Music Faculty, Alumni, and Students
Perhaps the most compelling reason to study music at the University of South Florida is the opportunity to work with our superb music faculty. These gifted, dedicated artists/scholars are among the preeminent leaders in their fields and have been carefully chosen for their professional training, excellence in musical performance and research, and pedagogical expertise. They are featured on many professional recordings and appear in prestigious concert venues around the world. Their compositions are premiered globally. Their scholarship is published in the leading research journals, books, and monographs in their disciplines. The School of Music also invites guest composers, conductors, and performing musicians to enhance its performances and to provide master classes, symposia, and clinics for students and the public. Many USF music alumni are currently performers in a variety of concert settings and successful teachers in public schools, colleges, and universities around the country in a variety of concert settings. The School of Music at USF offers the student the opportunity to study with distinguished faculty and to be in the company of other superior music students for an exciting and exciting period of study.
PhD in Music Education Program Description
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education is the highest degree in the field. At the University of South Florida, this program is designed to develop leaders in music education research, teaching, and administration. The curriculum prepares the student to engage in original research in music education and related fields (arts education, music technology, aesthetics, philosophy, cognitive development, creativity, social psychology, neuropsychology, engineering, gerontology, speech and communication sciences, special and gifted education, etc.). In coordination with faculty mentors, the student has great flexibility in designing a program that fits his/her interests and strengths. Admission requirements include an interview with the music education faculty and the submission of writing samples and GRE scores. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available for qualified students.
Major Research Areas
Alternative Methods, Community Collaboration, Contemporary Changes, Creativity, Early Childhood, General Music, International Perspectives, Multicultural Issues, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Behaviors, Technology, and Lifelong Learning in Music.
Music Education Concentration in the Ph.D. in Music Program Description
The Ph.D. program varies, depending on individual interests and needs. All applicants are expected to have two or more years of teaching experience in a public or private school (or its equivalent). A dissertation and dissertation defense are required. The Ph.D. degree empowers students to become scholarly producers of research in music education.