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 DA in music education graduate 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.
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 in music education (primary or secondary area) 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.
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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