Doctor of Musical Arts— Music Education
The D.M.A. with a major in music education is intended for students who have interests in advanced music pedagogical skills, educational theories, and knowledge of music literature and curriculum. A course of study will be offered for the advanced understanding of current learning processes, teaching and curriculum development. The purpose of the D.M.A. is to teach in-depth knowledge/ skills in a subject field and provide understanding of research in that subject field so students are able to effectively translate research into education practice. The D.M.A. may be described as an advanced practice degree. Students will learn advanced methods of instruction, performance, conducting, and theoretical concepts related to music curriculum. Typical subject fields are historical/theoretical facets of music education, leadership and administration of music programs, philosophical considerations for school music, music performance, conducting, and the disciplines of classroom instruction, assessment, and ensemble rehearsal. Upon completion of the D.M.A. in music education, students will seek careers in higher education, as teachers, and/or as fine arts/music program administrators.
The D.M.A. in music education comprises core courses and an area of intensive study. A year of residency with full-time status—that is, a course load of 9–13 credits per semester—is required. Doctor of Musical Arts programs must be completed within seven years from the date of matriculation.