The College of Arts and Architecture




Program Goals


The degree is designed to provide students with a thorough background of preparation and experience in professional-level performance and in the literature of the instrument, while becoming sufficiently knowledgeable about the discipline of music as a whole, in order to teach at the collegiate or university level.  This background knowledge includes, but is not limited to, music theory, analysis, and history.


Program Description


A minimum of four semesters in residence is required.  Sixty credits are required beyond the Master of Music; if an exceptional student is admitted before completion of a prior Master of Music degree, the student will complete a total of 30 credits (including any graduate credits accepted by transfer) in categories equivalent to those required for the M.Mus., in addition to the 60 required for the D.M.A.


Minimum course requirements (post-Master’s degree) include sixteen credits (four semesters @ 4 credits/semester) of Keyboard 580J applied music instruction; four credits of advanced ensembles; 10 credits of literature and pedagogy in the major area; and 18 credits in the broader discipline of music.  Knowledge of the history and theory of Western art music must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of competency examinations or completion of specified remedial courses in addition to the curricular requirements listed here.  A candidacy examination will follow upon two semesters completed in residence.  The comprehensive examination, with an oral examination covering work in the major field, will occur upon the completion of all required course work, before the final recital.  The culminating experience of the D.M.A. degree is public performance: three memorized solo recitals are required (the final recital is prepared independently), and two recitals of chamber music.  All recitals are graded by jury, with B being the minimum acceptable grade.  Although no written thesis is required, a lecture-recital is required, with a pre-approved monograph text.  The total of these recital credits is twelve.


The 60-credit requirement is as follows:

Piano Performance Doctoral/Artist Level (Keyboard 580J)16 credits
Ensemble (Music 523 or Music 565)4
Keyboard Literature (Music 585, Music 586, and Music 587) 6
Piano Pedagogy (Music 519 and Music 524) 4
Pedagogy of Theory/History (Music 533)2
*Music theory and history 6


*Select from: 
     Analytical Techniques (Music 531)3
     Schenkerian Analysis (Music 532)3
     Composition (Music 535)1-4
     Seminar in Musicology (Music 572)  3
     Integrative Seminar in Music Theory and History (Music 573)3
     Seminar in Music Theory (Music 574) 3
**Music Electives 10


**Select from: 
     Studies in Music History (Music 461-2-3-4W) 3 each
     Advanced Tonal Analysis (Music 431)2-3
     Score Reading (Music 435)1
     Figured Bass (Music 438)2
     Advanced Conducting I (Music 465) 2
     Advanced Conducting II (Music 466) 2
     Structural and Sixteenth-century Counterpoint (Music 471)2
     Eighteenth-century Counterpoint (Music 472)2
     Composition VIII (Music 474)3
     Vocal Literature: German and Austrian Art Song (Music 478)3
     Opera Literature (Music 480) 3
     Chamber Music Literature (Music 485) 3
     Vocal Literature: Italian and French Art Song (Music 497X) 2
     Psychological Foundations of Musical Behavior (Music 545)3
     Assessment of Music Learning (Music 546) 2
     Orchestral Literature (Music 580) 3
     Choral Literature (Music 583)3
     Seminar in Music Literature (Vocal): American and British Art Song
     (Music 588)
     Secondary applied lessons (500 level)4 max.
     Additional ensembles2 max.
     Other course work approved by program chairas approved



Doctoral Solo Recital (DMA) (Music 801) 4
DMA Lecture-recital Monograph (Music 802)1
Performance of the DMA Lecture-recital (Music 803) 2
Chamber Music Recital (DMA) (Music 804) 2
DMA Final Recital (Music 805) 3


Note: Unsatisfactory performance on the competency examinations in music theory and history taken at the beginning of the program may result in the necessity of additional course work.  (click here for more information)








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