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First Examination

Musicology


The First Examination is an assignment on a designated subject that must be completed with a two-week period. Students who enter the program with a Master’s degree take the examination in the summer following their first year of coursework. Students who enter the program without a master’s degree take the examination in the summer following their second year of coursework. The paper will be read by an examination committee comprising the Deputy Executive Officer and three other faculty members. In the beginning of the semester following the exam, the student will meet with the examination committee to discuss the paper. The paper might be passed with no revisions, or the committee might ask the student to revise and resubmit it. At that meeting the committee will also conduct a more comprehensive review of the student’s performance in the program to date, to make sure there are no areas of weakness the student needs to address.

Ethnomusicology


First Examination in Ethnomusicology Part A:

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he First Examination in Ethnomusicology will be given in the Fall on MondayAugust 18, 2014 and in the Spring on Friday, January 162015 10am-1pm. This exam is required of all students who entered the program without a master's degree in Ethnomusicology. Students who plan to take the exam should sign up for it six weeks before the exam date. (You can contact Tonisha Alexander to sign up with a copy to Professor Sugarman).


The First Examination is in two parts. Part A is a written examination in which a student must demonstrate competence in writing a focused essay and basic knowledge of foundational concepts, terminology, and music analysis. Part A is not required for students entering with a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology; for those with a master's degree in another field, it should be taken in the summer following the first year of coursework. For those without a master's degree, it should be taken at the time the student reaches 30 credits. Part B is a critical essay reviewing literature on a designated topic that must be completed with a two-week period, and is required of all students in the program. Those who enter with a Master’s degree should take it during the summer following their first year of coursework. Students who enter the program without a master’s degree should take the examination at or before reaching 30 credits.

Theory


The First Examination consists of a portfolio review of papers completed since entering the program and a general oral examination. The oral exam will include an evaluation of the portfolio, a discussion of general topics in the field (e.g. theoretical/analytical methodologies, current secondary literature, and repertoire), consideration of future research topics, and professional development guidance.
Students who entered with a master’s take the examination after two semesters in the program. Students entering without a master’s take the examination after three semesters in the program.

Composition


The First Examination consists of a portfolio review of papers and compositions completed since entering the program and a general oral examination. The oral includes an evaluation of the portfolio, a discussion of general topics such as analysis, repertoire and compositional techniques, consideration of future research topics, and professional development guidance. Students who enter with a master’s take the examination after two semesters in the program. Students entering without a master’s take the examination after three semesters in the program. If the student is deemed not to be making satisfactory progress, a written assignment will be made and satisfactory completion of that assignment will be a condition for continuation in the program. (In effect, the written assignment is a retaking of the exam.)

DMA Performance


First Examination - DMA Performance: The First Examination for all first-year students will be given Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Students must sign up for the exam by March 16, 2015 by e-mailing Jacqueline Martelle  with a copy to Professor Carey.

The First Examination in a written examination in music analysis. Students take the examination at the end of their first year in the program.