Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance 

Become an accomplished professional musician and prepare to teach advanced performing arts with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Performance  in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Master your instrument of choice and develop sophisticated music interpretation skills. Performance DMA graduates become educators in higher education, performers in professional music ensembles throughout the world, and teach in private studios.

The Performance DMA program focuses on 17 instrumental and vocal concentrations. Over seven years, you’ll hone your musicianship skills through ensemble opportunities, recitals and rigorous performance training. The curriculum also focuses on a thorough understanding of music analysis, history and theory.

Students take private lessons with the Instrumental Studies Department’s exceptional, highly specialized faculty and guest instructors for invaluable real-world experience. Boyer’s faculty members have performed with The Chamber Music Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet, among others. Additionally, the department is chaired by lauded trumpeter Terell Stafford, who has performed at renowned institutions such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  

As part of Temple’s interdisciplinary Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, students in the Performance DMA program can grow their musicianship through access to Temple’s state-of-the-art facilities, including ensemble rehearsal spaces, practice rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

    Classes & Curriculum

    The required credit hours for the Performance DMA degree are between 54 and 55 credits, depending on which concentration you choose. The culminating event for most concentrations is a final recital and monograph, a written thesis on a focused area of study.

    Your curriculum will depend on your concentration, although many concentrations require courses such as

    • Doctoral Chamber Music,
    • Final Recital and
    • Performance with Orchestra.

    Learn more about the curriculum for each Performance DMA concentration

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Musical Arts program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

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    Concentrations

    You can focus on Performance or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Bassoon

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through bassoon performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Cello

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through cello performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Clarinet

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through clarinet performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Double Bass

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through double bass performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Flute

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through flute performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • French Horn

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through French horn performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Harp

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through harp performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Historical Keyboard

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through performance. Students are expected to achieve the most advanced level of professional experience, knowledge and training in the performance of solo and ensemble music on historical keyboard instruments.

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    • Oboe

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through oboe performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Percussion

      Develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through percussion performance, under the guidance of a highly specialized faculty.

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    • Piano

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through piano performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Trombone

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through trombone performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Trumpet

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through trumpet performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Tuba

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through tuba performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Viola

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through viola performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Violin

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through violin performance under the guidance of faculty.

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    • Voice

      Grow and develop the highest and most sophisticated expression of musical interpretation through voice performance under the guidance of faculty.

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