Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

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Admission Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Performance or its equivalent
  • Successful pre-screening audition (video)
  • Successful audition and interview
  • Minimum 70% average in Master's degree

Application Materials

  • A recent academic paper (approx. 3,000 words) that demonstrates ability to carry out music research
  • A current resume or CV
  • A  statement of interest 
  • A repertoire list and copies of recital programs
  • Optional: additional writing samples (published articles, reviews, CD notes, etc.)
  • Three confidential letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, uploaded in PDF
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) is a doctoral degree in music performance with areas of concentration in voice, piano (solo and collaborative), violin, viola, cello, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, saxophone, trombone, and choral conducting.

The program is available in two different streams: project-based (Stream 1) and thesis-based (Stream 2). At the end of Year 1, with the approval of their DMA Advisory Committee, students indicate their intention to pursue Stream 1 or Stream 2.

  

 

chad louwerse"The course work has been interesting and challenging and the faculty members I’ve taken courses with have been knowledgeable and fun to work with. They create a really positive learning environment."  Chad Louwerse, DMA (Voice) 2020

Learn more about Chad Louwerse and our DMA program

Program Requirements

                

Project-based
(Stream 1)

Thesis-based
(Stream 2)

Course work

Studio lessons for 3 years

5 courses in support of performance

3 non-performance courses

Studio lessons for 3 years

5 courses in support of performance

3 non-performance courses

Research-Creation Portfolio

4 Performance Events 

DMA Research Paper Proposal

DMA Research Paper 

3 Performance Events

DMA Monograph Proposal

DMA Monograph and Oral Examination

Other Milestones

Academic Integrity Module

Research Ethics Tutorial TCPS-2 CORE

Qualifying Exam

Academic Integrity Module

Research Ethics Tutorial TCPS-2 CORE

Qualifying Exam

 

DMA Timeline – Stream 1 (Project-Based)

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
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2 terms
lessons
2 terms
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Qualifying Exam 2 terms
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DMA Research Paper
(40-50 pages)
5 half courses in support of performance
(completed by end of Year 2, Term 5)
Research Paper Proposal
(4-5 pages)
3 half course non-performance
(completed by end of Year 3, Term 8)
Performance Event 1 Performance Event 2 Performance Event 3 Performance Event 4

 

DMA Timeline – Stream 2 (Thesis-Based)

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
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2 terms
lessons
2 terms
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Qualifying Exam 2 terms
lessons
DMA Monograph
(80-120 pages)
5 half courses in support of performance
(completed by end of Year 2, Term 5)
Monograph Proposal
(10-15 pages)
3 half course non-performance
(completed by end of Year 3, Term 8)
Performance Event 1 Performance Event 2 Performance Event 3 Oral Examination

 

Recently Completed Monographs

Meet our Doctoral Students

 


Contact Info

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) 
Kevin Mooney
TC 215
kmooney@uwo.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Audrey Yardley-Jones
TC 216
519-661-2111 x85354
ayardley@uwo.ca