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Advanced Classical Music Research Guide

About Music Dissertations

A dissertation is a thesis submitted as a requirement for a doctoral degree. Library catalogs often use the technical term thesis: e.g. "Thesis (Ph.D.)." There are different types of doctoral programs in music. The most frequently encountered are

  • D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts):  a performance degree
  • Ed. D. (Doctor of Education)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy): musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition.

While D.M.A. dissertations may be particularly useful to performers, Ph.D. dissertations tend to examine the topic in greater depth and to offer more extensive bibliographies.

You can find dissertations and theses in the following databases or order via Interlibrary Loan: