The Doctor of Musical Arts curriculum (DMA) is a rigorous and selective program intended for performer-scholars who combine the highest standards in their major area with proven accomplishments in musicology and music theory. It is designed to provide professional musicians with the necessary knowledge and skills for artistic, cultural, social, and educational leadership.

Each fall, NEC aims to bring in a cohort of 8 to12 DMA students across all areas of study. This small, select group then proceeds through the first two years of doctoral seminar study together, sharing perspectives and ideas across a wide range of musical influences. There is no established departmental breakdown for this cohort, although it typically includes only one or two students from each of the departments. The cohort-based model and the very high standards for both entry and graduation make NEC's DMA program among the most respected in the world.

Vocal Performance - Doctor of Musical Artscredits
Studio
16
Doctoral Seminars
MHST 901 (first semester), 902
THYG 901, 902
12
Electives*20
Recitals9
Research Project**3
Total Credits60
*6 credits must be taken with Music History or Theory faculty who also teach DMA seminars. 
**The Research Project is a two semester sequent: Semester 1--Research Project Proposal (zero credits); Semester 2--Research Project Completion (3 credits)
All DMA students must pass comprehensive exams in Music History, Music Theory, and Oral Exam and a Foreign Language Exam.
 
Vocal Performance and Pedagogy - Doctor of Musical Artscredits
Studio
16
Doctoral Seminars
MHST 901 (first semester), 902
THYG 901, 902
12
Vocal Pedagogy Courses
VC 567 Voice Science (first semester), VC 566 Teaching Singing (second semester), VC 568 Writing About Singing (fourth semester)
6
Teaching Practicum (3 semesters minimum)
VC 680
0
Electives*14
Recitals**9
Research Project***3
Total Credits60
*6 credits must be taken with Music History or Theory faculty who also teach DMA seminars. 
**One recital must be a full 45-55 minutes of performance. Interesting repertoire, themes, and overall concepts are encouraged. A second recital may be a full performance recital or a lecture and demonstration (30 minutes minimum of singing) on a narrowly focused topic. Once the student has advanced to candidacy, a third event must be an hour-long public lecture based on the student’s original research (preferably related to their research project). 
***The Research Project is a two semester sequent: Semester 1--Research Project Proposal (zero credits); Semester 2--Research Project Completion (3 credits). This final thesis should be on a topic related to vocal pedagogy, voice literature, or voice science. The DMA committee must approve all topics. The Vocal Pedagogy Director will provide any necessary technical advising.
All DMA students must pass comprehensive exams in Music History, Music Theory, and Oral Exam and a Foreign Language Exam. Additionally, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy majors must pass a keyboard proficiency exam prior to graduation.
 


2016-10-18


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