Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Instrumental Performance, D.M.A.

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The Doctor of Musical Arts degree program is designed to develop the complete musician, emphasizing both the highest level of musicianship and practical scholarly insight. Each curriculum is intended to prepare the respective candidate for a career at the most advanced level of performance, teaching, or composition.

The first year in the Instrumental Performance, D.M.A. should be spent in residence, implying full-time status with a minimum course load of 9 credits per semester. One summer session prior to residence is permitted. Doctor of Musical Arts programs must be completed within seven years from the date of matriculation.

The D.M.A. consists of an area of concentration and an elective minor area.

Instrumental Performance includes the bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola and violin. Degree requirements for voice performance are listed separately and are not included on this page.

Total credits for degree: 53-65

Major Area (32 credits)

Other Studies (15 credits)


Minor area or electives 6-18 credit(s) 6


1Additional private lessons beyond four semesters must be approved.

2REC 871  and REC 872  must be recorded for archiving.

3The topic of the lecture recital must be approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

4HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613  Graduate Music History Review
Requirement: (must be taken first if required per placement exam)

5TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , TH 614  Graduate Music Theory/Ear
Training Review Requirement (must be taken first if required per placement exam)

6Declaration of a minor area must be approved by the department offering courses in the minor area. Up to 9 credits may be applied from previous graduate work. Students who have fulfilled their history or theory requirements through their minor may substitute free electives toward minimum credit requirements.

Additional other studies courses may be required if deficiencies are discovered as a result of a diagnostic placement exam.

HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613 , TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , and TH 614  do not fulfill requirements in music history or music theory.

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