The doctor of arts degree with a major in music is designed to prepare superior musicians for careers that combine teaching, performance, and scholarship. The program integrates depth of preparation in one of the traditional disciplines of music with a School of Music core, an area of secondary emphasis, several supervised college teaching experiences, and the dissertation.
The graduate with a DA primary in music education will be prepared to be a productive artist/scholar with special expertise as a music teacher educator and additional qualifications to take on more diverse responsibilities characteristic of many higher education faculty positions. The program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree. Upon the recommendation of the student's committee, credits from the master's degree are applied.
Candidates pursuing a primary emphasis in an area other than music education may apply to pursue a secondary emphasis in music education.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
All applicants for doctor of arts degrees must be admitted to the Graduate School and the School of Music. See SOM doctoral admissions information for details.
In addition, the following is considered when reviewing those who wish to apply for a DA with a primary emphasis in music education and/or a graduate assistantship in music education:
Upon review of these submitted materials, the music education area requires the candidate to interview with the music education faculty members and then a formal decision of acceptance may be acted upon.
DA candidates interested in a secondary emphasis in music education will submit all of the above application materials. These candidates are not required to have school teaching experience but at least one letter of recommendation must address the candidate's potential as a teacher. The music education secondary requires 15 credit hours in music education.
CURRICULUM: PRIMARY EMPHASIS IN MUSIC EDUCATION
Courses: Primary Emphasis in Music Education
Foundational Courses in Music Education (9 hours)
Research Tools (5-6 hours)
Classroom Music Education, General and Special (9-10 hours)
Select from the following courses:
See the SOM Doctoral Degrees page for more information and access to the SOM Graduate Handbook.
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