Reading knowledge of French or German or other language is strongly recommended for those who plan to pursue the PhD; two-year MM students will be required to pass one reading examination in a language of their choice. In order to prepare for this examination, undergraduate language courses may be taken through Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. These may not, however, be among the 18 units counted towards the MM degree.
In consultation with the Musicology Program Coordinator, MM students will develop a milestone research project over the course of their first year. The resulting document should represent the student's best work to date and be suitable for submission with PhD program applications.
Final Research Presentation
The public professional presentation of original research completed in the course of study for the degree, to be given during the regularly scheduled Musicology Colloquium in of spring quarter. The paper is to be a succinct revision of a research paper submitted for a Musicology course of the student’s choosing and should take 20 minutes to present. One week before the presentation, the student must submit a conference-style abstract for circulation to the Musicology Colloquium e-list, and should expect to respond to questions from the audience following the presentation.