- five recitals filling various requirements
- a six-hour long music history exam
- a six-hour long music theory exam
- a gazillion credits
- the doctoral orals exam, with five academic professors, with questions given about three weeks in advance
For anyone considering doing a doctorate, here is why you shouldn't (besides the fact that you'd be losing precious years of youth and gaining a few gray hair in the process): take a look at the questions I was given for my orals.
- all of music theory (figure out the composers from random sheet of music, give name of chords in random pieces of music, ...)
- Sondheim's composition was Milton Babbitt; consider "The widow's lament in springtime" by Babbitt and explain how the piece is put together. Does it have any commonalities with anything about Sondheim's music (consider as well how the words are set to music).
- Look at Possente Spirto from Orfeo by Monteverdi and compare it to the baker's climactic song from Into the Woods. Compare the scenes that contain these two numbers.
- Discuss the compositional strategies that Sondheim uses in Merrily we roll along and Assassins.
- Name 4-5 American composers including women. Discuss their songs and compositional styles/characteristics. Identify performers living today that are advocates of this art form.
- Discuss two or three of the main methodologies for piano teaching for beginners. Identify their strong and weak points, and talk about ways to incorporate additional materials for the development of techniques (scales-arpeggios), sight reading, theory and repertoire development.
- Prepare music terminology relating to vocal music and chamber music in English, Italian, German and French. Look at 20th century scores as well.
- The mainstream of music history (no more details from that teacher)
If you know anything about any of the topics above, please share your knowledge with me! If you don't know anything about any of the topics, support will do!