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Brass M.A., M.F.A., D.M.A.

Master of Arts in Brass (M.A.)

The M.A. degree in performance (brass) requires a minimum of 35 postbaccalaureate semester hours, of which at least 24 must be earned at The University of Iowa.

Degree Requirements

Recital and Final Exam Committees

Both committees, selected by the student and approved by the applied teacher, shall consist of three members. Both committees must include the major applied teacher and at least one other faculty member from the brass area.

The student must be prepared to present to the recital committee an advsiory hearing at least 10 days prior to the recital. In the event a recital is unacceptable, one additional recital (with different repertoire) may be given, subject to the same evaluation.

Master of Fine Arts in Brass (M.F.A.)

The M.F.A. is for students of superior ability in instrumental or vocal performance. It requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of postbaccalaureate study, including two full-length recitals or programs. The M.F.A. requires a Thesis (25:401) consisting of a research paper of moderate length; the M.F.A. Thesis may relate to some or all of the repertoire included on the recitals.

Students may earn a Master of Arts degree while working toward the Master of Fine Arts degree, but must take two separate final examinations.  

Degree Requirements

Recital and Final Exam Committees

Both committees, selected by the student and approved by the applied teacher, shall consist of three members. Both committees must include the major applied teacher and at least one other faculty member from the brass area.

The student must be prepared to present to the recital committee an advsiory hearing at least 10 days prior to the recital. In the event a recital is unacceptable, one additional recital (with different repertoire) may be given, subject to the same evaluation.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Brass (D.M.A.)

The D.M.A. degree in performance and pedagogy requires a minimum of 72 postbaccalaureate semester hours. Full-time residency is required for two semesters (minimum of 9 s.h. coursework), or if the student holds a Teaching Assistantship of 25% time or more, the residency requirement may be fulfilled with three semesters of 6 s.h. coursework. 

Degree Requirements

Specific Performance Requirements

  1. Qualifying Recital
    This recital is to be presented by the end of the second semester of registration (excluding summer session). In the event a qualifying recital is unacceptable, one additional recital with different repertoire may be given at the discretion of the examining committee. A UI master's recital may serve as a qualifying recital with the prior approval of the area; a full doctoral recital committee of five members must hear the recital.
  2. 25:503 D.M.A Recital (3-6 s.h.)
    Three acceptable full-length recitals, one of which may be a concerto performance with orchestra or other appropriate ensemble. Students have the option of requesting that the qualifying recital count as one of the three required recitals; this request must be approved by the brass area in advance. In the event a D.M.A. recital is unacceptable, one additional recital with different repertoire may be given in a subsequent semester, subject to the same evaluation. A maximum of one non-pass recital is allowed.

Language Requirement or Secondary Area of Music

The D.M.A. student has a choice of satisfying a proficiency requirement in French or German (other languages must be approved by the brass area) OR completing coursework in a secondary area of music. See details for these requirements on the D.M.A. checklist.

Committees

The recital, comprehensive exam, and thesis/essay committees are selected by the student and his/her major professor. All members of the thesis/essay committee and comprehensive examination committee must be members of the UI Graduate Faculty. The major professor must be included on all committees.

  1. The recital committee consists of five SOM faculty members, with at least three members from the brass area.
  2. The comprehensive examination committee consists of five SOM faculty members, with at least three members from the brass area.
  3. The thesis/essay committee consists of four SOM faculty members and one faculty member from outside the SOM. This committee approves the thesis/essay topic (Prospectus) and conducts the final examination, an oral defense of the thesis or essay.