Program Details

M.A. degree program in music
HEGIS code 1005
NYS SED program code 02020

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Lewis, Alexandra Professor 718-951-5954 419 Whitehead Hall alewis @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory of
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation.
All applicants are given placement examinations. Audition and submit paper on a historical or analytical topic to the Music Department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations

 

Students choose a concentration in one of the following: musicology or performance practice.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer at least 36 credits in music courses including courses in analysis, counterpoint, harmony, and history.

Consideration is given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but have unusual talent or experience equivalent to course work. Such applicants should consult the assistant director.

A placement examination is given to all applicants for admission. The test includes writing skills (harmonic and contrapuntal techniques), analysis, history, and literature. Further information about the examination may be obtained from the assistant director.

Applicants who intend to concentrate in performance practice must pass an audition at the time of application. A request for an audition appointment may be made by telephone to the conservatory office.

Applicants in performance practice must also submit one paper on a historical or analytic topic.

Applicants who intend to concentrate in musicology must submit with the application two papers on either historical or analytic subjects.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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Degree requirements
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Thirty credits are required for the degree for the concentration in performance practice. Thirty credits and a thesis or 36 credits and no thesis are required for the degree for the concentration in musicology.

Before completing 12 credits, students must pass a test given by the conservatory in French, German, or another language approved by the assistant director. Students who completed their bachelor's degree using a modern language other than English may be exempted from this language examination by the assistant director.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Courses in the conservatory offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved by the conservatory. Students must also complete requirements in one concentration as follows. Any remaining credits required for the degree must be in courses chosen in consultation with the assistant director.

Musicology (22-28 credits):
Music 7000G; Music 7400G; four courses chosen from Music U7601G through 7651X, U7840X, 7850X, and 7860X, to include two seminars in history and one in theory; and one course chosen from Music 7700X through 7781X. Students may submit a thesis acceptable to the conservatory or complete specified required courses in lieu of a thesis. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete Music U7930X. Students who do not choose to write a thesis must complete three courses chosen from Music U7601G through 7651X, U7840X, 7850X, and 7860X.

Performance practice (30 credits):
Music 7000G, Music 7400G; two courses chosen from Music U7601G through Music 7651X, and 7860X; three courses chosen from Music 7700X through 7781X; Music 7791X, 7792X, U7840X, U7930X; and Music U7060G or U7913X or another elective approved by the assistant director. Students must present a combined written thesis and recital.

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