Doctor of Musical Arts Course Requirements

The D.M.A. is the terminal professional practical degree in music, designed for performers and conductors wishing to acquire the highest performance abilities. Graduates will have attained the academic qualifications generally accepted for teaching at the college level.

Entering students in the vocal performance track are expected to have appropriate language proficiencies in French, German, and Italian. Following acceptance into the doctoral program, students may be required to take the 702 theory and/or 704 history survey courses. Other review courses may be required upon recommendation of the advisor and committee.

Recitals and a final written project are planned in conjunction with the candidate’s committee, which consists of at least three graduate faculty members: the advisor, a representative from academic studies, and at least one other member at large.

All coursework must be passed with a minimum grade of B. Qualifying examinations in the student’s primary focus area and in academic studies must be passed near the end of or after coursework, and prior to a final oral examination by members of the candidate’s committee. All D.M.A. graduates must have reading proficiency in at least one foreign language. For some, an alternative such as a computer language or other research skill, if appropriate to the student’s focus area, may be substituted. This proficiency will be determined and assessed by the candidate’s committee. Further, students in Choral Conducting must demonstrate proficiency in foreign language diction.

Two tracks are offered: Performance and Conducting. Each track requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree (93 for the D.M.A. in choral conducting). Students entering the program with an approved master’s degree or its equivalent may apply credits toward the D.M.A. The graduate music faculty will determine the viability and number of transfer credits.

Course requirements for performance and conducting.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance

Course
Course Name
Credits
MUSC 709
Ensemble Performance (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)
10
MUSC 731
Applied Study (4,4,4,4,4,4)
24
MUSC 748
Music Bibliography and Research Methods
2
MUSC 780
Recitals (4,4,4)
12
MUSC 789
D.M.A. Thesis
4
History/Theory

To be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

14
Pedagogy
MUSC 721 Vocal Pedagogy
6
Literature
MUSC 767 Vocal Lit I: Baroque/Classic
MUSC 768 Vocal Lit II: Romantic
MUSC 769 Vocal Lit III: 20th Cent./Contemporary
9
Electives
(In consultation with advisor)
9
Total
90

Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance

Course
Course Name
Credits
MUSC 709
Ensemble Performance (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)
10
MUSC 731
Applied Study (4,4,4,4,4,4)
24
MUSC 748
Music Bibliography and Research Methods
2
MUSC 780
Recitals (4,4,4)
12
MUSC 789
D.M.A. Thesis
4
History/Theory

To be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

14
Pedagogy/Literature
Minimum six credits in each:
MUSC 722 Applied Instrumental Pedagogy
MUSC 764 Applied Instrumental Literature
15
Electives
(In consultation with advisor)
9
Total
90

Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting

Course Course Name Credits
MUSC 709 Ensemble Performance (1,1,1,1,1,1) 6
MUSC 731 Applied Study (4,4,4,4,4) 20
MUSC 748 Music Bibliography and Research Methods 2
MUSC 780 Recitals (4,4,4) 12
MUSC 789 D.M.A. Thesis 4
History/Theory

To be taken from:
MUSC 611 Form and Analysis
MUSC 630 Contemporary Harmonic Techniques
MUSC 631 Counterpoint
MUSC 734 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 740 Medieval/Renaissance History
MUSC 741 Baroque Music History
MUSC 742 Classic Romantic History
MUSC 743 Romantic Music History
MUSC 744 20th Century Music History

14
Literature MUSC 760 Medieval/Renaissance Choral Lit.
MUSC 761 Baroque Choral Literature
MUSC 762 Classical/Romantic Choral Literature
MUSC 763 20th Century/Contemporary Choral Lit
or
MUSC 765 Band Lit: History/Development
MUSC 766 Band Lit: Chamber Music
6-12
Cognate Courses determined with advisor from Conducting, Music Education, Academic Studies and Performance 14
Electives (In consultation with advisor) 12
Total
90-96
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