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Breadth is a required component of doctoral work at UW–Madison. Coursework taken as part of a minor area of study do not count for requirements in the major program.

Doctoral students who are not music majors, but are seeking to pursue a minor in a music field, are encouraged to contact the Mead Witter School of Music graduate office for further information. The defined programs below are excellent models of minor plans for students from non-music programs.

Course credits taken in a minor plan of study will not satisfy requirements in the major. This is important to consider in planning a minor plan of study, especially for DMA students. 

Below are outlines for the minor programs approved for students in Ph.D.–music and DMA programs. Note that most of the plans restrict eligibility for students based upon major specialty. Exceptions to the stated requirements are extremely rare. 

Tracks in the Music Doctoral Minor

Brass Instrument Performance Track1

This minor plan is not available to students completing a track in horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, or tuba performance.

Minor Performance Instrument
Enroll in course corresponding to minor performance instrument:
First semester4
Advanced Horn
Advanced Trumpet
Advanced Trombone
Advanced Euphonium
Advanced Tuba
Second semester2
Advanced Horn
Advanced Trumpet
Advanced Trombone
Advanced Euphonium
Advanced Tuba
AND
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
AND
MUSIC 798 Seminar-Instrumental Literature 22
or MUSIC 799 Independent Work
AND
Any 2 credits from the following:2
Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Ensemble-Woodwind
Advanced Ensemble-Brass
University Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
Total Credits12

Choral Conducting Track1

This minor is not available to DMA students completing a track in conducting.

Minor Plan I
Advanced Conducting (2 semesters, 3 credits each semester)
AND
Seminar in Choral Literature
and Choral Literature and Performance Practices of Today (4 credits total)
AND
2 semesters of participation in choral ensembles:
Madrigal Singers
Chorale
Concert Choir
Masters Singers
AND
Senior Recital
Total Minor Plan I Credits14
Minor Plan II
Advanced Conducting (2 semesters, 3 credits each semester)
Historical Performance Practices
Choral Literature and Performance Practices of Today
Senior Recital 2
Total Minor Plan II Credits15

Collaborative Piano Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in organ performance, piano performance, or piano pedagogy and performance.

MUS PERF 542 Advanced Accompanying2
MUS PERF 542 Advanced Accompanying2
MUSIC 346 Repertoire 22
or MUSIC 792 Seminar in Vocal Literature
MUSIC 796 Seminar in Duo Sonata Literature3
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital (as accompanist)2
AND
2-3 credits from the following:2-3
Diction for Singers
Survey of Opera
Opera Workshop
Advanced Ensemble-String
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Total Credits13-14

Composition Track1

MUSIC 523 Orchestration I or its equivalent is a prerequisite for acceptance to this minor plan of study.

Two minor plans are possible. Consult with the minor professor. 2
Minor Plan I
Composition applied study
MUS PERF 447
MUS PERF 448
Fourth Year Composition
and Fourth Year Composition
6
MUSIC 927 Seminar in Composition3
MUSIC 927 Seminar in Composition 33
Minor Plan I Total Credits12
Minor Plan II
Composition applied study
MUS PERF 447 Fourth Year Composition3
MUS PERF 448 Fourth Year Composition3
MUS PERF 447 Fourth Year Composition 43
or MUS PERF 448 Fourth Year Composition
MUSIC 927 Seminar in Composition3
Minor Plan II Total Credits12

Early Music Track1

MUSIC 461 Collegium Musicum3
Any MUSIC PERF course at the 400-level or above focusing on an instrument.1-3
Additional Credits from the following:
Survey of Music in the Renaissance
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Historical Performance Practices
Renaissance Polyphony
Baroque Counterpoint
Historical Music Theories 1
Historical Music Theories 2
Current Issues in Musical Thought 1 2
Seminar in Composition 2
Any MUSIC PERF course at the 400-level or above focusing on an instrument or MUSIC 799
Total Credits12

Guitar Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in violin, viola, violoncello, string bass, or harp performance.

