II. Curricular Structure

The curriculum for the PhD in Performing Arts Health is summarized in the following table. Each of the four core courses (MUPH 5012, 5014, 5016, and 5018) will be offered every academic year. Each incoming class will be considered as a cohort and should proceed through the coursework as described below.

Category/Course Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer Fall 2 Spring 2
Music Core History MH6XXX (3) Dissertation
Theory MT6XXX (3)
Related Field Performance, Music Education, Jazz, Piano, Vocal Pedagogy, etc. (12)
PAH Pro-Seminar   MUPH 6000 (1) Potential Summer Engagement Internship MUPH 6000 (1) MUPH 6000 (1)
Performing Arts Health Core Intro to PAH MUPH 5000 (3)     Comprehensive Exams
Muscle   MUPH 5012 (3)  
Voice     MUPH 5018 (3)
Ear   MUPH 5014 (3)  
Mind     MUPH 5016 (3)
Adv. PAH       MUPH 6010 (3)
Tools Research/stats Elective      
Methods/lab   MUPH 6100 (1) MUPH 6100 (1) MUPH 6100 (1)
Practicum   MUPH 6200 (1) MUPH 6200 (1) MUPH 6200 (1)

1. Degree requirements

Common core, 36 hours

  • MUGC 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation (12 hours)
  • 3 hours of MUMH 6XXX
  • 3 hours of MUET 6XXX
  • Related/Minor field, 12 hours
  • MUPH 6000, Pro-seminar, 3 hrs. (1 credit course taken in 3 consecutive semesters)
  • Electives, 3 hours in statistics or research methods (selected in consultation with the appropriate advisor)
  • Must also have completed Master’s core requirement (15 hours)

Concentration in Performing Arts Health, 24 hours

  • MUPH 5000 – Introduction to Performing Arts Health (3 hours )
  • MUPH 5012 – Musculoskeletal Health in Performing Arts Health (3 hours)
  • MUPH 5014 – Hearing Conservation in Performing Arts Health (3 hours)
  • MUPH 5016 – Psychology in Performing Arts Health (3 hours)
  • MUPH 5018 – Voice in Performing Arts Health (3 hours)
  • MUPH 6010 - Advanced Performing Arts Health (3 hours)
  • MUPH 6100 – Performing Arts Health Research Methods (3 hours: 1 credit course taken 3 consecutive semesters)
  • MUPH 6200 – Performing Arts Health Practicum (3 hours: 1 credit course taken 3 consecutive semesters)

2. Additional degree requirements

Introduction to research

It is expected that all incoming PhD students in the area of Performing Arts Health will have taken an introductory research course appropriate for the course of study. The student’s transcripts will be evaluated to determine if such a course was taken or if a remedial course is needed.  The specific course to satisfy any deficiency will be selected in consultation with TCPAH faculty.


  A grade of B or better is required in courses used to satisfy PhD degree requirements, including leveling and review courses. Students not meeting this standard will be placed on probation. Students not fulfilling the conditions of probation may be dismissed from the program.

Evidence of satisfactory progress 

  Admission into the PhD in Performing Arts Health is considered probationary during the first year of study. At the end of the first complete academic year, each student will be evaluated by the TCPAH faculty. Those who receive a positive review will be allowed to continue in the program. Evaluations will be based on grades, on percieved ability to do independent academic work in the area, and their ability to work collaboratively with fellow students and the faculty. These reviews are not subject to appeal and will be considered final.

3. Related field

The related field (within the College of Music) or minor field (a course of study outside the College of Music) must comprise at least 12 credit hours of advanced study. The course of study and method of evaluation for the related field will be determined by the faculty in that area. If degree credit is to be given for applied music, the student must pass the master's-level entrance audition in performance prior to enrollment for these credit hours. The student who does not pass or take the audition may study applied music, but this credit will not count toward the 60 hours required for the degree. Related fields within the College of Music may be pursued in collaborative piano, composition, conducting, contemporary music, early music, jazz studies, music education, musicology, music theory, opera, performance, sacred music, or vocal pedagogy upon approval from those areas. Related fields outside the College of Music may be pursued upon approval of the PAHAC and the entity offering the proposed coursework. This form must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office for final approval.

Related field in Performing Arts Health. Students who wish to pursue a related field in Performing Arts Health must first enroll in the introductory course to Performing Arts Health, MUPH 5000. Upon successful completion of the course and consent of MUPH faculty, the student may continue taking coursework in the discipline and complete the required course of study. The student will be required to take and pass a comprehensive examination in Performing Arts Health