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 Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is a program of study that is both demanding and rewarding for those highly qualified students wishing to continue with the highest level of academic and musical pursuit. The DMA is offered in:    

  • Performance instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, voice, organ, and piano
  • Church Music with choral or organ emphasis
  • Conducting: Choral, Orchestral, Wind
  • Music Composition

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields and their instruments. Three doctoral level recitals and a lecture-recital with a final document or a longer document-only project are required for this degree. Seminars in the major area and courses in musicology and music theory round out the DMA experience.

The majority of our DMA students go on to teach at colleges and universities  as well as pursuing careers as music performers in a variety of venues.


The Doctoral Program Profile for MUSIC can be found here». Questions about the data in the profiles should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Email: graduate@ku.edu. Questions about the academic programs should be directed to the respective department.


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