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Academic Guidebook - Graduate

Being a College of Music student takes some planning. This guidebook contains the necessary steps to completion of a graduate Music degree.

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First Term Considerations

Applied Placement Level

Applied placement auditions are held individually before a faculty committee in the student's performance area and are designed to evaluate the student's performance ability. Guidelines may vary from area to area, but typically all incoming graduate students in our Master of Arts degree programs who have not auditioned for the College of Music are required to audition for placement purposes (see Examination: Graduate Music Classification). Performance majors who have previously been accepted via a recorded audition are required to reaffirm that placement by a live audition at the time they enter the College of Music. An applied placement audition is not required for Musicology, Composition, Music Therapy, Music Education, and Theory students. The audition requirements for each area and degree program are listed in the College of Music Bulletin or can be obtained from the Graduate Music Office (or online at http://music.fsu.edu/). As a result of the audition, students can qualify for the performance levels defined below:

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREES
MVO 5050 MM (non-performance majors) and MME students who have not passed auditions for MV_ 5351-6 are sometimes placed in this holding number until they do so. Credit earned in MVO 5050 cannot be applied toward a degree program.
MV_ 5351-6 Principal level for MM non-performance and MME majors.
MM PERFORMANCE
MVO 5055 All MM Performance majors who have not passed auditions for MV_ 5451-6 are placed in this holding number until they do so. Credit earned in MVO 5055 cannot be applied toward a degree program.*
MV_ 5451-6 Performance level for MM Performance majors.
MVK 5681 Performance level for MM Piano Pedagogy majors.
MVK 5730 Performance level for MM Vocal Accompanying majors.
MVK 5731 Performance level for MM Instrumental Accompanying majors.

Additional auditions for voice performance majors: Students in the MM program in voice performance must perform an additional audition to be admitted to Recital Coaching, preparatory to the master's degree recital (see Special Policies: Voice).

DM PERFORMANCE
MVO 6065 All DM Performance majors who have not yet passed the diagnostic exam for MV_ 6461-6 are placed in this holding number until they do so. Credit earned in MVO 6065 cannot be applied toward a degree program.*/**
MV_ 6461-6 Performance Level for DM Performance majors. Must pass the diagnostic exam for this level.
SECONDARY INSTRUMENT
MV_ 5251-6 Secondary Instrument/Voice level for all Master's level students. An audition is not necessary. Credit can apply toward degree but not as principal instrument, unless the student passes the principal instrument audition.
MV_ 6261-6 Secondary Instrument/Voice level for all Doctoral level students. An audition is not necessary. Credit can apply toward degree but not as principal instrument, unless the student passes the principal instrument audition.

* Students may enroll at this level for only one semester. Exceptions must be approved by the applied teacher and the area coordinator.

** With the approval of the area faculty and Director of Graduate Studies in Music, MVO 6065 may be converted to MV_ 6461-6 in the semester in which the diagnostic exam is passed, if this can be accomplished prior to the issuance of grade rosters from the University Registrar's office (approximately one week before the last day of classes). It is not possible to convert MVO 6065 to MV_ 6461-6 during the last week of classes or after the semester in which the diagnostic is passed.

Graduate Music Classification Proficiency Examinations

Note: All incoming graduate music students must take the graduate music classification examinations at the beginning of their first semester and must complete all requirements as diagnosed by the exams before they are eligible to graduate. Also, students must remediate any deficiencies in history and theory prior to registering for graduate history or theory courses.

The Graduate Music Classification Examination (GMCE) is a series of proficiency tests administered prior to the beginning of each semester to all graduate students who are entering the College of Music for the first time (including undergraduates of FSU). The GMCE includes areas of music skills covered in a typical four-year program of undergraduate music study.

Students deficient in any of the areas below will be required to register for certain remedial courses. Graduate courses taken for remedial purposes are not credited toward the total hours required for any graduate degree.

As an aid in counseling, the following guidelines are provided for the GMCE's areas:

Theory Examination (Required of all students, except those in the Music Therapy degree program.)
This examination covers subjects from the first two years of college theory, including sections on realization of figured bass, harmonic analysis, seventh chords, basic strict counterpoint, and formal analysis. All students must pass the theory test or take MUT 5051, Graduate Theory Review. Students may take the exam multiple times. Note that it would be to the student's advantage to take this exam as early in the degree as possible, so as not to delay degree conferral. Credit earned in MUT 5051 cannot be applied toward degree course work requirements.

Music History Examination - This exam (described below) has been placed "on-hold" until further notice. New, incoming graduate students who come to FSU from an accredited NASM institution are not required to take this test. New graduate students who come to FSU from a non-NASM-accredited institution may be required to pass the History proficiency by either taking the test (if offered) or registering for and successfully completing MUH 5219 (2 credits). Current (continuing) graduate students must still fulfill this requirement. 


Music History Examination
This exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions, representing all the major periods in Western music history. For some there may be score or listening examples; others are without audio-visual accompaniments. All students must pass the history test or take MUH 5219 Graduate Survey of Music History. Students may take the exam multiple times. Note that it would be to the student's advantage to take this exam as early in the degree as possible, so as not to delay degree conferral. Credit earned in MUH 5219 cannot be applied toward degree course work requirements.

Applied Music Requirement (Non-performance majors in the Master of Arts degree programs, or performance majors who have submitted a recorded audition.)
See AUDITIONS. Note: Non-performance degree students who do not achieve principal level will not be permitted to graduate. Repertoire guidelines can be found on our Music Admissions website.

Vocal Proficiency (Music Education and Music Therapy majors except for voice principals)

  • The student must demonstrate a level of proficiency indicating that they are capable of using the voice as a teaching tool in the classroom. This short, individual exam consists of:
    • the singing of a familiar melody with consistent breath pacing.
    • hearing and reproducing selected intervals on a given vowel.
  • Criteria for evaluation include breath pacing, intonation, adequate range, and acceptable tone quality. Students who do not pass this exam must register for MVV 1111 Class Voice until the vocal deficiencies are remedied, as determined by a passing grade in the course. Credit earned in MVV 1111 is not credited toward the total hours required for the degree and is not covered by a graduate assistant tuition waiver.

Piano Proficiency (Music Education and Music Therapy majors except for piano or organ principals)

  • The student must demonstrate a level of piano ability indicating that they are capable of using the piano as a teaching tool in the classroom. This short, individual exam consists of:
    • playing simple accompaniments
    • improvising simple accompaniments for a given melody
    • playing chords from symbols
    • Students who do not pass this exam must register for MVK 5151 Class Piano until the piano deficiencies are remedied, as determined by a passing grade in the course. Credit earned in MVK 5151 are not credited toward the total hours required for the degree.

Doctoral Diagnostic Examination (if required)

During the first (or second) academic term, if your degree area requires the Doctoral Diagnostic Examination you will successfully complete the exam requirement, obtain the signature of your Area Coordinator, and file the Doctoral Exam Form with the Graduate Music Office. Note that many of our doctoral programs no longer require the Doctoral Diagnostic Examination. Please verify by consulting the Area Coordinator of your degree program. 

A diagnostic examination may be required of doctoral students in music. When utilized, this diagnostic exam fulfills several functions:

1) to determine the student's strong and weak areas in music and to make recommendations in terms of course work or independent study

2) to assign the student (upon passing the exam) to a major professor who assists the student in developing a program of study.

In the College of Music, the date of a diagnostic exam may vary somewhat from area to area; the area coordinator should be contacted for this information. Usually, a diagnostic exam is given during the first semester of a student's admission to FSU as a post-master's student.

Although a post-master's student may be admitted or readmitted to the Graduate College of Music, official approval to pursue a doctoral degree is not granted until a diagnostic exam is passed, (if a Diagnostic Examination is required), thereby contracting the student to begin a doctoral program of studies. At this point one is a doctoral student and later, after successful completion of the Preliminary Exam, may become a Ph.D. or D.M. candidate.

A Diagnostic Exam is typically presented in three sections:

1) Written Evaluation
May consist of academic questions in the specific area, music literature and style analysis (listening exam), autobiography, philosophy of music or music education essay (Ph.D., Music Education), and/or analysis of works to be performed for the diagnostic exam (D.M. Performance). The written evaluations vary from area to area, and it is advisable to obtain specific information from the area coordinator.

2) Interview
In conference with faculty in the student's major area, the interview allows for a personal interaction between student and faculty. The student can expect to answer questions regarding career goals, background experience, reasons for seeking a doctoral degree, and specific questions regarding knowledge of music.

3) Performance
(DM performance majors). The student must confer with the coordinator about requirements pertaining to the repertoire and the amount of music to be performed.

If a Diagnostic Examination is required, the document, "Doctoral Exam Form," will be updated and signed by the area coordinator, then placed in the student's permanent file (Graduate Music Office). If the student fails a diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.

The student has a right to confer with the major professor regarding specific comments notated on a doctoral diagnostic exam report or other forms connected with the diagnostic exam.

There are variations in the procedures described above, depending upon the particular area. For greater detail, see the area coordinator and the charts near the end of this Handbook. All pertinent forms can be found at www.music.fsu.edu.

Students are advised that the evaluation of writing skills is often a significant portion of a diagnostic examination. If a Diagnostic Examination is required, failure to complete this exam component successfully may result in the assignment of remedial work in scholarly writing.

Florida Residency

U.S. domestic students who are appointed as graduate assistants in the College of Music are eligible to apply-for the possibility of becoming Florida residents after twelve months, once certain criteria are met. Graduate Assistants who are residents of the United States should note that out-of-state tuition waivers are paid by the College ONLY during the first year of an assistantship; after that the College will provide only an in-state waiver. Thus, applying for Florida residency is financially advantageous. Please note that international students will receive the out-of-state waiver for the duration of the graduate assistantship. All U.S. resident assistantship holders should follow the instructions below:

Graduate Assistants ONLY:

Procedures for reclassification of residency include:

  1. 1) Evidence of legal ties to the State of Florida:
    1. First year, before classes begin: Declaration of Domicile (REQUIRED) obtainable in person from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the County Court House of the Florida County in which the student claims permanent domicile. (The fee in Leon County is currently $15.00.) Note: This document must be filed prior to the first day of classes for which you have been admitted to Graduate School. The student must go to: 313 South Calhoun Street, Room # 101 to declare Domicile. The student may contact this office at: 577-4030.
    2. Obtain a Florida driver's license, voters and vehicle registration. Legal ties with a previous state of residence must be switched to Florida at the time of filing your Declaration of Domicile. In other words, all legal ties must be established in Florida prior to the first day of classes for which you have been admitted to Graduate School.
  2.  Second year, before classes begin: Official confirmation of Graduate Assistantship by the School or College with which you have been on appointment. The graduate assistant verification form (Memo) is available in the FSU Registrar's Office and must be completed by you and your department representative. (Student fills-in their name, email address, etc.) Second-year students will come to the Graduate Music Office to obtain the Associate Dean's signature.
    1. Must submit proof (to FSU Registrar) of twelve months' continuous physical presence in Florida; immediately prior to the first day of classes for the semester you wish to apply for residency. Documentation may include: Florida lease agreements, utility bills, bank records, etc.
    2. Submit an official application for reclassification of residency, with required documentation, prior to the first day of classes for the semester you wish to claim Florida residency. Note: Applications will be accepted no earlier than ten (10) weeks prior to the first day of classes.

All Other Graduate Students:

Graduate students not on assistantship during their first year of enrollment should contact the Registrar's Office as soon as possible, as the above information does not apply.

Questions regarding residency should be directed to:

Office of the University Registrar
The Florida State University
A-3900 University Center 32306-2480
PHONE: (850) 644-1050 FAX: (850) 644-1597

Second Term Considerations

Supervisory Committee

Masters

The Master's committee consists of a minimum of three faculty members, including the major professor and at least one other member from the major area. Additional members may be appointed if deemed desirable. All must hold at least Graduate Faculty Status. Committee membership should be discussed with the major professor early in the program.

In order to establish the committee officially, the student must (1) obtain the Master's Supervisory Committee Form online at www.music.fsu.edu, (2) have it signed by all committee members and (3) return the completed form to the Graduate Music Office for approval by the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

This should normally occur during the second semester in residence (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Doctoral

A Supervisory Committee of four members should be selected by the student, in conference with the major professor and with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Music, including:

The major professor, (faculty member from the student's degree or applied area who advises and oversees the dissertation or treatise), and at least two other members from the major field (excepting Guitar and Organ).

At least one faculty member from outside the major area (University Representative). In cases where the directing professor is not the major professor, he/she cannot also serve as the University Representative.

All doctoral committee members (including the University Representative) are required to have Graduate Faculty Status.

The University Representative must be a tenured member of the faculty.

In order to establish the committee officially, the student must (1) obtain the Doctoral Supervisory Committee Form online, (2) have it signed by all committee members and (3) return the completed form to the Graduate Music Office for approval by the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

It is highly recommended that the supervisory committee be established and on-file with the Graduate Office by the end of the student's 2nd semester. Performance majors must establish their committee prior to the first recital. Non-performance majors must establish their committee prior to taking the Preliminary Exam.

Additional information regarding the University Representative:

The University Representative is drawn from outside the student's department or "area". The University Representative's primary role is to ensure that the student is treated fairly and equitably in accordance with University, College, and Departmental guidelines and policies, and that decisions made by the supervisory committee reflect the collective judgement of the committee. The University Representative should verify that the defense is conducted appropriately. This individual should be free of conflicts of interest with other members of the supervisory committee. The University Representative may also provide writing guidance, although content knowledge in the subject of the treatise or dissertation is valuable, but not required. They are required to attend the Defense, as-well, either in-person or via distance technology such-as Skype. Within one week (or by no later than the Manuscript Clearance Deadline) following the Defense the University Representative must fill out the University Representative Report. On this form the University Representative will complete a brief summary and evaluation on the student's Defense. A written critique of the Defense is also required. Failure to complete the form and submit it (to me, please!) in a timely manner will delay clearance of the student's Treatise or Dissertation for graduation.

In addition, the University Representative must hold GFS (Graduate Faculty Status) and be a tenured member of the faculty.

Program of Studies Plan

Masters - Complete an official "Program of Studies" form with the major professor (no later than the beginning of the fourth semester) and submit signed copy to the Graduate Music Office. This form can be found on our website, or may be picked-up from the Graduate Music Office.
Doctoral - Meet with your faculty advisor to develop a study plan for the the degree program according to the Program of Study Form and individual student needs.
During Coursework

Degree Specific Requirements

Keyboard

  1. Entering DM piano students may be required to take a written literature examination early in their residency
  2. Entering MM piano students may be required to take a test in piano literature.
  3. The graduate committee for piano pedagogy students must include the director of the pedagogy program, the student's applied instructor, and an at-large member not restricted to the College of Music.

Music Education, Music Therapy, Ph.D & MM Choral, and Arts Administration

MUS 5711 (Music Bibliography) may be replaced with "an appropriate substitute." The substitute may be determined by the student's major professor, but is intended to be a research course: e.g., MUS 5722 Descriptive Research in Music, MUS 5723 Experimental Research in Music, MUS 5619 Behavior Modification. Substitutes must be noted and approved on the Program of Studies.

For the Arts Administration degree, students will be evaluated at the end of the first spring semester, and will be considered candidates for the degree at that time ONLY if they have:

  1. achieved principal level performance status, satisfied any remedial requirements in music history and theory, and
  2. provided evidence of "practical" management experience either at the College of Music or at an area arts organization.

Strings

All MM Performance students in strings, not including harp, must complete two recitals for the completion of the degree. The first recital may include chamber music.

Music Therapy

  1. Certain classes (4000 level) may apply to the MM Music Therapy degree if approved in advance by Dr. Standley and so noted on the "Program of Studies."
  2. Clinical-track students complete an examination, while thesis-track students do a defense instead of an examination

Voice

  1. Graduate students in voice performance must demonstrate a level of achievement in foreign language study and experience fully equivalent to the FSU Bachelor of Music Voice Performance degree requirement, which consists of 7 semester hours of grammar and diction each in French, German, and Italian.
  2. All foreign language courses, graduate or undergraduate level, used to make up undergraduate language deficiencies may not be credited toward the electives requirement in a voice performance degree.
  3. Graduate students in voice performance must have taken undergraduate-level courses in French Vocal Literature and German Vocal Literature equivalent to the FSU Bachelor of Music degree requirement (MUL 3604 and MUL 4605). Students who are deficient in either of these vocal literature courses may use enrollment in the graduate equivalent of these courses (MUL 5620 and 5621) as elective credits, however these credits may not be applied to the degree requirement of 4 hours of graduate level voice or opera literature.
  4. In order to enroll for Master's Voice Recital Coaching, an audition requiring a 2/3 positive vote from the attending faculty is needed. The following repertoire is required for this audition: one aria in the original language, one German Lied, one French mélodie, one 20th- or 21st-century American or British song in English, and one piece chosen and prepared independently of any faculty consultation.
  5. Because it is possible to pass a recital examination and then not perform satisfactorily in the recital, it is the responsibility of the performing student's Supervisory Committee to meet to determine whether that recital should be graded "pass" or "fail." If the Supervisory Committee fails the student's recital performance, the Committee must decide whether the recital should be repeated before the Supervisory Committee or in a public performance preceded by an examination. A simple majority vote is required to pass the recital.
  6. The two-hour ensemble requirement in the M.M. Voice Performance degree program must be filled with credits that are approved by the major professor. The course must be an MUN ensemble, not MUO (opera). Note, however, that opera chorus is an MUN ensemble.
  7. The doctoral student's voice teacher is titled as the student's Major Professor if the teacher has graduate faculty status. Otherwise, another member of the student's Supervisory Committee who does have graduate faculty status will be the Major Professor. The Treatise Professor may or may not be the Major Professor, but in any case must have graduate faculty status.

MM Opera Directing

Candidates for the MM Opera (Directing Emphasis) should exhibit strong communicative skills (written and oral) and an appropriate background in visual, theatre, and/or language arts; to be determined and assessed between the application/interview process through the first semester of study. A personal statement, along with such supporting materials (i.e. portfolio, programs, videotapes or prior directing work as available)should accompany the application for admission. A final screening interview and appropriate written assignment of modest length to determine official approval in the program takes place before the end of the first semester in residence.

The Opera Directing Project (MUO 5801) will include a thorough written documentation of the project, including background information on the opera, composer, libretto, and a summary of the composer's importance in relation to contemporaries; a character analysis of each role; an analysis of the relationship of the score to physical action; technical documentation (ground plan, sketches, lighting plot, lighting cue placement plot, cast list, costume plot, etc.); a critique of the performance; and a bibliography.

The Comprehensive Examination is an oral examination that will include a discussion/defense of the Opera Directing Project. This project will be an operatic scene assignment or, in special cases, a short, one-act opera with the approval of the Director of Opera.

Doctoral Charts

DM Composition

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
  • SEMESTER
    • First semester in residence (summer excluded)
  • WRITTEN
    • The written examination will test the applicant's ability in 3 areas: Music Writing Skills (16th-century counterpoint, harmony), Form and Analysis, and History and Literature (composers, theorists, writers, terminology, and identification of works from standard repertoire).
  • ORAL
    • Quiz on general knowledge of literature, music history, or theory
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Oral section follows submission of compositions
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    • All area faculty
  • QUORUM
    • Majority of faculty in area
  • REPETITION
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.
  • VOTING
    • Open ballot
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • A high degree of competence in composition. A broad knowledge of music literature through study and performance.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • None
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority (area faculty)
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • During last term of course work, or term following.
  • WRITTEN
    • Questions relating to field of major study, not necessarily from course work, but the application of knowledge and skills developed in course work.
  • ORAL
    • Examination is comprehensive in nature, with attention being given to questions concerning written examination, general music, pedagogical, & literature considerations.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Written section taken first
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Submitted when student is ready to write composition.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Committee follow-through. Major professor and supervisory committee are expected to have checked deficiencies before comprehensive examination.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • High degree of competence and a comprehensive knowledge of the field.
EXAMINATIONS AND RECITALS
  • REQUIREMENT
    • A public performance of chamber works is the only recital for composition students. This recital is not listed as a course and carries no credit. NOTE: Above recital is a performance of student's compositions. The dissertation, a major work, usually is read by a large ensemble, and is included under dissertation hours (MUS6980r).
  • RECITAL SEQUENCE
    • Chamber works performance required (non-course credit).
  • EXAM TO RECITAL
    • N/A
  • MEMORIZATION
    • N/A
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • VOTING
    • Open ballot
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority (supervisory committee)
  • COMM ATTENDANCE
    • Optional
  • NO PASS RECITAL
    • Major professor notifies Graduate Music Office. Supervisory committee and area faculty confer regarding course of action.
  • APPROVAL
    • Major professor
  • CHAMBER RECITAL
    • N/A
  • RECITAL IN ABSENTIA
    • No
  • NUMBER PER SEMESTER
    • Only one chamber performance is required
  • STUDIO/LECTURE RECITAL
    • N/A
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • Determined by supervisory committee
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Student is guided by Major Professor in the writing of the composition, following the approval of the prospectus by the Major Professor and Supervisory Committee.
  • TYPES
    • Major work for large ensemble, unless student has demonstrated prior faculty.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • May repeat, following revision of composition.
    • Students must register for "Dissertation Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Dissertation.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority

DM Piano and Organ

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION

Please contact the Area Coordinator.

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • After all course work has been completed.
  • WRITTEN
    • Comprehensive in nature. Written questions will be submitted by each member of the student's supervisory committee, normally at the beginning of the tenth week of the semester. See #4 below.
  • ORAL
    • Comprehensive in nature, lasting ca. two hours, following the written examination.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • From the time the candidate receives the questions from the committee (normally the tenth week of the semester), he or she will have two weeks to research and write the answers. The oral exam follows one week after written answers to the questions have been distributed to committee members, and before the end of the semester.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Unanimous vote of supervisory committee.
  • REPETITION
    • Once.
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Not required at the examination.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Committee has responsibility for follow-through.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Student must be able to teach effectively, give superior solo performance, and have a broad and extensive repertoire.
EXAMINATIONS AND RECITALS
  • REQUIREMENTS
    • MVK6985-6 (public solo recital): Examination prior to performance required. Vote taken by supervisory committee and area faculty. NOTE: One work (not to exceed twelve minutes in length) which was used on the diagnostic examination may be performed on one of the two solo recitals.
    • MVK6987 (lecture recital): The candidate is expected to prepare, without faculty assistance, one or more works written in the last forty years. The work(s) should be of a major scope. Topics and/or works presented must be passed by the candidate's supervisory committee. The presentation should be limited to approximately fifty minutes, at least fifteen of which is lecture. If memorized, the work(s) chosen may be performed again as part of a public solo recital. Vote taken by Supervisory Committee.
    • MVK6988 (chamber recital): Examination required prior to performance. Preferably all on one recital. Vote taken by Supervisory Committee.
  • RECITAL SEQUENCE
    • No specific order. Sequence is based in part on availability of ensembles.
  • SPACING
    • At least two weeks between recitals.
  • MEMORIZATION
    • Piano: All solo recitals should be memorized. (Exceptions may be allowed for certain contemporary compositions, with faculty approval.)
    • Organ: One of the two solo recitals should be memorized.
  • REPETITION OF RECITAL EXAMINATION
    • Once, with permission of Supervisory Committee.
  • VOTING
    • Secret ballot.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 3/4 majority.
  • COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE
    • Committee attends.
  • NO-PASS RECITAL
    • Major professor notifies Graduate Music Office. Supervisory committee members confer regarding course of action.
  • APPROVAL
    • Supervisory committee.
  • RECITAL IN ABSENTIA
    • See Coordinator.
  • NUMBER IN ONE SEMESTER
    • No more than two recitals in any given semester.
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • Determined by supervisory committee. Following the approval of the prospectus, performance majors may write a treatise at any time after beginning their recital series (MVK6985-9), since the treatise and the recital series collectively constitute a "dissertation."
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Normally the major professor supervises the writing of the treatise. The committee may recommend changes after reading it in preparation for the defense.
  • TYPES
    • On the level of a master's thesis, which should be scholarly and practical in the area of performance.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • Students must register for "Treatise Defense" (MUS 8985) during the semester in which they defend their Treatise. You may not enroll for "Treatise Defense" more than one time.
    • The defense may be repeated only once.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Unanimous.
  • NOTE:Students must register for "Treatise Defense" (MUS 8985, 0 cr.) only during the semester in which they defend their Treatise.

DM Strings

EXAMINATIONS AND RECITALS

REQUIREMENT: Doctoral students in performance will perform four recitals and a concerto performance as described below. Please note that no specific order is prescribed:

  • MVS6985 (solo): Jury examination prior to recital is required, and must be attended by the string area faculty.
  • MVS6986 (solo): Jury examination prior to recital is required, and must be attended by student's committee
  • MVS6987 (studio/lecture recital): Jury examination prior to recital not required. Recital is heard by supervisory committee. There must be a minimum of four committee members at the recital. Studio/lecture recital is independently prepared. Must consist of works not previously performed. Total duration: 40 minutes minimum, 45 minutes maximum (divided roughly by 20 mins. of lecture and 20 mins. of performance). Questions may be asked of candidate after recital at the discretion of the supervisory committee.
  • MVS6988 (chamber): Examination prior to recital is required. Jury examination is heard by supervisory committee.
  • Doctoral Concerto Jury Requirement: Doctoral students are required to perform a complete concerto performance for the string area faculty by the end of the second month of any semester. The concerto is to be memorized except in the case of a 20th or 21st century concerto. Winners of the Doctoral Concerto Competition satisfy this requirement by performing with the University Symphony Orchestra.
  • All recital jury examinations are heard no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled recital.
  • RECITAL SEQUENCE
    • No specific order is required.
  • MEMORIZATION
    • Memorization is determined as per the requirements of each studio.
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat within contiguous semesters
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority (supervisory committee or area faculty)
  • COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE AT JURIES AND STUDIO LECTURE RECITAL
    • Required. Students are responsible for identifying a substitute if any of the committee members are unable to attend.
  • NO PASS RECITAL
    • Major professor notifies Graduate Music Office. Supervisory Committee and area faculty confer regarding course of action
  • APPROVAL
    • Major professor and supervisory committee
  • CHAMBER RECITAL
    • All on one program
  • RECITAL IN ABSENTIA
    • See Coordinator
  • NUMBER PER SEMESTER
    • No more than two recitals in any given semester
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • Final written and oral examination is taken after all course work has been completed.
  • WRITTEN
    • The preliminary exam for the DM in String Performance consists of presenting a completed prospectus for the treatise and the response to at least one comprehensive question as determined by the major professor.
  • ORAL
    • See above.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • 1-2 weeks between written and oral examinations
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority constitutes a pass
  • REPETITION
    • If a student fails the examination, one further attempt is given to pass within a period of 3-6 months.
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Submitted at preliminary. The student will submit a completed treatise prospectus, complete at least one comprehensive exam question, and will schedule an oral defense of the exam components with the doctoral committee. The major professor must approve the prospectus prior to submission to the committee and will determine the content of the comprehensive question(s).
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Superior performing musician and teacher, superior musical scholarship, broad comprehensive knowledge of music history, music literature, and performance practices.
TREATISE
  • TIME
    • Determined by supervisory committee following successful completion of the preliminary exam. The treatise and the recital series collectively constitute a "dissertation".
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Major professor supervises the writing of the treatise. The Committee recommends changes after reading it in preparation for the defense.
  • TYPES
    • The treatise must be written on a subject related to the student's major field.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • One repeat - within six months.
    • Students must register for "Treatise Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Treatise. You must never enroll for "Treatise Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority vote

For additional details, please refer to the FSU String Player's Guide to Grad School which may be found on the String Area Blackboard site.

DM Voice

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
  • SEMESTER
    • Usually first semester in residence, but no later than second semester (summer excluded)
  • WRITTEN

Written portion - timed section (this exam will take place early in the first semester of study - look for the posting of the exact date/time on the Voice Area Bulletin Board on the 3rd floor of the KMU Building.) In order to ascertain the student's general knowledge about vocal pedagogy and literature upon beginning study at FSU, each student will take a broad, comprehensive term/name identification test. The student will have two hours to write a short paragraph for each of 40 terms/names (approximately three minutes for each paragraph). The terms will be selected from the areas of vocal pedagogy, opera literature and German/French/American/English song literature. The responses to these 40 terms/names will be reviewed by appropriate faculty members prior to the diagnostic recital. If there are serious concerns about a student's lack of knowledge in a particular area, the student's voice teacher and the DM Voice Advisor will devise a plan to assist the student in filling in areas of study that are lacking (possible course work, research assignments, assigned reading, etc.)

Written portion - untimed section: In order to ascertain the student's knowledge of research techniques and advanced academic writing style, the voice teacher in consultation with the DM Voice Advisor will design a research essay question to be submitted to the student at least one month prior to the diagnostic recital. The student will research and write a 5 - 7 page essay (presented in 12 point font and double spaced) in response to the assigned question. The essay must include footnotes and a bibliography. This is an exercise in gathering information and organizing it in a clear, structured, concise, yet thorough written form. Students are strongly advised to restrict their writing to the specific content of the question, and not expand into tangents or information that is not directly pertinent to the question. The quality of the research and the writing will be evaluated to determine if the student is adequately prepared to research and write a DM doctoral treatise. If there are serious concerns about a student's ability to do research and/or write effectively at the doctoral level, the student's voice teacher in consultation with the DM Voice Advisor and possibly other members of the voice area faculty will devise a plan to assist the student in preparing to write a successful doctoral treatise (course work, additional research assignments, etc.) All written material for the diagnostic exam (essay, timed written answers, diagnostic recital program, and a vita containing information relating to the student's career goals, prior education, professional experience, and language training) must be submitted to the entire voice area faculty one week prior to the diagnostic recital examination. The voice teacher will be responsible for the distribution of the timed portion of the examination including any analyses of the results done by the faculty involved in the exam and the student will be responsible for the distribution of the written essay, recital program and vita.

  • ORAL

Oral portion - the diagnostic recital: This shall be a recital no shorter than 20 minutes and no longer than 25 minutes including songs and arias representing at least four major languages (English, German, French, and Italian) and representing a variety of periods and styles including literature ranging from Baroque/Classical to 20th/21st Century. Examples of Lieder and mélodie should be included. Note that the time limit is important, for the student may have only that amount of time available in the recital hall.

Oral portion-the interview: Immediately following the diagnostic recital, the student will meet with the voice area faculty to discuss the submitted essay, any issues with the terms/names, the recital program and the student's vita.

  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • A copy of the written section (essay, timed written answers, diagnostic recital program, and a vita containing information relating to the student's career goals, prior education, professional experience, and language training) must be submitted to every member of the Voice Examination and Audition Committee at least 1 week prior to the oral diagnostic examination (recital).
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    • Voice Examination and Audition Committee: consists of voice faculty and other faculty appointed by the Dean.
  • QUORUM
    • A minimum of 5 faculty members.
  • REPETITION
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.
  • VOTING
    • Written ballot with option of comments
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Voice quality on a professional level, with minimum technical problems, appearance and personality appropriate to a performing artist, and ability to communicate artistically and musically, and to maintain a high scholastic standing.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Professional performance and/or teaching experience is expected, but exceptionally well-qualified, mature students are accepted without having had such experience.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority (Voice Examination and Audition Committee)
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • Normally taken during the final semester of coursework. Must be taken and passed prior to registering for treatise credit hours.
  • WRITTEN/ORAL
    • Timed portion: (given once early in the fall term and at least once early in the spring term on a Wednesday afternoon). The total time for this examination will be two and-a-half hours.
      • Translation examination (60 minutes): The student chooses one of three languages (French, German, or Italian) and will have one hour to complete the translation. The student may use a dictionary and verb book but no grammar book for this process. This translation will become part of the student's preliminary examination.
      • Essay question (90 minutes): The student will receive an essay question that is designed by the major professor specifically for the individual student as a result of a review of the student's coursework at FSU. The supervisory committee must approve the question before it is given to the student.
      • A final draft of the prospectus must be submitted as part of the preliminary examination.
    • Oral portion:
    1. Copies of the Program of Studies Form that was completed early in this semester must be distributed to all members of the DM Supervisory Committee at least two weeks prior to the oral examination. In addition, the final draft of the prospectus and copies of the answers to the timed portion of the written examination must be given to the supervisory committee at least two weeks prior to the oral examination. The student is responsible for the distribution of the prospectus and the Program of Studies Form and the major professor, for the distribution of the answers to the written portion of the exam. The oral exam will include
      • a defense of the timed written answers including an oral reading of the foreign language passage that was translated,
      • a review and final approval of the prospectus,
      • oral terminology/name identification based on the results of the diagnostic examination and coursework for the degree, (Note: a copy of the diagnostic examination will be given to the supervisory committee members by the major professor at least two weeks prior to the oral examination.)
      • and any other oral questions the committee members would like to present based on the content of the student's Program of Studies Form.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Committee and candidate should convene for the oral examination soon after the written examination materials have been distributed to the committee members, but no earlier than two weeks from that distribution date. The oral examination usually does not exceed a two-hour time frame. The oral examination will further delve into your comprehension of your major field of study, so you may bring notes and other supporting materials.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • PROSPECTUS
    • The Prospectus for the Treatise is a portion of the preliminary examination and therefore must be completed prior to taking that exam. See the submission requirements in the WRITTEN/ORAL section of the diagnostic examination above.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Candidate's committee has responsibility to follow through with recommendations made at the diagnostic examination.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • The student must be able to demonstrate in particular a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of vocal pedagogy and performance practices, and also an understanding of all areas of music generally. The student must be able to perform at a level acceptable to community concert audiences and university faculties anywhere.
EXAMINATIONS AND RECITALS
  • REQUIREMENT NOTE
    • Specific written instructions and procedures for each type of voice recital should be obtained from the major voice teacher (or Coordinator).
    • MVV6985-6 (public; one or two required-see program of studies): Examination prior to performance required. Examination is heard by supervisory committee and Voice Examination and Audition committee.
    • MVV 6987 (lecture recital/demonstration): The lecture recital/demonstration is part of the final process of completing the Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and the topic for the recital/demonstration must be an outgrowth of the treatise topic. As such, the lecture/recital demonstration must be presented after the completion of the final draft of the treatise paper and its submission to the student's DM Supervisory Committee. It is recommended that the lecture recital/demonstration be scheduled on the same date and immediately prior to the treatise defense. The content of this recital (MVV 6987) is quite flexible. The topic of this recital presentation is based on the content of the treatise. It is a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 45 minutes with no more than half of the time devoted to discourse. However, should the treatise topic be, for example, one of scientific research such as in the area of voice science, then the 30 to 45 minute presentation may be more demonstration than a performance recital. The student should discuss the manner of presentation in detail with the major professor; however, the preparation is done independently by the student. The candidate must meet with the members of his/her supervisory committee immediately following the lecture recital to defend the presented material. This meeting is usually followed by the formal treatise defense since the lecture recital is an outgrowth of the treatise. The lecture recital/demonstration is an exercise that is designed to fit into a normal class period of 50 minutes (a 45 minute presentation with 5 minutes of questions from the audience). Should the entire presentation exceed this time frame, the supervisory committee may consider whether or not to accept the presentation.
    • MVV6989 (Large Ensemble/Opera Role; one or two required-see the program of studies): Exam prior to performance not required. Vote by supervisory committee after performance.
  • RECITAL SEQUENCE
    • All DM Voice students are required to do one public recital (MVV 6985) and one performance of a major work with a large ensemble accompaniment (MVV 6989). This latter requirement may be fulfilled by performing a major opera role with Florida State Opera or performing as major soloist in an oratorio or symphonic performance. Students must understand that casting in operas and for solo opportunities with orchestra at FSU is done through an audition process, and that the performance or role must be approved by the supervisory committee to count as part of the recital requirements for the DM degree. A third required recital is the lecture recital/demonstration which shall be explained later in this document along with the treatise defense explanation. A fourth recital is also required and the student must choose either a second public recital (MVV 6986) or a second MVV 6989 recital, which may be a second major opera role (if the first MVV 6989 recital was an opera role) or a performance of a major solo in a major work with a large ensemble. The supervisory committee must approve the choice of this fourth recital requirement. in addition, if the choice is to do an opera role as a second MVV 6989 recital, the opera faculty must agree that the student will be cast in a role that will fulfill the requirements for that recital. The content of the recitals should refelct the artistic ability and goals of the student and must be approved at the point of repertoire selection by the supervisory committee. There is no specific content requirement; however, it is the responsibility of the supervisory committee to be certain that the student includes repertoire that is appropriate to doctoral level performance. The student therefore must submit a written copy of the proposed recital repertoire to each member of the supervisory committee as the student begins work on the recital. The committee members must sign the copy of the repertoire indicating approval and the signed copy must be returned to the student's voice teacher (and Major Professor if it is not the voice teacher). Solo recitals (MVV 6985 abd 6986) must each contain 50 to 60 minutes of actual music (no more or less).
  • EXAM TO RECITAL
    • Generally a minimum of 10-14 days. All performers who are involved in the recital must attend the recital examination. This includes all players in any chamber music presentation.
  • MEMORIZATION
    • All must for solo recitals must be memorized (MVV 6985 and 6986). An exception may be granted for music considered to be chamber music, which must include at least two instrumental performers. Requests for permission to perform with sheet music for chamber music and for non-chamber music (in the case of extremely difficult "modern" music) must be presented to the student's supervisory committee well in advance of the recital examination date. A majority of the DM supervisory committee must agree to any such exceptions. It is suggested that the request to perform with sheet music be submitted to the DM supervisory committee at the same time as the request for approving the actual recital repertoire. Approval for both must be in writing and the copies of the approval must be kept on file by the Major Professor. The use of sheet music for the lecture/demonstration recital is at the discretion of the student.
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • VOTING
    • Written ballot with option of comments
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority of area faculty and supervisory committee
  • COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE
    • Supervisory Committee attends the actual recital performance.
  • NO PASS RECITAL
    • Major professor or Coordinator notifies Graduate Music Office. By a majority vote of the Supervisory Committee the student may be required to repeat the recital.
  • APPROVAL
    • Approved by the committees as indicated in Item 1 above
  • CHAMBER MUSIC FOR SOLO RECITALS
    • As approved and/or required by the major professor and the supervisory committee the DM voice performance student may include chamber works on his/her solo recital(s). Approval to perform such works must come from the supervisory committee well in advance of the recital examination date.
  • RECITAL IN ABSENTIA
    • CD recordings and other documentation of off-campus performances for MVV6989 may be submitted to the Supervisory Committee for approval. All other recitals must be performed on campus.
  • NUMBER PER SEMESTER
    • More than two is not recommended
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • Upon passing the preliminary examination, the student is admitted to doctoral candidacy and is cleared to pursue a dissertation or treatise. A prospectus of the treatise is required at the time of the preliminary examination.
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • The student, who may select any member of the graduate music faculty to assist in the writing of the treatise, consults with the Major Professor and Supervisory Committee as need arises.
  • TYPE
    • Treatise option: The treatise must be a scholarly, research oriented formal treatise related to the student's major field.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • May repeat, following revision of scholarly paper or treatise. (Note that the defense of scholarly paper or treatise may not be combined with the Preliminary Examination.)
    • Students must register for "Treatise Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Treatise. You must never enroll for "Treatise Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Simple majority vote of the supervisory committee.

