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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

Digital Musics - Graduate

Chair: William Cheng

Professors M. A. Casey, W. Cheng, K. Dong, T. C. Levin, S. Pinkas, S. R. Swayne; Associate Professor A. R. Fure (Director, Graduate Program in Digital Musics);Assistant Professors C. Alvarez, R. A. Beaudoin; A. Martin; Senior Lecturers L. G. Burkot, M. L. Cassidy (Assistant Conductor, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra), J. Halloran, E. C. Mellinger (Assistant Conductor for Choral Ensembles), R. Moseley, S. W. Nam, J. E. Polk, M. E. Zsoldos; Lecturers R. L. Braude, N. M. Browne, T. H. Bynum (Director, Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth), E. J. Carroll, F. Ciabatti (Director of Orchestral and Choral Programs), J. Dunlop, J. P. Ennis, T. Eriksen, A. R. Garapic, O. Guey, P.J. Kennelly, A. J. Lakota, B. E. Messier (Director of Bands), S. Rogers, S. Sanchez, T.D. Sessions, J. Taitt,  P. M. Webster; Adjunct Associate Professor H. F. Shabazz. 

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Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Digital Musics

Digital Musics

The Master's Program in Digital Musics is an interdisciplinary program for composers, artists and scholars working at the intersection of sonic arts and other disciplines including performance, design, technology, music theater, installation, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, improvisation and acoustics.

The Master's Program in Digital Musics is best suited to makers and thinkers who might not fit into traditional conservatory or graduate school programs. The flexibility of the program creates a space for individuals who are working in multiple fields at once. The program's core faculty are composers reaching outside the scope of contemporary music, and into computer science, cognitive neuroscience, architecture, sculpture, music theater, and participatory performance. 

Candidates for admission to the Master's Program in Digital Musics typically have:

  1. A bachelor's degree in a field relevant to their creative and/or scholarly practice.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in some area of sonic arts, including (for example) sound art, composition, music theater, instrumental performance, songwriting, improvisation, and electronic music.

The Graduate Record Examination is not required for application to the program.

Regardless of a student’s area of specialization within the program, the requirements for completion of the Master of Arts Degree in Digital Musics include:

  1. A minimum of seven terms in residence.
  2. Enrollment in the Seminars in Music and Technology (MUS 101-105), given each term (excluding summer), for a total of 6 graduate seminars. 
  3. A number of electives in different disciplines (as well as music), including, but not limited to engineering, visual art, computer science, theater, and creative writing. The electives and the specific courses will depend on the student’s background and area of specialization within the program. 
  4. Directed research (thesis courses). Two courses (MUS 138) taken under the supervision of a member of the music faculty and/or joint supervision with a member of another cooperating department.
  5. Enrollment in Contemporary Music Lab (MUS 50.21-23) during each term (excluding the summer term).
  6. Completion of one graduate ethics module (MUS 700) taught by a music faculty.
  7. Enrollment in 2 courses per term in addition to Graduate Seminar and Contemporary Music Lab. (These can be Directed Research or Undergraduate Courses)
  8. A thesis approved by the student’s graduate committee demonstrating a mastery of the materials in the student’s area of concentration within the program.