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Styles Guidelines for Composition DM Dissertations and MM Theses

Document Checklist

When dissertations and theses are submitted, the doctoral clerk reviews it for conformance to the following checklist).  Students are strongly encouraged to check their document against this list before submitting the document to the committee and again before submitting the final copy. These items are explained in detail below.

The checklist includes details related to the following:

  • Fonts
  • Margin Requirements
  • Sequence of Pages and Pagination
  • Vocal works with text
  • First page of score
  • Program notes

Here are sample documents that can be used as a reference to see examples of the items in the checklist or as a template for your own document.

For electronically submitted documents, the signature page should be included, but committee members should not sign the page. 

Standards of Notation

The composition department recognizes the works listed below as standards of notational practice. Refer to one of them when in doubt about correct procedures and consult your committee for advice.

You also need to carefully follow the Composition department's Musical Notation Style Guide.

Gould, Elaine. Behind Bars. London: Faber Music Ltd, 2011.

Stone, Kurt. Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook. New York: W. W. Norton, 1980.

Read, Gardner. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. Second Edition. Boston: Crescendo Publishers, 1969. (paperback edition: New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979)

Engraving and Printing

The score must meet the highest professional standards and be generated with a high quality computer notation program; any hard copies are to be printed double sided by laser printer on archival quality paper of approximately 60-70# weight.