After completing the bulk of their coursework, PhD students spend two semesters defining their field of expertise and preparing a dissertation prospectus, which they defend in the Special Field Exam at the end of the third year. Recent dissertations include:
- “Sounding Socialist, Sounding Modern: Music, Technology, and Everyday Life in the Soviet Union, 1956-1975”
- “Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers and the Rhetoric of French Catholic Reform”
- “City Myths: Music and Urbanism in Second-Empire Paris”
- “Reviving Early Music: Metaphors and Modalities of Life and Living in Historically Informed Performance”
- “Bringing Down the House: Situating and Mediating Opera in the Twenty-First Century”
- “Beyond Beyoncé: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Hip-Hop ca. 2010-2016”
- “Technologies of Singing, Teaching, and Spectating in French Operatic Culture, 1870-1914”
- “Transforming the Motet: Sigmund Salminger and the Adaptation and Reuse of Frenco-Flemish Polyphony in Reformation Augsburg”
All graduate students are expected to teach in the music history curriculum for at least two years during their enrollment at Eastman. The department views graduate teaching as co-curricular preparation for a career in musicology and as a key arena for professional development and mentoring. Students normally begin assuming teaching responsibilities in their second year. At first, they work alongside faculty members by assisting with music history courses; in subsequent years, they often teach independent courses of their own design. As the musicology faculty offers courses at many levels—serving the BM, BA, MM, and DMA curricula—Eastman PhDs enter the marketplace with extensive and varied teaching experience. Graduate students also serve as teaching assistants at the University of Rochester for intensive surveys of music history offered by the College Music Department.
Many Eastman students graduating with advanced degrees in Musicology have stayed in academia and hold key teaching and research posts at universities around the world. Others have explored a wide variety of careers, as opportunities in Musicology—and in the Humanities more generally—continue to expand. Sorting through resources for job prospects and fellowships can be difficult, especially in the midst of existing work in residency as a student. The University’s Greene Center for Career Education and Connections offers a variety of resources and career counseling for humanities-centered PhD students. The Center further lists events that are open to all graduate students on various career topics. Additional resources:
- There is a group of Eastman graduate students and PhD students from the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering who work together through the Humanities Center on a Working PhDs group
- Additional career content for PhD students lives on the university’s learning management system through the Greene Center. Please contact Alissa Clark to be added to the “course.”
- Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership offers a number of opportunities for career direction and exploration.
- The Job & Opportunities Board– This board lists local part-time and full-time opportunities in the music field, such as church jobs, teaching positions, and more. Again, click on the link to post an opportunity.
- Bridge: Worldwide Opportunities inMusic – This national database posts all kinds of opportunities in music, including competitions, performing and administrative jobs, grant possibilities, and internships. Access log-in information by visiting this link and completing a form to verify your enrolled status.
- Free resources for all humanities PhDs include ImaginePhD and InterSect Job Simulations
Eastman Musicology PhDs are working in universities and colleges across North America, as well as for institutions such as the Toronto Oratory and AmeriCorps. Places of employment include the University of Chicago, the University of Miami, UCLA, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, University of Arkansas, University of Kansas, Brigham Young, University of New Hampshire, North Carolina School of the Arts, Oxford College of Emory University, Bowling Green State University, Western Michigan University, Nazareth College, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Mount Allison University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.