What will I learn?

The Doctor of Musical Arts examines music in its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual contexts while providing a mastery of the theory and practice of performance, with concentrations available in Performance, Historical Performance Practices, and Composition.

The Doctor of Musical Arts program combines comprehensive study of music literature, historical styles, and performance practices, all using the most recent analytical methodologies. Curriculum and research strike a critical balance between music performance and scholarship that equips you to make an impactful contribution to the music profession. Faculty includes highly trained performers and musical scholars whose diverse interests range across musicology, performance, and composition; they bring their passion for music and scholarship into the classroom and serve as invaluable mentors. Under their guidance, you’ll join a long list of accomplished graduates who have gone on to become college and university professors, members of professional ensembles, music directors in churches, and solo performing artists.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The Music Department puts on an array of concerts that offer ample performance opportunities.
Studio faculty are drawn from The Claremont Colleges and the outstanding pool of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.
CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.
Historical performance practice programs will connect you with period instruments that include three harpsichords, a fortepiano, a chamber organ, and various stringed instruments.

Areas of Concentration

Composition
Historical Performance Practices
Performance

Curriculum

Core Requirements
Music Literature & Historical Styles Analysis
Research Methodology & Bibliography
Interdisciplinary Music Criticism & Cross-Cultural Aesthetics
Application of Music Technology 1

Doctorate in Performance or Compositions Requirements
8 units: 2 MUS 401–406 Era Courses
16 units: Major area of concentration (performance or composition):
4 units: Fortepiano, Baroque Violin, Viola da Gamba, or Baroque Flute (any student whose degree concentration is the modern counterpart of one of those instruments).
4 units: Instrumental/vocal instruction
2 units: Instrumental/vocal instruction (until the recital requirement has been met)
Music electives: As needed
8 units: Interdisciplinary courses
Four recitals or substantial composition*
DMA Paper on topic dealing with historical performance practicers
One Transdisciplinary Studies course
*For students in the Keyboard Studies program (thus, majoring in two or three keyboard instruments), speak with department chair concerning Lesson/Recital/Lecture-Recital requirements

Doctorate in Historical Performance Practices (including Keyboard Studies) Requirements
8 units: 2 MUS 401-406 Era Courses
16 units: Major area of concentration (performance or composition):
4 units: Fortepiano, Baroque Violin, Viola da Gamba, or Baroque Flute (any student whose degree concentration is the modern counterpart of one of those instruments).
4 units: Instrumental/vocal instruction
2 units: Instruction on each of the two chosen instruments
2 units: Instrumental/vocal instruction (until the recital requirement has been met)
4 units: History of Performance Practices
4 units: Interdisciplinary Courses
Music electives: As needed
4 units: Collegium Musicum and/or Chamber Music
Two Recitals and two Lecture-Recitals, dealing with historical-performance-practice topics
One Recital and one Lecture-Recital*
DMA Paper

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3–5 years; 72 units)

Tuition fees
USD $2,000 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2020

Venue

School of Arts and Humanities

150 E. 10th Street,

CLAREMONT,

California,

91711, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score lower than 6.5, is required for direct-entry admission. Admitted students who score below 95 iBT on the TOEFL, or below 7.0 on the IELTS, will be required to successfully complete ISP (earning a grade of B or higher in each required ISP course) prior to beginning their degree programs.

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About this uni

Being part of the reputable Claremont Colleges, students at CGU enjoy access to superior resources and services.

  • A pioneer in higher education
  • Offers students industry-specific courses
  • CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields
  • All students are considered for merit-based fellowships