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Brass M.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
Specific Admission Requirements
  1. Minimum undergraduate grade point average: 3.0
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. A current resumé, including programs of recitals given, repertoire studied, and a listing of present and former brass teachers
  4. Application and audition:
    • Application for admission to this degree will not be processed until an approved audition has been completed. Acceptance to the performance degree program in the brass area is dependent upon acceptance by the major professor and the approval of the Associate Director of Graduate Studies. Completing the application by the application deadline will enhance the possibility of being admitted the following fall semester; later applications will be considered if openings remain.

    • An audition on the campus is preferred. The audition should consist of a variety of materials to demonstrate the performer's ability and musicianship. If a personal audition is not feasible, a recording representative of current abilities may be submitted with the approval of the area faculty.

    • A recorded audition should be at least thirty minutes in length and should include solos with accompaniment and other musical material (etudes, orchestral excerpts, etc.) which demonstrate the applicant's ability and musicianship. Senior recital recordings may be accepted if the recital was recently presented.

    • A senior recital by an undergraduate student already enrolled at the University of Iowa may serve as the M.A. audition provided the major professor is notified of this intent prior to the recital.

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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 Admission Requirements
  1. Minimum grade point average: 3.0
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. A current resumé, including programs of recitals given, repertoire studied, and a listing of present and former brass teachers
  4. Application and audition
    • Application for admission to this degree will not be processed until an approved audition has been completed. Acceptance to the performance degree program in the brass area is dependent upon acceptance by the major professor and the approval of the Associate Director of Graduate Studies. Completing the application by the application deadline will enhance the possibility of being admitted the following fall semester; later applications will be considered if openings remain.

    • The audition should include materials as listed below and should be at least 40 minutes in duration. An audition may be repeated once at the discretion of the examining committee. While the complete program may be heard, the candidate should be prepared to perform sections of music as requested by the committee.

    • Students pursuing a performance M.A. degree at the University of Iowa may use the Master's recital as the D.M.A. audition, provided the audition committee is notified of this intent prior to the recital.

Questions?

For more information on he University of Iowa brass area, please contact Jonathan Allen at (319) 335-1655 or jonathan-allen@uiowa.edu.

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