Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in the field of Flute Performance

Program Learning Outcomes for the DMA Degree

Upon completing the DMA degree, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical and musical competence in performance or composition at a professional level.
  2. Develop highly developed analytical skills in advanced music theory and a profound understanding of how those skills inform music performance.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the relationship between music history and music performance with greater familiarity of a wide variety of historical and contemporary performance practices.
  4. Develop career development skills that complement their professional-level performance skills.
  5. Develop working knowledge of and have experience with both classroom teaching and studio teaching methods at the conservatory and university levels.

Requirements for the DMA Degree 

For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Students pursuing the DMA degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree to satisfy degree requirements.   

Requirements for the DMA Degree in the field of Flute Performance

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the DMA Degree in the field of Flute Performance90

Degree Requirements

Performance Requirements
MUSI 651FLUTE FOR MAJORS-ADVANCED (minimum of 8 semesters) 13
MUSI 635ADVANCED ORCHESTRA (minimum of 4 semesters) 22
MUSI 751DOCTORAL RECITAL 30
DMA Core Requirements
MUSI 611CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY3
MUSI 711ANALYTICAL APPROACHES3
MUSI 733DOCTORAL SEMINAR I: CAREER SKILLS3
MUSI 735DOCTORAL SEMINAR II: REPERTORY3
MUSI 736SOLO REPERTORY FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS3
MUSI 738DOCTORAL INDIVIDUAL PROJECT3
MUSI 739PEDAGOGY FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS3
Academic Coursework 4
Select 4 courses from the Music History course offerings (see below for course list)12
Select 2 courses from the Music Theory course offerings (see below for course list)6
Elective Requirements
Select 13 credit hours at the 300-level or above 513
Classroom Teaching
Students must complete the Classroom Teaching requirement
Examinations 6
Students must demonstrate the following proficiencies:
Piano proficiency
Aural skills proficiency
Written and oral qualifying examinations
Doctoral Document
MUSI 750DOCTORAL DOCUMENT (minimum of 2 semesters) 73
Total Credit Hours90

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Music History and Theory Courses 
Music History Courses
RENAISSANCE MUSIC
MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE AGES
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS
AMERICAN MUSIC
PERFORMANCE PRACTICES SEMINAR
WOMEN IN MUSIC
TOPICS IN EARLY MUSIC
TOPICS IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES
TOPICS IN 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
MUSIC, MAGIC, AND SCIENCE IN THE MODERN WORLD
PROGRAM MUSIC IN THE 19TH CENTURY
SATIE, COCTEAU, & LES SIX: PARIS IN THE 1920s AND BEYOND
MUSIC AND MODERNISM IN FRANCE
MUSIC OF RICHARD STRAUSS
WORDS AND MUSIC
SELECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC HISTORY
EARLY OPERA
J.S. BACH: CAREER, WORKS, AND CRITICAL RECEPTION
SEMINAR ON A SELECTED COMPOSER
MOZART OPERAS
THE CLASSICAL STYLE
ROMANTIC SONGS AND PIANO PIECES
MUSIC OF SCHOENBERG
MUSIC OF STRAVINSKY
Music Theory Courses
EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND VIDEO
CLASSICAL, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL ASIAN MUSIC
BASIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC
ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION
MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW
ORCHESTRATION
MUSIC FOR MEDIA
ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS
MODAL COUNTERPOINT
SCORE READING AND THEORY AT THE KEYBOARD
ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION
EARLY MODERN MASTERS
ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC SYSTEMS
ADVANCED COMPUTER SOUND SYNTHESIS
CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY
TONAL COUNTERPOINT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY AND MUSIC THEORY COMPOSITION
MUSIC OF RAVEL: MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSTION
MUSIC SINCE 1950
ANALYTICAL APPROACHES
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED ANALYSIS
AESTHETICS OF MUSIC

Policies for the DMA Degree

Academic Standards

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Further information on curricular requirements for all majors and degree programs is available from the Shepherd School of Music.

Grading Policy

A minimum grade of “B-“ is expected of all music students in their major applied area. A grade of “C+” or lower is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated in the following manner:

A music major who receives a grade of “C+” or lower in their major applied area will be placed on music probation. Music probation signifies that the student’s work has been sufficiently unsatisfactory to preclude graduation unless marked improvement is achieved promptly. A student on music probation may be absent from class only for extraordinary reasons and may not represent the school in any public function not directly a part of a degree program.

If a student receives a second semester of “C+” or lower in their major applied area, whether for consecutive semesters or not, the student will be discontinued as a music performance major and merit scholarship from the Shepherd School will be discontinued.

Note: For music history and musicology majors a grade of “C+” or lower in any music history course is considered unsatisfactory and will be evaluated as above.

Graduate degree requirement: a minimum grade point average of 2.67 is necessary for graduation. 

Leaves of Absence and Voluntary Withdrawal

Music majors must obtain permission in writing from the dean of the Shepherd School before requesting a leave of absence from the university. Requests must be in the dean’s office before the first day of classes in the semester for which leave is requested.

Music majors taking voluntary withdrawal from the university are not guaranteed readmission into the Shepherd School and may be asked to reapply/reaudition. Students should explain the reasons for their withdrawal to the dean before leaving campus.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website: http://music.rice.edu

Opportunities for the DMA Degree

Other Musical Opportunities

Lectures and Performances

A visiting lecture series, a professional concert series, and numerous distinguished visiting musicians contribute to the Shepherd School environment. The Houston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Masterworks Chorus, Da Camera, Context, and Chamber Music Houston, as well as the activities of other institutions of higher learning in the area, also provide exceptional opportunities for students to enjoy a wide spectrum of music.

For additional information, please see the School of Music website: http://music.rice.edu