Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. The dissertation proposal will consist of a carefully researched and written description of
the proposed topic (approximately 20-25 pages) that will argue for its relevance,
feasibility, and originality as a scholarly contribution to the field of musicology. The
proposal should also describe the plan of research and indicate as precisely as possible
the objectives of the project, the sources to be consulted, the current state of research,
and the cultural, musical, methodological, historical, aesthetic, anthropological, critical,
analytical and social issues relevant to the topic. If the project involves fieldwork, the
proposal should indicate how it will be carried out and what criteria will be applied in the
evaluation of data.
Advisory Prerequisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.
While researching and writing the dissertation, each Ph.D. candidate will present a
lecture in a public forum before an audience of students and departmental faculty. This
dissertation oral presentation will describe the topic, methodology, and results of his or
her dissertation research to date. This lecture will customarily be presented at a point
when the candidate can benefit most from the exchange: after enough research has
taken place to define the chief issues of the topic but before a large portion has been
The dissertation in historical musicology must make a significant and original
contribution to the field, and otherwise conform to the standards of the Horace H.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Enforced Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate