ESTHER BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Fall: January 15 [December 15 for international applicants]
1 [August 1 for international applicants]
Applications are processed
as they arrive up to
the deadline date.
Number Required: 2
Whom: Letters of recommendation should be
obtained from evaluators
who can provide insight
into the applicant's abilities,
aptitude for graduate
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
that are the equivalent
of the appropriate
Bachelor of Music
at Temple University,
which is based
135 hours. Doctoral
the Master of Music
degree (or the
in the field of
from an accredited
accepted with deficiencies
will find the deficiencies
noted in the letter
of admission. Deficiencies
must be addressed
to completion of
Minimum TOEFL score
or range of scores
needed to be accepted:
525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 internet-based. Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass the SPEAK test prior to registration or pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.
Applicants should enclose with the application a CD of audition material for preliminary approval. If preliminary approval is granted, a live audition will be arranged. Candidates must audition
in person. CDs alone
are not acceptable
for admission, except
in the case of students
living outside the
United States. In this case, the applicants must submit a tape
for preliminary approval, but continuation in the
is contingent upon
success in the major
during the first
semester of study.
should consist of
A concerto, sonata,
or solo piece from
Romantic, or Impressionistic
2. A concerto,
sonata, or solo piece
from the 20th century.
3. Excerpts from
the standard orchestral
works except sonatas
should be memorized.
Students must arrange
for an accompanist
at the time of the
Applicants are interviewed
by the department
chair and Associate
Dean at the time
of the live audition.
Doctoral Writing Examination:
All applicants will take an on-site Doctoral Writing Examination. Results will be considered as part of the admissions process. Remedial coursework may be required.
A resume is required.
The D.M.A. program in Music Performance consists of 55 discrete credits taken beyond the master's degree. At the time of admission, the entire master's degree serves as advanced standing credits. These credits are not counted toward the 55 required credits in the doctoral degree. However, students may transfer into the doctoral degree up to 12 additional graduate credits in coursework taken beyond the master's degree. Typically, this coursework is undertaken after admission to the D.M.A. degree and must be approved by the major advisor and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 30.
A repertoire list indicating
works previously studied must be included with the application. The
list should indicate which of
these works have been performed
publicly, and if possible, where
and when they were performed.
Bibliographical Resources in Music:
entering the program must show
transcript evidence at the master's
level in the area of bibliographical
resources in music. If no transcript
evidence is available, students must
take Research in Music (Music
Studies 700) in addition to the
6 required credits within the
(i.e., auditions, portfolios,
decisions of the Boyer
and Dance. Graduate
of the level
in meeting the
Music 912 (3) Instrumental Major/Doctoral
913 (3) Instrumental Major/Doctoral
914 (3) Instrumental Major/Doctoral
915 (3) Instrumental Major/Doctoral/Recital
924 (1) Chamber Music/Doctoral
925 (1) Chamber Music/Doctoral
932-925 (3) Pedagogy
950 (1) Solo public Recital/D.M.A. or 951 (1) Chamber Music Recital
952 (1) Lecture-Recital or 953 (1) Performance
954 (1) Final Recital/Doctoral
964 (2) Advanced Conducting/Doctoral
980 or 981 (3) Doctoral Performance Practice
999 (6) Monograph Research
Music Education 668 (3) Academic Writing Skills
Music Studies 965 (3) Doctoral Seminar in Analysis/Performance
(3) Elective in Music History
Advanced Music Elective (3)
MInor Area (12 ) in music selected
from courses at the
400 area or above
1. Solo public recital by the conclusion of the fourth semester of lessons
2. Solo public recital (Music 950) or Chamber Music Recital (Music 951)
3. Lecture Recital (Music 952) or Performance with Orchestra (Music 953)
4. Final Doctoral Recital (Music 954)
Internship: No internship is required.
Examination: No language examination
Written Entrance Examinations:
All doctoral students must take written entrance exams prior to or during the first semester of doctoral study. Candidates who fail the entrance examinations the first time may, upon application to the Boyer College's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, be permitted to take the examinations a second time. A third opportunity will not be allowed.
To continue registration in the doctoral program beyond the second semester of study, all portions of the examinations must be passed or the appropriate review courses (or the equivalent, as determined by the examining department) must be in progress. Students planning to take the written examinations should request a list of dates from the graduate secretary and submit a written request to the Associate Dean one month prior to the administration date.
1. Music History Exam: A general examination covering the history of music will be administered. Questions relative to forms, styles, and periods of music will be included. It is expected that all examinees will be acquainted with the standard literature of music.
2. Harmony Exam: This exam involves completion of a harmonic excerpt in advanced chromatic idiom and the creation of a bass line with figuration (figured bass) in Baroque style.
3. Counterpoint Exam: From a given motive, approximately 20 measures of imitative counterpoint in three parts are to be completed.
