The Degree of Master of Arts in Music


Graduate study in musicology covers approaches such as historical and ethnomusicological investigation as well as hermeneutics, semiotics and criticism. Students are expected to become familiar with a wide range of areas: methods, philosophies and techniques of historical research methods for analysis of music and ethnomusicological research.

Students enrolled in the program are expected to familiarize themselves with the current state of musicological research and thinking through independent study as well as in consultation with faculty members. Students are also expected to take an active part in the working musicological community at large, through participation in regional, national, and international meetings and concomitant informal contacts with students and faculty at other institutions.

The program aims:

  • To develop and sharpen the skills each student needs to realize his or her future specialization intentions;
  • To expand each studentís conception of what is possible in construing music performance or research through speculation and experimentation;
  • To develop a larger and sharper sense of the context in which the students work, and on which it depends by continued study and research.

Admission Requirements
Applicants will normally hold a bachelor degree in music or an equivalent qualification. They need to submit an extended piece of writing on a musical subject in order to provide evidence of writing skills and intellectual ability appropriate for musicological study at masterís level. An English test is required except for students majoring in Arabic music. Selection is based on information submitted by the applicant, and by interview when necessary.

Transfer
Although transfer is not generalized, some credits from major universities can be transferable upon admission by the Committee. A transferred course must be passed at the grade of 80 according to the NDU grading and University bylaws.

In addition, applicants for the graduate program may be granted a maximum of nine transfer credits of graduate studies taken at another accredited institution of higher education provided that the transfer course(s) correspond to the NDU course requirements.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of Master of Arts in Music, a student must complete a total of 36 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 in all Major Courses.

Structure and Time-table
The program is delivered over four semesters. All students, whether full- or part-time, initially complete the program requirements, and attend the research method course. Classes are normally timetabled in the afternoons.

The program moves from general methodological concerns towards greater specialisations.

  1. Research methodology.
  2. Academic study. All students are required to take courses in Musical Thought, languages and aesthetics.
  3. Dissertation. Here students embark on a programme of independent study, supervised by a dissertation advisor.

Major Courses (36 cr.)

MUS 615, MUS 616, MUS 617, MUS 625, MUS 626, MUS 627, MUS 636, MUS 637, MUS 638, MUS 639, MUS 699.

Suggested Program

Year I
Fall Semester I (9 Credits)

MUS

615

Methodology Research

3 cr.

MUS

616

Seminar in Musicology I

3 cr.

MUS

617

Seminiar in Musicology II

3 cr.

       
Spring Semester I (9 Credits)

MUS

625

Seminar in Ethnomusicology I

3 cr.

MUS

626

Seminar in Ethnomusicology II

3 cr.

MUS

627

Art Criticism

3 cr.

       
Year II
Fall Semester II (9 Credits)

MUS

636

Aesthetic Philosophy

3 cr.

MUS

637

Modern Music: 1900 - 1960

3 cr.

MUS

638

Serial Music

3 cr.

       
Spring Semester II (9 Credits)

MUS

639

The Music Industry

3 cr.

MUS

699

Thesis

6 cr.