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

Pedagogical emphasis
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  • Dec 10: Sonos Handbell Ensemble
  • Dec 10: JMU Chamber Winds II
  • Dec 11: JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
  • Dec 12: The 11th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Dec 13: DMA Recital - Brianne Little, flute
  • Dec 13: DMA Recital - Joel Collier, euphonium
  • Dec 13: JMU Group Voice Recital
  • Dec 19: DMA Recital - Wei Zhang, piano
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Description of Program

The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree 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 degree requires completion of a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours, including 18 hours of applied instruction plus 6 elective credits; 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.

Degrees Offered

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

Concentration

Brass Area (D.M.A.)
Conducting Area (D.M.A.)
Percussion Area (D.M.A.)
Piano Area (D.M.A.)
String Area (D.M.A.)
Vocal Area (D.M.A.)

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