Music Performance/Voice, D.M.A.
ESTHER BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: March 1
[December 15 for international applicants]
Spring: October 15
[August 1 for international applicants]
Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline date.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into an applicant's abilities, talents, and aptitude for graduate study.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University, which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours. Doctoral candidates must hold the Master of Music degree (or the equivalent) in the field of specialization from an accredited institution. Applicants accepted with deficiencies will find the deficiencies noted in the letter of admission. Deficiencies must be addressed prior to completion of the degree.
Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A degree in music is expected.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A degree in music is expected.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
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.
Candidates must audition in person. Applicants should enclose a CD of audition material for preliminary approval with the application. If preliminary approval is granted, a live audition will be arranged. CDs alone are not acceptable for admission except in the case of students living outside the United States who may submit a tape for preliminary approval. Continuation in the program in these instances, however, is contingent upon success in the major performance medium during the first semester of study. Audition repertoire should consist of the following:
1. One recitative and aria from an opera.
2. One recitative and aria from an oratorio.
3. Four songs or arias, selecting one each from among the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods. Each selection also must be in a different language (English, German, French, or Italian).
All selections are to be performed from memory. Applicants should arrange for an accompanist.
Applicants are interviewed by the department chair and Associate Dean at the time of the live audition.
Doctoral Writing Examination.
All applicants will take the Doctoral Writing Examination as part of the admissions process. Results will be a part of admissions decisions.
Remedial coursework may be required.
A resume is required.
The D.M.A. in Performance program 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.
Included with the application must be a repertoire list indicating works previously studied. The list should indicate which of these works have been performed publicly, and if possible, where and when they were performed.
Students entering the program must show transcript evidence at the master's level in the area of bibliographical resources in music. If no transcript evidence appears, students must take Research in Music (Music Studies 700) in addition to the 6 required credits within the History/Theory area.
Due to the large number of applications for admission and the competitive nature of its music programs, the College admits only a portion of its applicants. In addition to the general admissions credentials required of all Temple University graduate applicants, Boyer College of Music specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews, recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized examinations) are very heavily weighted in Boyer College of Music admission decisions. Graduate applicants may be rejected for admission for failing to obtain the required level of proficiency in any one area of the specialized admission criteria regardless of the level of success in meeting the Temple University general admission criteria. In addition to the level of success demonstrated in the above-mentioned criteria, a final admission factor is the College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This Policy may preclude the admission of any student who meets the minimum requirements.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 55
Music 906 (3) Voice Major/Doctoral
907 (3) Voice Major/Doctoral
908 (3) Voice Major/Doctoral
909 (3) Voice Major/Doctoral/Recital
924 (1) Chamber Music/Doctoral
925 (1) Chamber Music/Doctoral
931 (2) Vocal Pedagogy
952 (1) Lecture-Recital
953 (1) Performance with Orchestra or 959 (1) Major Opera Role
954 (1) Final Recital/Doctoral
999 (6) Monograph Research
(9) Select from
Music 771-774, 776 Advanced Vocal Literature
Music 945-949 Advanced vocal Seminar
Music 970-973 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
Music 980 0r 981 Doctoral Performance Practice
Music Education 668 (3) Academic Writing Skills
Music Studies 965 (3) Doctoral Seminar in Analysis/Performance
(3) Elective in Music History
MInor Area (12 ) in music selected from courses at the 400 area or above
1. Music 909 Solo recital by the conclusion of fourth semester of lessons.
2. Music 952 Lecture-Recital.
3. Music 953 0r 959 Performance with Orchestra or Major Opera Role.
4. Final Doctoral Recital.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: A language examination is required. Candidates in the Voice Performance program are expected to complete successfully a translation examination, specified by the Department of Voice, in one foreign language: either French, German, Italian, or other national language with department permission. The examination must be completed before the preliminary examinations may be taken.
Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
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.
Continuous registration of at least 3 s.h. must be maintained each semester (fall and spring but not summer) from the time of acceptance into the D.M.A. program in Performance until the completion of all coursework.
Oral Preliminary Examinations:
For those students who pass the written preliminary examination, 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, or final project.) 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 to be selected as follows: 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. 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.
The 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 six credit hours of Music 999 during their program as a whole, but must register for a minimum of one such credit each semester.
Professional Development Policy:
All students in the Boyer College of Music, in addition to the required subjects toward their degrees, are obliged 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 University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing at admissions and open house events, supervising performance classes, and other academically related activities.
The four semesters of private lessons must be taken consecutively (summers excepted). Any deviation from this must have the approval of the applied advisor, Department Chair, and the Associate Dean of the Boyer College of Music.
For all doctoral programs, only grades from "A" to "B-" can be applied toward degree requirements.
Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover private lesson and Recital Extension fees.
Final Recital and Monograph Proposal:
1. The Final Recital (Music 954) 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.
2. Upon completion of the preliminary examination, a Doctoral Advisory Committee (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 Director of Graduate Studies 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. The DAC serves 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 thirty days one copy to each member of the DAC, the Department Chair, the Associate Dean, and the Graduate School.
Final Oral Examination:
1. When the monograph is complete, the
major advisor of the DAC asks the Associate Dean to appoint an outside reader. The DAC plus the outside reader comprise 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 requested defense date. Forms to schedule the defense are available from the Graduate Secretary.
3. Doctoral candidates must submit a
defense copy of the monograph to members of the DEC and to the Associate Dean at least two weeks prior to the defense.
