Graduate Studies in Music History

Prospective Music History Students

Music History students are strongly urged to contact Michele Cabrini or Catherine Coppola (our Music History professors) and the Music Department Graduate Adviser, Poundie Burstein, to find out more about our program and our admission procedures. Current Music History students are likewise strongly recommended to meet at least once a year with Profs. Cabrini, Coppola, and Ewell to discuss their program.

Degree Requirements for Music History Students

MUS 700 (3 cr.) Bibliography
MUS 724 (3 cr.) Advanced Studies in Music Theory I
MUS 725 (3 cr.) Advanced Studies in Music Theory II
MUS 742 (3 cr.) Seminar in Style Criticism
MUS 751 (3 cr.) Advanced Studies in Music History I
MUS 752 (3 cr.) Advanced Studies in Music History II
MUS 760 (3 cr.) Seminar in Music History
MUS 775 or 776 (3 cr.) Seminar in Ethnomusicology I or II
MUS 798 (3 cr.) Thesis in Music History or Music Theory
Elective(s), totaling 3 credits

Download the checklist of requirements for Music History (PDF)

In certain cases, substitutions for these required courses may be made in consultation with the Graduate Adviser as well as Profs. Cabrini and Coppola. A maximum of 9-12 credits transferred from other institutions might be accepted toward the M. A. Degree (students might be asked to successfully pass the relevant proficiency exam before such transfer credit is allowed); see Hunter College Graduate Catalogue for details.

Music History students must take proficiency exams in Western music history, music theory, keyboard skills, dictation, and sightsinging before beginning the program, and they also must take a foreign language examination. Students whose proficiency exam test scores suggest special problem areas might be asked to take remedial undergraduate courses to remedy these weaknesses. All students must pass the proficiency exams before completing more than 18 credits towards their degree.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see FAQs – Graduate.