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School of Music


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 (to be satisfied before the Comprehensive Examination can be scheduled): reading proficiency in French, German, or Italian (for orchestral conducting majors, the chosen language must differ from the one used to satisfy the master?s foreign language requirement)

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 (to be satisfied before the Comprehensive Examination can be scheduled): reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian (the chosen language must differ from the one used to satisfy the foreign language requirement for the master's degree in choral conducting)

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