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Doctor of Musical Arts Degree
Prerequisites and Entrance Requirements
The applicant must be accepted as a graduate student by the music school and must have a master's degree from an accredited institution. The applicant must also submit to the advisory committee
1. a repertoire list;
2. programs and critical reviews;
3. a complete description of conducting and related professional experience; and
4. as stated in the Admission Process section above, four letters of recommendation, including two from professional colleagues, not teachers of the applicant, attesting to the applicant's past and potential ability as a conductor.
The following entrance examination requirements must be completed successfully:
1. an entrance audition with the CUA Symphony Orchestra before a faculty committee;
2. a written examination pertaining to general knowledge of the orchestral field;
3. an aural examination;
4. an individual interview with the orchestra director;
5. Research Methodology or its equivalent;
6. written examinations (two hours each): music history placement examination and music theory placement examination.
Program of Study
The D.M.A. committee, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of approximately 61 to 64 semester hours beyond the master's degree. Although the program will be organized to meet the individual needs of the student, it will normally include:
|Graduate Conducting Seminar MUS 643||9|
|Music History and Literature||6|
|Music Theory and Analysis||6|
|Advanced Orchestration MUS 581||3|
|Combined Lyric Diction I and II MUS 576A and 576B (at 2 credits each)||4|
|Internship/Field Experience for Orchestral Conductors (see below) MUS 645||0|
Practicum in Sight Singing, Score Reading, and Analysis for Conductors MUS 622 (622A without classes) (required every semester in residence)
|Required Recitals (see below under Graduation Requirements)||18|
|Final Oral Comprehensive Exam (COMP 698-01 w/ classes; COMP 699-02 w/o classes)||0|
Internship/Field Experience Requirements for D.M.A. Orchestral Conductors MUS 645 (0 credits)
1. To fulfill the requirements of the internship/field experience, the doctoral student will work as an assistant conductor on at least one CUA opera production and at least one CUA musical theatre production. The requirement could alternatively be fulfilled with outside organizations with the approval of the major professor. Satisfactory completion of the requirement is contingent upon approval of the major professor and a positive evaluation from the supervising/host conductor.
2. To fulfill the requirements of the internship/field experience, the doctoral student will also spend a minimum of two semesters of work as an assistant conductor/intern for an approved outside ensemble. The orchestral conducting division will assist the student in finding a suitable placement with an outside organization. In the event that an appropriate outside ensemble cannot be found, the student may fulfill the requirement with CUA ensembles as approved by the major professor. Satisfactory completion of the requirement is contingent upon approval of the major professor and a positive evaluation from the supervising/host conductor.
Four recitals (18 semester hours). The student must present four recitals for credit. The exact nature of the first three recitals (each MUS 917; each four semester hours) is flexible and will be determined by the adviser and the student. The fourth recital must be a lecture-recital (MUS 903, six semester hours). All recitals must be approved in advance by the adviser. When feasible they should represent a diversity of performance mediums: orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, large chamber ensemble, etc.; however, recital repertoire should reflect a high level of artistic quality, regardless of the medium. The student is required to conduct at least one substantial work from memory on one of these recitals, as approved by the adviser. Printed programs and program notes are required for all recitals.
All recitals must be videotaped. Two copies of each recital program and one videotape of each recital must be submitted to the adviser within two weeks after each recital has been performed in public. After review by the advisory committee, recital programs will be deposited in the student's academic file. The lecture-recital differs from the other degree recitals both in scope and format.
It should last approximately one hour, with no intermission. The advisory candidate should assume that it will be delivered before a group of graduate music students at a university. The topic of the lecture-recital must be approved by the adviser at least six months prior to the presentation date. During the research and writing stages, the student will meet regularly with the adviser.
The lecture-recital should reflect a balance between speaking and performing. All musical examples need not be performed live; limited use of taped examples is acceptable. In addition to the lecture-recital, the student must complete a scholarly research paper on the topic of the lecture-recital presentation. The paper must reflect a high standard of scholarship, both in research and writing, appropriate for the doctoral level. Two copies of the research paper must be submitted to the adviser.
Approval of the paper is required before the lecture/recital requirement is satisfied.
Reading proficiency examination (noncredit). The student must pass a reading proficiency examination in two languages, normally in German and Italian. With the adviser's approval, French may be substituted.
Final comprehensive oral examination (noncredit). Successful completion of a final comprehensive oral examination before a faculty committee constitutes the final requirement.
Minor in Latin American Music
This degree program is not offered with minor in Latin American music.
Minor in Musicology
The advisory committee, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of 57 to 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree, which will include at least 12 semester hours of musicology courses beyond the minimum number of hours already required for the degree. Three of those semester hours must be Research Methodology (MUS 731), unless the student has taken a similar course for the master's degree. At the conclusion of coursework, the student will take a written, four-hour minor comprehensive examination (based on four musicology courses selected by the student).