A two-year program, the Master of Music offers specialization in the areas of performance (piano, voice, choral/instrumental conducting, string and wind instruments), research (music education and musicology), and creative work (composition).

The core of the curriculum is composed of music analyses (pre-twentieth and twentieth century music) and research methodology.

Allied specialization strengthens the student’s main area of specialization and includes the required six units of foreign language/s and another six units of music/non-music elective courses. 

A 45-unit offering, the Doctor of Philosophy in Music is a pioneering doctoral program in music in the Philippines. Interdisciplinary in nature, it aims to train students to do intensive research that would produce new, critical, or revisionary knowledge about music in the Asia Pacific region. The program is founded on a solid tradition of music scholarship that is sensitive to the concerns and coverage of Philippine or Asian Studies. A 12-unit dissertation is the terminal requirement for the granting of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree. This document must be a significant and original contribution to the knowledge about music in its various contexts.


The Ph.D. program at the UP College of Music is designed to:
1. advance music scholarship in the country and in Southeast Asia that would reflect on-going changes at the local, regional, national, and world political economies,
2. explore current methods of music research and seek alternative ones that suit the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
3. explore new modes of learning in the study of expressive communication in the context of culture and human civilization.


The program is meant to address the demand and need for broader, more holistic and more integrative activities in the dimensions of music scholarship, creation, and pedagogy.

The program is designed to allow the student to optimize the combination of courses characterized by structured foundational knowledges and courses characterized by relevant content that is responsive to the achievement of individually meaningful research objectives.

The required courses are divided into:
A. Three (3) Core Courses: nine (9) units
B. Two (2) Special Topics Courses (Special Topics in Music): six (6) units
C. Two (2) Seminar Courses (Seminar in Music): two (2) units
D. Two (2) Directed Research Courses: four (4) units
E. Four Electives: twelve (12) units
1. Two (2) Music Electives: six (6) units
2.Two (2) Other Electives (i.e. not in/of the discipline of Music): six (6) units F. Dissertation: equivalent to 12 units


Saliksik-Musika means “Music Research”. The UP College of Music Graduate Programs open its conference to international participants. As a collective ecosystem of researchers, performers and composers, the Graduate Programs thrive on the students’ conceptual-and-expressive core by building scholarship, performativity, and creativity.

In this conference, students will be presenting part of their thesis/dissertations, or even work-in-progress studies. The gathering opens opportunities for students’ works to be presented, talked about, critically reviewed, and opened to the enrichment of others in the field.

The conference will have sessions for paper presentations and discussions, lecture-demonstrations of music/dance performances, open session/“Talk-in-Circle”, and virtual performance of compositions.

These conference activities are aligned with the UP CMu’s mission of achieving “a community of thinking and creative performing artists and scholars transforming the world through ideas, sound, and movement.”

Explorations in Music Education
Music and History
Gender Issues in Music
Music and Technology
Open Topics


1. Abstract (Paper/Lecture-Demo/Virtual Music and/or Dance Performance) in not more than 500 words.

2. Bionotes (not more than 300 words)

These conference activities are aligned with the UP CMu’s mission of achieving “a community of thinking and creative performing artists and scholars transforming the world through ideas, sound, and movement.”

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