DM Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
  • SEMESTER
    • Must be passed no later than second semester in residence.
  • WRITTEN
    • Submit evidence of teaching and/or professional experience in the form of a personal vita. Provide written program notes for the diagnostic performance which demonstrate scholarly writing skills. Guidelines are available from the wind area coordinator or major professor.
  • ORAL
    • Recital-audition examination followed by interview with faculty to answer questions over works performed (examples listed in Diagnostic Guide). Answer questions concerning teaching and/or performing experience. Note: the diagnostic program should be played with piano accompaniment and should represent three styles (exception for DM candidates in Percussion: those requirements are available from Dr. Parks).
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • One copy of written program notes, vita, and program copies will be distributed to Area Coordinator one week prior to examination, the other six are to be placed in designated faculty mailboxes in HMU 204. The oral examination occurs immediately following the performance. Please see the Diagnostic Guide for more information.
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    Selected committee consisting of six members of the wind/percussion area
    faculty.
  • QUORUM
    • 2/3 of faculty in area designated to attend the examination
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty has the option of allowing the student to retake the exam one additional time during the following semester. If the second exam is not passed, the student will be terminated from the degree program.
  • VOTING
    • Committee deliberation.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Performance standards: (1) program selected from current literature, (b) demonstrate potential level comparable to professional performer, (c) performance demonstrates: boldness, decisiveness, accuracy, authority, conviction and artistry.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Professional performance and/or teaching experience is expected; exceptionally well-qualified, mature students may be accepted without having had such experience.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority.
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • Final written and oral examination is taken either during the last semester of coursework or after all course work has been completed.
  • WRITTEN
    • 4 questions will be given to the student. Comprehensive in nature with details left to the discretion of the examination committee.
  • ORAL
    • Same as for written section.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Student must complete written answers within one week of receiving questions from each committee member. Oral defense normally one week after written answers submitted.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority constitutes a pass
  • REPETITION
    • If a student fails either examination, the area faculty has the option of allowing one additional attempt within a period of 3-6 months.
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Submitted at preliminary
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Candidate's committee has responsibility to follow through with recommendations made at the diagnostic examination.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Superior performing musician and teacher, superior musical scholarship, broad comprehensive knowledge of music history, music literature, and performance practices.
EXAMINATIONS AND RECITALS
  • REQUIREMENT
    • MV6985 (public): Examination prior to recital is not required.
    • MV6986 (public): Examination prior to recital is not required.
    • MV6987 (lecture): Examination prior to recital not required. A proposal describing the content of the lecture recital must be approved by the supervisory committee. Vote taken by supervisory committee after performance. Must pass by 2/3 majority. 45-50 minutes.
    • MV6988 (chamber): Examination prior to recital is required. Examination is heard by area faculty 10-14 days before the recital.
  • RECITAL SEQUENCE
    • No specific order is required, except that the Lecture Recital should be the last one in the sequence.
  • MEMORIZATION
    • None required
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat may be permissible within contiguous semesters with approval from the supervisory committee.
  • VOTING
    • Committee deliberation.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority of supervisory committee.
  • COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE
    • Attends
  • NO PASS RECITAL
    • Major professor notifies Grad. Music Office, faculty supervisory committee and Graduate Music Office confer regarding course of action.
  • APPROVAL
    • Major professor and/or supervisory committee
  • CHAMBER RECITAL
    • All on one program (see area Coordinator for exceptions)
  • RECITAL IN ABSENTIA
    • See Coordinator
  • NUMBER PER SEMESTER
    • No more than two recitals in any given semester
  • LECTURE RECITAL
    • Must consist of works not previously performed. Total duration is 45-50 minutes. A proposal describing the content of the lecture recital must be approved by the student's committee two months in advance of the recital. The recital will be heard by the student's committee, and a passing vote of 2/3 is necessary. It is unlikely that the lecture recital can occur during Summer Term because of faculty availability; contact the coordinator well in advance.
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • Determined by supervisory committee. Following the approval of the prospectus, performance majors may write a treatise at any time after beginning their recital series (MV6985-9), since the treatise and the recital series collectively constitute a "dissertation".
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Major professor supervises the writing of the treatise. The Committee recommends changes after reading it in preparation for the defense.
  • TYPES
    • The treatise must be written on a subject related to the student's major field.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • One repeat - within six months
    • Students must register for "Treatise Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Treatise. You must never enroll for "Treatise Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority vote

PhD Musicology

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION

  • SEMESTER
    • One week before registration week of Fall semester (second week before classes begin)
  • WRITTEN
    • Five 2-3 hour examinations over a 5-day period. Questions from the Musicology faculty test the applicant's knowledge of history and literature, familiarity with current areas of musicological research sources, and scholarly writings.
  • ORAL
    • An interview with the Musicology faculty which may include questions arising from the written examination and an inquiry into the applicant's academic background and professional experience.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • A copy of the written examination should be delivered to each faculty member in the area one week prior to the scheduled oral examination. The oral examination will be held during the registration week of Fall semester.
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    • All area faculty
  • QUORUM
    • Majority of faculty in area
  • REPETITION
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.
  • VOTING
    • Open ballot
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Commitment to the sustained pursuit of scholarly excellence and distinction. Evidence of ability and academic competence to attain that goal.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Professional experience is desirable but not required.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority (area faculty).
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • After all course work has been completed.
  • WRITTEN
    • Questions of a comprehensive nature as well as those specifically related to the major field of study are submitted by each member of the supervisory committee.
  • ORAL
    • Expands on areas covered in written examination and checks on the student's progress in overcoming deficiencies noted on the diagnostic examination.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • A copy of the written examination should be delivered to each member of the supervisory committee one week prior to the scheduled oral examination.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Submitted either during or after preliminary examination, at the discretion of the Major Professor.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Committee follow-through. Major Professor and supervisory committee are expected to have checked deficiencies before the written examinations. An ongoing review of the student's progress and qualifications is conducted as part of the 4 semesters of Advanced Seminar in Musicology.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the field; demonstrated research skills; verbal and writing skills.
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • University minimum.
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Students work primarily with Major Professor, with access to supervisory committee members as needed. First draft is submitted to the committee after approval by the major professor.
  • TYPES
    • In consultation with the Major Professor, topics may be drawn from any of the recognized sub-disciplines of Musicology. The dissertation must be an achievement in original research, constituting a significant contribution to knowledge.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • Once
    • Students must register for "Dissertation Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Dissertation. You must never enroll for "Dissertation Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority

PhD Music Education

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
  • SEMESTER
    • Fall semester
  • WRITTEN
    • Graduate Music Classification Examination, literature examination, autobiographical form, research paper, monitored essay, letters of recommendation.
  • ORAL
    • Orals occupy one hour and give the student the opportunity to prove qualifications not clear in the written examination.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Written examinations followed in 3 days by oral examination
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    • Music Education faculty with graduate directive status
  • QUORUM
    • Faculty present
  • REPETITION
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.
  • VOTING
    • Open ballot
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Relatively high standing of GMCE, performance and evidence of musicianship, solid undergraduate and master's degrees at recognized schools, evidence of leadership and success in profession, intellectual curiosity, evidence of scholarship and knowledge of what degree is about. "Master Teacher" qualities sought in Ed.D. candidates.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Experience is not always a pre-examination requirement for Ph.D. program, but contractual experience is considered desirable and is preferred. Ed.D. program requires at least two years (preferably more) of highly successful teaching experience.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Unanimous
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • During last term of course work, sometimes after course work
  • WRITTEN
    • Music literature; identification of music periods and styles; curriculum, philosophy, and theory of music education; statistics or other research tools. Special question from major professor.
  • ORAL
    • Questions about answers that were not clear in written sections, questions regarding research project, miscellaneous comprehensive questions.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Approximately one week sequence
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Unanimous
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Submitted either during or after preliminary examination, at the discretion of the Major Professor.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Left to Major Professor, Committee follow-through at examination.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the field, research capability, demonstrated dedication to music education, refined writing skills. Signs of professional leadership.
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • University minimum.
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Interaction between Major Professor and student with guidance from committee.
  • TYPES
    • Research dissertation that contributes original knowledge to field (Ph.D.); research dissertation applying existing theories or the original solution of a music education problem (Ed.D.)
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • Once
    • Students must register for "Dissertation Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Dissertation. You must never enroll for "Dissertation Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Unanimous

PhD Music Theory

IF REQUIRED BY THE AREA: DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
  • SEMESTER
    • Prior to admission
  • WRITTEN
    • The written examination will test the applicant's ability in 3 areas: Music Writing Skills (16th-century counterpoint, harmony), Form and Analysis, and History and Literature (composers, theorists, writers, terminology, and identification of works from standard repertoire).
  • ORAL
    • The oral section of the examination will consist of questions pertaining to music theory, questions arising from the written section of the examination, and inquiry into the applicant's background of training and experience.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Prior to admission
  • ATTENDING FACULTY
    • All theory faculty
  • QUORUM
    • Majority of theory faculty
  • REPETITION
    • If the student fails the diagnostic exam, the area faculty have the option of allowing the student to retake the exam or terminating the student from the program.
  • VOTING
    • Open ballot
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • performance skill-musicianship,
    • academic competency,
    • knowledge of the field,
    • pedagogical as well as research ability,
    • an alert mind, capable of incisive action under pressure.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • None
  • PASSING VOTE
    • 2/3 majority of area faculty present
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
  • DATE
    • During or subsequent to the final semester of a student's course work (but not during the summer term)
  • WRITTEN
    • The written examination will test the applicant's knowledge in 4 areas: Writing Skills (16th century counterpoint, fugue, harmony); History and Literature (theorists, tape, essays); Form and Analysis; and Bibliography. Administered during the 12th week of the semester
  • ORAL
    • Stresses the student's spontaneous facility with musical materials dealt with in teaching and other professional situations; including, but not limited to, keyboard skills, analysis, and writing. Administered during finals week of the semester.
  • TIME SEQUENCE
    • Written: 12th week of the semester. Oral: Finals week of the semester.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority
  • REPETITION
    • One repeat
  • PROSPECTUS
    • Usually submitted after preliminary examination.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Committee follow-through. Major professor and supervisory committee are expected to have checked deficiencies before comprehensive examination.
  • QUALITIES SOUGHT
    • Demonstration of superior performance, scholastic, and research skills.
TREATISE/DISSERTATION/COMPOSITION
  • TIME
    • University minimum. Dissertation must be submitted by the fifth Wednesday of the semester during which the student expects to graduate. Defense is scheduled during the 10th week of that semester.
  • MAJOR PROFESSOR/COMMITTEE
    • Students work chiefly with the major professor with access to committee members as needed. First draft of dissertation is submitted to the committee after it is approved by the major professor.
  • TYPES
    • Analytical, historical, descriptive, and experimental research.
  • DEFENSE REPETITION
    • Once
    • Students must register for "Dissertation Defense" only during the semester in which they defend their Dissertation. You must never enroll for "Dissertation Defense" more than one time.
  • PASSING VOTE
    • Majority
Thesis, Treatise, Dissertation & Recitals

Prospectus

The prospectus is completed at about the same time as the Preliminary Examination and constitutes the official "proposal" for the thesis, dissertation, or treatise. Preliminary work on the prospectus and instruction in preparing the prospectus are part of the requirements for MUS 5711 Music Bibliography, a class required of nearly all graduate students in the College of Music.

The content of the prospectus typically includes the following categories: the statement and scope of the problem, hypotheses, definitions, assumption, limitations and significance of the study, justification of the topic, a brief review of related research, procedures and methods to be followed, anticipated organization of the proposed thesis/treatise/dissertation, and a bibliography.

Final decisions regarding content of the prospectus are made by the major professor. When the prospectus is approved and signed by all members of the committee, a copy of the title and signature pages should be filed with the Graduate Music Office. This is to ensure that this important step has been completed and that the title of the project will be listed accurately in the graduation program.

Style manuals do not describe a format for the prospectus. The Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott) has copies of the Florida State University publication, Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise and Dissertation Writers, which provides some information about the prospectus. All students will need this publication, as it also provides certain style guidelines for all T/D/T submitted to Florida State University.

NOTE: The title and signature pages of the prospectus document must be approved (signed) by the supervisory committee and filed in the Graduate Music Office. Students must submit this to the Graduate Music Office, at the time of completion/approval. Completion of the prospectus is not sufficient for registration of treatise/dissertation hours; doctoral students must pass the Preliminary (Comprehensive) Exam and be admitted to candidacy before treatise/dissertation hours can be added to the schedule.

String Area Policies:
For the doctoral preliminary exam in strings the student will submit a completed treatise prospectus, complete at least one comprehensive exam question, and will schedule an oral defense of the exam components with the doctoral committee.The major professor must approve the prospectus prior to submission to the committee and will determine the content of the comprehensive question (s). The student will have seven days to complete the written response to the comprehensive portion of the exam and must submit the response and prospectus to the committee members at least two weeks prior to the oral defense

Masters Thesis

With the exception of the performance areas, Master's programs culminate in a written thesis. Work on the thesis normally does not begin before the student's second semester in residence, but in some instances the student's major professor may decide that preparatory work should begin earlier.

A student who has completed the required course work and continues to use campus facilities and/or receives faculty supervision, but has not made a final thesis submission shall include in the required full-time load a minimum of two (2) credit hours of thesis per semester until completion of the degree (this includes the student's final semester). The credit hours for MUS 5971r are variable (1-6), but a general formula is a work/hour ratio of 2:1. For example, if an individual plans to spend 6 hours per week working on the thesis during a semester, registration for MUS 5971r should be 3 hours. In addition, students must register for MUS 8976 (0 credit) during the semester of the thesis defense.

At a time determined by the major professor and as a first step in the thesis process, a prospectus of the thesis will be circulated to the student's committee. The student should not continue work on the thesis until the prospectus has the signed approval of the committee. The student is cautioned to work closely with the major professor in preparation of both the prospectus and the thesis. Furthermore, it is advisable to seek help from the committee members when problems in style and content arise. It must be stressed, however, that proper development of the thesis is the student's responsibility; the major professor and committee members cannot be expected to provide total guidance. By the same token, remaining aloof from both major professor and the committee most certainly will result in problems.

Format of the prospectus and thesis must be consistent. One style manual should be used. Usually, the type of thesis will determine the particular manual. Students writing a music education or music therapy thesis probably will use the current edition of the APA manual, and students should consult the major professor for advice. Turabian might be more appropriate for an historical or philosophical study, whereas Irvine's book is often used for a theory thesis. The Chicago Manual of Style is the ultimate reference of the Manuscript Clearance Advisor. See also the entry for Prospectus in this Handbook.

Submitting Your Manuscript:

  1. What you will need:

• Your manuscript in PDF format, with embedded fonts (information on embedding fonts can be found on the UMI ETD site)

• A credit card (if you are selecting services beyond Traditional Publishing, or ordering copies)

  1. Decisions you will make:

• You will choose between Traditional Publishing and Open Access Publishing. Traditional Publishing is free (this is a change for Fall 2011 and beyond) and Open Access Publishing costs $95.Traditional Publishing means that readers have to pay UMI (ProQuest) for access to your full work. Open Access Publishing means that your work will be available for free, in its entirety, in the ProQuest system.

• You will choose whether or not you want major search engines to find your work in the ProQuest system.

• You will choose whether or not you want to allow ProQuest to allow third party retailers to sell copies of your work.

• You will choose whether to have ProQuest make your work available immediately upon publication, or to embargo your work for two years (or permanently)

• You will choose whether or not you want ProQuest to register a copyright of your thesis/treatise/dissertation, on your behalf, with the U.S. Office of Copyright. This is an optional service costing $55.

• If desired, you will order printed copies of your thesis/treatise/dissertation from ProQuest (this is optional)

 

  1. Steps you will take:

• Create a Registration in the UMI ETD Administration site (www.etdadmin.com/fsu)

• Read the instructions

• Select publishing options

• Read and accept the ProQuest/UMI agreement

• Enter your contact information

• Enter information about your thesis/treatise/dissertation

• Upload your manuscript

• Select whether or not you want ProQuest to register a copyright on your thesis/treatise/dissertation

• Order copies (optional)

• Double-check your information and click"Submit Dissertation/Thesis" to send your manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor for initial format check

Please note:

• This submission is the first step in the manuscript clearance process. At a minimum, you will have to also upload a final version (in PDF). The Manuscript Clearance Advisor will approve your final version, and will deliver your approved final manuscript to ProQuest in a separate step, after all manuscripts have been processed for your semester of graduation.

• You must click the "Submit Dissertation/Thesis" button at the end of the process in order to send your manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor. The manuscript will not be considered submitted for Initial Format Check until this final step has been completed.

• Your PDF should have a file name formatted in the following manner:[LastName]_[FirstInitial]_[Thesis/Treatise/Dissertation]_[Year of Graduation](e.g. Doe_J_Dissertation_2011])

• If your manuscript is over 250 MB in size,you will need to upload a two-page placeholder manuscript consisting of your Title page and a note stating that the FSU Manuscript Clearance Advisor will deliver the final, approved manuscript by FTP. You will then send your full manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor through the FSU Dropbox (dropbox.fsu.edu ).

• Once you complete the submission to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, there are certain limits to changing your options:If you want to order more copies than you originally indicated, you can do so by contacting ProQuest directly after their publishing unit has received your manuscript.

  1. If you want to subtract copies from your order (and get a refund), you can contact ProQuest directly at any time.
  2. If you want to change from Open Access Publishing to Traditional Publishing, you can contact ProQuest directly at any time.
  3. If you want to change from Traditional Publishing to Open Access Publishing, you will need to Withdraw your submission and create a new submission.

Students must upload a copy of their manuscript for formatting clearance by the published deadline and prior to the final submission. All completed and signed University forms must be submitted to the Graduate Music Office by no later than 3pm on the final submission deadline.

Letters of permission must be obtained for copyrighted materials that are to be used in theses, treatises and dissertations. These letters must accompany the dissertation/treatise when it is presented to the University.

Please note that any thesis that utilizes human subjects must have the approval of the Human Subjects Review Committee before the thesis is begun.

Doctoral Dissertation & Treatise

All doctoral programs culminate with a written document; non-performance students prepare a "dissertation," while performance students prepare a "treatise." NOTE: Performance majors may choose from the options below:

Option 1. An extensive Treatise research document of a minimum of 12,000 words, not including front and back matter such as title page, table of contents, lists of figures, bibliography and appendices.

Option 2. A Treatise research document based on two public lecture recitals, each lecture comprised of a minimum of 2500 words plus figures and examples. The document will comprise a minimum of 6,000 words, not including front and back matter.

**All Treatise submission requirements and University deadlines are applicable to both of the options above.**

Work on the treatise/dissertation generally does not begin until the student has completed all coursework. The major professor, in consultation with the student, decides when the student is ready to begin the prospectus (the formal proposal for a dissertation or treatise), which is usually presented to the committee at or near the preliminary exam. (Follow the format in the College of Music's Treatise and Dissertation Handbook (available in the Graduate Music Office and online) and the Guidelines for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers (available from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in 314 Westcott and online.)

NOTE: A student must be admitted to candidacy (i.e. pass the Preliminary Exam) at least six (6) months prior to the granting of the degree. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure a minimal lapse of time for effective work on the dissertation after acquisition of the basic competence and after delineation of the problem and method of attack. More realistically, the student should expect to spend a year or more of work on the dissertation. Questions? Please contact The Graduate School: 850-644-3501.

The Prospectus for a dissertation/treatise is normally approved at least six months prior to the date of graduation and before registering for dissertation/treatise credits. The Prospectus signature page must be signed by all members of the committee, (and at least), the title and signature pages of the Prospectus must be filed in the Graduate Music Office when completed. While procedures may vary somewhat from committee to committee, the first draft of the dissertation/treatise is usually developed and written with primary supervisory responsibility from the major professor (calling on other members of the committee for assistance as needed). Only after that draft has been corrected by and meets the standards of the major professor is the preliminary draft of the completed dissertation/treatise prepared and submitted to the full committee, normally at least four weeks prior to the scheduled defense. Please consult the Graduate Music Office for these deadlines for the current semester. 

The doctoral treatise (performance majors only) follows a format identical to the dissertation. The treatise, however, is normally not equivalent to the dissertation in length, as the doctoral recitals (MV_6985-89, 1-4 hours each) and the treatise collectively constitute the "dissertation" for performance majors. The purpose of the doctoral treatise in performance is to demonstrate that the candidate can perform substantive scholarly research and can present that research in proper written style.

Treatise topics should be related to the student's general performance area, but within that broad category a wide variety of subjects is appropriate: studies related to history, literature, performance practice, bibliography, pedagogy, etc. Although an estimated average length of a treatise should not be used as a basis on which to plan a research project, a treatise of 50 to 100 pages is typical. While the treatise differs conceptually from the dissertation, the treatise must reflect equally diligent research and attention to the elements of scholarly presentation.

