Graduate Areas of Emphasis

 

Information, including degree requirements, can be found in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog

Composition

The composition program at UCSB is recognized internationally for its innovation, fine instruction, and performance resources in contemporary art music. It maintains high standards for the composition and performance of new music and offers to students excellent opportunities for pursuing research. The diverse backgrounds of the composers in the Department contribute to a lively atmosphere. The result is a cosmopolitan perspective on the current international scene.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (MA) 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
 
There is a portfolio of compositions and a recital requirement for the MA, and comprehensive examinations, portfolio of compositions/dissertation, and a recital requirement for the PhD.

Ethnomusicology

The Ethnomusicology Program consists of core courses in three areas: Regional Studies, including the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe, American folk and vernacular music, Japan, Indonesia, and Mexico; Issues - such as anthropology of music, globalization, cosmopolitanism, tourism, sound studies, and gender studies; and Methods - such as theories and methods in ethnomusicology, fieldwork, tuning & temperament, and maqam. The program has the following performance ensembles: Middle East Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and periodically, a Polish Ensemble, an Appalachian Ensemble, and an Afro-Brazilian Ensemble. 

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (MA) 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
 
There is a thesis requirement for the MA, and a comprehensive examination and dissertation requirements for the PhD.

Musicology

The musicology program spans the entire spectrum of music history, from the earliest chant to music of the 20th century. It emphasizes the humanistic study of music, music in the context of society, and new critical approaches to the discipline; it is closely linked to the theory program. 

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (MA) 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Combined MA and PhD.
 
A thesis is required for completion, if pursuing the MA only. Comprehensive examinations and a dissertation is required for the combined MA/PhD and PhD only program.

Music Theory

The theory program consists of a core curriculum devoted to the theory and analysis of tonal and 20th-century music, complemented by seminars in a wide variety of topics. The topics reflect musicological as well as theoretical interests. 

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (MA) 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Combined MA and PhD
 
A thesis is required for completion, if pursuing the MA only. Comprehensive examinations and a dissertation is required for the combined MA/PhD and PhD only program.
 

Performance

The degrees in Conducting, Keyboard, Piano Accompanying, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion put a strong emphasis on crafting the particular skill set of the performer. The MM degrees are designed to prepare the student for a career as a professional musician and the DMA degree combines professional performance with teaching in higher education.

Degrees Offered

Master of Music (MM) 
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) - Horn, Voice, Strings, Keyboard only
Combined MM/DMA - Voice, Strings, Keyboard only
 
The MM only program requires two recitals. Comprehensive examinations, DMA document, and additional recitals are required for the combined MM/DMA and DMA only program.