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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, and 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.

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 Master’s degree in Performance (Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Music or their equivalent).
The following courses are required of all students:
            • Private Studio Tutorial (4 semesters)
            • Chamber Music (4 semesters)
            • Performance Practice Seminars (2 semesters)
            • Three seminars in music studies
               (music history, theory, analysis, or ethnomusicology)


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 can contain only repertoire that has been approved by the Deputy Executive Officer. The First and Second recital must include a 21st century work.

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 in the semester preceding the recital; the Deputy Executive Officer and the D.M.A. Committee may ask that the program be modified. Recitals cannot be scheduled without prior approval of the proposed program.

(5) A Recital Contract must be signed by the student and the Concert Office for any degree recital. The contract outlines all particulars regarding recital dates and deadlines.

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

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