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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 February 1 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.

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.

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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
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 February 1 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.

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.

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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 February 1 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 recita

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.

Questions?

For more information on The University of Iowa brass area, please contact Jeffrey Agrellat (319) 335-1655 or jeffrey-agrell@uiowa.edu.

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