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Doctor of Musical Arts

  • 12.01.2017

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

General Requirements:

Applicants must hold a master’s music degree from an accredited college, university, or equivalent institution and should have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). An official transcript of the master’s degree in English must be submitted with the application.

Overview of the Program

  1. Purpose

The purpose of the DMA degree program is to educate the most talented musicians at the highest musical level for achievement in their major field as well as to provide opportunities for students with verified accomplishments for professional musicianship. The program focuses on the highest level of technical understanding and artistic interpretation through a diverse performance structure, with academic foundations in historical, theoretical, and pedagogical coursework. Students graduating from the program can expect to obtain effective knowledge for becoming professional musicians, including performers, and/or effective instructors at the university or college level.

  1. Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students will

  • have musical mastery of the major field and the associated solo, chamber, and symphonic/operatic repertoire.
  • be prepared for teaching at the university or college level as well as at the post-secondary level.
  • be prepared for a variety of careers such as presidents or directors of music schools or conservatoires, music directors and composers.
  • have an ability for independent research used appropriate databases, printed and electronic resources, general reference materials, and specific resources.
  • have established scholarly knowledge for future success as a professional musician.
  1. Components and Requirements
  1. Components

            The DMA curriculum requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of acceptable graduate credit beyond a 30 semester-hour master’s degree. A master’s degree in the applied area (or its equivalent) and evidence of a high level of performance are required for admission into this curriculum. 60 credit hours include 51 credits for course work and 9 credits for final research project (dissertation/lecture recital with written documents).

            The required courses consist of 51 credits hours which are distributed as follows: Each Major Field Core Courses (15 credits), Supportive Core Courses (15 credits), Recital Courses (9 credits), and Elective/Minor Courses (12 credits). Also, 9 credits will be added from Final Research Project.

  1. Audition Requirements

            Applicants are required to complete an interview and to present vocal or instrumental recital/audition. The recital/audition should be equivalent to the solo recital required for the master’s degree. The program should include works of contrasting historical periods and styles, chosen to demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency. Repertoire requirements for specific instruments and voice are listed below. Please note that auditioning students in all areas may be asked to sight-read.

            Piano. The audition program must be performed from memory and include works or  movement of works from each of four historical periods: Baroque through Beethoven, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth-century.

            Voice. The audition program must include repertoire in English, French, German, and Italian; must include an opera aria which demands advanced technical expertise; and a repertoire drawn from a minimum of three historical periods.

            Choral Conducting. Applicants are required to submit an audio/video recording of the applicant conducting a rehearsal or performance of literature of the applicant’s choice. The applicant will be asked to rehearse and conduct a university chorus. Following the conducting audition, applicants will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. The interview will include questions concerning the literature rehearsed, rehearsal techniques, repertoire, and personal goals.

  1. Diagnostic Examinations

            At the time of the audition, the applicant will be required to take diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory. The results of these two examinations  will be included when considering the candidate for admission to the program, as well as  used to advice the applicant as prerequisite courses to take.