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Yale University awards three graduate professional degrees through the School of Music: Master of Music (M.M.), Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.), and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.). In addition there is an Artist Diploma for outstanding performers holding an M.M. degree or its equivalent, a Certificate in Performance program for younger students of exceptional promise, and a combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music (B.A./M.M.) program offered in conjunction with Yale College.

Graduate study in music history and theory, leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree, is offered through the Department of Music in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Master of Music

Students holding a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent are qualified to apply for admission to this degree program in the Yale School of Music. To qualify for the M.M. degree, two years of residency are required, and students must pass a minimum of 72 credit hours with an average grade of B. All programs in the School of Music require that students earn a grade of B or better each term in both Individual Instruction in the Major and Seminar in the Major. Students who receive a grade lower than a B in either course will be placed on academic probation. Candidates for the M.M. degree must present a juried degree recital or its equivalent in the second year of study. All proficiencies and required courses must be completed satisfactorily before the Master of Music can be conferred.

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Master of Musical Arts

The following information applies only to those students enrolled in the M.M.A. program in the fall of 2014. Those interested in a doctoral program should apply directly to the D.M.A. program; those interested in the M.M.A. degree program should visit http://music.yale.edu/mma for an updated program description and application requirements.

The Master of Musical Arts degree is conferred on candidates who successfully complete two years (normally 18 hours per term) of predoctoral studies required for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. The program provides intensive training in the student’s major field—performance, conducting, or composition—supported by studies in theoretical and historical subjects. Individual courses of study will be assembled as recommended by the individual department, the advisory committee, and the director of the M.M.A. program. M.M.A. candidates are also required to enroll in the M.M.A. Seminar for three terms.

Degree requirements include public presentation of recitals and/or compositions during each year of the student’s residence. An M.M.A. thesis, as well as a public lecture based on the thesis, is required of all candidates. A thesis prospectus must be submitted to the M.M.A. committee for approval at the end of the candidate’s first term in the M.M.A. Seminar. Candidates are required to pass comprehensive written and oral examinations during their last term in residence. All internal candidates must earn a minimum of 108 term hours (36 beyond the School of Music M.M. degree requirement), maintain an average grade of B, and be recommended for the degree by the faculty of the School of Music. All programs in the School of Music require that students earn a grade of B or better each term in both Individual Instruction in the Major and Seminar in the Major. Students who receive a grade lower than a B in either course will be placed on academic probation. On the recommendation of the M.M.A. examining committee and with the approval of the faculty, the degree of Master of Musical Arts may be awarded with distinction.

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Doctor of Musical Arts

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale is a distinctive program comprised of a two-year residency on campus followed by a three-year period during which the professional career is launched throughout the world. The degree provides intensive training in the student’s major field—performance, conducting, or composition—augmented by studies in theoretical and historical subjects. Yale University confers the Doctor of Musical Arts degree on those candidates who have successfully completed four terms of residential requirements, demonstrated expertise in the major field through artistic excellence and distinguished achievements in the postresidential period, and concluded the program requirements by passing the final D.M.A. recital and oral examination.

“Distinguished achievements” will be determined by the quality and extent of professional accomplishments reflecting the candidate’s own initiative and ability, including, but not restricted to, any professional position he or she might hold. The level of achievement should be substantially higher and broader than the existing high standard of professional activity at the time of matriculation into the program. Innovative and creative contributions to the profession will be considered particularly significant.

The candidate’s attention is drawn to the fact that the School’s doctoral degree is earned in Musical Arts. The School interprets this degree in a most comprehensive manner and expects that all candidates will possess both great depth and breadth within the field of music. The candidate for Yale’s D.M.A. degree should demonstrate:

  • • exceptional competence as a performer, conductor, or composer;
  • • intellectual curiosity about music and an ability to discuss in depth its history, theory, styles, sources, and relationship to the other arts and to society;
  • • extensive knowledge about many aspects of music making and real experience in these closely allied fields. For example, an instrumentalist should be familiar with the elements of compositional techniques. By the same token, every composer should display considerable skill as a performer.