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 students' 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.
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 Associate Dean of the Boyer College of Music, 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 relating 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: 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: from a given motif, complete approximately 20 measures of imitative counterpoint in three parts.
4. Form and Analysis: the analysis of specified passages from a designated score. The score will be provided at the examination.
5. Literature and Pedagogy: Doctoral students in Performance take an additional examination in 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. Examination topics are of a general nature.
A diagnostic recital is required, to 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 25-30 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.
Each course or seminar will require an end-of-semester final grade based upon papers presented, recitals prepared, 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. Grades of less than "B-" cannot be counted toward the degree. Should the student earn 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.
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 assure that only the most qualified students will be continued beyond the early stages of the program.
Written Preliminary Examinations:
These examinations may be taken during the final semester of course work, but no later than in the semester after completion of the course work. 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 remaining half of the recitals and the monograph. Preliminary examinations must be successfully completed before formal work on the final written project may be undertaken and before the final recital may be presented.
The examinations will consist of the following:
1. The independently prepared recital and original program notes.
2. Written examinations relating to the major and minor areas, and to musical style, requiring the student to comment articulately upon 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.
1. Lessons: Private applied lessons beyond the four-semester requirement currently in effect for graduate performance students, may be extended with the permission of the jury, department chair, and the Associate Dean or Dean of the Boyer College of Music. Students withdrawing from recital requirement during the recital semester will receive an incomplete and must register for extended study for non-degree credit (course number: Music 300 "Recital Extension" for two 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. At the 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.
2. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms of private study will be the cost of two 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 advisor, 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. 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.
The written preliminary examinations are administered several times each calendar year, and span two consecutive six hour days of examination.
Written examinations relating to the major and minor areas, and to musical style, requiring the student to comment articulately upon 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.
Written 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. All but the final recital must have been presented by the time the preliminary examinations are taken.
Faculty members within the student's major and minor subject areas are involved in preparing the examination questions.
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.
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 notified in writing of the specific dates and administration times of the preliminary examinations for which they have been scheduled.
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 one copy to each member of the DAC, the Department Chair, the Associate Dean, and the Graduate School within thirty days.
After the successful completion of the written preliminary examinations, the Final Recital (Music 954) and written monograph are undertaken. The Doctoral Advisory Committee serves as both the adjudicators for the Final Recital and as faculty members who guide the student in writing the monograph proposal and in the actual writing of the final document. 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.
The Final Recital and the written 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.
Upon completion of the preliminary examination, a Doctoral Advisory Committee (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.
Students may not present the Final Recital until the preliminary examination has been completed and the DAC has been appointed.
When the monograph is complete, the major advisor of the DAC asks the Associate Dean to appoint an outside reader. The DAC plus the outside reader comprise 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 requested defense date. Forms to schedule the defense are available from the Graduate Secretary. 3. Doctoral candidates must submit a defense copy of the monograph to members of the DEC and to the Associate Dean at least two weeks prior to the defense.
Changes in membership of a Doctoral Advisory Committee or a Doctoral Examining Committee must be approved by the Associate Dean. The change must also be communicated to the Associate Dean and to the Graduate School.
All members of the Doctoral Examining Committee attend the oral defense, and vote to pass or fail the monograph and its defense after the conclusion of the public presentation.
Early in the semester in which a defense is anticipated, the monograph major advisor notifies the Associate Dean and requests that the Doctoral Examining Committee (that is, the Monograph defense committee) be appointed. The Doctoral Examining Committee consists of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus at least one additional graduate faculty member from Temple or another university, but not from the faculty of the student's home department. One month prior to the requested defense date, the "Permission to Schedule Dissertation/Monograph Defense" form bearing all appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Associate Dean. This form is available in the Main Office. Two weeks prior to the oral defense, the student submits individual copies of the abstract and the completed dissertation/monograph to the Associate Dean and each member of the Doctoral Examining Committee.
The graduate secretary notifies the Graduate School and posts notices of the impending defense on bulletin boards located within Boyer College.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Voice and Opera
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Christine Anderson
Professor Christine Anderson
Professor Christine Anderson
About the Program
The objective of the D.M.A. program in voice performance is to foster growth and development of the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through performance under the guidance of a very highly specialized faculty.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Voice and Opera
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
The Boyer College of Music has been ranked
among the top 30 music schools in the country
by U.S. News & World Report.
The degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
The program offers a systematic approach to vocal technique; specialized studies in vocal literature; the refinement of language and diction skills; the development of acting techniques; the continued refinement of musical and theoretical skills; advanced study in musical style and performance practice; and the provision of recital, operatic, and concert performance opportunities designed to emulate a professional environment.
The program prepares musicians for either professional activity or doctoral study.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may enroll in selected courses in music with permission, but may not take applied lessons until they have been fully admitted and matriculated.
Boyer College offers a number of assistantships and academic internships to matriculated graduate students. Full awards carry a cash stipend plus full tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters. Partial awards also are available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of a full award. Duties for assistantships and internships vary, but typically include teaching, tutoring, classroom assistance, research, artistic performance, and/or direct service related to academic programs. Applicants must submit an assistantship/internship application by March 1 to obtain priority consideration for an award. Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website. Typically these awards are made only in the Fall semester for up to two semesters: Fall and Spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual basis (typically up to one additional year for master's students and up to three years for doctoral students), based on departmental needs as well as satisfactory academic and musical progress by the recipient.