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Doctor of Musical Arts

DMA in Conducting

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Instrumental Conducting

Major Area
a) area studies (14 credits, including 6 credits of applied conducting and studies in orchestral or band literature, score reading, etc.)
b) dissertation requirement (12 credits, consisting of recital preparation [6 credits of MUSC 891], 4 recitals [4 credits from MUSC 892 and 896], and document [2 credits of MUSC 897])

26 credits
Advanced Research (MUSC 747)  2 credits
Cognate Studies (minimum of two 700-level music history courses [one MUSC 744 Topics in Music History course must be completed], at least three 700-level music theory courses, and maximum three credits of ensemble and chamber music [MUSC 734 and 735]) 20 credits

Foreign language requirement: DMA students must either demonstrate reading proficiency in French, German, or Italian or complete an advisor-approved research course before the Comprehensive Examination can be scheduled.

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)


Choral Conducting

Major Area
a) area studies (14 credits, including at least 6 credits of applied conducting and studies in choral literature, choral methods, score reading, etc.)
b) dissertation requirement (12 credits, consisting of recital preparation [6 credits of MUSC 891], 4 recitals [4 credits from MUSC 892 and 896], and document [2 credits of MUSC 897])

26 credits
Advanced Research (MUSC 747)  2 credits
Cognate Studies (minimum of two 700-level music history courses [one MUSC 744 Topics in Music History course must be completed], at least three 700-level music theory courses, and maximum three credits of ensemble and chamber music [MUSC 734 and 735]) 20 credits

Diction proficiency (to be satisfied before admission to doctoral candidacy): proficiency in two foreign languages (French, German, Italian) not passed during the admission process

Foreign language requirement: DMA students must either demonstrate reading proficiency in French, German, or Italian or complete an advisor-approved research course before the Comprehensive Examination can be scheduled.

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate choral ensemble (MUSC 734)