4. Form and Analysis Exam: A score will be provided at the examination that will require analysis of specified passages.
5. Literature and Pedagogy Exam: This examination focuses on the literature and pedagogy of the instrument of specialization.
6. Writing Sample: A 90-minute examination of the student's ability to write at the doctoral level will be conducted. Examination topics are of a general nature.
A diagnostic recital is required and must be performed before a faculty jury at the conclusion of the first term of study. The candidate must contact his/her advisor to arrange the jury. The recital will consist of a full program, approximately 45 minutes in length, and may include the performance (with music) of a new composition that will be presented to the applicant for study 48 hours in advance of the jury. An analysis of repertoire and technical needs will result.
registration of at least 3 s.h.
must be maintained each semester,
with the exception of Summer,
from the time of acceptance into
the D.M.A. program in Music Performance
until the completion of all coursework.
Continuation in the D.M.A. Program:
Each course or seminar will require an end-of-semester final grade based on papers prepared, recitals presented, discussion, and/or examinations taken during the course of the semester. Each semester of private study will culminate in a performance examination or jury, except during semesters in which the student has presented one of the required adjudicated recitals. Screening for continuance in the program after the first semester of study will be conducted at adjudicated recitals, end-of-the-semester juries, and major examinations. This will ensure that only the most qualified students will be continued beyond the early stages of the program.
For all doctoral programs, only grades from "A" to "B-" can be applied toward degree requirements. Grades of less than "B-" cannot be counted toward the degree. If the student earns a grade of less than "B-," s/he may, with permission of the department chair and the Associate Dean, retake the semester of study one additional time. The same applies to recitals.
Professional Development Policy:
All students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, in addition to the required subjects toward their degrees, are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons, coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing at admissions and open house events, supervising performance classes, and engaging in other academic activities.
1. Touring: All students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after termination of semesters. Students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.
2. Non-Credit Participation: With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.
Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the student's major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.
All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.
Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
Music 912-915. Weekly one-hour private lessons are provided for all matriculated master's and doctoral performance majors in good standing, provided at least three additional credits of programmatically required graduate level study are taken simultaneously. A $200 per semester lesson fee (subject to change without notice) is charged for all private lessons. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private lesson fee.
four semesters of private lessons
(Music 912-915) must be taken consecutively, with the exception of summers. Any deviation from
this must have the approval of
the applied advisor, department
chair, and the Associate Dean
of the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover private lesson and Recital Extension fees.
Written Preliminary Examinations:
These examinations may be taken during the final semester of coursework, but no later than in the semester after completion of coursework. The written preliminary examinations are administered several times each calendar year, and span two consecutive days of six hours of examination each day. All but the Final Recital must have been presented by the time the preliminary examinations are taken. Written and performance examinations should be taken no later than the end of the fifth year to allow for the successful completion of the Final Recital and the writing of the monograph. Preliminary examinations must be successfully completed before formal work on the monograph may be undertaken and before the Final Recital may be presented. The examinations will consist of the following:
1. Independently prepared recital and original program notes.
2. Questions relating to the major and minor areas and to musical style, requiring the student to comment articulately on the style and historical significance of musical compositions and to discuss and defend the principles of performance on the basis of which s/he would undertake to perform any composition in his/her major area.
Students planning to take the written examinations should request a list of dates from the graduate secretary and submit a written request to the Associate Dean one month prior to the administration date. Students are then notified in writing of the specific dates and administration times of the preliminary examinations for which they have been scheduled.
The examination questions are prepared by faculty members within the student's major and minor subject areas. At least two graduate faculty members read each section of the written preliminary examinations. Students typically are graded "Pass" or "Fail" based on a consensus of the examination readers.
Oral Preliminary Examinations:
For those students who pass the written preliminary examinations, no oral preliminary examination will be required. (This refers only to the oral preliminary examination and does not refer in any way to the oral defense of the dissertation/monograph.)
If a student fails one or more portions of the written preliminary examination, an oral examination will be administered by the major advisor and a minimum of two additional faculty members, who will be selected as follows:
a. In the case of failure in one subject area, two members of that department will be asked by the student's major advisor to participate with the major advisor in the examination.
b. In the case of failure in more than one subject area, at least one faculty member from each of the departments in which the failure occurred will be asked by the student's major advisor to participate in the examination.
The examination is to be a formal oral examination rather than an informal meeting with graduate faculty from departments in which the examination revealed that the student needs further work. This does not preclude such informal meetings, however, in preparation for the oral examination. Upon passing the oral examination, the student, as advised by the examining committee, will be permitted to schedule a second and final attempt at the failed portions of the written examination.
Final Recital and Monograph Proposal:
1. The Final Recital and the monograph are undertaken after the completion of the written preliminary examinations, and in consultation with the major advisor, the department chair, and the Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC).
