Overview

The Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance has programs tailored to meet the needs and interests of students – like you – who aspire to performance careers. Graduates of these programs often pursue careers as symphony musicians, university professors, concert soloists, or band or orchestra conductors. Many graduates pursue advanced study and graduate degrees for further career preparation.

As an instrumental performance major, you will focus on developing and honing your performance skills on a selected brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instrument with assistance from faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers and performing musicians. While the curriculum emphasizes development of tone and musicianship, as well as technical mastery of the instrument, it also includes music theory, music history and literature, orchestral literature and teaching methods. In addition, you will develop expertise in contemporary literature and chamber music performance. For more information, please visit the website for the department of Instrumental Performance.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Frost School must submit the following items:

·       An online application

·       Application fee

·       Resume

·       Three letters of recommendation

·       Official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended

This graduate degree program also requires submission of certain supplemental materials, including:

·       Prescreen/performance

·       Live audition (preferred)

·       TOEFL/IELTS score, as applicable

For more detailed information, please visit our Graduate Admission website.

Curriculum Requirements

Performance Courses
Applied Lessons in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone12
Ensembles (6 large ensemble, 6 small ensemble)12
Creative Activities
MED 702DMA Essay Proposal1
MIP 831Doctoral Essay5
MIP 832 16
Doctoral Recital
Allied Music Courses
Musicology Elective3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or other MTC course)3
Performance Seminars3
MED 790Teaching Music in College1
Electives2
Cognate/Electives
Select 12 credit hours of Cognate/Electives12
Total Credit Hours60

*Doctoral Qualifying Exams must be complete prior to the defense of the Doctoral Essay/Dissertation proposal.

DMA in MIPW Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MCY Ensemble 3
Cognate/Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MTC 717 Analytical Techniques (or other MTC Course) 3
Performance Seminar 1
MIP 832 Doctoral Recital 2
 Credit Hours10
Year Two
Fall
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MED 702 DMA Essay Proposal 1
MED 790 Teaching Music in College 1
MIP 831 Doctoral Essay 1
Cognate/Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Performance Seminar 1
MIP 831 Doctoral Essay 1
Cognate/Elective 2
MIP 832 Doctoral Recital 2
 Credit Hours10
Year Three
Fall
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MIP 832 Doctoral Recital 2
MIP 831 Doctoral Essay 1
Cognate/Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
MIP XX7 Applied Lessons 2
Instrumental Ensemble 1
Instrumental Ensemble 1
MIP 831 Doctoral Essay 2
Performance Seminar 1
Cognate/Elective 3
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours60

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

*Doctoral Qualifying Exams must be complete prior to the defense of the Doctoral Essay/Dissertation proposal.