Applying for the D.M.A. Program

Candidates for a Yale D.M.A. must have completed a Master of Music degree or equivalent prior to matriculating in the program. Applications for the D.M.A. are due in the fall term. Applicants are then examined and auditioned in the spring; those admitted enter the program the following fall. All D.M.A. candidates must come to New Haven for an audition and examinations. As part of the application process, applicants are required to:

  • • audition before a faculty committee;
  • • pass examinations in history, analysis, and musicianship, as well as assessments in keyboard proficiency and a second language;
  • • submit a term paper or other sample of scholarly writing.

Candidates should note that the entire application process requires their presence for two to three days in New Haven. No one may apply to the D.M.A. program more than twice. Yale first-year Artist Diploma students admitted to the D.M.A. program forfeit their enrollment in the Artist Diploma program.

Structure of the D.M.A. Program

Residential Component

During the residential phase of the D.M.A. program, degree requirements include public presentation of recitals and/or compositions during each year of the student’s residency. A D.M.A. thesis, as well as a lecture based on the thesis, is required of all candidates. A thesis prospectus must be submitted to the D.M.A. committee for approval at the end of the candidate’s first term in the D.M.A. seminar. Candidates are required to pass comprehensive written and oral examinations during their last term in residence, in order to qualify into the postresidential phase. All programs in the School of Music require that students earn a grade of B or better each term in both Individual Instruction in the Major and Seminar in the Major. Students who receive a grade lower than a B in either course will be placed on academic probation for a maximum of one term.

Postresidential Component

The D.M.A. candidates launch their musical career during the three-year postresidential period. Throughout this phase of the degree, candidates must assume the major responsibility for informing the School of Music of their professional activities, not only by their own account but also by submitting such supporting evidence as programs, compositions, reviews, articles, publications, recordings, and any other materials they consider to be pertinent. After the completion of D.M.A. course work and through the years of D.M.A. candidates’ postresidential activities, candidates will be enrolled with a nonresident student registration status.

Applying to Return for the Final D.M.A. Recital and Oral Examination

All candidates must apply to return for the final D.M.A. recital and oral examination during the third January following the completion of their D.M.A. residential requirements. As part of this application, candidates must submit dossiers of their professional activities, accomplishments, and credentials. Letters from recognized individuals who are professionally qualified to evaluate the candidate’s work are required; these are requested directly by the School of Music. The names and addresses of at least five individual references, together with a brief description of the professional relationship, are to be provided by the candidates. No current members of the Yale faculty may be included.

The final application must be completed—including forms, dossier, references, and any other supporting material—by March 1 following submission of the application to return. Permission to apply to return after the third year will be granted only under exceptional circumstances. In cases where the initial applications to return are not approved by the D.M.A. committee, candidates may reapply one additional time only.

Recital and Oral Examination

Candidates whose dossiers have been approved by the D.M.A. committee will be invited to return for the final D.M.A. recital and oral examination during the subsequent academic year.

Recital

The performance is to be an appropriate demonstration of the candidate’s professional expertise in the major field. It is expected that candidates will consult with the major professors and the D.M.A. committee chair regarding recital planning and programming. Candidates are responsible for all aspects of the D.M.A. recital, including arrangements for equipment and performers.

Oral Examination

Candidates must pass a comprehensive oral examination. Candidates are expected to demonstrate thorough knowledge in all facets of their musical specialty and in other dimensions of music.

A jury consisting of members of the Yale faculty, possibly augmented with professional musicians from outside the University, judges the performance and participates in the oral examination. If approved, the candidate is then recommended for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, which is conferred at the close of said academic year.

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Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma curriculum is a full-time program of studies designed for gifted composers and performers. Applicants must hold a master’s degree or the professional equivalent and may be admitted only on the basis of a personal audition before a faculty committee. Students accepted must be in residence for two years. On recommendation of the major teacher and endorsement by a faculty committee, students who have completed the Master of Music degree at Yale may be admitted to the Artist Diploma program. These students are expected to complete work for the diploma in one academic year.

The course of study for Artist Diploma candidates is flexible and designed for the individual needs of advanced students. A minimum of 14 credits, which include one nonperformance course, are required per term for the Artist Diploma candidate. All courses in the School of Music and Yale University are open to Artist Diploma candidates with permission of the instructor.