The student will typically enroll for a minimum of 9 hours of MUS 6979r (Treatise) prior to graduation, although this depends upon the recital credit count. In certain areas, a treatise professor (other than the major professor) may be selected to direct the treatise. In selecting a topic for the doctoral performance treatise, the candidate should work closely with the major professor to ensure that the subject can be adequately supervised by the treatise professor with resource assistance from the Supervisory Committee (Follow the format in the Guidelines for Thesis, Treatise and Dissertation Writers available from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in 314 Westcott.). The title and signature pages of the Prospectus for the treatise must be signed by all members of the committee and filed in the Graduate Music Office.

Upon completing the prospectus, the student must then pass the Preliminary/Comprehensive Exam. Students may not register for treatise/dissertation hours until this exam is passed and the Admission to Candidacy form (located in 203 HMU) has been filed with the COM Registrar. The completion of the prospectus is not enough to allow registration for treatise/dissertation hours. Once the Registrar has the Admission to Candidacy form, and not before, the student will be cleared to register for these hours.

CREDIT CONVERSION from DIS credits to Treatise/Dissertation: Students who have fulfilled all class requirements are allowed to register for DIS credits (with the DIS title, “Dissertation Research”), during the semester they register for the Preliminary Exam; MUS 8964.  These DIS credits may be converted to Treatise credits for performance majors (course # MUS 6979), or Dissertation credits for non-performance majors (course # MUS 6980), if the student passes their Preliminary Exam by the 7th week of the semester deadline (early October in Fall, early February in Spring).  The conversion process simply involves completing “Drop/Add” slips that must be signed by the Major Professor, and delivered to the FSU Registrar’s Office at the football stadium (Bldg. A, 3rd floor).  Students must obtain “Drop/Add” forms from our College of Music Registrar in room HMU 203.  

The student must be registered for at least two credits of treatise/dissertation in any semester where he/she intends to utilize University faculty and resources. No exceptions.

The credit hours for MUS 6980r (Dissertation) and 6979r (Treatise) are variable (1-12), but a general formula is a work/hour ratio of 3:1. For example, an individual who plans to spend twelve hours per week working on the dissertation or treatise should register for four hours of MUS 6980r or 6979r. Doctoral students must register for a minimum of two (2) dissertation or treatise credit hours per term for every semester during which they are working on the treatise/dissertation. This includes the final term of enrollment. NO exceptions.

The student must register for Dissertation Defense (MUS 8985, 0 credit)--during the semester in which the dissertation/treatise will be defended. The defense is an oral examination that must be completed according to the deadlines published each semester.

Academic courtesy requires that the dissertation be submitted to each member of the supervisory committee at least four weeks before the date of the oral examination. The supervisory committee, the chair of the major department, and such other members of the faculty as may be appointed by the academic dean will conduct the examination. All members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend. At least two weeks prior to the date of the examination, the student or major professor will present an announcement of the dissertation title and the date and place of the examination to The Graduate School. Consult the Registration Guide for the deadline dates.

The defense of dissertation will be oral. Responsibility for suggesting the time, designating the place, and presiding at the examination rests with the major professor. It is recommended that students defend no later than the eighth week of classes in the semester of intent to graduate. Students must defend by no later than the Format Approval Deadline in the semester of intent to graduate. Consult the Graduate School Blackboard site GradSpace for more information.

The examination must be completed at least four weeks prior to the date on which the degree is to be conferred. At least one week prior to the defense, the revised, final version of the treatise/dissertation (complete with table of contents, musical examples, bibliography, and dissertation abstract) must be in the hands of each member of the committee. The abstract should conform to appropriate examples in the Guidelines and Requirements for Electronic Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers. Check with the Graduate Music Office, or Gradspace, for exact deadline dates for the current semester.

All committee members and the student must attend the entire defense in real time,either by being physically present or participating via distance technology. If exceptional emergency circumstances, e.g. medical or other emergency situations, prevent the participation of a committee member then it may be necessary to arrange for an additional appropriately qualified colleague to attend the defense. A minimum of four members with Graduate Faculty Status must participate.

The oral examining committee will certify in writing to the academic dean of the major department the results of the examination: passed, failed, or to be reexamined. The report of results following a reexamination must indicate the student either passed or failed. To receive a passing grade, the written dissertation must be in final form or require only minor revisions at the time of the defense.

A grade of PASS for the defense of treatise or dissertation requires at least a majority approval of the committee. If the student passes, each Committee member must sign the Manuscript Clearance Form to substantiate the results of the defense. It is the responsibility of the major professor to submit this completed form either directly to the Clearance Advisor or to the Graduate Music Office (204-A, HMU) for subsequent delivery to the Clearance Advisor in The Graduate School.

In scheduling your defense date, you're encouraged to make use of an online scheduling program such as "Doodle" (www.doodle.com). This will help you in coordinating available dates and times between all of your committee members, in as efficient a manner as possible. Be sure to include at least 5 dates, with a variety of times.

The oral examining committee will certify in writing to the COM Senior Associate Dean the results of the examination: passed, failed, or to be reexamined. The report of results following a reexamination must indicate the student either passed or failed.

A written critique of the conduct of the examination in defense of dissertation should be submitted by the representative-at-large (Outside Committee member) from the graduate faculty to the COM Senior Associate Dean and the Dean of Graduate Studies within one week after the date of defense. This document can be found on Gradspace. The Clearance Form must also be signed and submitted to The Graduate School. The degree cannot be awarded until both forms have been received by the Graduate School and the final version of the manuscript has been submitted to and approved by the Clearance Advisor.

While the graduate policy stipulates that in addition to the supervisory committee, the department Chair and any other faculty appointed by the Senior Associate Dean will conduct the dissertation defense, the department Chair may choose not to participate and the Senior Associate Dean is not required to appoint other faculty to serve.

  • Consult with the Major Professor or the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in this regard.

After approval by the oral examining committee, the dissertation/treatise (signed by the committee) must be submitted to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor approximately three and a half weeks before the end of the semester (see FSU Registration Guide for exact date), along with a completed University "Final Term Degree Clearance" form. The dissertation/treatise will be accessible through the University Library System. An abstract also must be submitted to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).

**Please note, it is not necessary to obtain the signature of the Dean or Assistant Dean on the Manuscript Signature Page. Although some Colleges and Departments require this, the College of Music does not.

The University requires the dissertation or treatise to be completed within 5 years of the preliminary exam, or the student may be required to retake the preliminary exam.

**Note on Approved Language**

The typical language of the dissertation, treatise, or thesis is English. Under special circumstances the Major Professor, the Academic Unit Head and the Supervisory Committee may approve writing the body of the thesis/dissertation in a language other than English if doing so is essential for scholarly reasons. Lack of sufficient English competency is not an acceptable justification for using an alternative language. The Major Professor shall immediately notify the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School for all cases where such approval has been granted. Notification requires completion of the ETD Alternative Language for the Dissertation /Treatise/ Thesis Form. All committee members must be completely proficient in the alternative language. It is the responsibility of the Major Professor and the Supervisory Committee to ascertain that the candidate's thesis/dissertation is written in acceptable English or an alternative language, in an appropriate scholarly style. All non-English-language dissertations, treatises, or theses must have the preliminary pages and main section headings in English. This would include the content of the title page, committee page, acknowledgments, abstract and biographical sketch. All main section headings, including chapter and appendix headings, must be in English, but chapter/appendix titles may be in the chosen language.

The defense shall be conducted in English.

60 Day Rule:

  • Please note that students MUST complete the final clearance of their manuscript within 60 days of the successful defense of their manuscript, or they MUST re-defend their manuscript. Should students have any questions about this rule, please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Submitting Your Manuscript:

  1. What you will need:

• Your manuscript in PDF format, with embedded fonts (information on embedding fonts can be found on the UMI ETD site)

• A credit card (if you are selecting services beyond Traditional Publishing, or ordering copies)

  1. Decisions you will make:

• You will choose between Traditional Publishing and Open Access Publishing. Traditional Publishing is free (this is a change for Fall 2011 and beyond) and Open Access Publishing costs $95.Traditional Publishing means that readers have to pay UMI (ProQuest) for access to your full work. Open Access Publishing means that your work will be available for free, in its entirety, in the ProQuest system.

• You will choose whether or not you want major search engines to find your work in the ProQuest system.

• You will choose whether or not you want to allow ProQuest to allow third party retailers to sell copies of your work.

• You will choose whether to have ProQuest make your work available immediately upon publication, or to embargo your work for two years (or permanently)

• You will choose whether or not you want ProQuest to register a copyright of your thesis/treatise/dissertation, on your behalf, with the U.S. Office of Copyright. This is an optional service costing$55.

• If desired, you will order printed copies of your thesis/treatise/dissertation from ProQuest (this is optional)

  1. Steps you will take:

• Create a Registration in the UMI ETD Administration site (www.etdadmin.com/fsu)

• Read the instructions

• Select publishing options

• Read and accept the ProQuest/UMI agreement

• Enter your contact information

• Enter information about your thesis/treatise/dissertation

• Upload your manuscript

• Select whether or not you want ProQuest to register a copyright on your thesis/treatise/dissertation

• Order copies (optional)

• Double-check your information and click"Submit Dissertation/Thesis" to send your manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor for initial format check

Please note:

• This submission is the first step in the manuscript clearance process. At a minimum, you will have to also upload a final version (in PDF). The Manuscript Clearance Advisor will approve your final version, and will deliver your approved final manuscript to ProQuest in a separate step, after all manuscripts have been processed for your semester of graduation.

• You must click the "Submit Dissertation/Thesis" button at the end of the process in order to send your manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor. The manuscript will not be considered submitted for Initial Format Check until this final step has been completed.

• Your PDF should have a file name formatted in the following manner:[LastName]_[FirstInitial]_[Thesis/Treatise/Dissertation]_[Year of Graduation](e.g. Doe_J_Dissertation_2011])

• If your manuscript is over 250 MB in size,you will need to upload a two-page placeholder manuscript consisting of your Title page and a note stating that the FSU Manuscript Clearance Advisor will deliver the final, approved manuscript by FTP. You will then send your full manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor through the FSU Dropbox (dropbox.fsu.edu ).

• Once you complete the submission to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, there are certain limits to changing your options:If you want to order more copies than you originally indicated, you can do so by contacting ProQuest directly after their publishing unit has received your manuscript.

  1. If you want to subtract copies from your order (and get a refund), you can contact ProQuest directly at any time.
  2. If you want to change from Open Access Publishing to Traditional Publishing, you can contact ProQuest directly at any time.
  3. If you want to change from Traditional Publishing to Open Access Publishing, you will need to Withdraw your submission and create a new submission.

A hard copy of the document should be taken to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in 314 Westcott at least two weeks before the end of the semester (see current FSU Bulletin or Schedule of Classes for exact dates) for formatting clearance prior to PDF submission, along with a completed University Final Term Degree Clearance form. Additional forms must be submitted to both the College of Music and to The Graduate School by the deadline published each semester, found in Gradspace. Please consult Gradspace for the mandatory requirements that must be completed and submitted to The Graduate School.

Letters of permission must be obtained for copyrighted materials that are to be used in theses, treatises and dissertations. These letters must accompany the dissertation/treatise when it is presented to the University.

Please note that any thesis that utilizes human subjects must have the approval of the Human Subjects Review Committee before the thesis is begun.

Letters of permission must be obtained for copyrighted materials that are to be used in theses, treatises and dissertations. These letters must accompany the thesis or dissertation/treatise when it is presented to the University. Please note that treatises or dissertations that utilize human subjects must be approved by the Human Subjects Review Committee. This includes documents that incorporate interviews which can be considered as, "oral history".

For additional details about dissertations/treatises, see the charts at in this Handbook, the area coordinator, and the University's Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers (available on Gradspace and also from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in Room 314 Westcott).

Human Subjects Committee

Doctoral students writing a treatise or dissertation that involves human subjects (including interviews, surveys, etc.) must have their research methods approved by the Human Subjects Committee prior to beginning their research. Students who involve human subjects without the approval of the committee will most likely have their manuscripts denied clearance by the Manuscript Clearance Advisor. More details regarding the Human Subjects committee and specific procedures can be found in the "Treatise/Dissertation Handbook" published by the COM Graduate Office, and also on the FSU Office of Research website:

http://www.research.fsu.edu/humansubjects/

Style Manuals

Follow the style manual appropriate for your area of specialty. Consult the major professor for details. This information will also be covered in MUS 5711 Music Bibliography.

Publication Manual. 5th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, Inc., 2001.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers. Published by Florida State University and available from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, 314 Westcott.

Irvine, Demar. Writing About Music. 3rd ed., revised by Mark A. Radice. Portland: Timber Press, 1999.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Treatise and Dissertation Handbook. FSU College of Music, 2003.

Master's Recitals

For Performance Majors Only

The Master's degree in performance requires a recital (four recitals for accompanying majors), which is generally performed during the student's last semester in residence. The recital for performance majors is the equivalent of the thesis for non-performance Master's students. The course numbers for the recital are MV_ 5976 (Recital Prep) and MV_ 5977 (Recital) (2 hrs. each, S/U grade only). The student and advisor decide how the courses are to be distributed, that is, MV_ 5976-77 may be taken sequentially over two semesters, or MV_ 5976-77 may both be taken in one semester. The student, however, must register for MV_ 5977 in the semester in which the recital is performed. The total four hours of MV_ 5976-77 result in a single Master's Recital. (Voice performance and accompanying majors should consult their respective coordinators for a slightly different recital registration procedure.)

A recital examination is required ten to fourteen days in advance of the recital itself, and an application for the examination and the recital must be made in the recital hall scheduling office (HMU 112) the first week of the semester in which you plan to give the recital. Because of the great number of scheduled recitals, early scheduling is encouraged in order to ensure a space. Very specific recital guidelines can be obtained from the recital hall scheduling office. Please call for more information: 644-2705.

In scheduling recitals, the student must observe the following procedures:

1) For more information about scheduling your recital, please call 644-2705.

  • Schedule date for examination, rehearsal times, and recital in HMU 112.
  • Return endorsed forms to 202D HMU.
  •  Fill out Equipment Form.
  • Submit typed copy of program to Public Relations (213 HMU) at least seven business days prior to the concert date.
  • Check program proof at 213 HMU.
  • Recital Cancellation - The student must present this to HMU 112 in the event the Recital is canceled OR postponed.

2) Recital Examination - Provide at least five typed copies of recital program.

At the recital examination the area coordinator or major professor is in charge. The recital examination is normally attended by the area faculty, Supervisory Committee, and any member of the Graduate Faculty who wishes to attend. A 2/3 positive majority by the Supervisory Committee and the area faculty or area recital examination and audition committee constitutes a "pass," except in the voice area, which requires a 3/4 positive vote of the attending faculty. If the student does not pass the recital examination, the recital must be canceled (notify HMU 112). Then, the Supervisory Committee will decide if and when another examination is to be given.

If the student passes the examination but does not pass the recital (as judged by the Supervisory Committee), the major professor will notify the Graduate Music Office and consult with the student's Supervisory Committee and area faculty to determine a course of action. A simple majority vote is required to pass the recital.

When the Master's recital is performed successfully (as judged by the student's Supervisory Committee), the Master' Final Recital Form is completed and signed by the supervisory committee and forwarded (with the recital program) to the Graduate Office immediately following the recital. A grade cannot be awarded for a recital without a completed recital form on file.

Accompanying Majors Please Note:

Recital exams of accompanying majors are to be heard and voted on by accompanying faculty members. Solo faculty members are no longer required to hear these exams.

Doctoral Recitals

For Performance Majors Only

Doctoral recitals, MV_ 6985-9 (1-4 hours each, S/U grade only--see FSU Bulletin for descriptions), are performed at various stages during the student's course of studies in the DM Performance program. The student and the major professor decide when recitals are to be given. Usually, only one recital is performed each semester, and recitals may be presented out of numerical sequence. Detailed recital requirements for each degree program are included in the program of study for the degree, which is available in the Graduate Music Office, and in the charts found near the end of this Handbook.

For most performance areas a recital examination is required 10-14 days in advance of the recital itself, and an application for the examination and the recital must be made in the recital hall scheduling office (HMU 112) the first week of the semester in which you plan to give the recital. Because of the great number of recitals each semester, early scheduling is encouraged in order to ensure a space. The faculty advisor must approve the recital reservation. Then, the student must observe the procedures cited under MASTER'S RECITALS.

Students should schedule recitals in consultation with their supervisory committee so that all members of their committee can attend.

For more information about scheduling your recital, please call the recital hall scheduling office at 644-2705.

If the student does not pass the examination, the recital must be canceled (notify HMU 112). Then, the supervisory committee will decide if and when another examination is to be given.

If the student passes the examination but does not pass the recital (as judged by the supervisory committee), the major professor will notify the Graduate Music Office and consult with the student's supervisory committee and area faculty to determine a course of action.

When the Doctoral recital is performed successfully (as judged by the student's supervisory committee), the "Doctoral Recital Form" is completed and signed by the supervisory committee and forwarded (with the recital program) to the Graduate Music Office immediately following the recital. A grade cannot be awarded for a recital without a completed recital form on file. Definition of a voting quorum will be determined by the applied faculty in each area. There are variations in the procedures described above, depending upon the particular area. For greater detail, see the area coordinator and the charts found near the end of this Handbook.

Final Term of Coursework

Doctoral Preliminary Examination

The Doctoral Preliminary Examination consists of written and oral sections and is taken when the student has completed all course work or in the final semester of coursework. It is the responsibility of the student's major professor to determine when a student must take the examination. The student must be registered for MUS 8964 (0 credit) during the semester in which the examination is taken.

Doctoral students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within five years of passing the Preliminary Examination (but at least six months after passing the prelims).

  1. Elapsed time for the treatise generally is determined by the student's Supervisory Committee.

In scheduling your Preliminary Exam defense date, you're encouraged to make use of an online scheduling program such as "Doodle" (www.doodle.com). This will help you in coordinating available dates and times between all of your committee members, in as efficient a manner as possible. Be sure to include at least 5 dates, with a variety of times.

The University Representative, or "Outside Committee Member", does not need to be present at the Preliminary Exam Defense. However, it is entirely at the discretion of the student's Major Professor, or Committee Chair, to decide what they feel is appropriate in this case. I.E. - A student will typically receive an exam question from each Committee Member. If the University Representative is not available to participate in the Preliminary Exam Defense, the student may receive one less question. The Committee Chair/Area Coordinator determines the number of questions their student is to receive.

**In the Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion area, it is important to note that 4 questions will be given to the student. Questions? Please consult the Area Coordinator.

**It is important to remember that all Committee members, including the University Representative, MUST be present (either physically or via distance technology) at the Defense of the Treatise or Dissertation...No exceptions.

Satisfactory completion of a preliminary examination shall be required for admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree. No student may register for dissertation or doctoral treatise hours prior to the point in the semester in which the preliminary examination was passed. An admission to candidacy form must be completed and filed in the Office of the University Registrar prior to registration for dissertation/treatise hours. After completion of the admission to candidacy process, the student may change DIS credits to treatise or dissertation hours for that semester in which the preliminary examination was completed.

NOTE: A student must be admitted to candidacy (i.e. pass the Preliminary Exam) at least six (6) months prior to the granting of the degree. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure a minimal lapse of time for effective work on the dissertation after acquisition of the basic competence and after delineation of the problem and method of attack. More realistically, the student should expect to spend a year or more of work on the dissertation. Questions? Please contact The Graduate School: 850-644-3501.

Credit conversion from DIS to Treatise or Dissertation hours is only permitted if the preliminary examination is passed by the end of the seventh week of the semester. Please refer to the FSU Academic Calendar, found on the FSU Registrar's website, for the deadline.

If the student fails all or part of the preliminary examination, the committee has the option of dismissing the student from the program or requiring the student to retake all or part of the examination at a later date. If the student fails the second examination, dismissal from the program will result.

Because the procedures of this examination vary slightly among degree programs, specific information regarding the procedures and content of the preliminary examination can be obtained from the Coordinator of the particular area and the charts found near the end of this Handbook.

