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The DMA in music with a concentration in performance is a professional degree program for advanced musicians desiring high levels of performance instruction and experience as well as preparation for teaching positions at the university level. Students work with faculty mentors toward achieving a professional level of performance through individual recitals, chamber music, choral, orchestral, jazz, musical theatre and operatic ensembles, depending on their area of emphasis.
Performance opportunities both on and off campus further develop the knowledge and abilities necessary to become a leader in a musical community through teaching, performing or arts advocacy. The program provides students the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty mentor and distinguished guest artists to further enhance musical growth. Students serve as leaders, mentors and models for their younger colleagues in performances, pedagogical experiences and community engagement. The opportunity to collaborate with music scholars, theorists, composers, educators and other performers provides students with the variety of experiences and skills necessary for artistic excellence and leadership in the 21st century.
Music Performance, DMA
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Spring 2022: October 1, 2020
Fall 2021: December 1, 2020
Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The credit requirements for the degree are distributed as follows:
major area (studio instruction, courses in concentration) (39 credit hours)
music history and music theory (27 credit hours)
recitals and research (24 credit hours)
The performance concentration requires at least three recitals after admission to the program and a research paper or project. Five recitals are required for the collaborative piano track.
Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.
Thirty credit hours from a master's degree may be applied toward the 90 credit hour degree requirement. Once admitted to the program, a student is required to be enrolled continuously, excluding summer sessions, until all requirements for the degree have been fulfilled. In general, the student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three academic years in the program beyond the bachelor's degree. A minimum of two semesters must be spent in continuous full-time residence at ASU. At least 54 credit hours must be completed in residence at ASU.
Vocalists: Placement tests in both foreign language diction and sight-singing are required upon entry into the program. Students who are judged to be deficient in diction are required to complete and pass a course in advanced diction. Students who are judged to be deficient in sight-singing are required to complete and pass the Musicianship for Singers course.
Additional information about degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets: https://music.asu.edu/degree-programs/graduate/.