Woodwinds M.A., D.M.A.

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Master of Arts in Woodwinds (M.A.)

Degree Requirements
Specific Admission Requirements
  1. An audition in person on the campus is preferred. If a live audition is not feasible, a high quality cassette recording representative of current performing abilities may be submitted.
  2. The audition or taped performance should be at least thirty minutes in length and should include solos with accompaniment and other material (etudes, orchestral excerpts, etc.) to demonstrate the applicant's ability and musicianship. The audition repertoire should include contrasting styles.
  3. The applicant is urged to complete the application procedure at an early date.

Specific instruments may have different requirements for auditions. Please see the studio page for your specific instrument for any further details on audition requirements.

Committees

Both the recital and final examination committees are selected by the student and the major teacher. The recital committee shall consist of 3 faculty members including the student's major professor and preferably one other woodwind professor. The final examination committee shall also consist of 3 faculty members including the student's major professor and at least one faculty member from that area.

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

Degree Requirements
Specific Admission Requirements

Completing the application by February 1 will enhance the possibilities of being admitted for the following fall semester; later applications will be considered if openings remain. Although an audition on campus is recommended, a recording, representative of current performing abilities, may be submitted. The audition should include representative works from the advanced solo literature.

Specific instruments may have different requirements for auditions. Please see the studio page for your specific instrument for any further details on audition requirements.

The D.M.A. degree in performance and pedagogy requires a minimum of 72 post-baccalaureate 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.

Specific admission requirements are:

  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 woodwind 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 woodwind area is dependent upon acceptance by the major professor and the approval of the Associate Director of Graduate Studies. Completing the application by February 1 will enhance the possibility of being admitted the following fall semester; later applications will be considered if openings remain.

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.

Specific Performance Requirements
  1. Qualifying Recital
    The qualifying recital is to be presented by the end of the second term of registration (excluding summer session). A qualifying recital (of different repertoire) may be repeated once at the discretion of the examining committee. The M.A. recital may serve as a qualifying recital with the prior approval of the instructor. As a qualifying event it receives no course credit.
  2. Doctoral Recitals -- total of (3- 6 s.h.)
    The D.M.A. dissertation is the presentation of 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.
  3. Major ensemble participation for 4 semesters. Chamber music participation for at least 2 semesters.
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 woodwind 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 examination, and thesis/essay committees, are selected by the student and the major advisor. The recital committee shall consist of no fewer than four members from the woodwind faculty or woodwind and other areas. The comprehensive examination committee shall consist of five members from the School of Music and include the student's major professor. The thesis/essay committee shall consist of four members from the School of Music plus one non-music faculty member.

D.M.A. Thesis or Essay (4-8 s.h.)

D.M.A. candidates must give evidence of their ability to make a scholarly investigation of limited scope by means of a written thesis or essay. The thesis/essay supervisor and topic are to be selected by the student and his/her advisor. A prospectus describing the project must by approved by the thesis committee. The "final" version of the thesis or essay must be in the hands of the committee members no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled oral defense.

Questions?

For more information on The University of Iowa woodwind area, please contact Nicole Esposito at 319-335-1676 or nicole-esposito@uiowa.edu.

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