Revised, April 2012
(1) Copy the thesis and writes the program notes in conformity with these guidelines and with the Style Guide.
(2) Once the thesis is completed to the satisfaction of your teacher, the signature page may be prepared and signed by the teacher, and if submitting a hard copy, it may be prepared on archival paper.
(3) Submit final copies to the Music Graduate Office (MU 011) by the last day of the semester.
(4) If submitting a hard copy, arrange to have the score hard bound. If you have the score bound at Smith Bookbindery, the Music Graduate Office needs confirmation that the bindery has received the document and that you have paid the bindery fees--a receipt or phone call from the bindery will suffice--by the last day of final exams for the student to graduate. If you have the document bound elsewhere, the Music Graduate Office must receive the actual bound documents by the last day of final exams for you to graduate
File name format: <last name>_<first name>_<year>.pdf
See the instructions at the Music Graduate Office site. The document will be will be catalogued in IUCAT and posted at IU Scholarworks; it will be available for worldwide viewing. It must be saved as a high quality PDF/A document (this format embeds needed fonts, for long term viability).
Bound Hard Copy (optional alternative method)
See the instructions for binding and paper below. Note the margin requirements. This will be a deposit copy available only at the IU Music Library.
Standards of Notation
The composition department recognizes the works listed below as standards of notational practice; you should refer to one of them when in doubt about correct procedures, and should consult your committee for advice.
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.
1-inch margins on all four sides.
Alternative bound hard copy submission:
Right-hand pages: 1.5-inch margin on the left side; 1-inch margin on the right side, and at the top and bottom. Left-hand pages: 1.5-inch margin on the right side, and 1-inch margin on the left side, and at the top and bottom.
Sequence of Pages and Pagination
All right-hand pages carry odd numbers; all left-hand pages carry even numbers. Page numbers may be printed on the page in one of two ways: (a) within the margin space at the bottom of each page, centered, or (b) within the margin at the upper right corner of right-hand pages, and the upper left corner of left-hand pages.
Pages in this section should be paginated consecutively using small Roman numerals centered at the bottom (but not printed on the official title page).
page 1: official title page, no page number.
page 2: blank, except lower case "ii" centered at bottom.
page 3: signature page, "iii"
page 4: blank, "iv"
page 5: your actual title page, "v"
page 6: program notes, performance information, any text, "vi"
(additional pages inserted as necessary, continuing numbering)
next page: instrumentation, Roman numeral at bottom
next page: optional inscription for commission, dedication, premiere, or a blank page to achieve a "right-hand" start to the music, Roman numeral at bottom
1st sheet: official title page, right-hand, no page number; reverse side: lower case "ii" centered at bottom.
2nd sheet: signature page, right-hand, "iii" at bottom; reverse side: "iv" at bottom.
3rd sheet: your actual title page, right-hand, "v". On the reverse side: program notes, and performance information or any text, "vi"
(possible insertion of additional sheets for further information, text, etc.)
4th sheet (or last sheet of front matter): instrumentation, right-hand, "vii". On the reverse side: "viii", optional inscription for commission, dedication, first performance, etc.
Page numbering restarts using arabic numerals.
first page of score, right-hand, "page 1" (not printed)
second page of score, left-hand, "page 2" (printed)
Vocal Works with Text
If the dissertation is vocal and employs a text, include the text in its original format as part of your performance information. An extensive text may obviously require additional pages. If the text is under copyright, the copyright-holder's permission for use must be obtained. Include the statement of permission on the page with the text itself.
First Page of Score
On the first page of score the work's title should be printed in the space above the uppermost staff, and is traditionally centered. The composer's name should be printed above the uppermost staff, against the right-hand margin. Copyright information should be printed in the space beneath the lowest staff. Although it is not an official academic requirement, you are strongly urged to copyright your work.
The dissertation should be accompanied by program notes, with a minimum length of 250 words. These notes should be written for a general audience; they should not involve a detailed analysis, but should prepare an educated layman for a performance of the work.
Format of Title and Signature Pages
For each of these pages the format of the models below should be followed. If pages are larger than the 8.5 x 11-inch size of the models, only the general proportions need be followed. For electronically submitted documents, the signed signature page should be letter-sized and will be stored at the Music Graduate Office; the online PDF includes the signature page with committee names indicated, but does not include actual signatures.
Word Version (formatting might change, so be sure to match the look of the PDF file above)
Binding (for alternative hard copy submission)
You have three options for hard binding the final score:
(1) You may deliver the document to Smith Bookbindery and arrange to have the bound copy sent to the Music Graduate Office once they are complete::
112 W. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
phone: (812) 332-2743
(2) You may send the document to the Music Graduate Office (Merrill Hall 011, 1201 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47405) and have Smith Bookbindery pick up and return them for a fee (contact Smith Bookbindery for details).
(3) You may have the document hard bound elsewhere and sent to the Music Graduate Office after binding.
One copy of the dissertation will be shelved in the circulation stacks in the Music Library; the other will be held in the Music Library archives.
Paper (for alternative hard copy submission)
Archival quality buffered paper of approximately 60-70# weight must be used.
Appropriate paper can be found on campus at Copies and More, which has two campus service centers for students – at the IMU, on the Mezzanine level, and at Eigenmann Hall, across from the bookstore. Students may submit their compositions in pdf files, either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org, for the Eigenmann store; email@example.com, for the IMU store), or by dropping them off in person on a flash drive. The latter would provide an opportunity to examine the paper beforehand. The stores carry a limited amount (approximately 200 sheets at any given time) of 11x17 inch natural white archival paper that is approximately 65#. The paper can be ordered with 3-4 days turnaround time, so do not wait to the last minute. The cost is approximately 99 cents per sheet for 1-499 pages; 90 cents per sheet for 500-999 pages; 85 cents per sheet for 1000 pages and above. Sometimes students team up on paper orders to save cost.