Music: Performance and Composition, Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Students entering Spring 2020 or later:

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree requires the satisfactory completion of a significant body of coursework that, in the student's and Graduate Advisor's judgement, prepares the student for the preliminary examination that leads to admission to candidacy, as well as certain specific courses required in each area of specialization. A grade of B- or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the degree. A dissertation (whether written, or in project form) is required for all doctoral degrees in music. A principal advisor for the dissertation will be chosen by the student and the academic advisor; the principal advisor and the student will then nominate the remaining members of the dissertation committee. The student must submit a detailed prospectus of the dissertation to the members of the dissertation committee and the graduate director, and must be admitted to candidacy prior to the approval of the dissertation committee by the Graduate School. The dissertation must be successfully defended before the entire dissertation committee. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree requires a Written Dissertation, a Recording Project, a Performance Project, or a Musical Composition. Some Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees have an option of a Written Dissertation or a Performance Dissertation.

D.M.A. in Composition

Non-course requirements for composition students include a pre-candidacy scholarly paper and a recital presentation of original music composed while in the degree program at Maryland. The recital presentation must take place prior to the defense of the dissertation project.

Course Title Credits
MUSP719Interpretation and Repertoire (MUSP719T - Lessons)8
Studies in Areas Supporting the Major 115
Other course in Music 25
Dissertation Research Requirements
MUSP899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits40

D.M.A. in Conducting

Non-course requirements for conducting students include proficiencies in diction, voice, and piano. Students must also submit a pre-candidacy paper.

Choral Conducting Specialization

Course Title Credits
Performance, Principal Medium
MUSP719Interpretation and Repertoire ((MUSP719U))6
MUSP815Interpretation, Performance, and Pedagogy ((MUSP815U))4
Performance-Related Courses
MUSC659Seminar in Repertoire and Pedagogy8
MUSC645Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy3
MUSC757Aural Skills for Conductors1
MUSC758Advanced Aural Skills for Conductors3
Academic Courses in Music 19
Dissertation Research Requirements
MUSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
MUSP899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
Total Credits46

Orchestral Conducting Specialization

Course Title Credits
Performance, Principal Medium
MUSP719Interpretation and Repertoire ((MUSP719U))6
MUSP815Interpretation, Performance, and Pedagogy ((MUSP815U))4
Performance-Related Courses
MUSC689Advanced Conducting2
MUSC659Seminar in Repertoire and Pedagogy6
MUSP679Practicum2
MUSC629Ensemble1
MUSC757Aural Skills for Conductors1
MUSC758Advanced Aural Skills for Conductors3
Academic Courses in Music 19
Dissertation Research Requirements
MUSP899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
MUSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
Total Credits46

Wind Conducting Specialization

Course Title Credits
Performance, Principal Medium
MUSP719Interpretation and Repertoire ((MUSP719U))6
MUSP815Interpretation, Performance, and Pedagogy ((MUSP815U))4
Performance-Related Courses
MUSC689Advanced Conducting2
MUSC659Seminar in Repertoire and Pedagogy ((MUSC659C))6
MUSP679Practicum3
MUSC757Aural Skills for Conductors1
MUSC758Advanced Aural Skills for Conductors3
Academic Courses in Music 19
Dissertation Research Requirements
MUSP899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
MUSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research6
Total Credits46

D.M.A. in Performance

Course Title Credits
Performance, Principal Medium 110-14
Performance-Related Courses 112-20
Academic Courses in Music 29-12
Specialization Requirements
Select one of the following specializations:12
Piano Solo:
Select a written dissertation or a performance dissertation
Collaborative Piano:
Select a written dissertation or a performance dissertation
Strings:
Select a written dissertation or a performance dissertation
Winds and Percussion:
Select a written dissertation or a performance dissertation
Voice and Voice Opera:
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Voice Pedagogy:
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Total Credits43-58