Dec 08, 2021  
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music - Composition Concentration, (DMA)

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DMA Degree Program

The DMA degree is structured to allow maximum flexibility in designing a program around each student’s background and needs. Although the distribution of hours is firm, program requirements are to be regarded as general rather than fixed. The student’s preparation, experience, and stated goals are carefully evaluated before an individually selected course of study is prescribed.

Program objectives are: (1) competency in music theory, music history, advanced research, and pedagogical for classroom or studio; (2) preparation for college or university teaching; (3) preparation for auditions at orchestra or performing ensemble.

Program Admission

Admission requirements can be found on this catalog’s page for the School of Music.  Additional information can be found in the School of Music Graduate Handbook.


Music History and Music Theory (9 hours)

Students must take 3 hours of music history, 3 hours of music theory, and can choose between history or theory for the remaining 3 hours. Any graduate music theory or history course may be used for this requirement with the exception of individual studies, pedagogy, or repertory courses.  Students with a cognate area in music history or theory may substitute electives for those credits in the core requirements.

Applied Lessons (15 hours)

Taken over five semesters.

Cognate area in music (9 hours)

Requirements for cognates in the School of Music can be found in section 6.5 of the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

Dissertation (9 hours)

The dissertation will consist of a work of significant scope.

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