PhD Applied Music

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Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Music degree is a doctoral academic research degree in music. The Ph.D in Music combines advanced studies in an applied area of specialization (usually music performance, composition, or conducting) with graduate-level academic study in subjects such as music history, music theory, or music pedagogy. The Ph.D in Music prepares students to be professional performers, conductors, and composers. As a terminal degree, the Ph.D in Music qualifies its recipient to work in university, college, and conservatory teaching/research positions.

students explore a wide variety of composition techniques in order to develop their own individual styles. Emphasis is placed on the performance of original and contemporary student works. Students consider such influences as cultural mix, the styles and trends of the second half of the 20th century, and the emerging 21st century.