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Collaborative Piano & Coaching

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

The objective of this degree is to produce graduates who embody the following traits:

  • The capacity to partner singers and instrumentalists at a professional level
  • Broad knowledge of the existing song, sonata, concerto, chamber music, and operatic repertoire from the Baroque to current day, combined with the analytical and musical skills necessary to approach music yet to be written
  • A comprehensive understanding of the history of music
  • Facility in acquisition and application of foreign languages and the interpretation of poetry and its relationship to music
  • An appreciation of the evolution of collaborative pianism and vocal coaching, including customs and traditions of the profession, history of academic programs, significant developments in pedagogy and current state of the art
  • Personal integrity and professional dedication to the art appropriate to the teachers, mentors, and scholars of the next generation

Program Requirements: Minimum 90 Credits

1. Emphasis: 45 credits

  • MUSA 8324 Applied Collaborative Piano/Coaching: 32 credits
  • MUS 8131 Advanced Keyboard Skills: 2 credits
  • MUS 8133 Seminar in Basso Continuo: 3 credits
  • MUS 8110 Sonata Seminar: 2 credits
  • MUS 8112 Instrumental Repertoire: 2 credits
  • MUS 8170 Advanced Vocal Accompanying Skills and Repertoire: 2 credits
  • MUS 8181 Operatic Accompaniment Skills and Repertoire: 2 credits

2. Other Areas of Music: 15 Credits chosen in consultation with the advisor

  • MUS 5xxx/8xxx, Courses from the areas of musicology/ethnomusicology and theory/composition, with a minimum of one 3-credit course in each area
  • MUS 5611 Resources for music research: 3 credits

3. Electives: 6 Credits. May include courses from any UMN department; may only include up to 3 credits of ensemble.

4. Recitals/thesis: 24 credits

  • MUS 8999 (4 credits/recital), representing five vocal recitals or five chamber recitals or equal representation of vocal and instrumental works throughout the 5 recitals. One of the five is a lecture-recital. Content of the recital programs will be subject to the same scrutiny by the advisor as the dissertation component of the PhD program: 20 credits
  • MUS 8888, Thesis credits, for the project document, typically related to one of the recitals, normally the lecture-recital. (Note: preliminary exams must be passed before the Graduate School will allow registration for thesis credits): 4 credits 

View the degree plan for the collaborative piano and coaching DMA.