MUS PERF 440 Advanced Guitar (2 semesters, 3 credits each semester)3
MUS PERF 440 Advanced Guitar3
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
MUSIC 572
572
Advanced Ensemble-Classical Guitar
and Advanced Ensemble-Classical Guitar (2 semesters)
2
AND any combination of 2 of the following courses:2
Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Ensemble-String
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Independent Work (prior approval of minor professor required)
Total Credits12

Harpsichord Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in piano performance, piano performance and pedagogy, or collaborative piano. Students accepted into this minor plan must have sufficient prior study of harpsichord. An audition is required.

MUS PERF 402 Advanced Harpsichord4
MUS PERF 402 Advanced Harpsichord2
MUSIC 461
461
Collegium Musicum
and Collegium Musicum 2
2
MUSIC 511 Historical Performance Practices 33
or MUSIC 502 Figured Bass and Basso Continuo
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Total Credits13

Historical Musicology Track1

This minor is not available to students completing an Ethnomusicology track. Students with a minor in historical musicology write a minor field preliminary examination.  Course credits in a minor DO NOT count for requirements in the major. A DMA student or Ph.D.–music: music theory student must still meet the major requirements for courses in musicology.

Three of the following courses (3 credits each) 29
Survey of Music in the Middle Ages
Survey of Music in the Renaissance
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Seminar in Afro-American Music History and Criticism
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Proseminar in Musicology
Plus one of the following courses:3
Historical Music Theories 1
Historical Music Theories 2
Seminar in Musicology
Total Credits12

Jazz Studies Track1

At least 3 of the following courses are required:10
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Ensemble (multiple sections available)
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Jazz Composition and Arranging
And also required:
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Total Credits12

Music Theory Track1

Course credits in a minor DO NOT count for requirements in the major. A DMA student or Ph.D.–music: musicology student must still meet the major requirements for courses in music theory.

Courses selected from the following, with a maximum of 2 courses at the 600-level: 2
Renaissance Polyphony
Baroque Counterpoint
Form and Analysis
Form and Analysis II
Independent Work (approval by the minor professor required)
Historical Music Theories 1
Historical Music Theories 2
Schenkerian Analysis
Post-tonal Analysis
Current Issues in Musical Thought 1
Topics in Music Analysis 1
Topics in Music Analysis 2

Organ Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in piano performance, collaborative piano, or piano performance and pedagogy.

Organ Applied Study6
Advanced Organ (2 semesters, 3 credits each semester)
Additional Courses in the Major4
Organ Literature and Design
and Repertoire 2
OR
Organ Improvisation and Liturgy
and Organ Improvisation and Liturgy
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Total Credits12

Opera Production Track1

MUSIC 497 Special Topics in Music (topic: opera production)2-3
MUSIC 799 Independent Work (advised by director of opera)2
Remaining credits from the following courses:8-9
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Advanced Conducting Seminar
University Opera (in directorial capacity only)
Form and Analysis (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Form and Analysis II (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Topics in Music Analysis 1 (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Topics in Music Analysis 2 (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Total Credits12-14

Opera/Voice Coaching Track1

This minor is available only to students in Piano Performance, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, Conducting, or other track with approval of the Voice & Opera faculty. All courses are selected in consultation with the minor professor.

Required courses:6-10
Language Diction for Singing I
and Language Diction for Singing II 2
University Opera 4, 5
Special Topics in Music
Independent Work 3
Remaining credits from the following:
Advanced Voice (audition and voice faculty approval required)
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Special Topics in Music (topic: acting for singers)
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Advanced Conducting Seminar
Opera Workshop (two semesters are eligible)
Form and Analysis (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Form and Analysis II (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Seminar in Vocal Literature
Seminar in Musicology (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Topics in Music Analysis 1 (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Topics in Music Analysis 2 (opera and vocal literature topics only)
Minimum Total Credits12

Orchestral Conducting Track1

This minor is not available to DMA students completing a track in conducting.