2. Upon completion of the preliminary examinations, the DAC shall be appointed by the Associate Dean to adjudicate the Final Recital and to guide the monograph. When the student, in consultation with the major advisor and department chair, has identified a tentative advisory committee, the chair gives those names to the Associate Dean for consideration. The Associate Dean appoints the DAC. The DAC consists of no fewer than three persons: two faculty members from within the department, and a third person from outside the department.
3. Students may not present the Final Recital until the preliminary examination has been completed and the DAC has been appointed. Members of the DAC serve as the adjudicators of the Final Recital.
4. After a proposal for the monograph has been developed by the student in consultation with the DAC, the student prepares a final copy for approval. Each member of the DAC must sign the final proposal. Once all DAC members have signed the title page, the student copies the final proposal and delivers within 30 days one copy to each member of the DAC, the department chair, the Associate Dean, and the Graduate School.
5. Students register for Music 899 during the writing of the monograph proposal and Music 999 after the proposal has been officially approved. Doctoral candidates are required to register for a minimum of 6 credit hours of monograph research (Music 999) during their program as a whole and must register for a minimum of 1 such credit each semester.
Students withdrawing from the recital requirement during the recital semester will receive an Incomplete and must register for extended study for non-degree credit (Music 300: "Recital Extension" for 2 credits). Recital Extension must be taken each semester until the recital has been presented. This course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Upon satisfactory completion of the recital, the Incomplete for the recital course will be replaced by a letter grade and "Music 300: Recital Extension" will then be issued a grade of "CR." Credit derived from Recital Extension will not be counted toward degree requirements.
1. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms of private study will be the cost of 2 graduate credits plus a $400 Recital Extension fee. Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover the Recital Extension fee.
2. Exceptions to Recital Extension: The exceptions to the Recital Extension Policy are as follows:
a. Students who perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the Spring semester are not required to register for Recital Extension that semester.
b. Students who register for Recital Extension during the Summer may perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the Fall semester. However, if the student does not take Recital Extension during the Summer, he or she may not present the recital in the Fall semester, regardless of the date, without also registering for the Fall semester of Recital Extension.
3. Failure to Present Recital: The degree status of students who are unable to present a recital after one semester of Recital Extension will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and the major adviser, who, in consultation with the major teacher and department, will determine whether or not the student may continue in the program. Inability to present the recital after one semester of Recital Extension may be grounds for dismissal from the degree program for failing to maintain reasonable academic progress.
1. When the monograph
is complete, the
major advisor of
the Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) asks the Associate Dean to appoint
an outside reader.
The DAC plus the
outside reader compose
the Doctoral Examining
Committee (DEC) for
the monograph defense.
2. Doctoral candidates
must schedule a
defense of the monograph
with the Associate
Dean at least one
month before the
date. Forms to schedule
the defense are available
from the graduate
3. Doctoral candidates
must submit a
defense copy of the
monograph to members
of the DEC and the Associate Dean
at least two weeks
prior to the defense.
student should register for Music
999 (Doctor of Musical Arts Monograph,
1-6 s.h.), each semester, Fall
and Spring, until the final project
has been successfully defended.
Doctoral candidates are required
to register for a minimum of 6 credit hours of Music 999 during
their program as a whole, but
must register for a minimum of
one such credit each semester.
After the successful completion of the written preliminary examinations, the Final Recital (Music 954) and written monograph are undertaken in consultation
with the major
advisor, the department
chair, and the
Committee (DAC). The DAC
shall be appointed
by the Associate Dean to adjudicate the
Final Recital and
to guide the student in
writing both the monograph
proposal and the final document itself.
A tentative advisory
committee is identified by the student, the major
advisor, and the department
names are submitted for consideration to the Associate Dean, who then appoints
the DAC. The DAC
consists of no
fewer than three
persons: two faculty
members from within
and a third person
from outside the
Music 954 Students may not present the Final Recital until the preliminary examination has been completed and the DAC has been appointed.
Early in the semester in which a defense of the monograph is anticipated, the major advisor notifies the Associate Dean that it is time to appoint the Doctoral Examining Committee (DEC). The DEC consists of the DAC plus an "outside" reader, who is an additional graduate faculty member from Temple or another university, but not from the faculty of the student's home department.
schedule a defense
of the monograph
with the Associate
Dean at least one
month before the
date. Forms to
schedule the defense
are available from
the graduate secretary. This includes the "Permission to Schedule Dissertation/Monograph Defense" form, which must bear all appropriate signatures and be submitted to the Associate Dean.
2. Two weeks prior
to the oral defense,
the student submits
of the abstract
and the completed
to the Associate
Associate Dean, and each member
of the DEC.
3. The graduate
School and posts
notices of the
on bulletin boards
the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
4. All members of
the DEC attend
the oral defense
and then vote to pass
or fail the monograph
and its defense
after the conclusion
of the public presentation.
5. Changes in membership
of a DAC or a
be approved by
the Associate Dean.
The change also
must be communicated
to the Associate
Dean and to the
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Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
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