D.M.A. Brass

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2018

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2018

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 16, 2018

Conducting & Jazz Performance auditions

February 17, 2018

All other area auditions

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2018.

Admission Criteria:

  • M.M. GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale
  • Successful Audition
  • Evidence of scholarly writing ability
  • Evidence of fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the School's ability to address those goals/interests
  • (For International Students Only) TOEFL minimum=Paper-600 Internet-100 (IELTS 7.0)

Supporting Materials

For D.M.A. Brass Performance applicants these materials include:

  • Submit required writing samples (details below)

    

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • Submit required writing samples (details below)
  • Schedule an interview/audition (date selected within G.A.M.E.S.)
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials:  
Required writing samples (submitted in G.A.M.E.S.)
  • Submit a statement of purpose (500-700 words; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Statement should be written by the applicant describing his/her future goals and how the D.M.A. can help attain those goals.
  • Submit a written exercise (500-700 word essay; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Essay should be completed without consulting any outside references (human, electronic or in-print) on the following question:
  • Select two compositions performed, conducted or originally composed from a recent Master's or Doctoral recital that represent different historical periods or contrasting styles/genres and:
    • Discuss the characteristics of style and form in each composition, and
    • Discuss each composer's contribution to THIS PARTICULAR GENRE OF MUSIC (i.e., discuss additional compositions, historical and/or theoretical significance of contribution, or compare/contrast your composition to well-known compositions of a similar genre or style.)
The essay must include this honor code statement at the beginning of the essay:"On my honor, I have not received any unauthorized aid on this essay."   Applicants' essays will also be subjected to random plagiarism software checks. Any violations of the honor code statement or evidence of plagiarism will result in the candidate's application portfolio being withdrawn from further consideration.

 

D.M.A. - PERFORMANCE:  LIVE AUDITION INFORMATION

 A live audition will be required for consideration (scheduled through the G.A.M.E.S. process). To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in knowing how to prepare.

Euphonium:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following:

  1. two contrasting movements from a standard repertoire solo piece for euphonium, for example: Horowitz, Concerto; Wilder, Sonata; Ponchielli,Concerto; Sparke, Pantomime,
  2. band excerpts from the standard repertoire including Holst, Suites; Bennett, Suite of Old American Dances; Schoenberg, Theme and Variations.
Horn:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following:

  1. three works of contrasting styles that represent the applicant's technical, melodic and interpretive abilities
  2. a minimum of seven standard orchestral excerpts.

 

Bass Trombone:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following:

  1. one slow and one fast movement from works such as Filas-Romance Concertante; Ewazen-Ballad; Gillingham-Sonata for Bass Trombone; Brubeck-Concerto for Bass Trombone, Bozza-New Orleans or equivalent (accompaniment required),
  2. a solo of applicant’s choice (accompaniment required), and
  3. three orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire.

 

Tenor Trombone:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following: 

  1. one slow and one fast movement from works such as Filas-Sonata; Stojowski-Fantasie; Ewazen-Sonata; Jacob-Concerto; Crespo-Improvisation #1; Grondahl-Concerto or equivalent (accompaniment required),
  2. a solo of applicant’s choice (accompaniment required), and
  3. three orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire.

 

Trumpet:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following:

  1. Honegger Intrada and two other solo works of your choice.
  2. five orchestral excerpts of standard repertoire.

 

Tuba:

live audition (preferred), or an audio/video file, of the following:

  1. two contrasting movements from a standard repertoire solo piece for tuba, for example: Vaughan Williams, Concerto; Hindemith, Sonate, Penderecki, Capriccio (complete piece),
  2. orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire including Wagner, Meistersinger Overture; Wagner, Ride of the Walkurie; Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis; and Revueltas, Sensamaya.

 

Semester by Semester Plan
D.M.A. Degree - Performance
8-9-10-10-7-10

Note 1: This plan assumes that the student has completed 36 hours of transfer credit that is applicable toward the degree.
Note 2: Any semester which exceeds 9 hours of coursework could be reduced if hours were taken in  a summer session.
Note3:  Not shown=2 semesters of chamber music and for most 3 semesters of large ensemble. 

D.M.A. Degree - Performance
Fall 1 Spring 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSC 881. Bibliography (1)
MUSC 8--. Music Theory/History (3)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUSC 862. Lit & Pedagogy (2)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
Fall 2 Spring 2
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSC 9--. Theory or History Sem (3)
MUSC977. Performance Practice (3) 
MUSR 998. Recital (0) 
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUED 992. College Teaching in Music (3)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
Fall 3 Spring 3
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4) 
MUSR 998. Recital (0)
MUSC 8/9  Music History (3) 
Comprehensive Exams & Document
Proposal completed by Nov. 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Lecture Recital (3)
MUSC999. Doctoral Document (3)