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The D.M.A.-Performance program offers individual instruction in the following:

  • Flute  
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet  
  • Horn  
  • Bassoon 
  • Percussion
  • Violin  
  • Viola  
  • Cello  
  • Piano  
  • Voice
  • Guitar
Students take courses specifically designed for performers in performance practice and analysis, and may choose from a wide array of seminars in history, theory, and ethnomusicology. The program is designed for students interested in a specialization in chamber music.

Note that a master's degree in music performance is a pre-requisite for the D.M.A. Program in Performance.

Admissions Requirements

DMA Course Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits of approved course work is required for a D.M.A. in Performance. Courses will be credited toward the D.M.A. in Performance only if they are part of a program approved by the Executive Officer or his/her deputy.
• In addition to meeting general University requirements, applicants are expected to have completed a program in Performance leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Music Degree (or their equivalent).

• It is expected that applicants have completed the following three courses within their Master’s curriculum:

A course in bibliography or research techniques
A proseminar in music history
An advanced harmony course

Students accepted into the DMA program who lack any or all of these prerequisite courses will take them at one of the CUNY campuses at the beginning of their studies.

Courses will be credited toward the D.M.A.–Performance only if they are part of a program approved by the Executive Officer or Deputy Executive Officer. The following courses are required of all students: Studio Tutorial (private lessons) and Ensemble for four semesters each; two seminars in Source Studies and Performance Practices; Analysis for Performers; and one research seminar in music theory or music history. The second seminar in Source Studies and Performance Practices and the research seminar in music theory or music history may be taken only after completion of the language examination. Students are required to take one elective course in musicology, theory, ethnomusicology, or repertoire; two seminars in and Performance Practice; two semesters of D.M.A. Topics (introduction to graduate studies); three research seminars in music theory or music history.

DMA Performance Recitals

D.M.A. Performance students will present three graded recitals.
The First and Second Recitals are normally given during the student's second and fourth semesters, respectively; in any case, they must be completed prior to taking the Second Examination.
The Dissertation Recital is given after a dissertation proposal has been approved.
Each recital should contain new repertoire. The First and Second recital must include a 21st century work by a composer from the United States.
Recital scheduling guidelines:
(1) Students will schedule all recitals through the Concert Office.
(2) Normally, degree recitals will take place in Elebash Hall on weekday evenings, Monday through Thursday, as availability permits.
(3) It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the major teacher is available to attend the recital.
(4) The program for each of the three recitals must be cleared with the D.M.A.-Performance Deputy Executive Officer at least two full months prior to the recital; the Deputy Executive Officer and the D.M.A. Committee may ask that the program be modified.
(5) A Recital Contract must be signed by the student and the Deputy Executive Officer for any degree recital. The contract outlines all particulars regarding recital dates and deadlines.

For information about the performance program, contact:
Prof. John Musto, Coordinator, D.M.A. Program in Performance: