Academic Program - Music


Music DepartmentThe Music Department offers courses of study leading to the degrees of master of arts, doctor of church music, doctor of musical arts, and doctor of philosophy.

In addition, three professional master of arts degrees are offered that combine musicology with subspecializations in music communications, arts administration, and information management. These professional programs are terminal at the master's level.

All programs are designed with special emphasis upon music within its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual context. They combine comprehensive training in music literature, historical style analysis, and the study of performance practices, with the most recent analytical methodologies. The doctor of church music and the master's degree with a concentration in church music are offered in cooperation with the Claremont School of Theology.

Degree Requirements

The information contained in this section is the most current available and supercedes that contained in the CGU bulletin.

The following requirements apply to all Music degree programs.  For specific program requirements, please visit the specific program pages for the M.A. in Music, Doctor of Church Music (D.C.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Ph.D. in Musicology.

Qualifying Examinations

All music students are required to take written and oral qualifying examinations at regularly scheduled, posted times during the academic year. In the case of failure to pass either the written or oral examination, the student may take a second examination. The second examination will be taken at the regularly scheduled time during the following semester. The Program Information section of this handbook contains further information concerning qualifying examinations.

Participation and Attendance

All students are encouraged to take part in the performance groups of The Claremont Colleges. Please see the heading "Ensembles" below for further information. Students are also expected to attend concerts, lectures, and symposia presented by the Music Department.

Language and Research Tool Requirements

The student satisfies the research tools requirement by qualifying in one or two languages (one for M.A. in musicology, composition, or instrumental performance; two for M.A. in voice or choral conducting, D.C.M., D.M.A., and Ph.D.). The student should have a good reading knowledge of the chosen one or two languages, with special regard to writings on musical subjects (German, French, or Italian if M.A.; German and either French, Italian, or Latin if Ph.D.; any two of the four if D.M.A. or D.C.M.). Students may acquire the necessary proficiency as they wish (by enrolling in appropriate courses at accredited institutions, by engaging a private tutor, by self-directed study, etc.).

For Music students entering in the fall 2009 semester and afterward:

1) Fulfillment of a language tool by demonstrating competency at translating an approved language into English--as distinct from completing another type of research tool (permitted by some A/H departments)--can only be achieved by passing an approved, written examination. This applies to all Music students, including native speakers of the language under consideration.

2) Written approval of the department chair is required if a student wishes to fulfill a language tool by demonstrating translation competency in a language other than one pre-approved by that department.

Recitals and Projects

All recitals and projects must be approved by the Department of Music. Students must be enrolled for individual lessons during any semester in which a recital is to be presented, unless an appropriate waiver has been approved by the major teacher and the department chair.


Applications for fall admission should be received by February 1. Applications received after this date will be evaluated on a space-available basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Music Department applicants have requirements beyond that of the traditional CGU applicant. Please carefully review the information on the Audition Information for Music Applicants page.

Applicants are required to demonstrate special aptitude in their area of concentration. Those wishing to major in performance or historical performance practices must audition either by tape recording or personal appearance. Applicants for a composition major should submit representative examples of their work in the form of photocopies, not original manuscripts. Applicants in the field of musicology or in historical performance practices should submit examples of their written work in the form of published articles or unpublished papers. Placement exams are required of each incoming student, to be taken during registration week of their first semester.

Financial Aid

Institutional financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships. Applications submitted by February 15 have priority for the awarding of aid, although aid may be awarded to late applicants on the basis of available funds. Federal aid, in the form of loans and work study, is awarded on the basis of financial need. In addition, students may actively seek opportunities for financial support which might be available to them from foundations and other institutions. Please contact the Music Department for further information on Institutional/Department aid. You may, also, contact the Office of Student Financing, Claremont Graduate University, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, by telephone 909.621.8337, by fax: 909.607.7285, or by email:

If you have questions or are in need of assistance in applying, please contact us.

Contact Information

Music Department
Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 East Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-3289

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