Music Performance, DMA

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Reach your highest level of academic achievement as a performer, leading toward a career as a faculty member of a college or university. Immerse yourself in a musical environment in which your creativity and passion is showcased through numerous performance experiences both at ASU and throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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.

At A Glance

Music Performance, DMA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application requirements

Application procedures + requirements

Application deadlines
Spring 2022: October 1, 2020
Fall 2021: December 1, 2020

Curriculum checksheets

Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.

Affording grad school

Music scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial aid
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.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution in another country that is officially recognized by that country. Students seeking admission typically hold a Master of Music degree. Applicants with other degrees are considered if they have received graduate training similar to that normally expected in a Master of Music program.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee: https://admission.asu.edu/graduate
  2. School of Music, Dance and Theatre application (including a resume, personal statement and repertoire list): https://music.asu.edu/admissions/graduate-steps-to-apply
  3. official transcripts
  4. prescreening recording
  5. piano pedagogy applicants: teaching demonstration video
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. In order to meet English proficiency requirements, students should have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), or an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5, or a Pearson Test of English score of at least 60.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

After the applicant's complete application materials are received (including recommendation letters, transcripts and English proficiency) and a review has been conducted of prescreening materials, an applicant may be invited for a live audition. Information about the audition may be found at https://music.asu.edu/admissions/graduate-auditions.

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