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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Music
Duke University
Box 90665
Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3308

General Information

Degree offered:
Ph.D. (Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology).
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
100% for five years
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional for 2021
Application Deadlines

Program Description

This is a small, collegial department with individualized curricula. The approach is interdisciplinary, emphasizing the study of music history, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance within the framework of cultural and intellectual history, as well as original composition. Students are encouraged to include work outside their main area of concentration in their degree programs. Beyond the general areas of Composition and Musicology, specialization is defined by the expertise of individual faculty members, including performance practice and ethnomusicology. Resources for study include an excellent library and media collection housed in the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, a diverse collection of instruments from around the world and a new multi-media inter-arts facility. Each year the department sponsors a series of concerts which, added to the other concert offerings by Duke, neighboring institutions, and arts organizations has created a rich music life in the community.

Other Requirements

Applicants in Musicology and Ethnomusicology: substantial paper on a musical topic; applicants in Composition: three to five samples of compositions with workable URL/links to scores and recordings. Musicology applicants with special interest in performance practice: include a recording (URL/link), in addition to a substantial musicological paper. These additional materials should be uploaded with your online application in the "Optional Supplemental Uploads” section.


Spring Application