String Area Policies:

For the doctoral preliminary exam in strings the student will submit a completed treatise prospectus, complete at least one comprehensive exam question, and will schedule an oral defense of the exam components with the doctoral committee. The major professor must approve the prospectus prior to submission to the committee and will determine the content of the comprehensive question (s). The student will have seven days to complete the written response to the comprehensive portion of the exam and must submit the response and prospectus to the committee members at least two weeks prior to the oral defense.

Master's Comprehensive

Non-thesis Degrees(MUS 8966)

For non-thesis degree programs, the Master's Comprehensive Exam consists of both written and oral sections and is taken during the student's last semester in residence. The student must be registered for MUS 8966 (0 credit) during the semester in which the exam is taken.

In scheduling your Master's Comprehensive date, you're encouraged to make use of an online scheduling program such as "Doodle" (www.doodle.com). This will help you in coordinating available dates and times between all of your committee members, in as efficient a manner as possible. Be sure to include at least 5 dates, with a variety of times.

  1. These exams usually include some questions from the major field of study and some that are more comprehensive in nature (history, theory, style, analysis, literature, etc.). Please consult the area coordinator for more specific information.

For Voice Performance Majors:

1) During the first semester of Recital and Repertoire Coaching, the student will research and write program notes on the recital repertoire.

Guidelines for Writing Program Notes for the Recital Repertoire

The notes must reflect thorough research. The content should include factual information about:

The historical period of the composition and perhaps the date of the composition (where it fits into the composer's complete works; a sense of the work's history)

A brief summary of the composer's biography that is directly relevant to the understanding of the music (factual information that is NOT relevant to the piece itself should be omitted)

Some basic information about the poet (e.g. poet's dates, when the poem was written, for whom, etc.)

Give the audience a sense of what to expect while hearing the piece:

Information on the form, style, sound, effect and feeling of the music.

Analytical facts that cannot be heard or that do not contribute to the point of the discussion should NOT be included.

Select one or two points to make and make it clear how every statement relates to the point being made.

Move from the general to the specific: information on the composer and history of the piece, then work toward the nature of the piece itself.

Writing style:

The writing style should be readable, appealing, and in grammatically perfect English.

Stilted, poetic or metaphorical style, colloquialisms, and technical jargon should be AVOIDED.

Should be interesting.

The notes should engage the reader and draw them into the music.

There is not much time for an audience member to read and understand the program notes. So be sure that your language is succinct and clear.

Plagiarism:

Credit must be given for ideas that are taken from sources discovered in the process of research. Citations should be written in an informal manner in the text of the program notes, rather than using footnotes. You may take the information you have gleaned and put it into your own words.

Proof-reading:

Your notes should be proof-read multiple times by several different people. Do not rely on your own proof-reading. Someone else will see things you may have missed.

A week before the last day of classes of the semester, this document must be handed in to all members of the student's supervisory committee in hard copy form.
If the repertoire for the recital is changed once the program notes have been submitted to the supervisory committee, the new repertoire must be approved by the supervisory committee and an addendum to the program notes will be required. The supervisory committee will be notified immediately if there is any change in the recital repertoire and will set up a deadline for the student's submission to the committee of the addendum to the program notes.

Comprehensive examination: The program notes will be used as part of the comprehensive examination the following semester.

2) During the final semester (normally the fourth semester of study) the student must take a translation examination, most likely on a designated Wednesday afternoon. The student chooses one of three languages (French, German, or Italian) and will have one hour to complete the translation into English. The student may use a dictionary and verb book but no grammar book for this process. These translations will become part of the student's comprehensive examination. Copies of the student's translation exam will be sent to the major professor by the voice coordinator (or the monitor of the exam) who, in turn, must send copies to the members of the supervisory committee immediately upon receiving the translation.

3) The oral portion of the Comprehensive Examination should take place soon after the recital. This exam consists of a defense of the program notes and the translation including an oral reading of the foreign language passage that was translated. Based on the Program of Studies Form the exam shall include a comprehensive review of the student's work at FSU which may include questions, terms, names, and/or score identification. It may also include a discussion of the student's recital performance.

Thesis Degrees (MUS 8976)

For thesis degree programs, the student's oral exam usually consists of thesis defense only, and the student must register for MUS 8976 (0 credit). The MM Composition, MM Musicology, and MM Theory degrees, however, also require a written comprehensive exam. These exams usually include some questions from the major field of study and some that are more comprehensive in nature (history, theory, style, analysis, literature, etc.). Please consult the area coordinator for specific information.

In scheduling your Master's Comprehensive date, you're encouraged to make use of an online scheduling program such as "Doodle" (www.doodle.com). This will help you in coordinating available dates and times between all of your committee members, in as efficient a manner as possible. Be sure to include at least 5 dates, with a variety of times.

If the student fails all or part of the comprehensive exam, the committee has the option of dismissing the student from the program or requiring the student to retake all or part of the exam at a later date. If the student fails this second exam, dismissal from the program will result.

Semester of Graduation

General

The most comprehensive source of information on procedures for the final semester is the Steps to Graduation handout available in the College of Music Graduate Office. What follows is a summary of the more important points.

Students planning to graduate must apply for graduation through the University Registrar's Office. Please adhere to the graduation application deadlines found on Gradspace, as-well-as the Registrar's Academic Calendar. Graduation does NOT occur automatically; you must apply for it. Master's thesis and all doctoral candidates should obtain a University 'Final Term Degree Clearance' form, through Gradspace, to be completed and submitted to the FSU Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott) by the semester's deadlines. (These deadlines can be found on Gradspace.) All other forms required for the degree clearance may be obtained online through the College of Music website, as-well-as through Gradspace.

As the thesis/dissertation/treatise student approaches the completion of the final project, certain informational forms need to be submitted to The Graduate School prior to the defense. These include a form advertising the time and location of defense, and a list of the student's committee (see the University's Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise and Dissertation Writers for details).

The University requires that all students writing a Thesis, Treatise, or Dissertation register for a minimum of two (2) Thesis, Treatise, or Dissertation hours every Fall and Spring term until the degree is completed. This policy also applies to the final semester in which the degree is granted. There is no exception to this University requirement.

Please note that the Registration Exemption Deadline no longer exists. In order to graduate in a given semester and not be liable for minimum registration requirements in the following semester, students must meet the established ETD submission deadlines. No exceptions. Please visit Gradspace for this information. For clarification, please contact the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Please be certain to register for the appropriate course (MUS 8966, 8966, or 8985) during the final semester.

Masters Degrees

MA Arts Administration

Candidates should check with the Graduate Music Office to be sure their file is complete before they leave the campus. The following items must be on file for degree clearance:

Program of Studies form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies

Master's Supervisory Committee Form

Master's Exam Form showing Comprehensive Exam (MUS 8966) passed

MME, MM Therapy

Non-Thesis Program

Candidates should check with the Graduate Music Office to be sure their file is complete before they leave the campus. The following items must be on file for degree clearance:

Program of Studies form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies

Master's Supervisory Committee Form

Master's Exam Form showing Comprehensive Exam (MUS 8966) passed

Thesis Program

Candidates for this degree must consult the "Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers", which may be obtained from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Wescott). This information can also be found on Gradspace. Questions about Gradspace? Please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The following items must be on file in the Graduate Music Office before final clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Master's Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Master's Exam Form" showing Defense (MUS 8976) passed
  4. University "Final Term Degree Clearance" form - Signed by major professor and Senior Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music; then submitted by the student to Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).
  5. Please check with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, as there may be additional paperwork required.
  6. Visit Gradspace EARLY so that you do not encounter any surprises at the end of your degree! Gradspace provides the most up-to-the-minute policies and procedures for the successful submission and formatting of your manuscript.

MM Theory, Composition, Musicology

Candidates for these degrees must consult the "Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers", which may be obtained from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott). This information can also be found on Gradspace. Questions about Gradspace? Please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The following items must be on file in the Graduate Music Office before final clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Master's Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Master's Exam Form" showing Thesis Defense (MUS 8976) and Comprehensive Exam (MUS 8966) passed
  4. "Final Degree Clearance Form", signed by major professor, area coordinator, and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Music
  5. Please check with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, as there may be additional paperwork required.
  6. Visit Gradspace EARLY so that you do not encounter any surprises at the end of your degree! Gradspace provides the most up-to-the-minute policies and procedures for the successful submission and formatting of your manuscript.

MM Performance

Candidates for this degree must complete the following before clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Master's Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Master's Exam Form" showing Comprehensive Exam (MUS 8966) passed
  4. "Master's Final Recital Form"

Doctoral Degrees

PhD Musicology, Theory, Education

Candidates for these degrees must consult the "Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers", which may be obtained from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott). This information can also be found on Gradspace. Questions about Gradspace? Please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The following items must be completed and on file in the Graduate Music Office before degree clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Doctoral Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Doctoral Exam Form" showing Diagnostic/Preliminary Exam (MUS 8964) and Dissertation Defense (MUS 8985) passed
  4. Full copy of the signed Prospectus
  5. The University "Final Term Degree Clearance" form signed by major professor and Senior Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music; then submitted by student to Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).
  6. Please check with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, as there may be additional paperwork required.
  7. Visit Gradspace EARLY so that you do not encounter any surprises at the end of your degree! Gradspace provides the most up-to-the-minute policies and procedures for the successful submission and formatting of your manuscript.

Specific questions regarding dissertation format not outlined in the Guidelines booklet should be addressed to the major professor and/or the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).

DM Composition

Candidates for this degree must consult the "Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers", which may be obtained from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott). This information can also be found on Gradspace. Questions about Gradspace? Please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The following items must be completed and on file in the Graduate Music Office before degree clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Doctoral Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Doctoral Exam Form" showing Diagnostic Exam, Preliminary Exam, and Composition Defense passed
  4. A memorandum from the major professor or the Coordinator of Theory/Composition stating that the candidate has successfully completed the recital requirement
  5. The University "Final Term Degree Clearance" form signed by major professor and Senior Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music; then submitted to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).
  6. Please check with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, as there may be additional paperwork required.
  7. Visit Gradspace EARLY so that you do not encounter any surprises at the end of your degree! Gradspace provides the most up-to-the-minute policies and procedures for the successful submission and formatting of your manuscript.

DM Performance

Candidates for this degree must consult the "Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers", which may be obtained from the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott). This information can also be found on Gradspace. Questions about Gradspace? Please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The following items must be completed and on file in the Graduate Music Office before degree clearance will be granted:

  1. "Program of Studies" form, including remediation of GMCE deficiencies
  2. "Doctoral Supervisory Committee Form"
  3. "Doctoral Exam Form" showing Diagnostic, Preliminary Exams and Treatise Defense passed
  4. "Doctoral Recital Forms" (MV 6985-9)
  5. The University "Final Term Degree Clearance" form signed by major professor and Senior Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music; then submitted to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (314 Westcott).
  6. "Student Exit Summary Form"
  7. Please check with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, as there may be additional paperwork required.
  8. Visit Gradspace EARLY so that you do not encounter any surprises at the end of your degree! Gradspace provides the most up-to-the-minute policies and procedures for the successful submission and formatting of your manuscript.

Advising

Academic Advising resources for Graduate Students

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Major Professor

The Major Professor serves as the graduate student's primary advisor during his/her course of study.  In addition, the Major Professor oversees and directs the student's thesis, treatise or dissertation.

New students should identify a Major Professor early in their program.  For music performance students, the Major Professor is typically the student's applied lesson instructor.  For assistance in establishing a Major Professor, students may conference with the Area Coordinator appropriate to their specific degree plan.

Graduate Office

The Graduate Office in the College of Music provides general support and advisement to graduate music students, including answering questions about degree requirements, providing forms, and describing academic procedures, due dates and time lines.  However, the selection of particular courses and other degree-area specifics lie under the purview of the Major Professor as each student's primary academic advisor.

Supervisory Committee

MASTER'S COMMITTEES

The Master's committee consists of a minimum of three faculty members, including the Major Professor and at least one other member from the major area. Additional members may be appointed if deemed desirable. Committee membership should be discussed with the Major Professor early in the program.

In order to establish the committee officially, the student must (1) obtain the Master's Supervisory Committee Form, (2) have it signed by all committee members, and (3) return the completed form to the Graduate Music Office for approval by the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music.  This should normally occur during the second semester in residence (or as soon as possible thereafter).

DOCTORAL COMMITTEES

A Supervisory Committee of four members should be selected by the student, in conference with the Major Professor and with the approval of the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music, including:

  • The Major Professor and at least two other members from the major field (excepting Guitar and Organ).
  • At least one faculty member from outside the major area (University Representative). In cases where the directing professor is not the major professor, he/she cannot also serve as the University Representative.

All doctoral committee members (including the University Representative) are required to hold Graduate Faculty Status.  The University Representative must be a tenured member of the faculty.

In order to establish the committee officially, the student must (1) obtain the Doctoral Supervisory Committee form, (2) have it signed by all committee members and, (3) return the completed form to the Graduate Music Office for approval by the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

The supervisory committee typically should be established and on file with the Graduate Office by the end of the student's second semester. Performance majors must establish their committee prior to the first recital. Non-performance majors must establish their committee prior to taking the Preliminary Examination.

Additional information regarding the University Representative:

The University Representative is drawn from outside the student's department or "area." The University Representative's primary role is to ensure that the student is treated fairly and equitably in accordance with University and College guidelines and policies, and that decisions made by the supervisory committee reflect the collective judgment of the committee. The University Representative should verify that the defense is conducted appropriately. This individual should be free of conflicts of interest with other members of the supervisory committee. The University Representative may also provide writing guidance, although content knowledge in the subject of the treatise or dissertation is valuable, but not required. The University Representative is required to attend the Defense, either in person or via distance technology. Within one week (or by no later than the Manuscript Clearance Deadline) following the Defense, the University Representative must complete the University Representative Report. In this report, the University Representative will complete a brief summary and evaluation on the student's Defense. A written critique of the Defense is also required. Failure to complete the form and submit it to the Graduate Office in a timely manner may delay clearance of the student's Treatise or Dissertation for graduation.

In addition, the University Representative must hold GFS (Graduate Faculty Status) and be a tenured member of the faculty.

GradSpace

The Florida State University Graduate School maintains the GradSpace website through the University's content management system.  GradSpace provides numerous resources and information concerning dates and deadlines, manuscript clearance procedures, and other relevant material.  Students may access GradSpace through the Graduate School website.

Financial Assistance

Assistantships, fellowships, Employment opportunities and more

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Tuition Waivers, Rates and Fees

Understanding Your Finances

For Graduate Assistants & Partial Tuition Waiver Recipients Only

The following information is intended to provide you with an estimate of approximately how much money to budget for. This information is based-upon the current academic year and is subject to change for the next academic year. We recommend that you budget for more money than is listed below to allow yourself a “cushion” in the event of added and/or unexpected expenses.

Please understand that the figures below do not include other expenses such-as late registration fees, late payment fees, books, course materials, housing, health insurance, other personal living expenses, etc.

The fees are all set by the University, and not the Graduate Music Office. Fees and tuition remain the same for one full academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer cycle) and are always subject to change the following academic year. Fees are typically due during the second week of classes – there is no “deposit” prior to the term.

Preview the Waiver and Fee Chart from The Graduate School when reading the information below: Graduate WAIVER & FEE CHART 16-17.pdf

If a student is coded as “out of state”, they are charged the out of state University fees. If a student is coded as “in state”, they are charged the in state University fees. Multiply your per-credit-hour fees ($105.87 per credit hour for OOS; $75.81 per credit hour for in state) by the number of credit hours you are taking.

Graduate Assistants

If you are a graduate assistant, you have to enroll in at least 9 grad-level credit hours to receive your waiver. Using the fees model above: for OOS, 105.87 x 9= $952.83, for in state 75.81 x 9= $682.29. Then, add the per semester $20 FSU Student Facilities Use Fee to that total, add the $5 FSU Card fee, then add the $350 Music Equipment fee to that total. So, if you were attending Florida State University as an out of state graduate assistant for the current academic year, and had enrolled for 9 grad-level credit hours, you would have paid $1,327.83 in the Fall of 2015, and $1,327.83 in the Spring of 2016. That $1,327.83 figure would have been your fee total that you would have been responsible for paying…either by-way of your own funding or via federal financial aid for those who qualify by completing the FAFSA. If you are an in-state graduate assistant, the total per semester would be $1,057.29. Just to re-confirm, these fee totals may change for the next academic year, but hopefully they will give you an estimation of what you would expect to pay in fees as a graduate assistant.

For your information, U.S. domestic students who are appointed as graduate assistants in the College of Music are eligible to apply-for the possibility of becoming Florida residents after twelve months, once certain criteria are met. Graduate Assistants who are residents of the United States should note that out-of-state tuition waivers are paid by the College ONLY during the first year of an assistantship; after that the College will provide only an in-state waiver. Thus, applying for Florida residency is financially advantageous. Please note that international students will receive the out-of-state waiver for the duration of the graduate assistantship. For additional information on obtaining Florida residency please visit the College of Music website: http://music.fsu.edu/programs/college-of-music-graduate-handbook/florida-residency and the FSU Registrar’s Office website: http://admissions.fsu.edu/residency/policy/reclassification.cfm

Partial Tuition Waiver Recipients
If you are a partial tuition waiver recipient using the OOS model above, $105.87 x 8= $846.96. Then you add the per semester $20 FSU Student Facilities Use Fee to that total, add the $5 FSU Card fee, then add the $350 Music Equipment fee to that total. This would bring you to $1,221.96 for OOS. Remember, as a condition of accepting the partial tuition waiver, you must fund one full graduate-level credit hour yourself. The current out-of-state per credit hour rate for graduate students is $1,110.72 (refer to the Student Business Services web-site). When you add $1,221.96 to $1,110.72 you get: $2,332.68. So, if you were attending Florida State University as an out of state student for the current academic year, and had enrolled for the mandatory 9 grad-level credit hours as a partial tuition waiver recipient, you would have paid $2,332.68 in the Fall of 2015, and $2,332.68 in the Spring of 2016. That $2,332.68 figure would have been your fee total that you would have been responsible for paying each semester…either by-way of your own funding or via federal financial aid for those who qualify by completing the FAFSA. If you are an in-state student taking 9 grad-level credit hours, the total would be a bit cheaper overall. Just to re-confirm, this fee total may change for the next academic year, but this will give you an estimation of what you would expect to pay per semester as a partial tuition waiver recipient.

1) Master's GA's receive a tuition waiver for 9 credit hours, while doctoral GA's receive a tuition waiver for anywhere between 9 and 12 credit hours (9, 10, 11, or 12). Tuition waivers cover only graduate-level credits (5000 or 6000-level). No undergraduate-level (4000-level and below) credits are covered by the tuition waiver. Please understand that the tuition waiver waives the cost of tuition, only (approximately 80% of your total bill). All students pay per-credit-hour and one-time fees that the tuition waiver does not waive. Information on the current semester's tuition and fees may be found by visiting the following website: http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students/Tuition-Rates Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change for the following academic year.

2) Each graduate assistantship holder is required to sign a Tuition Waiver Receipt Form at the beginning of both the Fall & Spring terms. Continuing graduate assistants will be notified when to sign this document via email prior to the beginning of each Fall & Spring term. Tuition waivers must be signed in the Graduate Music Office (HMU 204-A) for the waiver to remain in effect.

3) The student's class schedule will be verified for at least 9 hours of graduate-level courses (5000 level or above). Schedules that do not meet this requirement will be rejected and the student will need to register for 9 graduate credits online immediately. Tuition waivers cannot be used to pay for courses numbered below 5000 (i.e. undergraduate level).

4) Once the registration is approved and submitted no changes may be made to that schedule. If changes are made or necessary corrections left undone, tuition will not be waived.

5) The Tuition Waiver entry window closes the 3rd day of drop/add so all schedules must be finalized by that time. The tuition waiver forms must be finalized and turned in to the Graduate Office no later than by the end of the first week of classes.

