Thesis) in the fourth semester. Other courses are drawn from a range of offerings comprising proseminars (repertory-, method-, or issue-based studies) and seminars (on more precise topics normally requiring significant research on primary sources). Graduate students have the option to include courses from other departments that may be organized as a formal minor (nine hours for the M.A., 15 for the Ph.D.) or as a supporting program. Courses taken outside the department must be approved in advance by the director of graduate studies in music and by the departments concerned as directly relevant to a proposed course of study.
M.A. candidates take courses totaling 30 credit hours and write a thesis that is a revision and expansion of a paper prepared for a graduate seminar taken in the music department. All candidates for a master's degree take a final oral examination covering course work; a final written examination is not given.
Students entering with an equivalent M.A. from another institution are required to take MUSC 750 (Resources and Methods in Musicology) in their first semester, in addition to five proseminars or seminars in the department at the graduate level during their first, probationary year.
At the beginning of each spring semester a qualifying examination is given to those who wish to proceed to the Ph.D. program after gaining the M.A. Students already in the department's M.A. program take the examination in the second year. Those who received the M.A. at another institution must take the examination in the spring of their first year of study.
Following the completion of an additional 12 hours of seminars above the 30 hours required for the M.A., Ph.D. students take a written examination in an area of specialization to be determined through consultation with the faculty and director of graduate studies in music. In the sixth semester of study (fourth semester for those with a M.A. from another institution), Ph.D. students must meet the second language requirement and take an oral examination on a proposed dissertation topic. They then register for at least two semesters of MUSC 994 (Doctoral Dissertation) and MUSC 994's co-requisite MUSC 991 (Dissertation Colloquium), complete the dissertation, and undergo a second oral examination in its defense.
More detailed explanation of these requirements appears in the Music Department's Graduate Handbook (music.unc.edu/graduate/grad_degree_info/handbook).
Fellowships, Assistantships and Other Student Aid
In addition to campus-wide grants (discussed elsewhere in this Record), assistantships and special grants are available to selected graduate students in music. The deadline for all graduate applications is in December; a separate application for aid is not necessary but may be indicated on the general application form for admission to The Graduate School. Selected applicants are nominated for University-wide awards that range from $16,000 to $22,000. Teaching assistantships may be awarded by the department; these awards average $18,000 and usually include tuition remission for out-of-state students, payment of in-state tuition and other benefits.
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
471 Instrumental Performance Repertory (3). Available to MAT students only. Advanced study of selected performance issues.
691H Senior Honors Thesis in Music I (3). Admission by permission of the honors advisor to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Independent study by a student who has been designated a candidate for undergraduate honors in music.
692H Senior Honors Thesis in Music II (3). Prerequisite MUSC 691H. Continuance and completion of an honors thesis in music.
Courses for Graduate Students
750 Resources and Methods of Musicology I (3). Introduction to the field of musicology, including its scope, methodology, and bibliography. Taught in three-week modules, each directed by a different member of the academic faculty. Individual modules will include music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, music aesthetics, and cultural studies.
751 Resources and Methods of Musicology II (3). When offered, continuation of MUSC 750.
830 Proseminar in Music Theory (3).
850 Proseminar in Musicology (3).
870 Proseminar in Ethnomusicology (3).
890 Special Studies (3). The faculty assists and advises graduate students in work on particular research projects. Available to musicology graduate students only. (M.A.T. students taking special studies must register under MUSC 471.)
930 Seminar in Music Theory (3).
950 Seminar in Musicology (3).
970 Seminar in Ethnomusicology (3).
991 Dissertation Colloquium (1.5). Co-requisite, MUSC 994. Forum for group discussion of on-going dissertation work and professional development.
992 Master's Thesis (3).
994 Doctoral Dissertation (3). Co-requisite, MUSC 991.