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Where do I start? (Questions? See Denise or Patrick in the Library)


Important Dates

  • Friday, Feb 17, 2017: Meeting with Dr. Susan McClary
    Students taking Comprehensive Exams this Spring are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the following informational meeting with Dr. Susan McClary:
    Feb. 17th, 2017 from 1-2pm in the Student Lounge
    Students are encouraged to bring questions.
  • Monday, Mar 6, 2017: Bibliography Rough Draft
    Have a rough draft of your annotated bib ready to go, and Patrick or Denise in the Library would be happy to offer advice on or before March 6. (Not required)
  • Monday, Mar 6, 2017: Interlibrary loan/OhioLINK deadline
    Recommended last day to put in requests for books from other libraries. (It takes 1-2 weeks for these items to arrive.)
  • Monday, Mar 20, 2017: Annotated Bibliography (with recital program) due by 12pm via email to Registrar's Office
    3-10 paragraph-length citations per piece from a variety of resources. Please use Turabian style citations (Requirement)
  • Friday, Apr 7, 2017: Comprehensive Exams 1:30-3:30pm in Room 113
    The Big Day!

The CIM Catalog says:


What are comps?

Comprehensive exams require the graduate student to be able to discuss a variety of compositions in-depth. Pieces are selected from one of the student's Masters recitals or based on other criteria. Students need to prepare analytical and historical essays for each of these pieces. An annotated bibliography is also required.

In other words:

  1. Pick a program
  2. Find sources for each piece
  3. Submit an annotated bibliography
  4. Take the exam

Read more about it on the RML blog. (Note: this blog entry was from 2014)


Comp Exams Handout

Handy 3 page discussion of comps which includes:

  • what they are
  • research questions
  • annotated bib example

Annotated what?

Sr. Research Services Librarian

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Denise Smith Green
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Where do you work in the Library?
I'm usually in the Reference Desk area or Media Center
What are your musical interests/activities?
Singing and coordinating musicians. Currently I sing and help coordinate the Worship Team at my church.
What are your hobbies?
When not doing the above, I enjoy getting out and spending time with family and friends. I also especially enjoy singing and reading new children's books to my daughter, and listening to audio books.

Where do I start?

Fear not!

Simply follow the steps in this handy-dandy guide and you will succeed.

Or, if it's simply too overwhelming, see Denise, Patrick, or one of their graduate assistants in the Reference Bay for help. You may also email us at


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