The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) program is designed for performers and composers who have already reached a high level of proficiency and artistry in their fields and who may wish to teach at the university level. This program offers an opportunity to bring creative and performance achievement to a high level while enriching individual backgrounds with cognitive studies.

Candidates in music performance are expected to pursue supplementary individual projects in performance practice and music literature. Studies in music theory and music history are included. Graduate student composers work closely with faculty in composition and music theory, and are expected to compose major works for public performance in addition to fulfilling course requirements.

Programs: Composition | Orchestral Instrument Performance | Piano | Voice

 

 

Composition

Graduate student composers have occasions to hear their works in regularly scheduled concerts as well as in their degree recitals. The UBC Symphony performs or reads students' orchestra pieces from time to time and the choirs are all active in presenting student works. The computer music studio is of considerable scope and is open to students on a 24-hour basis. Visit the Composition Division page for more information about the program.

Prerequisites

  • i. outstanding ability in composition
  • ii. M.Mus. degree in composition, or acceptable equivalent

Curriculum (Total = 30 credits)

  • 508C Composition - 6 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 512E Directed Individual Studies - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • 607C Composition - 6 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 649 Thesis (Ref. 2)
  • Seminar in Music History - 3 credits (Ref. 3)
  • Seminar in Music Theory - 3 credits (Ref. 3)
  • Seminars in Music History, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology - 6 credits (Ref. 3)
  • Music Electives - 3 credits (Ref. 4)

Division Comprehensive Examination to follow course work other than Music 649.

References

  1. Music 508 and 607 include both tutorial composition lessons and the directed study of electronic music.
  2. Students shall register in Music 512E during their first term of study, and remain registered in this course until they advance to doctoral candidacy. Once candidacy has been approved, students shall register in Music 649 and remain registered in this course through the completion of their program.
  3. Seminars must be at the 500 level.
  4. Electives must be approved in formal adoption of the individual program, and must be at the 300 level or higher. Music 520A (Introduction to Music Research) must be taken as a prerequisite (not counting for program credit) if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere. Students who have completed its equivalent previously must replace this course with a 3-credit elective course at the 300-level or above.

Comprehensive Examinations in Composition

Part I: Written

  • i. Orchestration (8 hours)The candidate will orchestrate a short piano composition or an excerpt of a longer piano work for full orchestra.
  • ii. Composition (24 hours)The Composition Division will select one of the three works from the oral exam and the candidate will write an original composition based on this composition. The composed work must be at least 2 minutes in duration and should be considered to be a response to the aesthetic, harmonic, melodic and/or formal structures of the original composition. The instrumentation and any other guidelines for the composition will be given to the candidate.

Part II: Oral (2-3 hours)

  • An Oral examination will be given on 3 compositions to be chosen from a list of 10 works submitted by the candidate in consultation with their Research Supervisor.  Of the 10 compositions, 5 must have been written since 1970 and 5 works written before, and at least one work must be by a Canadian composer.  The compositions should cover a range of aesthetic styles, genres and instrumentation.  As well, the list should not have more than two works by the same composer.  For multi-movement compositions, the candidate can identify single movements for the exam.  The Composition Division will select all three compositions.  An additional part of the oral exam includes questions pertaining to a general knowledge of repertoire, composers, issues and trends in music since 1900.

Portfolio Requirement
A portfolio of works composed while enrolled in Music 508 and 607 is to be reviewed by the Composition Division prior to the Composition Comprehensive Examinations. The portfolio will normally consist of at least four substantial works for various media, of which two works must be performed.

The Thesis for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition
The candidate will take Music 512E (Directed Individual Studies) in order to formulate a proposal for the thesis. The thesis proposal, which is the culmination of Music 512E, is normally completed by April of the second year, and is to be approved by the Composition Division. It will include both prose and music (suggested length: 10 pages).

The proposal must include references to medium, formal principles (length, number of sections, relationships), pitch structure, influences, style, orchestration, rhythmic organization, setting of text and senses in which the work is an original contribution. Portions of the composition in progress are to be included in the proposal. These portions may be samples of ideas and/or important passages.

