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Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Program of Study

Residence Requirement

Requirements for Candidacy

Dissertation Requirement

Abstract

Final Oral Examination

Program of Study

Although residence and fee hour requirements must be satisfied, the doctoral degree is not awarded on the basis of a specified number of credit hours but rather on the basis of demonstrated competence. Completion of the program normally requires six terms of full-time study beyond the master's degree. Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.

Course elections must include the following:

  1. Music Performance 891, Directed Performance (2-6 hrs.), and Music Performance 550, Performance Seminar (1 hr.), elected each term in residence as a precandidate
  2. Music Performance 781, Seminar in Performance Problems (1 hr.), elected each term in residence as a precandidate
  3. Musicology 503, Bibliography of Music (3 hrs), elected in the first term of enrollment as a precandidate
  4. A minimum of fifteen hours of graduate work in music theory and musicology, or at least five courses totaling a minimum of twelve hours. At least one of the musicology courses must be at the 600-level.
  5. Additional course work as prescribed by the student's advisor. The courses in music theory and in musicology are especially recommended for precandidates preparing of the general preliminary examinations.
  6. Music Performance 995, Dissertation/Candidate (8 hrs), elected each term in residence as a candidate, or at least one term.

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Residence Requirement

At least one academic year of full-time residence is required.

Requirements for Candidacy

  1. Pedagogy. Every doctoral student in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance must satisfy the pedagogy requirement during the first two terms of enrollment. A list of courses that satisfy this requirement may be found in the Handbook for Rackham Students in Music, Dance, or Theatre.

  2. Preliminary Examinations Prior to Candidacy.

    • Music History General Preliminary Examination (or the coursework alternative)
    • Music Theory General Preliminary Examination
    • Performance Preliminary Examination in the field of specialization
    • Comprehensive Oral Preliminary Examination.

    The preliminary examinations required for admission to candidacy are taken after the student has satisfied the language, residence, and pedagogy requirements; has completed most of the course work; and is prepared to concentrate his or her efforts on the dissertation recitals. At least two courses in musicology, including MHM 503, must be completed prior to taking the preliminary examination in that field, and at least two courses in music theory must be completed prior to taking the preliminary examination in theory. During the examination in performance the applicant must satisfy a jury that he or she has achieved the requisite musical competence to undertake the preparation of the public programs to be presented in lieu of a written dissertation. Both the performance and comprehensive oral preliminary examinations are administered by a committee from the Department of String Instruments.

    Candidacy will be conferred upon completion of these requirements and examinations. A dissertation committee must have been appointed by the time candidacy is achieved.

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Dissertation Requirement

Three public recitals are required in lieu of a written dissertation after reaching candidacy. One of these performances may be a lecture-recital or an appearance as a soloist with a large ensemble in the performance of a concerto or a work of similar scope. One of the dissertation recitals may be presented off campus provided that an acceptable recording can be furnished to the dissertation committee, which is appointed to supervise this phase of the student’s work.

Abstract

An abstract listing the music performed and, if space permits, providing program notes and commentary is required.

Final Oral Examination

A final oral examination concerned primarily with the field of specialization will be conducted by the dissertation committee after all of the other requirements have been completed.

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