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Degree ProposalDuring the first semester each student will prepare a degree proposal in conjunction with his or her advisor. The degree proposal will list the courses currently being taken, the courses that will be taken in the future, and the timeline for taking these courses. It will also list the proposed schedule for the completion of all language, preliminary, and other examinations, as well as for ultimate graduation. The student will submit the proposal to the chair of the Church Music area for approval. Once the proposal is approved it becomes the official program of study for that student and may be amended only by action of the Church Music faculty and Graduate Program Director in the School of Music.
Interview with Church Music FacultyUpon the completion of approximately nine hours of study, the student will have an interview with the Church Music faculty and Graduate Program Director. This interview will assess the student's progress to that point and his/her future in the doctoral program. The meeting will determine the student's continuation in the doctoral program. The student will be notified in writing of the faculty's decision.
Residence RequirementsTwo consecutive semesters in which the student completes six hours of doctoral course work per semester will satisfy the residence requirements of the degree.
Language RequirementsAll doctoral students must demonstrate satisfactory ability to translate German. The language requirement must be successfully completed before admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree is filed. Foreign language proficiency may be demonstrated by the following means: (1) presenting an official undergraduate transcript from Baylor University or another regionally accredited institution of higher learning showing that while enrolled the student received a grade of "B" or better in the Baylor University GER 2302 course or its equivalent course in the foreign language taken at another institution not more than five years before matriculation into the Baylor graduate program; (2) after matriculation into the Baylor graduate program, and after having satisfied the necessary prerequisites, enrolling in GER 2320 and receiving a grade of "B" or better; (3) enrolling in GER 5370/5371 and receiving a grade of "B" or better in 5371; (4) taking the reading examination offered by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages; (5) presenting a degree from a foreign university where German is the principal language. With the approval of the Church Music faculty, another language more appropriate to the student's dissertation research area may be substituted, in which case the equivalent courses in the other language may be substituted for those listed above.
Preliminary ExaminationsPreliminary examinations qualify the student as a candidate for the Ph.D. or D.M.A. in Church Music. Preliminary examinations may not be taken until all leveling requirements are satisfied, the German requirement is completed, and 39 credit hours toward the degree have been finished.
Preliminary examinations will consist of: (1) two written examinations in Church Music; (2) an examination in music history/literature/theory; (3) an examination in the applied major (D.M.A.) or minor area (Ph.D.); and (4) a comprehensive oral examination. While the examinations generally focus on the areas of the student's doctoral seminars, they may range through the whole field of study and are designed to explore the breadth and depth of the student's total musical knowledge. The student will be evaluated on the integration of knowledge from different fields, the organization of the knowledge, and the clarity of presentation in response to the questions. The examinations are designed to be passed by students who have thoroughly mastered the subjects of their seminars and prepared themselves for a lifetime as a professional in the field of music. Students must pass the written examinations before the oral will be scheduled. Students who pass three of the written examinations may retake the failed portion. Failure of two or more examinations means that all written examinations must be retaken. Failure to pass the oral requires that the student retake only the oral examination. No portion of the examinations may be taken more than twice.
Dissertation (Ph.D.)The dissertation is the opportunity for the Ph.D. student to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skill in conducting original research, the use of primary and secondary documents, the synthesis of information, and clarity of writing style. The purpose of the dissertation is to make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of church music.
While work on the dissertation project may begin informally before the completion of the preliminary examinations, students may not enroll in dissertation for credit until all preliminary examinations are passed, and the student has been admitted into candidacy. After completion of the examinations, the student will meet with his/her advisor to determine a proposed subject for the dissertation. This topic must be directly related to the field of church music. After determining the basic subject and form of the dissertation, the student will prepare a prospectus for the project under the guidance of the advisor.
The prospectus should establish the purpose, need for, and feasibility of the study. The scope and limitations of the study should be made clear, together with reasons for the boundaries. The prospectus should also address methodology and approaches to anticipated problems. A proposed outline for the work will be included, showing the title and content of each chapter. A comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary resources to be used in researching the topic should be appended.
When completed, five copies of the prospectus will be delivered to the student's dissertation committee. The dissertation committee will consist of five members of the graduate faculty, at least one of whom must be external to the School of Music. Upon approval of the prospectus, first and second readers will be assigned by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the Church Music faculty. The readers will be chosen based on the unique scope and subject of the dissertation. The first reader will be from the Church Music faculty, while the second may be from outside the Church Music area.
The dissertation must be approved by the first and second readers and submitted in multiple copies to the dissertation committee at least sixty days before the anticipated date of graduation. If the work is found acceptable, a final oral exam will be scheduled according to the printed Graduate School time table to defend the dissertation.
Recitals and Document (D.M.A.)The recitals are the opportunity for the D.M.A. student to demonstrate knowledge and skill at the highest level on his or her particular instrument, voice, or conducting in a variety of repertoire.
The first recital will normally be given near the middle of the student's doctoral study. The student may not enroll for the second recital and its accompanying document until all preliminary examinations are passed.
The document that accompanies the second recital must be completed and approved by first and second readers before the recital is scheduled. The document will consist of a description of the overall theme of the recital (if any), an exposition of the historical background of the pieces to be performed, biographical information on the composers represented, a musical (and textual) analysis of the pieces, rehearsal plans (for conducting recitals), and a description of how each particular item fits into the overall scheme of the recital.
The repertoire for both recitals will be developed by the student in consultation with the applied teacher, but must be approved by the student's graduate committee before the recital is scheduled or the document written.
If the second recital is found to be acceptable, a final oral exam will be scheduled according to the printed Graduate School time table for dissertation defense. The oral exam will cover both the actual performance and the supporting document.