The Department of Music offers advanced programs of study in the creation, performance, and study of music, led by a faculty of nationally and internationally recognized scholars and performers. Each graduate program combines a course of advanced studies in one area with supporting studies in related fields. Musicologists are expected to study theory and music theorists are expected to study musicology, while both are expected to be involved in the performance of music. Doctoral students also take courses in related areas outside of music. Performers take courses in the history and theory of music.
The number of graduate students admitted each year is small, so each student is assured individual attention. The atmosphere is congenial and very supportive of graduate students in all fields. There is traditionally close rapport and mutually supportive interaction among graduate students in all areas of study. All students are encouraged to participate in departmental ensembles and to continue developing their performance skills through individual study. New Doctoral Students in Musicology and Music Theory may qualify for Nussbaum Fellowships.