Minimum performance requirements for each year of residence are one solo recital, one major ensemble performance, and one performance of a work composed for soloist and orchestra. In addition, performers participate in the School of Music ensembles including chamber music, Philharmonia, New Music New Haven, and opera. Composers are expected to contribute substantial material (the equivalent of one full program) to the resident contemporary ensemble, New Music New Haven.

Although the Artist Diploma track does not require the academic breadth of the D.M.A. program, Artist Diploma candidates hold M.M. degrees, so a fundamental knowledge of musicianship and the history of Western music is presumed. Artist Diploma candidates are tested in these areas when they enter the program. If deficiencies are evident, students are required to enroll in appropriate courses. A passing grade in Hearing at a level of 500 or higher satisfies the Musicianship proficiency. A passing grade in Music 510 or an equivalent course as assigned by the Music History faculty satisfies the Music History proficiency.

The dean and the faculty review the progress of all two-year candidates at the end of two terms, and permission to continue in the program is granted only when substantial progress has been demonstrated. All programs in the School of Music require that students earn a grade of B or better in both Individual Instruction in the Major and Seminar in the Major. Students who receive a grade lower than a B in either course will be placed on academic probation.

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Certificate in Performance

The Certificate in Performance is designed for a few excellent performers who have not completed a bachelor’s degree. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission. Students enroll full-time in a program of performance and academic studies and participate in Philharmonia, Chamber Music, New Music New Haven, or other ensembles as appropriate. The Certificate in Performance is a three-year program requiring a minimum of 96 credits (16 per term). To qualify for the Certificate, a student is required to maintain an average grade of B. All programs in the School of Music require that students earn a grade of B or better in both Individual Instruction in the Major and Seminar in the Major. Students who receive a grade lower than a B in either course will be placed on academic probation.

It is hoped that, after receiving the Certificate in Performance, a student will complete a baccalaureate degree at Yale or elsewhere. On completion of a bachelor’s degree—and providing that performance, course, examination, and proficiency requirements for the M.M. degree were met during the Certificate studies—the student may petition the faculty to convert the Certificate to a Master of Music degree. The 72 credits in performance and academic studies required for the Master of Music degree may not be applied toward completion of an undergraduate degree. Performance credits required for the certificate may not be used toward completion of the undergraduate degree.

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B.A./M.M. Program

The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music program is designed for Yale College students with outstanding abilities in performance or composition. This program is open to majors both in Music and other subjects. B.A./M.M. students usually complete requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in their senior year and for the Master of Music after one year of the Master of Music program in the School of Music (year 5), providing that they have completed the following:

  • 1. music majors: four terms of performance (MUSI 360a or b, 361a or b, 460a or b, 461a or b) and MUSI 210a or b and 211a or b by the end of the junior year;
  • 2. majors in subjects other than music: four terms of performance (MUSI 360a or b, 361a or b, 460a or b, 461a or b) and four courses, which usually include two courses from the MUSI 301–311 series, and two of MUSI 350a, 351b, 352b, or 353a, taken by the end of the junior year.

Students who have accelerated the undergraduate program are ineligible to apply for the B.A./M.M. program.

Interested students should consult their major teacher at the beginning of the first term of the junior year, and must apply for the program at the School of Music by December 1 of that year. Music majors should also consult with the director of admissions.

Candidates admitted to the B.A./M.M. program are required to sit for juries in the School of Music at the beginning of their senior year.

In their senior year they must take MUS 540 (Individual Instruction in the Major) and MUS 544 (Seminar in the Major) each term, and they are advised to take two terms of a performance ensemble if schedules permit. B.A./M.M. students who major in an orchestral instrument are required to participate in the Yale Symphony or the School of Music Philharmonia during the senior year. Composers, singers, guitarists, and keyboard players should consult with their major teacher about requisites in the senior year beyond the lessons and seminar.

By the end of the fifth year all students participating in the B.A./M.M. program must have met the School of Music’s standard in musicianship and music history either through testing or course work. They must also have completed language and keyboard proficiency requirements.

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