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Doctor of Musical Arts, Organ Performance
This is a program of advanced study in applied music, literature, and pedagogy with a strong supporting program in historical and analytical studies. The degree is designed to represent superior accomplishment in the practical aspects of music with an emphasis on the art of performing and teaching.
Applicants must meet the scholastic standards and general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Music. Admission is limited to those who exhibit extraordinary potential as performers and teachers. An audition must be completed before the application can be considered. Upon entrance, the student must take the placement examinations in tonal and 20th century music theory, ear-training, and music history. Any identified deficiencies must be remedied during the first year of study.
The applicant should prepare a program of forty-five minutes’ duration consisting of compositions for organ of contrasting styles and from different historical periods and/or national schools. One work must be a major work of J. S. Bach, and the audition program must include works representing the 17th century, as well as the 19th-and 20th-century repertoires. In addition, the audition repertoire should illustrate the applicant’s ability to perform music which is interpretively as well as technically demanding. Memorization is recommended but not required. A repertoire list must be submitted to the committee at the time of the audition. Applicants must also submit a sample of their written work (e.g., a research or term paper written for a history or theory course) at the time of their audition.) Click here for complete information on the admissions process.
Minimum 88 Credits. An individual program of study will be developed by the student in consultation with the advisor. Normally, the following credit requirements are used as a guideline for program development:
1. Applied Study (MusA 8303): 32 Credits
2. Other Areas of Music: 23 Credits
- Mus 8131 Advanced Keyboard Skills: 2 credits
- Mus 8133 Seminar in Basso Continuo: 3 credits
- Mus 5151 Organ Literature I: 3 credits
- Mus 5152 Organ Literature II: 3 credits
- Mus 5xxx/8xxx, Courses from the areas of Musicology/Ethnomusicology and Theory/Composition with a minimum of one 3-credit course in each area. Please note, only one theory course at the 4xxx level may count toward your degree, and only if you take at least one other theory course at the 5xxx or 8xxx level. Half-semester 4xxx-level courses will not count toward your degree: 12 credits
3. Supporting Non-Music Program: 9 Credits
- 5xxx/8xxx; May include Music Education
4. Recital/Thesis Credits: 24 Credits
- Mus 8999, (Recital 20 credits @ 4 credits /recital) representing five recitals: three solo recitals; one “ensemble” recital (consisting of organ and other instruments or voices); one lecture-recital (given in connection with the doctoral project). Of the five DMA recitals, one may be given off-campus, and up to two may be given at Northrop Auditorium. Content of the recital programs will be subject to the same scrutiny by the advisor as the dissertation component of the Ph.D. program.
- Mus 8888, Thesis representing the project document, typically related to one of the lecture-recital representing the project document (Note: preliminary exams must be passed before the Graduate School will allow registration for thesis credits.): 4 credits
Forms and Examinations
Students are required to file a Graduate Degree Prlan form with the School of Music and the Graduate School after 24 credits have been completed. Other requirements include the Preliminary Written Exam, Preliminary Oral Exam, the filing of the Thesis/Project Proposal Form, obtaining and filing the Thesis Reviewers Report form, and taking the Final Oral Examination. For further details on these requirements consult the Graduate School Bulletin.
Doctor of Musical Arts: Examinations and Project Document
The completion of course work will be followed by comprehensive Preliminary Written and Oral Examinations. After passing these Preliminary Exams, the doctoral candidate in consultation with his/her advisor chooses a topic for the DMA project document, which is typically related to one of the final recitals or to the individual’s course of study. It is recommended that the student use one of the academic courses being taken for the degree program to prepare the DMA project. Research should result in a paper of 5000-8000 words in one of the following formats:
- research paper: analytical, historical, or stylistic study
- annotated edition of music (should include a research introduction of 1500-2000 words)
- study of performance problems
- interdisciplinary study
- another project approved by the Graduate Studies Committee
Please visit the Graduate Handbook located at https://music.umn.edu/current-students/graduate for complete information on degree progress.