6) U.S. domestic students who are appointed as graduate assistants in the College of Music are eligible to apply-for the possibility of becoming Florida residents after twelve months, once certain criteria are met. Graduate Assistants who are residents of the United States should note that out-of-state tuition waivers are paid by the College ONLY during the first year of an assistantship; after that the College will provide only an in-state waiver. Thus, applying for Florida residency is financially advantageous. Please note that international students will receive the out-of-state waiver for the duration of the graduate assistantship.

Assistantships

Approximately 225 teaching, research, accompanying, and administrative assistantships are awarded by the College of Music typically in March and April to academically and musically deserving Master's and Doctoral students. Teaching assistants are selected and assigned to particular courses on the basis of experience, professional qualifications, and musical expertise. There is no assistantship application process. Assistantships may be renewed for a second year for outstanding Master's students. For Doctoral students, a third year is possible. Assistantship stipends usually amount to $6,458 (1/4 time), $8,618 (1/3 time), or $12,916 (1/2 time) for two academic semesters: Fall and Spring. (Assistantships in music education, musicology and music theory are occasionally available for the Summer semester.) Continued appointments and renewals are contingent upon the following: Satisfactory degree progress and satisfactory work as assigned by the appointment.

The College of Music allows for maximum assistantship funding as follows: four (4) semesters for Master's students and six (6) semesters for Doctoral students. Students who complete a (funded) graduate degree in the College of Music, and elect to earn a second graduate degree here, may receive funding up to four (4) semesters for a second Master's degree and up to six (6) semesters for a Doctoral degree. (**Please note: PhD Theory GA's are eligible for a maximum of 8 semesters of funding.) Individuals pursuing exceptions to this policy must submit the "Petition for Waiver of Assistantship Policy on Maximum Term of Appointment," available in the Graduate Music Office. Renewals are contingent upon satisfactory degree progress and satisfactory work on the duties assigned. Students who receive an assistantship after initial matriculation into the degree program may receive term-only assistantships; they may or may not be renewed.

Please note that all graduate assistantships come with a tuition waiver. Master's GA's receive a tuition waiver for 9 credit hours, while doctoral GA's receive a tuition waiver for anywhere between 9 and 12 credit hours (9, 10, 11, or 12). Tuition waivers cover only graduate-level credits (5000 or 6000-level). No undergraduate-level (4000-level and below) credits are covered by the tuition waiver. Please understand that the tuition waiver waives the cost of tuition, only (approximately 80% of the total bill). All students pay per-credit-hour and one-time fees that the tuition waiver does not waive. Information on the current semester's tuition and fees may be found by visiting the following website: http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students/Tuition-Rates Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change for the following academic year.

All graduate assistants at FSU work under a contract negotiated by United Faculty of Florida-Florida State University-Graduate Assistants United (UFF-FSU-GAU) and Florida State University. UFF-FSU-GAU is the labor union certified as the executive bargaining agent for graduate assistants at FSU. For more information please visit the UFF-FSU-GAU website: http://www.uff-fsu-gau.org/ . No department or University representative may make a binding agreement to reappoint the graduate assistant for longer than the term of the contract. No department or University representative may make a binding agreement to reappoint the employee for longer than the term of the contract. Research grants, advisor's promises, and departmental agreements are not binding.

SPEAK Test: International students, whose native language is not English, are required to take the SPEAK Test in order to be considered for a graduate assistantship from the College of Music. SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) is a test for evaluating the English speaking ability of non-native speakers of English. At FSU, the SPEAK test is administered by the Center for Intensive English Studies to international students who have been appointed or will be appointed as teaching assistants in an academic department at Florida State University. If the SPEAK test is not completed, then a score of 26 on the speaking portion of the Internet-Based TOEFL must be obtained, (and verified by FSU Admissions). There are no exceptions to this policy. Please refer questions to our Music Admissions Office: 850/644-6102.

Tuition waivers must be obtained from the Graduate Music Office at the beginning of each semester.

U.S. domestic students who are appointed as graduate assistants in the College of Music are eligible to apply-for the possibility of becoming Florida residents after twelve months, once certain criteria are met. Graduate Assistants who are residents of the United States should note that out-of-state tuition waivers are paid by the College ONLY during the first year of an assistantship; after that the College will provide only an in-state waiver. Thus, applying for Florida residency is financially advantageous. Please note that international students will receive the out-of-state waiver for the duration of the graduate assistantship. For additional information on obtaining Florida residency please visit the College of Music website and the FSU Registrar's Office website.

NOTE: THE ALLOCATION OF WAIVERS DEPENDS UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS.

It is the policy of the College of Music that all financial assistance awarded to graduate students has one major purpose: to provide academically deserving students with financial assistance so they may pursue their professional studies at Florida State University. Consequently, the College of Music and its faculty members strive to ensure that the graduate assistantship assignments are:

  1. academically and professionally rewarding to the student
  2. well within the capabilities of the student
  3. directly related to the College of Music's teaching, research, and administrative operations.

University and College of Music guidelines for the hours of weekly service required for various graduate assistantship assignments are as follows. All assistantships entail the equivalent of 10, 13, and 20 hours of work for 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 assistantships, respectively. Actual contact hours vary among the types of assistantships. For more information on the number of hours specific to your graduate assistantship duties please contact your Graduate Assistantship Supervisor.

Name TYPE Average Weekly Contact Hours (9 mos.) STIPEND (U.S. dollars)
Graduate Assistants (Academic courses) 1/4 1-3 6,458
  1/3 3-5 8,618
  1/2 6-8 12,916
Graduate Assistants (Studio/recital accompanying) 1/4 5 6,458
  1/3 7 8,618
  1/2 10 12,916
Graduate Assistants (Applied lessons) 1/4 6 6,458
  1/3 8 8,618
  1/2 12 12,916
Graduate Assistants (Opera accompanying) 1/4 7 6,458
  1/3 10 8,618
  1/2 15 12,916
Graduate Assistants (Research, administration, performing) 1/4 10 6,458
  1/3 13 8,618
  1/2 20 12,916

Graduate assistants are expected to observe the same duty days as faculty members. Exceptions to this schedule require prior approval from the Associate Dean (Director of Graduate Studies in Music).

Graduate assistants must enroll for a minimum of 9 hours of course work each semester. Other requirements for graduate assistants include:

  1. Regular graduate status
  2. Maintain a 3.0 (B) grade point average
  3. Perform duties to the satisfaction of the supervising professor and the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  4. Uphold the expectations of the FSU Student Code of Conduct and the FSU Academic Honor Policy.

Each graduate assistant is assigned a supervising professor by the area coordinator or Associate Dean. For purposes of consultation and evaluation, the professor will observe the assistant periodically in the performance of assigned duties. During Spring Semester each year, the supervising professor will formally evaluate the graduate assistant's work. The supervising professor and the graduate assistant will confer, and both the student and professor will sign a graduate assistantship evaluation form. This form is ultimately placed in the student's file in the Graduate Music Office. Evaluations must be completed by the deadline designated by the Graduate Music Office before the student can be considered for assistantship renewal; late evaluations may result in non-renewal of current assistantship holders.

Graduate assistants who have problems or grievances related to their assistantship duties should first discuss complaints with their immediate faculty supervisor, then the coordinator of the appropriate academic department, and finally the Associate Dean /Director of Graduate Studies in Music. In cases where this does not resolve the problem, the assistant may file a formal complaint with the Office of Graduate Studies, 314 Westcott.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA)

The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA) offers a variety of services to assist graduate students in obtaining external fellowships, grants, scholarships, and awards. Services include assistance with proposal revisions and the application process, workshops, and round table discussions about specific opportunities. The OGFA's Blackboard organization site provides an inventory of external fellowships and awards as well as information on searching for additional resources. The OGFA's newsletter, which contains information about upcoming events and deadlines, is available online through Blackboard and the website. For more information, visit: http://ogfa.fsu.edu.

LEGACY / UNIVERSITY / PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS

The Legacy Fellowship Program is a University-wide competition, open to new doctoral students who have been fully admitted to the College of Music.

The Graduate School is not accepting applications for the Presidential and University Fellowships at this time. Interested applicants should refer to the Graduate School Legacy Fellowship. The University Fellowship Program is administered by the Graduate School. It is a University-wide competition, open to new and continuing doctoral students. The University Fellowship is a one year award, and provides a stipend of $19,000 to each student. Some fellows are selected as Presidential University Fellows. These fellowships are awarded for a four-year term, and come with an increased annual stipend of $24,000 for the first and fourth years. The second and third years are funded at a level determined by the department. Additional benefits to both fellowships include a tuition waiver of up to twelve hours for the Fall and Spring terms, and full single coverage in the University sponsored health insurance plan.For more information, please contact Brian Barton at 644-3501 or bbarton@fsu.edu, with any questions.

This fellowship provides support for up to 5 continuous years for newly-admitted doctoral students, and support for up to 3 continuous years for newly-admitted qualifying MFA students (see list of qualifying major codes in the application). The Fellowship is a $10,000 supplement to 0.5 FTE assistantship (required) per academic year, and provides the health insurance subsidy in accordance with the Graduate Assistants United Collective Bargaining Agreement. For more information, please contact Brian Barton at 644-3501 or bbarton@fsu.edu.

Deadline for submission of these materials to the Graduate Music Office is typically in January of each year; awards are announced mid-March, to early-April.

You may also visit: http://gradschool.fsu.edu/

Additional information on graduate Fellowships and Awards can be obtained by contacting their office, directly.

NOTE: Applications are available only to students who are nominated by their department.

International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship

This fellowship carries a $7,000 stipend per semester (up to two semesters), plus tuition waivers, for advanced doctoral students. These prestigious fellowships for advanced doctoral students are offered by the Graduate School to facilitate research and timely completion of the doctoral degree that requires extended research-time abroad. Recipients must enroll for a minimum number of dissertation hours during the research semester. Recipients must conduct research abroad for the duration of the fellowship. Applications are through the academic department Chair or College Dean as appropriate.

Henderson Family Fellowship

This fellowship was created to support Florida public school teachers who are pursuing a Master's or Specialist degree. This fellowship will defray the costs of tuition and fees for up to two semesters in an academic year (summer, fall, spring).

All applications for this fellowship should be submitted to The Graduate School by mid-February for the following academic year. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the materials will be due by the end of the next business day. Please address your applications to Becky Culp, 314 Westcott, Campus Mail Code 1410.

This fellowship is contingent upon available funding. For more information or questions related to this fellowship, please contact the Graduate School at (850) 644-5848.

Leslie N. Wilson-Delores Auzenne Assistantship for Minorities

This award is available for all new or currently enrolled minority graduate students. NOTE: Applications are available only to students who are nominated by their department. Nomination is through the department or college, but competition for these awards is on a University-wide basis. The stipend is a minimum of $5,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers. Application deadline usually in February. For more information please visit:

http://gradstudies.fsu.edu/funding-awards/graduate-school-fellowships-and-grants

McKnight Doctoral Fellowships

 These fellowships provide up to five years of support, with a stipend of $12,000 plus tuition waivers and other support for four years and with the fifth year support at a rate that is typical in the student's academic program. Fellows also receive a $400 subsidy towards the purchase of the University sponsored health insurance plan. This is a state-wide program administered through the Florida Education Fund (FEF). Applications are available on the FEF website. For more information regarding FSU application procedures, contact the Graduate School, 314 Westcott, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410, (850) 644-3501.

Financing Graduate Education (Cost Estimation)

The university's Office of Financial Aid provides an estimated yearly cost of attendance. This includes fixed amounts, such as tuition and fees, as well as amounts that must be estimated, such as room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. These budgets are for the purpose of awarding financial aid, and may not represent the actual cost for each individual student, as enrollment and lifestyle choices vary: http://financialaid.fsu.edu/Cost

Grants

A very limited number of government and private foundation grants also provide a possible source of financial assistance for graduate students. Information about the availability, deadlines, and application procedures for various grants can be obtained at the University's Graduate School office (314 Westcott).

Presser Foundation Grant:

$10,000 awarded to one graduate music student for an outside project advancing their professional careers. Proposals must be submitted to area coordinators, who then each submit one proposal to the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Music. (Details about content of the proposals is distributed late in the fall semester.) From these seven, one is chosen to receive the award. Submission deadline usually end of January or first week of February.

Florida State offers a variety of different funding opportunities for graduate students outside of the departmental assistantship. Listed below are some of the awards frequently received by graduate music students. Detailed information about application for each one can be found at the listed websites.

Dissertation Research Grants: $750 awards to doctoral students actively working on their dissertation; new awards given each semester. Application deadline usually end of second week of classes each fall and spring semester.
http://gradschool.fsu.edu/

For information on other financial opportunities through The Graduate School, please visit their website, and click on Funding and Awards: http://gradschool.fsu.edu/

OPS (Part-Time) Employment

Whether or not a student has been awarded Financial Aid, or Work Study through the Office of Financial Aid, part-time employment through the College of Music might be possible. The following offices in the College of Music often hire students. If interested, please contact their office(s) directly:

Contact Office Room Phone
Jennie Carpenter Mail Room Office Assistant HMU 204 644-3424
Katherine Redd Stage Management Ruby Diamond Concert Hall 644-2043
Brad Rohrer Instrument Library Room Manager LON 202A 644-2705
Tiawana Meeks Office Assistant HMU 202D 644-4649
Michael Strickland Computer Lab KMU 210 644-5788
Laura Gayle Green College of Music Library HMU 090 644-5028
Melanie Presnell College of Music Registrar's Office HMU 203 644-4689
Nick Smith Stage Management KMU 399 644-5486
Michelle Pohto College of Music Fiscal Office Kellogg 212 644-9254
Kristopher Watson College of Music Admissions Office HMU 236 644-6102
  Band Department HMU 101 644-3507
Alexander Jiménez Orchestra Department HMU 101 644-3507
André Thomas Choral Department KMU 230 644-5084
Ted Stanley Undergraduate Music Office HMU 204-D 644-4833

Work Study

The Office of Financial Aid on campus (University Center) can provide information regarding long- and short-term (government insured) loans and Graduate Work-Study programs. Please visit their website here: http://financialaid.fsu.edu/

Academic Matters

Common Academic exceptions and Resources

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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement among southern states for sharing academic programs. Participating states approve their residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific graduate programs in other states on an in-state tuition basis. Arrangements traditionally are limited to unusual programs or programs not offered within the state of residence. To enroll as an ACM student, an applicant must obtain certification from the State Coordinator in the student's home state. Students must be admitted to the appropriate degree program by the Office of Admissions, and the letter of certification must be received in the Office of the University Registrar before the first day of classes for the effective term. Information on the state's authorization of programs or the identity of the coordinator for a particular state may be found at http://home.sreb.org/acm/choosestate.aspx.

Please visit the following FSU website for additional information: http://fda.fsu.edu/Academic-Resources/Academic-Policies/Academic-Common-Market

For information on the programs in which FSU participates, contact the Academic Common Market Coordinator, 115 Westcott, (850) 644-6876.

Conversion of Credits

Students who have fulfilled all class requirements are allowed to register for DIS credits (with the DIS title, “Dissertation Research”), during the semester they register for the Preliminary Exam; MUS 8964.  These DIS credits may be converted to Treatise credits for performance majors (course # MUS 6979), or Dissertation credits for non-performance majors (course # MUS 6980), if the student passes their Preliminary Exam by the 7th week of the semester deadline (early October in Fall, early February in Spring).  The conversion process simply involves completing “Drop/Add” slips that must be signed by the Major Professor, and delivered to the FSU Registrar’s Office at the football stadium (Bldg. A, 3rd floor).  Students must obtain “Drop/Add” forms from our College of Music Registrar in room HMU 203. 

Graduate students wishing to convert hours from DIS, Supervised Research, or Supervised Teaching over to treatise or dissertation hours must follow these guidelines:

Only hours taken in the semester you pass your preliminary (comprehensive) exam will be considered for credit conversion.

Satisfactory completion of a preliminary examination shall be required for admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree. No student may register for dissertation or doctoral treatise hours prior to the point in the semester in which the preliminary examination was passed. An admission to candidacy form must be completed and filed in the Office of the University Registrar prior to registration for dissertation/treatise hours. After completion of the admission to candidacy process, the student may retroactively add dissertation hours for that semester in which the preliminary examination was completed.

Credit conversion from DIS to Treatise or Dissertation hours is only permitted if the preliminary examination is passed by the end of the seventh week of the semester. Please refer to the FSU Academic Calendar, found on the FSU Registrar's website, for the deadline.

Provisional Graduate Students

An academic program may recommend that a student be admitted to the University as a provisional graduate student. This requires that the program stipulate conditions that the student must meet during the initial semester/term of enrollment. The student will remain in this provisional category for only one semester/term, and must meet all of the stipulated conditions during the initial semester/term to continue in the program. Students entering the University under this category register in the same manner as regular degree-seeking students. International students cannot be admitted into the provisional category.

A provisional graduate student must be reviewed by the academic program and the University at the end of the initial semester/term to determine whether the stipulated conditions were met. If the conditions were not met, the student will not be able to continue in the program. While in provisional status a graduate student must register for graded graduate-level coursework (5000- level or above; excludes S/U courses) commensurate with the load requirements of the program, and must earn at least an average of 3.0 for all graduate-level coursework taken.

A hold blocking future enrollment will be placed on the record of a student who fails to meet the stipulated conditions during the initial provisional semester/term; such students will be ineligible to continue in the academic program. Students who met the minimum requirements for admission to the University either initially or during the provisional semester, but failed to meet the program- specific conditions may subsequently seek admission to a different academic program as a degree or non-degree seeking student.

A provisional student who does not earn at least a 3.0 average during the initial provisional term is not eligible for probationary status in the subsequent semester. Otherwise, a provisional graduate student is subject to the retention and dismissal regulations appropriate to a regular graduate student. For information on non-degree classification, see the subsection on ‘Non-Degree Students’ in this chapter.

Transfer Credit: Doctoral

Official posting of transfer credit is not awarded toward the doctoral degree. Doctoral students must complete 40 hours of coursework at FSU; 30 additional hours from the master's degree are automatically counted for a total of 70 hours of coursework prior to the 24 hours of recital/treatise/dissertation.

Students who have previously completed graduate-level requirements through an accredited institution who wish to request to "waive" similar courses required at our institution must obtain approval from the appropriate area faculty. In other words, a student who successfully completed a graduate-level music theory course outside of FSU would consult the Music Theory Area Coordinator. Likewise, a student who successfully completed a graduate-level music history course outside of FSU would consult the Musicology Area Coordinator. Music Bibliography substitution requests must be directed to the Associate Dean in our Graduate Music Office, room 204-B, HMU. Finally, degree area specific requests, such-as wind/percussion pedagogy course substitution inquiries, would be directed to the student's Major Professor, or Area Coordinator.

To clarify, prior course experience does not "waive" the mandatory minimum number of credits required for the doctoral degree. Doctoral students must always complete 40 hours of coursework at FSU plus 24 combined hours of Recital credit and Treatise. Please consult the Programs of Study guides on the College of Music website.

Transfer Credit: Masters

Up to six credits of graduate work not taken as part of a completed degree may be transferred from another accredited institution, but those credits must have commenced not more than seven years prior to completion of the degree for the credits to be applicable to the master's degree. All transfer credit must be evaluated and recommended as graduate work, and must have been completed with grades of "B" or better.

A Transfer Credit Form must be completed, and submitted to the Graduate Music Office for consideration. This document requires the signatures of the Department Chair and/or the student's Major Professor. An official transcript from the institution from which the requested credits are to be transferred must accompany this form, as-well.

The Transfer Credit Form may be obtained on the College of Music website and in the Graduate Music Office (204-A, HMU).

Classes & Registration

Auditing Courses

Seating privileges will be afforded to currently enrolled students and non-students on a space-available basis after registration. Admission to Florida State University is not required; no credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained for audited courses. Standard tuition costs do apply. No more than eighteen hours may be taken on an audit basis in any one semester.

Procedures

  • During the first week of classes, obtain the audit approval form online at http://wwwmusic.fsu.acsitefactory.com/sites/g/files/upcbnu406/files/audit_registration.pdf or you may pick up an audit approval form from the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Fill out the form and obtain both the instructor's approval and clearance from the University Student Health Center.
  • Return the approved form to the Office of the University Registrar for final approval and class registration.
  • Pay fees during fee payment at A1500 University Center. No waivers or deferments may be used, except for those age sixty or over.
  • Present the form to your instructor at the next class meeting.

