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Summer Doctoral Cohort

The Summer Cohort is designed primarily for students with a high level of performance skills whose goal or present position is focused on the teaching of performance in higher education. The Doctoral Cohort program is a unique offering designed for music faculty members holding full-time academic appointments who are interested in completing a doctoral program.

The cohort allows students to complete primary coursework over four summers and gain competency in Musicianship, Performance, Pedagogy, and Research. The program combines focused curriculum geared towards teaching college music (see curriculum guide below) with noted faculty in New York City. Students receive individual attention due to the small cohort size of incoming classes.

A master's degree is required for participation in this program and the preparation and defense of a dissertation is required for the awarding of the Doctoral degree.

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Curriculum Guide


  • Curriculum Profile: Ed.D. in the College Teaching of Music (90 points minimum)
  • A maximum of 36 points of graduate coursework may be transferred, in consultation with your advisor

1) Music in Higher Education (9 points)

Required Areas of Study:


  • 6001 College teaching and administration of music (3 points)
  • 6023 Teaching applied music (3 points)
  • 6481 College teaching internship (3 points)

2) Music and Music Education (23-29 points)

Required Areas of Study:


  • 5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship (3 points each)
  • 5020 Foundations of Music Education (3 points)
  • 5025, 5026, or 5047 Creative Strategies (3 points each)
  • 5022 Children's Musical Development (3 points)
  • 4029, 5029, or 4048 New Technology (3 points each or demonstrated proficiency)

Suggested Areas of Study:


  • Other TC Pedagogy classes including: Vocal Pedagogy, Designing Musical Experiences for Young Children, etc. (see Course Catalog for a complete listing of other classes including:Performance Pedagogy, Music Analysis, Music History, and others.)

3) Major Research Area (10-12 points)

Required Areas of Study:


  • 5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education (2 points)
  • 6501 & 7501 Doctoral & Dissertation seminar (2 or 3 points each)
  • 5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3 points)

Suggested Areas of Study:



  • 5003 Music perception and cognition (3 points)
  • 5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (0 or 3 points)

4) Total of 15 points out of department classes required (6 points in non-major research courses)


Suggested Areas of Study:


  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Technology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education Administration

5) Non Major Research (Minimum of 6 points)


Suggested Areas of Study:


  • Historical Methods (Philosophy and Education A&HF 6041)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Teaching (C&T 5502)
  • Qualitative Research and Evaluation in International Education (ITSF 4092)
  • Methods of Inquiry: Ethnography and Participant Observation (ITSF 5000)
  • Ethnography and Participant Observation: Structural and Interpretive Analysis (ITSF 5001)
  • Ethnography and Participant Observation: Comparative and Qualitative Analysis (ITSF 5002)
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology (Organizational Psychology - ORLJ 5040)
  • Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Design and Data Collection (ORL 6500)
  • Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Methods of Empirical Research (Human Development - HUD 4021)
  • Basic Concepts in Statistics (Human Development - HUD 4120)
  • Methods of Social Research: Survey Methods (Sociology & Education - HUDF 5020)
  • Instrument Design and Validation (Measurement and Evaluation - HUDM 5053)

6) Non-Major and Higher Education (9-12 points, at least 6 points in Adult Education and Higher Education (ORLD))


Suggested Areas of Study:

  • Transformative Learning (ORLD 4827) - 3 points
  • Introduction Adult/Continuing Education (ORLD 4050) - 3 points
  • Workshop on Evaluation (ORLD 4800)
  • Discussion as Teaching (ORLD 4850) - 1 point
  • Helping Adults Learn (ORLD 4844) - 1 point
  • Discussion as Ways of Teacher (ORLD 4850) - 1 point
  • College teaching and learning (ORLH 5011) - 3 points
  • The American College Student (ORLH 4040) - 3 points
  • How Adults Learn (ORLD 4051) - 3 points

7) Applied Music (24-36 points)

Suggested Areas of Study:

  • Applied major
  • Ensemble
  • Chamber music
  • Performance literature
  • Conducting

Program Contact

For more information please contact:

Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn
Director, Doctoral Cohort in Music