The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) program is the most advanced course of study offered in the School of Music at James Madison University. The program has been designed to make graduates more marketable in higher education by emphasizing pedagogy and literature along with advanced performance or conducting skills. The program seeks candidates who have the potential to pursue the highest level of achievement in conducting/performance and teaching.

The three-year degree requires completion of 60-72 credit hours, including core and concentration requirements. There is a two-year residency requirement. In the third year of the degree, D.M.A. students must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Concentrations

  • Conducting
  • Performance
    • Brass Area
    • Percussion Area
    • Piano Area
    • String Area
    • Vocal Area
    • Woodwind Area

Earn your D.M.A. at JMU

We are seeking candidates who have the potential to pursue the highest level of achievement in conducting/performance and teaching.

Degree Objectives

Students graduating from the D.M.A. program (with Concentrations in Performance, Pedagogy and Literature or Conducting, Pedagogy and Literature) will be able to:

Performance, Pedagogy and Literature:

  1. demonstrate the application of musical and technical mastery through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).
  2. create and deliver effective pedagogical instruction.
  3. analyze the standard solo, chamber and ensemble repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or voice).
  4. communicate effectively about music through a) writing and b) speaking.

Conducting, Pedagogy and Literature:

  1. demonstrate the application of musical and physical conducting skills through the performance of advanced repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or vocal).
  2. demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques through the preparation of representative repertoire in the student’s area of specialization (instrumental or vocal).
  3. create and deliver effective pedagogical instruction.
  4. formulate advanced insights into the artistic and formal structure of music through score study in the student’s area of specialization.
  5. communicate effectively about music through a) writing and b) speaking.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline

  • The application is a two-part process. Applicants must apply to The Graduate School and Getacceptd.
  • The application will open on September 1 and March 30 is the deadline.

Program Begins

  • Fall

Transcripts

  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

The degree requires completion of a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours including:

  • 18 - 24 hours of Applied Instruction (if 18 are taken, 6 are approved electives);
  • 22 hours of Literature, Analysis, and Topical Seminars;
  • 18 hours of Recitals, Documents, and Research Methods;
  • 6 hours of Pedagogy; and
  • 20 hours of area-specific courses.
  • During the degree program, exceptionally qualified students may earn up to 30 credit hours by examination and/or transfer. After completion of all course work and three recitals, D.M.A. students must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Test Requirements

  • An audition is in lieu of GRE's. TOEFL 88 internet-based (570 paper-based)

Entrance Examinations

  • Prior to the first week of classes, all applicants must take JMU School of Music diagnostic examinations in music history, written theory and ear training. The results are used for placement and advising. Applicants for assistantships in areas related directly to these examinations may be required to take them before assistantships are granted. Removal of deficiencies is required before applying for graduation.

Assistantships

  • The chief source of aid for graduate study is through assistantships awarded by the school. Teaching assistantships are awarded each year on a competitive basis. In keeping with the pedagogical nature of the D.M.A. degree at James Madison University, all doctoral assistantships will include a variety of supervised teaching experiences; assisting professors in classes and/or being responsible for teaching a class, teaching applied lessons (for performers) and conducting ensembles (for conductors). In addition to a stipend, assistantships include a tuition award. Full or partial assistantships may be awarded. Full assistantships pay for 24 credits per year and are accompanied by a stipend of approximately 14,800 per year.”

Our Graduate Application is in two parts, the Graduate School Application and the School of Music Application (make sure you don't skip either step!):

  1. The Graduate School application consists of an application form accompanied by a fee of $60. If you are an international applicant, please also follow the links on the Graduate School webpage to the additional documents required of you. Click HERE to apply to the Graduate School.
  2. The School of Music application consists of the following documents and pre-screening video submitted through Acceptd accompanied by a fee of $30:
    • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (including a repertoire list for applied and conducting applicants).
    • Written 3-4 page statement of educational and professional goals and your interest in the program.
    • Unofficial Transcripts. Note that the Graduate School does not require official transcripts to be sent to them unless you have already been accepted by the School of Music. If you are an international applicant and have an unofficial credential evaluation and unofficial TOEFL scores such as screenshots, please also submit them here if available.
    • Preliminary audition video recording (for MM and D.M.A. conducting and performance) OR a portfolio of sample compositions (for MM composition majors only) OR a teaching audition video (for the MM in music education only). For information about this pre-screening requirement, please select your area/instrument above in "Start an Application." You may review the requirements before starting your application. If your instrument is not listed on the drop-down menu, please consult the School of Music website and contact the faculty member in your area. JMU Website Note: Applicants in music education who do not have an undergraduate degree in music from a N.A.S.M.-approved institution, must also submit a video audition on their applied instrument.
    • All applicants will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of THREE persons who will be asked by us to write confidential letters of recommendation. For music education applicants, at least one must be a supervisor/educator who has seen them teaching (such as a high school principal). Other recommenders should be professionals who know your work such as your applied teacher or other college professors.
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Last updated May 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
Duration
3 years
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1,184 USD
Graduate tuition (per credit hour): Virginia Resident - $452; Non-Virginia Resident - $1184
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