Music Performance/Viola, D.M.A.
BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: December 1
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the 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
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 needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
Applicants should enclose with the
application a DVD of audition material for preliminary approval. If
preliminary approval is granted, a live audition is arranged. Candidates
in person. DVDs alone
are not acceptable
for admission, except
when the applicant
lives outside the
United States. In this case, the applicant must submit a DVD
for preliminary approval, but continuation in the
is contingent upon
success in the major
during the first
semester of study.
See www.temple.edu/boyer for audition repertoire requirements.
works, except sonatas, should be memorized.
Applicants must arrange
for an accompanist
Applicants are interviewed by the department chair and Associate Dean at the time of the live audition.
A resume is required.
An on-site Writing Examination is required as part of the doctoral admissions
process. Remedial coursework may be 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 of the doctoral degree.
However, students may transfer into the doctoral program up to 12
additional graduate credits in coursework taken beyond the master's
degree. Typically, this coursework is reviewed 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
1. Include with the application a repertoire list indicating
works previously studied. The
list should indicate which of
the works were performed
publicly and, if possible, where
and when they were performed.
2. 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 MUSIC STUDIES 8701: Research in Music in addition to the
6 required credits within the
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,
specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews,
recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized
examinations) are very heavily weighted in admission decisions of the
Boyer College of Music and Dance. 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
Required Courses (40 s.h.):
MUSIC 8500: Instrumental Ensemble (1)
MUSIC 8510: Instrumental Ensemble (1)
MUSIC 9004: Doctoral String Major (3)
MUSIC 9011: Doctoral Chamber Music (1)
MUSIC 9012: Doctoral Chamber Music (1)
MUSIC 9014: Doctoral String Major (3)
MUSIC 9021: Chamber Music (1)
MUSIC 9024: Doctoral String Major (3)
MUSIC 9034: Doctoral String Major - Recital (2)
MUSIC 9184: DMA Solo Public Recital (1)
MUSIC 9351: Performance Traditions (3)
MUSIC 9384: DMA Chamber Recital (1)
MUSIC 9684: DMA Lecture - Recital (1)
MUSIC 9515: Technical and Interpretive Seminar - Strings (2)
MUSIC 9516: Seminar for String Literature (2)
MUSIC 9517: Advanced Conducting - Doctoral (2)
MUSIC 9561: Pedagogy (3)
MUSIC 9784: DMA Performance with Orchestra (1)
MUSIC 9984: DMA Final Recital (1)
MUSIC 9999: Monograph Research (6)
MUSIC STUDIES 9701: Doctoral Seminar - Analysis, Interpretation, and Performance (3)
Elective in Music History (3 s.h.)
MInor Area (12 s.h.) in music selected
from courses at the
8404 level or higher
1. Solo public recital by the conclusion of the fourth semester of lessons
2. Chamber Music Recital (MUSIC 9384) or Lecture Recital (MUSIC 9684)
3. Performance with Orchestra (MUSIC 9784)
4. Final Doctoral Recital (MUSIC 9984)
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All degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
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 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 is not 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 is administered. Questions relative to forms,
styles, and periods of music are included. It is expected that all
examinees are 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
4. Form and Analysis Exam: A score is provided at the examination that requires 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 is 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 semester of study. The candidate must contact her/his advisor to
arrange the jury. The recital consists of a full program, approximately
45 minutes in length, and may include the performance (with music) of a
new composition that is presented to the applicant for study 48 hours
in advance of the jury. An analysis of repertoire and technical needs
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 requires 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 culminates 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 is
conducted at adjudicated recitals, end-of-the-semester juries, and major
examinations. This ensures that only the most qualified students
continue 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:
In addition to taking the required subjects for their degrees, all
students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance are obligated to serve
in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical
expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance 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 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.
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 $250 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
four semesters of private lessons must be taken
consecutively, with the exception of summers. Any deviation from
this must have the approval of
the 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:
The written preliminary examinations may be
taken during the final semester of coursework, but no later than in the
semester after completion of coursework. They are administered several
times each calendar year, and span two consecutive days of six hours of
examination each day. 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.
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
The examinations consist of questions relating to the major and
minor areas and to musical style; require the student to comment
articulately on the style and historical significance of musical
compositions; and entail the student discussing and defending the
principles of performance on the basis of which s/he would undertake to
perform any composition in her/his major area. The 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 is 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 is administered by the major advisor
and a minimum of two additional faculty members. In the case of failure
in one subject area, two members of that department are 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 is 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, is permitted to schedule a second and final
attempt at the failed portions of the written examination.
Final Recital and Monograph Proposal:
After the successful completion of the
written preliminary examinations, MUSIC 9984: DMA Final Recital 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.
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. Members of the DAC serve as the
adjudicators of the Final Recital.
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.
Students register for MUSIC 9998 during the writing of the monograph
proposal and MUSIC 9999 after the proposal has been officially approved.
Doctoral candidates are required to register for a minimum of 6 credit
hours of MUSIC 9999: Monograph Research 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 5000: 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 5000:
Recital Extension will 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
2. Exceptions to Recital Extension: (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, s/he 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 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.
Final Oral Examination:
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 constitute
the Dissertation Examining
Committee (DEC) for
the monograph defense. 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
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. Students should register for MUSIC
9999: Monograph Research (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 9999 during
their program as a whole, but
must register for a minimum of
one such credit each semester.
All incomplete grades and keyboard
proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which
the student expects to graduate.
Students may present the DMA Final Recital
(MUSIC 9984) after the preliminary examination has been completed and
the DAC has been appointed.
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 30 days.
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 Dissertation 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 "Announcement of
Oral Defense" form, which must bear all appropriate signatures and be
submitted to the Associate Dean.
Two weeks prior
to the oral defense,
the student submits
of the abstract
and the completed
to the Associate
Dean and each member
of the DEC. The graduate
School and posts
notices of the
on bulletin boards
the Boyer College of Music and Dance. 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.
Changes in membership
of a DAC or a
be approved by
the Associate Dean.
The change also
must be communicated
Program Contact Information:
Boyer College of Music
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Jeffrey Solow
Professor Terell Stafford
Professor Terell Stafford
About the Program
The objective of the D.M.A. program in Viola 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 Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Boyer College of Music and Dance has been ranked among the
top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World
The degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
Diverse areas of study are included to ensure the broadest possible cultivation and expansion of students' talents.
Graduates of the program typically find employment in professional music ensembles throughout the world, in colleges and universities, and in private teaching studios, among other employment venues.
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 of Music and Dance 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.