Music Study at the ISM
Students may enroll in the Institute of Sacred Music for all programs – M.M., M.M.A./D.M.A., and Artist Diploma. For more information, see the Bulletin of the School of Music.
Master of Music
A two-year postbaccalaureate degree in musical performance, this program includes intensive study of a primary discipline (e.g., keyboard, conducting, composition), augmented by theoretical and historical studies. See the specific program (below)for ISM expectations.
Master of Musical Arts
A two-year degree in musical performance, which is considered predoctoral residence, this program is designed to provide intensive training in performance or composition. Two years of residence in the M.M. program count toward this degree. However, students who hoave earned the M.M. degree at another university are expected to spend two years in residence at Yale for the M.M.A. degree.
Doctor of Musical Arts
This degree is awarded to those who have earned the Master of Musical Arts degree and have demonstrated exceptional competence as performers, as well as deep intellectual curiosity about all areas of music, its history, theory, styles, and sources. Following receipt of the Master of Musical Arts degree, candidates must demonstrate distinguished professional musical achievement and return to Yale after at least two years for a comprehensive oral examination and a final public performance.
This diploma is offered to applicants who hold a master’s degree or the professional equivalent. Although a fundamental knowledge of musicianship and the history of western music is presumed, candidates will be tested in these areas when they enter the program. Minimum performance requirements for each year of residence are one solo recital, one major ensemble performance, and one performance of a work for soloist and orchestra. Students who have completed the Master of Music degree at Yale may complete the work in one academic year; those who have earned the M.M. or its equivalent elsewhere will be in residence for two years.
Click below for individual program requirements.
Program in Choral Conducting
Program in Organ
Program in Voice
Updated Feb. 22, 2012