Note:If you have already registered for the course you wish to audit, you must drop it within the first week of class, before the audit request can be processed.

Please note that audited classes do not count toward any degree program.

DIS - Directed Individual Study

The DIS is a flexible course/project/research idea that is developed between a student and a DIS directing professor.

  • The student proposes an idea and contacts the professor they wish to work with.
  • The student must obtain and complete a blue DIS form (located in the Music Registration Office: 203 HMU).
  • On that form the student, alongside the directing professor, will indicate the number of credit hours; a 20 (max) character DIS title; a description of the course requirements; objectives and expectations; subject matter, etc.
  • If approved, the DIS directing professor must then sign the bottom of the DIS form. When those steps are complete submit the form to 203 HMU for further processing.

Doctoral Annual Review

In order to remain in good academic standing, doctoral students are required to meet with their Major Professor, Supervisory Committee, and/or Area Coordinator, on a yearly-basis.

The intent of the annual review is to assure that each student has the opportunity for scholarly engagement and continues to make timely progression toward completion of the degree program.

This meeting will evaluate the student's overall degree progress, as well as address any appropriate, concurrent issues. The Graduate School states: "Each year the supervisory committee, the major professor, or the student's advisor, prior to the selection of a major professor, will assess the progress of the student in writing and make available copies of the annual review to the student, the department chair, and the academic dean."

A Special Interim Report review may be undertaken, too, as needed.

Dual Enrollment

Note: It is not permissible for a graduate student to request dual enrollment during their first semester of study. Students interested in applying for dual enrollment must complete at least one full semester of study prior to applying for a second degree. Upon completion of one full semester in the original program of matriculation the student's grades and cumulative GPA must reflect satisfactory performance: Cumulative average minimum of 3.0. No letter grades below "C-" will be counted toward any graduate-level degree program at FSU.

If you are pursuing two degrees at once, or have graduated with one degree and are pursuing a second degree for which coursework overlaps with the first, you will need to submit a Dual Enrollment Request Form to the Graduate Music Office. It is available for pick-up in the Graduate Music Office, or for download through Gradspace. This document requires a statement (justification) from you about pursuing two degrees, and the signatures of: 1) the department head for each degree, 2) the Senior Associate Dean, and 3) the Dean of The Graduate School. Submit the form with your statement and the area coordinators' signatures and the Graduate Music Office will forward the request to The Graduate School for approval. This form should be submitted early in the semester that you plan to apply for dual enrollment so as not to delay graduation clearance.

Students wishing to pursue two degrees offered through the FSU College of Music must also submit:

A.) A Program of Study document filled-out by the student. This must be submitted for review by the Graduate Music Office to evaluate how much coursework has been completed toward the first degree program.

AND

B.) A College of Music application to the Music Admissions Office. Please know that unless you plan to graduate with your first degree before enrolling in your second, an FSU Admissions Application does not need to be completed; alongside the College of Music Application. Please note that admissions requirements may vary among the degree programs. Students may be asked to audition for a performance degree, or interview for a non-performance degree. Students may also be required to submit additional materials relative to the application process. Please contact the Music Admissions Office for information on College of Music application requirements: (850) 644-6102.

Any student wishing to pursue two degrees from Florida State must obtain the requisite number of credit hours for both degrees:

A. For two non-thesis masters degrees, a minimum of 64 graduate-level credit hours must be completed, even if the two degrees have overlapping requirements.

B. For two thesis masters degrees, a minimum total of 60 graduate-level credit hours must be completed, with the same rule about overlapping applying.

C. Students wishing to complete two doctoral degrees must meet the requirements for each degree separately. They must have at least 24 hours of dissertation, and for performance degrees, treatise and recital credit combined, for each degree, as well as the dissertation defense, for each degree. Students must obtain permission from The Graduate School (Dual Enrollment Request Form) to pursue both degrees, unless the student graduates with the first doctorate and intends to begin the second doctorate after graduating from the first. (In this case, an application must be made through the College of Music Admissions Office.) There is no joint degree program for the doctoral degrees, so students wouldn't be able to "double dip" at all for the degree requirement.

If the two degrees have overlapping course requirements, such-as Music Bibliography, for example, the student is not required to take that course over again. However, the student must earn the same number of credit hours by taking a graduate-level, College of Music course, approved by the Major Professor. Additional ensemble credits, lesson hours - virtually any graduate-level non-remedial class can count here, as long as the student obtains approval from the Major Professor. Remedial classes that will not count toward the graduate degree include MUH 5219 and MUT 5051.

Area faculty may require the dual degree applicant to complete any or all of the typical admissions application components such-as an audition (performance degrees), writing sample(s), interview, etc. Students wishing to pursue dual enrollment should consult the degree area faculty, directly, to find out what is expected of them.

University Policy on Master's Degrees:

Thesis-Type Program: To qualify for a master's degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of credit including thesis credit. At least eighteen of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B,C). The minimum/maximum number of thesis hours for completion of a master's degree shall be six hours.

Course-Type Program: To qualify for a master's degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty-two semester hours of coursework. At least twenty-one of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B, C).

Full-Time Student Course Load

Domestic, U.S. Residents:

12 hours if not on assistantship; 9 hours if on assistantship or if receiving a partial tuition waiver.

Full-time status for graduate students is required only if the student is receiving a graduate tuition waiver; as-tied to a graduate assistantship OR a partial (8-hr.) tuition waiver. In some cases students may need to be considered full-time for insurance/financial aid purposes. The latter is dependent upon the student's personal situation.

International Students:

  • Full time, if the student is on assistantship (or receiving a partial tuition waiver) is 9 hours.
  • Full time, if the student is not on assistantship is 9 hours for the first year only; 12 hours for each additional term/year.

The number of hours which a College of Music graduate student may carry without special permission is fifteen (15). A heavier load may be permitted by the Associate Dean (Graduate Office)/ Director of Graduate Studies of the College of Music. If the student requests a heavier course load and the request is approved by the Associate Dean, the number of hours the University will allow a student to enroll for is 18. Anything above that may require additional paperwork. Please speak with the College of Music Registrar for more details.

Included in the calculation of student load are hours of graduate credit other than formal course work, e.g., hours in thesis or dissertation, in directed individual study, in supervised research, and in supervised teaching.

GradSpace

All Electronic Thesis, Treatise and Dissertation information can be found on The Graduate School's "Gradspace" website, found in Blackboard, under the "Organizations" area. All ETD content and information is located in the "Manuscript Clearance" sub menu, found on the left-hand side of the screen. In order to submit your manuscript successfully, you must adhere to the formatting rules found in the Gradspace under Formatting Guidelines and Support: "Guidelines and Requirements," as well as the deadlines outlined for the semester you plan to graduate. There are several forms that are required by The Graduate School. Please visit the Forms area for a detailed list. For additional information about Gradspace please contact the Manuscript Clearance Advisor in The Graduate School, at (850) 644-3501.

60 Day Rule:

  • Students MUST complete the final clearance of their manuscript within 60 days of the successful defense of their manuscript, or they MUST re-defend their manuscript. Should students have any questions about this rule, please contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Before uploading your manuscript, please consult the Gradspace website about the uploading process so that you understand the process and decisions to be made. Once you understand the process and are ready to submit, you can start the upload process by going to the ProQuest/UMI site at www.etdadmin.com/fsu and clicking on "Submit my dissertation/thesis".

Directions are provided as you progress through the screens on the ProQuest /UMIsite.

Please direct any questions to the Manuscript Clearance Advisor (clearance@mailer.fsu.edu; 644-3501). The Manuscript Clearance Advisor and other Graduate School staff members are available to provide further guidance.

Graduation Information

Master's students are required to complete a preliminary graduation check, (strongly encouraged toward the end of the penultimate semester), and should supply the Graduate Office with a completed Program of Studies Form and a Committee Form. A written list of the remaining degree requirements and procedures will be supplied after the POS has been evaluated. Doctoral students are urged to have a Grad Check during the beginning of the final semester of coursework. A checklist with remaining graduation requirements will be supplied to the student and placed on file. Students writing a thesis, treatise or dissertation that involves human subjects are reminded to clear all appropriate paperwork through the Human Subjects Committee.

  • During the first three weeks of the term in which a candidate expects to receive a degree, students must complete the online application for graduation. Failure to complete this application will result in a delay in your intended semester of graduation. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar, Graduation Section, (850) 644-5850. You may also visit their website: http://registrar.fsu.edu/services/graduation/
  • "Late Add" Requests: If a student misses the online window to apply for graduation they will need to hand-deliver a memo (in a sealed FSU envelope) generated by the College of Music Graduate Office (204-A, HMU) to the FSU Office of the Registrar (A3900 - University Center) requesting to be added to the current semester's graduation list. The student must pick-up this memo from the Graduate Music Office as it must be delivered to the Registrar in a sealed, FSU letterhead envelope. The student is then required to complete a paper application in the Office of the Registrar. Questions? Please contact the FSU Registrar's Office for clarification on their policy: 850-644-1050.
  • "Early Walk" Requests: If a student wishes to participate in the University commencement ceremony prior to their official semester of degree conferral, they will need to hand-deliver a memo (in a sealed FSU envelope) generated by the College of Music Graduate Office (204-A, HMU) to the FSU Office of the Registrar (A3900 - University Center) requesting to be added to the "early walkers" list. The student is then required to complete a paper application in the Office of the Registrar. Participation in the graduation ceremony does not guarantee that the student will be automatically placed on the next semester's graduation list, and receive their degree the following semester. Students who participate in the University commencement ceremony prior to their official semester of degree conferral and who wish to complete their degree and have the degree posted to their transcript the following term must remember to re-apply for graduation during the next semester's online graduation application period (this includes Summer). Failure to complete these steps will result in a delay in your intended semester of graduation. All doctoral students and master's students with a thesis component must re-enroll for a minimum of TWO (2) Dissertation or Thesis credits during the following semester...No exceptions. Questions? Please contact the FSU Registrar's Office for clarification on their policy: 850-644-1050.
  • In accordance with the University policy on registration for thesis or dissertation hours, students must be registered for dissertation or thesis hours (minimum of 2) in the semester they hold the defense and submit the ETD.

A graduate Student is not eligible for conferral of a degree unless the cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0 in formal graduate courses. No course hours with a grade below "C-" will be credited on the graduate degree; all grades in graduate courses except those for which grades of "S" or "U" are given or those conferred under the provision for repeating a course will be included in computation of the average.

Masters Degrees (Credits and Independent Studies)

Thesis Programs. To qualify for a master's degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of credit including thesis credit. At least eighteen (18) of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B, C).

Non-Thesis Programs. To qualify for a master's degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of course work. At least twenty-one (21) of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis (A, B, C).

Music Bibliography Course Substitution

Graduate students who have successfully completed a graduate level music bibliography class at another institution may request that it be used as a substitution for the music bibliography course offered at the Florida State University College of Music.

Examples:

A.) Students pursuing a master's degree from the College of Music, who earned a previous master's degree in music, and have successfully completed a similar research course.

B.) Students pursuing a doctoral degree from the College of Music, who earned a previous master's degree in music, and have successfully completed a similar research course.

Procedure:

Submit the bibliography course syllabus to the Associate Dean in the Graduate Music Office for review. Make sure that you indicate where the class was taken, your name, and your email address. If approved, you will not be required to take our music bibliography class, but must make-up for our 2-credit course by taking another 2-credit graduate-level class, at the Florida State University College of Music.

Note:

This is not the same as a request to have credits from another institution transferred-in, to FSU. (I.E. The music bibliography course will not appear on the FSU transcript.) For information on transferring credits please refer to the "Transfer Credit" links within this handbook.

Program of Studies

The "Program of Studies" form, available on the College of Music website and also in the Graduate Music Office, is completed by the student and the Major Professor. This document must be completely filled-out/signed, and submitted to the Graduate Music Office before the end of the student's penultimate semester of study, and before the student's final advising session with the Major Professor.

On this form the student lists all of the graduate-level courses taken that apply to the requirements of the specific degree program. This form officially confirms and "clears" degree coursework and must be signed by the Major Professor prior to being submitted to the Graduate Music Office. See also GRADUATION CHECK.

Master's Program of Study Documents
Doctoral Degree Program Guide
Doctoral Program of Study Documents

A graduate Student is not eligible for conferral of a degree unless the cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0 in formal graduate courses. No course hours with a grade below "C-" will be credited on the graduate degree; all grades in graduate courses except those for which grades of "S" or "U" are given or those conferred under the provision for repeating a course will be included in computation of the average.

Specialized Studies in Music

Degree-seeking students in the College of Music may be eligible to complete Specialized Studies Programs in Music in the following areas:

Arts Administration (doctoral, only), College Teaching, Early Music, Jazz, Music Education and Leadership, Music of the Americas, Organ Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Sacred Music (Vocal emphasis), Special Education, and Theory Pedagogy.

Applications and a detailed listing of required courses for each Specialized Studies Program in Music can be found on our website. Interested students should contact the Specialized Studies Programs coordinators for more information about each individual opportunity.

Satisfactory Degree Progress

In addition to degree-related curricular assessments, faculty members also consider the overall professional development of each individual student. This is to assist students in gauging their continued progress towards two goals: timely degree completion and future long-term contributions to the discipline. It is conceivable for an individual to earn high grades and still have issues to address relative to degree completion and future success in the profession. If concerns are expressed, they will be summarized (in writing) for the student; suggestions for improvements will also be given to the student, as well as a timeline for addressing said concerns. Assessments pertaining to satisfactory degree progress impact the ability of students continuing study in a given degree, as well as meritorious financial aid awarded or continued.

For the purposes of financial aid, the FSU Office of Financial Aid assesses Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) annually at the end of each Spring term. This assessment is based on several factors, including the number of credit hours completed compared to a maximum for the specific degree. If students exceed the maximum, a hold is placed on their continued eligibility for federal aid.

This hold can be lifted if the student and program provides a justification using one of the SAP Appeal Forms, which are available through the Office of Financial Aid. Additional information regarding the SAP process may be viewed here.

The Chart below indicates both the minimum required hours and the maximum hours for SAP for the various graduate programs in the College of Music.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

for Graduate Studies at the College of Music

Primary Academic Plan Minimum Required Hours Maximum Hours for SAP
Arts Administration/Music - MA 36 70
Brass Performance - MM 32 70
Choral Conducting - MM 32 70
Instrumental Conducting - MM 36 70
Jazz Studies - MM 35 70
Music Composition - MM 31 70
Music Education - MME 32 - 36 70
Music Performance/Accompaniment - MM 36 70
Music Theory - MM 31 - 33 70
Music Therapy - MM 30 - 36 70
Music/ Liberal Arts - MA 31 - 32 70
Musicology - MM 32 - 35 70
Opera Production - MM 36 70
Percussion Performance - MM 32 70
Piano Pedagogy - MM 34 70
Piano Performance - MM 34 70
String Performance - MM 34 70
Voice Performance - MM 36 70
Woodwind Performance - MM 32 70
 
Brass Performance - DM 94 135
Harp Performance - DM 94 135
Music Composition - DM 94 135
Music Education - PHD 94 135
Music Theory - PHD 94 135
Musicology - PHD 94 135
Percussion Performance - DM 94 135
Piano Performance - DM 94 135
String Performance -DM 94 135
Voice Performance - DM 94 135
Woodwind Performance - DM 94 135

Scholarly Engagement Enrollment Requirement: Doctoral Students

The following Scholarly Engagement Requirement for all doctoral students goes into effect Fall 2016. Returning doctoral students who have not yet completed the current Residency Requirement may elect this new Scholarly Engagement Requirement instead.

Scholarly Engagement Requirement:

Please consult the current Florida State University Graduate Bulletin for an overview of the Scholarly Engagement requirement for all doctoral students in the university. To meet the Scholarly Engagement requirement, College of Music doctoral students must 1) complete 24 graduate (5000-level or above) credit hours within any consecutive 12-month period; or 2) complete a minimum of eighteen (18) graduate credit hours in any consecutive 12-month period and submit to their Area Coordinator and/or faculty advisor evidence of additional Scholarly Engagement activities equivalent to 6 credit hours prior to completion of the degree. These activities may include enrolling in courses (additional credit hours); attending or presenting/performing in seminars, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, conferences and festivals; engaging in creative activities, research and collaborative study beyond the university campus; utilizing the library, laboratories and other facilities provided by the University; and other scholarly or creative activities as determined by area faculty and approved by the area coordinator and by the Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Music.

In sum, doctoral students in the College of Music must complete 24 Scholarly Engagement "points", with each credit hour counting as one point and points for other activities determined by each area and degree program.

Please consult your major professor for information on Scholarly Engagement activities recommended in your degree program. The faculty are best-equipped to advise you on recommended activities.

Time Limits

MASTER'S

The work for the master's degree must be completed within seven years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. Coursework older than seven (7) years will not be counted in the student's "Program of Study" and may need to be repeated if required for the degree.

If the Supervisory Committee is not requiring the student to re-take coursework older than seven years, an Extension of Time document must be completed, and submitted for consideration, to the Graduate Music Office. It requires a written statement by the student, as-well-as by the Major Professor, and must include the signatures of all Supervisory Committee Members. In addition, the Area Coordinator must sign this document. This form can be found on Gradspace, (The Graduate School's student information website), and is utilized only if the student is not required to re-take coursework older than seven years. For questions on where to locate this form, please contact The Graduate School at 850-644-3501.

DOCTORAL

Doctoral students must complete their degree requirements within five calendar years from the time the Preliminary (comprehensive) Examination is passed; otherwise they may be required to re-take the Preliminary Examination. When the student re-takes, and successfully completes, the Preliminary Exam, the time for completion of the degree (five calendar years) "re-sets" and a new Admission to Candidacy form must be completed in the College of Music Registrar's Office. The student should call 850-644-4689 with any questions about the Admission to Candidacy form, and how that process is handled.

If the Supervisory Committee is not requiring the student to re-take the Preliminary Exam, an Extension of Time document must be completed, and submitted for consideration, to the Graduate Music Office. It requires a written statement by the student, as-well-as by the Major Professor, and must include the signatures of all Supervisory Committee Members. In addition, the Area Coordinator must sign this document. This form can be found on Gradspace, (The Graduate School's student information website), and is utilized only if the student is not required to re-take the Preliminary Exam. For questions on where to locate this form, please contact The Graduate School at 850-644-3501.

Academic Exceptions

Cancelling of Student Schedules for Non-Payment

The Florida State University Graduate General Bulletin states the following:

In accordance with Board of Governors Rule 6C-7.002 (6), F.A.C., students who do not pay tuition and fees or make arrangements for tuition and fee payment by the published deadline each semester will have their schedules canceled. Students will be notified using their FSU e-mail account concerning outstanding tuition delinquencies and given an opportunity to pay tuition and fees or make arrangements for tuition and fee payment with the Office of Student Financial Services prior to cancellation. Students whose schedules are canceled for non-payment of tuition and fees will have their academic progress discontinued for the term in question and will not be able to attend class or receive grades.

Students whose schedules are canceled for non-payment of tuition and fees may appeal to the University Registrar for reinstatement and continuation of academic progress for the term. A written appeal must be submitted to the University Registrar no later than the end of the 12th week of the Fall and Spring semesters (consult the Registration Guide for Summer term deadlines). Prior to a student's appeal being approved, the Office of Student Financial Services must verify that payment for the current term has been received or that appropriate arrangements have been made for tuition and fee payment. Students whose schedules are reinstated are subject to a $100.00 late registration fee and a $100.00 late payment fee. Check or credit card payments that are returned or refused will negate any tuition payment agreement for the reinstatement of a student's schedule. The University reserves the right to deny reinstatement when a demonstrated pattern of tuition delinquencies over two or more semesters has occurred.

