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Ph.D. in music is a 3-year Doctorate Degree that requires the minimum eligibility is that Masters in Music with 50% score or any other equivalent degree. 

Some of the top institutes that provide the course are:

  • Allahabad University, Allahabad
  • Banaras University, Uttar Pradesh
  • Eternal University, Himachal Pradesh
  • Government College for Women, Kerala
  • Government Kamla Raja Girls Post Graduate College, Madhya Pradesh

This course average fee structure that lies between INR 20,000 – 1 Lac. This may vary between institutes.

Ph.D. in Music is the most popular choice for the candidates who are passionate about the music and fine arts. This is the Post Doctoral Program where the basics in the music are required in order to understand the subject in detail.

Ph.D. in Music degree holders can be appointed as Musician, Lecturer, Artist, Visualization Professionals, Illustrator, Designer, and Researcher. Average starting salary offered ranges between INR 10,000 to 15,000 per month.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Music)

  • Ph.D. (Music) in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Chennai
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Telangana

Ph.D. in Music: Highlights Table

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration of the Course3 – 5 years
Examination TypeSemester
EligibilityM.Phil. in Music
Admission ProcessMerit Based
Course FeeBetween INR 20,000 to 1 lac
Average Starting SalaryINR 10,000 to 15,000
Top Recruiting CompaniesCreative Indians, Amazon India Software Dev Center Pvt Ltd, Inox Leisure Ltd, Music Broadcast Ltd, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Job PositionsMusician, Lecturer, Artist, Visualization Professionals, Illustrator, Designer, Researcher

Ph.D. in Music: What is it about?

Ph.D. in Music course focuses mainly on the creation of new musical works rather than scholarly work and designed for aspiring composers and orchestral arrangers. The Specializations may include music theory, composition, education and conducting.

This course brings the in-depth knowledge of music to the candidates and help them to improvise their skills to professional levels. Most aspiring thing that course brings out of the student is their passion towards music and also helps them to renovate and innovate new ideas in music.

The main objective of Ph.D. in Music course is to critically think about the musical language, history and its culture, effective writing about music, proficiency in performing or creating music.

Ph.D. in Music: Top Institutes Table

Name of InstituteLocationAverage course fee (INR)
Loyala CollegeChennai12,000
Christ UniversityBangalore1 Lac
Presidency CollegeChennai4,440
Madras Christian CollegeChennai20,000
K J Somaiya College of Arts And CommerceMumbai17,000
Presidency UniversityKolkata22,000
India Institute of TechnologyBhubaneswar1.5 lac
Banasthali UniversityJaipur2 lac
Jadavpur UniversityKolkata16,000
St Joseph’s College DevagiriCalicut12,000
Jyoti Nivas CollegeBangalore80,000
Women’s Christian CollegeChennai5,000
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda CollegeChennai2,000
Jaipur National UniversityJaipur2 lac
LD Arts CollegeAhmedabad12,200

Ph.D. in Music: Eligibility

Candidates willing to under-take Ph.D. in Music course must possess an Master’s degree that is M.Phil. Music or any equivalent course.

Ph.D. in Music: Admission Process

The Candidates those are applying for this course are admitted based on the merit score in their Master’s degree and some institutes consider their entrance tests score followed by the interview. Also this course includes the critical thinking over the musical Subjects and languages as the prerequisites from the candidates.

Ph.D. in Music: Syllabus and Course Description

Semester ISemester II
Research MethodologyPactical:
Meaning and Sources of Research in Indian MusicPerformance and Viva – Voce
  1. Meaning of Research
  2. Area of Research in Music
  3. Selections of Problems
  4. Hypothesis
  5. Data Collection
  1. Sources
  2. Methods
  3. Tools of Research in Music
  1. Methods of Research in Music:
  1. Historical Method
  2. Survey Method
  3. Experimental Method 
  4. Case Study
  1. Analysis of Data
  2. Interpretation and Conclusion
  3. Preparation of Synopsis
  4. Writing Research Report
  1. Vocal Music: Elaborate treatment of vilamvita and Drute Khayalas on any five Ragas, Brief Treatment with one Composition of remained Ragas.
  2. Instrumental Music: Elaborate treatment of Masitkhani and Razakhani Gat in any five Ragas, Brief treatment with one Composition of the rest of Ragas.
Teaching Methods in Music EducationDissertation and Vive - Voce

Ph.D. in Music: Career Prospects

On Successful completion of this course there is variety of career opportunities in various fields like Colleges, Universities, advertising agencies, music and video stores, publishing firms, music industries and entertainment companies. Where there are different kind of jobs available for candidates and those include music attorney, teacher, music software programmer, Art Director, Special event coordinator.

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Salary (in INR)
MusicianA recreation or innovation of music in different view and perspectives30,000 to 2 lac
Animation artistsThe one who produces different kinds of music or sound effects for animated stuffs40,000 – 2 lac
Sound ArtistsThe area in which many real life sound effects are produced in artificial way2 lac to 4 lac
Professor or LecturerThe profession of teaching the music.45,000 – 50,000

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