The thesis is defined as a substantial musical composition (the thesis composition), supported by a written discussion of the work. The thesis composition is to be for large or chamber ensemble(s) (minimum of 6 performers), and should have a minimum duration of approximately 15 minutes. The thesis composition should demonstrate originality, clarity of musical expression and presentation, and mastery of compositional technique. The supporting thesis document should clearly and intelligently communicate the technical and aesthetic basis of the work, and should situate it in the context of relevant compositional traditions and discourses. The written document should be at least 20 pages in length, and should critically engage a relevant artistic and/or scholarly literature. The document should also include a programme note for the work’s premiere.

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Orchestral Instrument Performance

Prerequisites

  • i. outstanding performing ability
  • ii. M.Mus. degree in orchestral instrument performance, or equivalent

Curriculum (Total = 44 credits)

  • 512E Directed Individual Studies  - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 649 Thesis (Ref. 1)
  • 693 Music Performance (693C strings; 693D brass/woodw.) - 6 credits
  • 694 Music Performance (694C strings; 694D brass/woodw.) - 8 credits
  • 695 Music Performance (695C strings; 695D brass/woodw.) - 10 credits
  • Seminar in Music History - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminar in Music Theory - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminars in Music History, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Music Electives - 5 credits (Ref. 3)

Division Comprehensive examinations are to be taken following all course work excepting the final year of performance and Music 649. In addition, as part of the program of study and before the Comprehensive examinations are taken, students must complete one solo recital with accompanying keyboard instrument, and one chamber music recital.  

Note that any remedial requirements specified as a result of entrance examinations must be completed before admission to relevant academic seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology; completion of remedial requirements, furthermore, is a prerequisite for advancement to doctoral candidacy.

References

  1. Students shall register in Music 512E during their first term of study, and remain registered in this course until they advance to doctoral candidacy. Although Music 512 may be repeated for credit, only 3 credits of 512 may be related to the subject of the DMA thesis. Once candidacy has been approved, students shall register in Music 649 and remain registered in this course through the completion of their program.
  2. Seminars must be at the 500 level.
  3. To include at least two credits of Performance Electives (ensembles), drawn from the list below. Music Electives shall normally be courses at the 500 level, although courses at the 300- and 400-level to a maximum of 6 credits may be included with approval, provided they are not required for the B.Mus. degree in orchestral instrument performance. Music 520A (Introduction to Music Research) must be taken as a prerequisite (not counting for program credit) if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere. Students who have completed its equivalent previously must replace this course with a 3-credit elective course at the 300-level or above. Music 521A (Seminar in Performance Practices) must be taken if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere; if taken, it may be counted toward elective credit.
  4. Performance Electives:
    550 Large Instrumental Ensemble (4 credits)
    557 Early Music Ensemble (2 credits)
    559 University Chamber Strings (2 credits)
    560 String Chamber Ensemble (2 credits)
    561 Mixed Chamber Ensemble (2 credits)
    562 Wind and Percussion Chamber Ensembles (2 credits)
    563 Contemporary Players (2 credits)
    564 Jazz Ensemble (2 credits)
    565 Asian Music Ensemble (2 credits)

The Thesis for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Instrument Performance

The candidate will take 3 credits of Music 512E (Directed Individual Studies) in order to formulate a proposal for the thesis topic.

After the Comprehensive examinations students complete one further solo recital with keyboard accompaniment and then the thesis. The DMA Thesis in Orchestral Instrument Performance includes an in-depth analytical or historical study culminating in a lecture-recital with an accompanying document. The intent of the document  is to complement and amplify the lecture-recital.

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Piano

Prerequisites

  • i. outstanding performing ability
  • ii. M.Mus. degree in piano performance, or equivalent
  • iii. knowledge of the music for keyboard instruments from its origin to the twentieth century

Curriculum (Total = 43 credits)

  • 512E Directed Individual Studies - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 649 Thesis (Ref. 1)
  • 692A Music Performance (Piano) - 4 credits
  • 694A Music Performance (Piano) - 8 credits
  • 695A Music Performance (Piano) - 10 credits
  • Seminar in Music History - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminar in Music Theory - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminars in Music History, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Music Electives (to include 521 if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere) - 6 credits (Ref. 3)

The student’s first recital, attached to Music 694A (taken during the first year of the DMA program), is to be a solo recital.