Dismissal from a Degree Program

A graduate student whose cumulative grade point average for courses taken at the Florida State University falls below 3.0 at the end of a term (not counting courses for which 'S' or 'U' grades may be given) will be considered not in good standing by the University and will be placed on academic probation. If a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is not attained by the end of the next full term of enrollment, the student will not be permitted to register for graduate study, including registering as a special student. However, at that time the major professor may petition the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies for consideration of special circumstances which the professor thinks constitute justification for an exception to this regulation (known as Reinstatement), but under no circumstances will a student be allowed more than one additional term of probation. After one probationary period, however, a student whose average falls within the probationary range will receive automatic dismissal. Also see 'Diagnostic/Comprehensive Exams' for further reasons for dismissal.

A graduate Student is not eligible for conferral of a degree unless the cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0 in formal graduate courses. No course hours with a grade below "C-" will be credited on the graduate degree; all grades in graduate courses except those for which grades of "S" or "U" are given or those conferred under the provision for repeating a course will be included in computation of the average.

Dropping a Course

A student wishing to drop a course after the designated University drop period (the end of the seventh week) must complete a 'Petition to Drop' form which can be obtained here, from the COM Registrar's Office, or the Graduate Office. This form must be completed and signed by both the student and the instructor of the class to be dropped. It is then submitted to the Associate Dean for consideration. Course drops are very rarely approved. If approved, the student will then complete a Drop/Add slip in the COM Registrar's Office, obtain the Associate Dean's signature, and take the form to the University Registrar for final processing. Refunds for dropped courses after the designated University time period are approved or denied by the Associate Dean. There are no appeals for denied drop requests. All registration adjustments must be handled through the COM Registrar's Office. Drops are not permitted after the term has ended.

If a student drops the only course they are registered for in a given semester, then a 'Petition to Drop' is not sufficient; they must complete a University Withdrawal form from Withdrawal Services and then be readmitted the following semester. See 'Withdrawal from the University' in the University Bulletin for details.

General Academic Appeals

General Academic Appeals Process

(Approved by Faculty Senate and  included in 2006/2007 General Bulletin and new Faculty Handbook):

Students who allege that academic regulations and procedures have been improperly applied in specific instances may have their grievances addressed through the general academic appeals process. In this process, the student brings a complaint first to the instructor, then to the department chair, and finally to the academic dean appropriate to the course involved, stopping at the level at which the complaint is resolved. If no resolution is reached, the student brings the complaint to the attention of the Dean of the Faculties for either resolution or referral to the Student Academic Relations Committee of the Faculty Senate. A graduate student whose complaint is unresolved must see the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to meeting with the Dean of the Faculties. The Student Academic Relations Committee has the authority to direct, through the Vice President for Academic Affairs, that corrective action be taken when justified.

Grade Appeals

A graduate Student is not eligible for conferral of a degree unless the cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0 in formal graduate courses. No course hours with a grade below "C-" will be credited on the graduate degree; all grades in graduate courses except those for which grades of "S" or "U" are given or those conferred under the provision for repeating a course will be included in computation of the average.

Please visit the following website for more information: http://fda.fsu.edu/Academic-Resources/Academic-Integrity-and-Grievances/Grade-Appeals-System

The purpose of the grade appeal system is to afford an opportunity for a graduate student to appeal a grade the student feels was inequitably awarded, in that it involved a gross violation of the instructor's own specified grading standards (which the instructor has an obligation to announce at the beginning of the course). The student may appeal the grade as outlined in the University Bulletin.

Incompletes

Grades of "I" are not assigned to any courses if a student withdraws from the University, and should be used only in those exceptional cases when a student, for reasons beyond his or her control, has failed to complete a well-defined portion of the course. Unless the instructor notifies the Office of the University Registrar of an extension in time, an "I" or an "NG" not removed by the end of the next term in which the student is enrolled will be recorded as "IE" or "GE". Both "IE" and "GE" compute as an "F" in grade point average calculations.

Leave of Absence

Under special circumstances, graduate students may apply for a leave of absence from the university for a specific period of up to three consecutive semesters (includes summer term). The circumstances justifying a leave include, but are not limited to: personal or family medical conditions, call to active military duty, parental leave, death in immediate family, or completion of an off-campus internship. The student must provide appropriate documentation and a rationale for the leave request.

To apply for a leave of absence, a student must complete the Request for Leave of Absence Form (available on the Graduate School website) and submit it together with appropriate documentation to the major professor/advisor/Program Director. If the major professor/advisor/Program Director approves the application it should then be forwarded to the department head and subsequently to the college dean for consideration. If approved at all of these levels, the college dean should notify the Registrar and the Dean of the Graduate School of the decision. The college dean should also notify the student of the decision (approved or denied). The Registrar will place a notation on the student’s record. A student who is denied a request for leave at any step may appeal the decision to the Dean of The Graduate School.

An approved leave of absence preserves the student’s academic status in his or her degree program, and the time off will not be counted against the time limits for awarding degrees. Consequently, registration is not required during the leave period and the student need not re-apply to the program to return to active status at the end of the approved leave period. A leave may be extended for additional consecutive semesters (includes summer term). A student should apply for the leave extension no later than four weeks prior to the end of the final semester/term of his or her initial leave to allow time to consider and process the request. Extension of a leave is subject to approval of the program, college, and the Graduate School. The cumulative number of consecutive leave semesters (including summer term) shall not exceed six. The total consecutive or non-consecutive leave time a student is not registered in the program shall not exceed 24 months. At the conclusion of the approved leave, a student must enroll at Florida State University and return to active status no later than the start of the next academic semester. Students cannot be on leave during their semester of graduation and must be registered for a minimum of two hours that semester.

A student on a leave of absence may terminate the leave at any time prior to the approved ending date. In such cases the student would be immediately subject to the continuous enrollment and registration policies. Students returning from a leave of absence of more than one year will be required to disclose any legal or campus disciplinary charges that arose during the leave and provide updated contact and mailing address, residency documentation, and other biographical information as required by the University for reporting and processing purposes.

Programs may have more strict leave of absence and registration policies. For example, a program may decide that under no circumstances would it allow a formal leave of absence or a program may choose to only allow a leave of not more than three consecutive semesters. Such policies shall be detailed in the program’s graduate student handbook.

While on leave a student will not have access to campus facilities and personnel. This means a student will not have access to labs, libraries, and online resources that require an FSUID. Students on leave cannot remain in student housing. There is no guarantee that financial aid will be continued. Students with financial aid or student loans should confer with the Financial Aid Office and review their loan agreements prior to requesting a leave of absence to ascertain the consequences a leave will have on their loan status. University assistantship and fellowship support will be discontinued for the duration of the leave. Programs are not obligated to reinstate funding support that was provided prior to the leave though they are encouraged to do so if funds are available. Students receiving external support e.g. an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship should check the terms of the award to determine the impact of being on leave. In-state residency status may be impacted if the student moves out of the State of Florida, and then returns to resume the degree program. Students should seek guidance from the Registrar on the potential impact on in-state residency. International students should check with the Center for Global Engagement to determine if a leave would adversely affect their visa status. Students should also consider other factors that might impact their circumstances upon their return to active status. For example, a major professor might depart the university, or under extreme circumstances a degree program might be suspended or terminated. The University has an obligation to provide a path to completion for enrolled students as well as students on a formally approved leave of absence.

 

Note: If allowed by the student’s academic program and University policy, an alternative to taking an official leave could involve reducing the standard course load temporarily because of exceptional personal circumstances.

Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal

Medical Course Drops are generally approved for unforeseeable illnesses or injuries which have interfered with the student's ability to complete specific course(s). Similarly, Medical Withdrawals (all courses removed) may be approved for acute, severe illnesses or injuries that incapacitate the student. Chronic conditions generally do not qualify unless the student has been stable for a sustained length of time complicated by a sudden, unexpected change in status. Students with chronic or recurring health problems should consult with their clinicians and carefully assess a realistic schedule based on their condition and their likelihood of relapses. Preventable medical conditions or failure to comply with medical advice may also not qualify.

Where to Begin: Start at your Dean's office to meet with your academic Dean for information and the appropriate Medical or Mental Health Course Drop application.

Procedures for Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal

  1. Before applying for M/MHW, explore other academic options like incompletes and/or the drop policies.
  2. To qualify for M/MHW, the student will be required to complete and submit the Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal packet with supporting medical documentation to University Health Services. Medical documentation should be provided from a physician, counselor, or other health care provider, and must document treatment during the semester in question. The documentation needed are:
    • the dates of treatment
    • the nature of the illness/injury
    • An indication that the illness/injury is severe enough to necessitate a withdrawal from the current semester/term.
  3. Once it's determined that M/MHW is appropriate, proceed with the following:
    • Withdrawals for Medical/Mental Health - the student should start at the Withdrawal Services office located on the 4th floor of the University Center, building A, room 4100, to obtain a withdrawal application and medical withdrawal forms.
    • Please contact Ms. Angelia Wood of the University Health Services (850.644.1624) for any questions or guidelines regarding what type of supporting documentation to obtain.
    • The student must complete the University withdrawal application and the medical/mental health professionals statement (filling out the student section allows the professional to disclose your situation). Incomplete forms will not be processed!
    • The student must have their health professional submit supporting documentation. This includes providing the correct documentation, which means office visit notes, admission/discharge summary (if hospitalized), or emergency room exam note. Documentation should note dates of service, exam findings, diagnosis, plan of treatment, and recommendations. Documentation provided should be for the semester in question. Hospital or physician bills will not be accepted as documentation. A signed letter from a physician will not be accepted instead of office visit notes.
    • The student statement is the student's personal statement of how the health problem affected their academic courses.
    • The completed Medical/Mental Health Application must be submitted to Ms. Angelia WoodUniversity Health Services.
  4. Documentation will be reviewed by the committee(s) and determination made whether criteria has been met. The committee's recommendation will be forward to the Withdrawal Services for documentation and processing.
  5. The withdrawal staff will forward the withdrawal application w/the medical results to the Dean's office for final consideration (approval or denial). Withdrawal Services will notify the student of the final decision in writing or via e-mail.
  6. If the M/MHW is denied the student is allowed one appeal. To appeal a denied medical, the student must be able to furnish additional documentation from the medical or mental health professional that gives stronger support to the reasons for the withdrawal. The student should submit additional documents to Ms. Angelia Wood of University Health Services (850.644.1624). The University Health Services office will then forward the additional information to the M/MHW committee. Please write "APPEAL" on the first page of the new documentation.
  7. The M/MHW process normally takes about 7 to 10 working days. This does not include the time necessary for the review of the Withdrawal application by your Academic Dean's office. Questions about completing the forms or the withdrawal procedure can be answered by calling Withdrawal Services at 850.644.1741, University Health Services at 850.644.1624 or the University Counseling Center at 850.645.3803.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Considerations and Criteria

  • Documentation means written evidence (such as letters, forms, and patient records) produced by a mental health professional. The documentation should include dates of treatment, diagnoses, recommendations, and medications prescribed. It is the student's responsibility to obtain and submit copies of all documents they wish to be considered as part of their application. Documents produced by the University Counseling Center need not be submitted since they are already available to application reviewers. However, records from the Student Health Center and all other sources must be requested separately and submitted by the student.
  • ConsiderationPlease be advised that course load reductions may adversely affect academic, financial aid, scholarship, or visa status. There may be time limits on applying for withdrawals, course drops, and tuition refunds. Application processing can be expected to take at least 10 - 14 working days.
  • ConsiderationThe decision to drop an academic course or withdrawal from the university is a significant one, requiring approval from each student's Academic Dean. Mental Health Course Drop and Withdrawal applications are decided based upon information submitted by each student, including: (a) Course Drop or Withdrawal application; (b) documentation from medical/mental health professionals; and (c) personal statements submitted by students or shared in conversation with the Academic Dean.
  • Criteria: In general, for a mental health Course Drop or Withdrawal to be approved, the student's condition must be severe enough so as to warrant inpatient hospitalization for treatment (not just evaluation) and/or extensive (multiple sessions of) counseling, psychotherapy, or psychiatric consultation. The University Counseling Center will treat Mental Health Course Drop or Withdrawal application materials confidentially. Any documents received by the University Counseling Center will remain there and once received will not be released to anyone, including the student. The UCC will issue a recommendation (Support Course Drop/Withdrawal OR Does Not Support Course Drop/Withdrawal) to the student's Academic Dean. The University Counseling Center will not release specific confidential information to the student's Academic Dean for the purposes of consideration of the Mental Health Course Drop or Withdrawal.

Modified Credit Policy

The College of Music does not modify credit for courses. With the exception of courses that have variable credit, which can be selected at the time of registration, all courses must be taken for the number of credits they are assigned. Any requests to take courses for a lower number of credits than assigned will be denied.

Readmission

Returning graduate degree-seeking students who (1) have been absent from the University for two or more consecutive terms (including summer); (2) have been dismissed from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including summer); (3) have withdrawn from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including summer); (4) have had their last term of enrollment at the University administratively cancelled and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); or (5) have earned a graduate degree from the University and wish to enroll in a second graduate program, must submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admissions. Academically dismissed students are not eligible for readmission unless they have been reinstated by their academic dean. Reinstatement to continue does not guarantee a favorable readmission decision or admission into a specific major. This application and all supporting documents must be submitted at least two (2) months prior to the beginning of the term for which readmission is desired.

The application for readmission can be found here:

https://admissions.fsu.edu/Readmissions/

Returning graduate degree-seeking students who have been absent for seven years or more, must complete a new graduate application.

Students who have attempted college work (including correspondence work) at any college or university since their last enrollment at Florida State University must have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from a college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

Returning graduate degree-seeking students who have been absent from the University for seven or more years or former provisional graduate students must submit a graduate application to the Office of Admissions according to the procedures prescribed for new admission.

The readmission application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the published deadline of the term for which readmission is desired. (Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of the Graduate Bulletin for specific deadlines.)

Readmitted students are subject to retention requirements in effect at the time of reentrance. In addition, students claiming Florida residency must reestablish their eligibility for this classification when applying for readmission.

The University reserves the right to refuse readmission to any student who has an unsatisfactory academic, conduct, or health record. The student will be notified by the Office of Admissions when the readmission application has been approved. Students may be required to re-audition prior to readmission acceptance. Please consult the Florida State University Graduate Bulletin for more information.

Reinstatement - After Academic Dismissal

When a graduate student's cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0, the student is placed on Academic Probation. Academic Probation means that the student has one semester, (the following term), to raise their cumulative GPA to the required 3.0. Failure to do so will result in the student being Academically Dismissed from the University. When a student has been Academically Dismissed, they must be reinstated by the Academic Dean. In order to be considered for reinstatement, the student must first submit a written appeal to the Major Professor. If the Major Professor feels that the student's petition warrants further review, and wishes to pursue the reinstatement request, the petition must be brought to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will then review the petition and make a decision.

Academically dismissed students are not eligible for readmission unless they have been reinstated by their academic dean. Reinstatement to continue does not guarantee a favorable readmission decision or admission into a specific major.

If the student has been approved for reinstatement they must complete the application for readmission, via the FSU Admissions website. Additional application materials may be required, as deemed appropriate by the degree area (i.e. College of Music application, re-audition, new letters of recommendation, writing sample, etc.).

Withdrawal From The University

All students, including regular (degree seeking), special (non-degree seeking), and all US transient students, who wish to leave the University during a semester must formally withdraw. Dropping all classes does not constitute formal withdrawal.

Points to consider:

A. It is highly recommended that the student notify each of their professors.

B. If the student is receiving financial aid in the form of federal loans it is highly recommended that the student contact a loan officer to discuss how the withdrawal will impact their financial aid status.

C. If the student is receiving a tuition waiver it is important to understand that dropping below nine (9) credit hours will eliminate the waiver funding, (i.e. the tuition waiver will be removed from the student's account), and the student may owe that funding back to the University.

All students (degree-seeking and non-degree) who wish to leave the University after the fourth day of a term must officially withdraw from the University no later than seven days prior to the last day of the semester or term. See the "Academic Calendar" for the specific deadline date. For more information, contact Withdrawal Services at (850) 644-1741. Students who withdraw within the first seven weeks of a term (to be adjusted accordingly for Summer sessions) have no liability for grades; afterward, they will be assigned a grade of "W" or "F" at the discretion of their instructor. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assigned a grade of "F" for each course for which they are registered but fail to attend. These grading policies also apply to courses taken S/U.

International students who wish to withdraw must request and receive prior authorization from a Center for Global Engagement adviser. In addition, international students should submit the SEVIS Update Form, available at http://www.cge.fsu.edu.

For additional information regarding withdrawals, including fee liability, please refer to the FSU Withdrawal Services website, listed below.

General Information

To initiate the Withdrawal Process students will first discuss their circumstances with their Academic Dean's Office (Graduate Music Office, room 204-A, Housewright Music Building).

If the Academic Dean supports your request you will be referred to Withdrawal Services to initiate a withdrawal by completing several forms (a withdrawal contact and application form, etc.)

The student will sign the withdrawal application in the presence of a withdrawal advisor or a notary. The withdrawal process will be explained and the student will either be referred to his or her dean or the withdrawal application will be placed in Campus mail for consideration.

For the withdrawal to be processed, the withdrawal application must be returned to Withdrawal Services within ten (10) working days for processing.

The withdrawal staff will centrally facilitate all paperwork through the appropriate university officials to finalize the withdrawal process.

Withdrawal Information on Transcript

The statement "Withdrew from the University" will appear on the transcripts of students who properly withdraw within the first seven weeks of class. After that date, depending on the quality of work at the time of withdrawal, grades of"W" or "F" will be assigned by your instructor(s) and placed on the student's transcript with the withdrawal statement.

Under unusual and or extenuating circumstances and upon recommendation of the appropriate academic dean, a student withdrawing from the university may receive "WD" grades (does not calculate into the Grade Point Average) in all courses taken that term.

Please visit the following website for more information: http://withdrawal.fsu.edu/

The Dean of Students Department
Withdrawal Services
University Center A, Suite 4100
850.644.1741

Hours:
M-F, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Refer to the University Bulletin for further information.

Student Rights

Congress of Graduate Students

The purposes of COGS, Congress of Graduate, Professional, and Post-Baccalaureate Special Students of the Florida State University, are:

  1. To provide the means whereby the members of the Student Body may express themselves effectively in University programs that do not directly affect their welfare.
  2. To inform the Student Body on matters of policy that directly affect their welfare.
  3. To coordinate and regulate the activities of the Student Body for the benefit of the entire educational community.
  4.  To act as a service organization for the University.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Both federal and state statutes are clear: once an individual is 18 years of age and enrolled in a post-secondary institution, the student has exclusive rights to his/her academic record. As such, records are not discussed with family members, partners, colleagues, friends, etc. If the student would like his/her record discussed with a third party, the student is to submit a written release to the teacher and/or the Graduate Music Office, given explicit approval to discuss his/her record with a particular, named individual or individuals.

For more information please contact the FSU Registrar's Office: (850) 644-1050, and visit: http://registrar.fsu.edu/ferpa/definitions.htm

Money Matters

Curricular Practical Training for International Students

Employment opportunities for our students are extremely valuable and beneficial to their future musical career paths. These include being contracted to perform in orchestras, being employed by churches, mosques, synagogues, as-well-as a number of other opportunities. We are working with the FSU international Center to ensure that our international students are complying with federal regulations so that all of this may be possible. The College of Music has the following curricular offering available to our international graduate students: MUS 5941 - Music Performance Internship (1 - 12 credits). Students interested in pursuing this option must do the following:

Visit the FSU Center for Global Engagement's website to obtain a copy of the Curricular Practical Training document. This form explains what CPT is, who is eligible, and the proper steps that a student is required to take in order to apply. Students are encouraged to read through all of the information carefully. Any questions about this document may be directed to the Center for Global Engagement: (850) 644-1702.

After the student has read the document they must complete the top area of the Application portion. Students must fill-in their name, contact information, employer information, etc. The section directly below that is to be completed in its entiretyby the student's faculty advisor. Incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Center for Global Engagement.

The student must then obtain a memorandum from the Graduate Music Office, confirming the appropriate nature of the Curricular Practical Training. Finally, a one-to-one form must be completed with the College of Music Registrar in 203 HMU.

Teaching Assistant Manual

The College of Music Teaching Assistant Manual

Graduate School Documents

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