12 credits chosen from the following:
MUS PERF 532 Advanced Conducting (multiple semesters possible)3
AND remaining credits from the following courses:
Repertoire
Historical Performance Practices
Orchestration I
Independent Work (prior approval by minor professor required)

Piano Pedagogy Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in organ performance, piano performance, or collaborative piano.

MUS PERF 401 Advanced Piano4
Additional credits from the following:7
Independent Work 2
Piano Pedagogy II
Class Piano Pedagogy
Practicum in Advanced Studio Teaching-Piano
Seminar in Piano Pedagogy
Current Topics in Dance: Workshop (topic: Feldenkrais for the performing musician)
AND
MUSIC 799 Independent Work (final project)1
Total Credits12

Piano Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in organ performance, collaborative piano, or piano performance and pedagogy.

MUS PERF 401 Advanced Piano4
MUS PERF 401 Advanced Piano2
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
AND
4 credits selected from the following:4
Piano Pedagogy II
Class Piano Pedagogy
Practicum in Advanced Studio Teaching-Piano
Advanced Ensemble-Piano
Advanced Ensemble-Woodwind
Advanced Ensemble-Brass
Advanced Ensemble-Percussion
Advanced Ensemble-String
Seminar in Piano Literature
Independent Work (approval by minor professor required)
Total Credits12

String Instrument Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in violin, viola, violoncello, string bass, harp, or guitar performance

1 semester instrumental applied study. 4
Enroll in the course corresponding to the minor instrument:
Advanced Violin
Advanced Viola
Advanced Cello
Advanced String Bass
Advanced Harp
1 semester instrumental applied study. 2
Advanced Violin
Advanced Viola
Advanced Cello
Advanced String Bass
Advanced Harp
AND
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
One of the following courses:2
Repertoire
Advanced String Pedagogy
String Literature
Independent Work 2
AND
Any combination of the following:2
Advanced Ensemble-String
University Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Total Credits12

Wind Conducting Track1

This minor is not available to DMA students completing a track in conducting.

12 credits chosen from the following:
MUS PERF 532 Advanced Conducting (multiple semesters possible)3
AND remaining credits from the following courses:
Repertoire
Historical Performance Practices
Orchestration I
Orchestration II
Independent Work (prior approval by minor professor required)

Woodwind Instrument Performance Track1

This minor is not available to students completing a track in a woodwind instrument.

1 semester minor instrument applied study:4
Enroll for the course number that corresponds to the minor instrument.
Advanced Flute
Advanced Oboe
Advanced Clarinet
Advanced Saxophone
Advanced Bassoon
1 semester minor instrument applied study2
Advanced Flute
Advanced Oboe
Advanced Clarinet
Advanced Saxophone
Advanced Bassoon
Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Additional courses selected from the following:4
Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Ensemble-Woodwind
University Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
Total Credits12

Faculty: Professors Cook (director), Blasius, Calderón, Chisholm, Crook, DiSanza, Dill, Doing, Fischer, Fulmer, Hetzler, Hyer, Johnson, Karp, Koza, Leckrone, Perry, Rowe, Schaffer, Schwendinger, Stowe, Swack, B. Taylor, C. Taylor, Teeple, Thimmig, Vardi, Vallon; Associate Professors Dobbs, Grabois, Wallmann; Assistant Professors Altino, Lee, Ronis

The faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music is a distinguished group of educators, performing musicians, and active scholars. The backgrounds of performance faculty include rich experiences as professional musicians, researchers, recording artists, and entrepreneurs. Faculty in music education have particular insight into their field as a result of their backgrounds as school educators, performers, and scholars. In areas such as music theory and musicology, the musical community has high regard for the past and current contributions to the study of musical theory, historical perspectives on music, the role of music in societies around the world, and the unique contributions of American musicians. Teaching is a priority for the faculty, who are readily accessible to students for advice and support. Faculty, staff, and students cooperate in extraordinary ways with joint ventures that reach across disciplines both in research or instruction.