Division Comprehensive Examinations are to be taken following all course work excepting the final year of Music Performance and Music 649. In addition, as part of the program of study and before the Comprehensive Examinations are taken, the student must complete one solo recital and one chamber music recital. Note that any remedial requirements specified as a result of entrance examinations must be completed before admission to relevant academic seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology; completion of remedial requirements, furthermore, is a prerequisite for advancement to doctoral candidacy.

References

  1. Students shall register in Music 512E during their first term of study, and remain registered in this course until they advance to doctoral candidacy. Once candidacy has been approved, students shall register in Music 649 and remain registered in this course through the completion of their program.
  2. Seminars must be at the 500 level.
  3. Normally courses at the 500 level, although courses at the 300- and 400-level to a maximum of 6 credits may be included with approval, provided they are not required for the B.Mus. degree in piano performance. Music 520A (Introduction to Music Research) must be taken as a prerequisite (not counting for program credit) if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere. Students who have completed its equivalent previously must replace this course with a 3-credit elective course at the 300-level or above. Although Music 512 may be repeated for credit, only 3 credits of 512 may be related to the subject of the DMA Thesis.

The Thesis for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano

The candidate will take 3 credits of Music 512E (Directed Individual Studies) in order to formulate a proposal for the thesis topic.

After the Comprehensive Examinations the student completes one further solo recital and then the thesis.The D.M.A. thesis in piano includes an in-depth analytical or historical study culminating in a lecture-recital with an accompanying document. The intent of the document is to complement and amplify the lecture-recital.

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Voice

Prerequisites

  • i. outstanding performing ability
  • ii. M.Mus. degree, or equivalent
  • iii. 100-level proficiency in three languages in addition to certified proficiency by the School in one of these
  • iv. history courses in the area of specialization

Curriculum (Total = 45 credits)

  • 512E Directed Individual Studies - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 539C Opera Production - 6 credits
    OR
    [539C Opera Production (as 512, Directed Individual Study) - 3 credits
    and
    521A Seminar in Performance Practices - 3 credits]
  • 649 Thesis (Ref. 1)
  • 693B Music Performance (Voice) - 6 credits
  • 694B Music Performance (Voice) - 8 credits
  • 695B Music Performance (Voice) - 10 credits
  • Seminar in Music History - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminar in Music Theory - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Seminars in Music History, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology 6 credits (Ref. 2)

Division Comprehensive examinations are to be taken following all course work excepting the final year of performance and Music 649. In addition, as part of the program of study and before the Comprehensive examinations are taken, students must complete one solo recital and perform one major operatic role. Note that any remedial requirements specified as a result of entrance examinations must be completed before admission to relevant academic seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology; completion of remedial requirements, furthermore, is a prerequisite for advancement to doctoral candidacy.

Music 520A (Introduction to Music Research) must be taken as a prerequisite (not counting for program credit) if its equivalent has not been completed elsewhere. Students who have completed its equivalent previously must replace this course with a 3-credit elective course at the 300-level or above.

References

  1. Students shall register in Music 512E during their first term of study, and remain registered in this course until they advance to doctoral candidacy. Once candidacy has been approved, students shall register in Music 649 and remain registered in this course through the completion of their program.
  2. Seminars must be at the 500 level.

The Thesis for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Voice

The candidate will take 3 credits of Music 512E (Directed Individual Studies) in order to formulate a proposal for the thesis topic.

After the Comprehensive examinations voice concentration students complete one further solo recital and then the thesis. Opera students perform two more major operatic roles and then the thesis. The DMA Thesis in Voice includes an in-depth analytical or historical study culminating in a lecture-recital with an accompanying document. The intent of the document is to complement and amplify the lecture-recital.

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