DMA in Keyboard Performance

Candidates for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Keyboard Performance must possess the highest pianistic skills as well as artistic maturity and musicality. Enrollment is only by select audition process. Candidates must submit a DVD (preferred) or a CD recording for pre-screening and to receive an acceptance for a live audition. Invited candidates are strongly advised to audition in person in order to receive the best consideration for Teaching Assistantship awards. Following the live audition, every DMA candidate must attend an interview with members of the performance faculty.

The curriculum is designed to encompass every important component necessary for a career in the music profession; whether in performance, academia, or both. The Frost School of Music prides itself in being an institution that honors the traditional values of learning while incorporating the necessary curricular requirements that present-day performers and teachers must have by the end of their education. The faculty of the Keyboard Performance department is composed of world-class artists/teachers who are dedicated to the principle that the individuality and talent of every student must be recognized, respected and nurtured, for these qualities form the essence of successful careers in music.

Performance opportunities are many and varied. The three-year DMA curriculum requires two solo recitals, and one program that can comprise chamber music and/or concerto performance. A weekly performance Forum is held every week where students who are ready to present new repertoire are given the opportunity to do so in front of the faculty and their classmates. Students may also have the opportunity to perform with two of our renowned ensembles:  the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Both ensembles have featured piano students in concerto performances conducted by members of our illustrious faculty as well as by guest artists such as Leon Fleisher. The opportunity to collaborate with other talented instrumentalists and singers at the Frost School is also readily available and encouraged.

Many performance venues in the greater-Miami area host our students in solo and chamber music performances and continue their association with the department. All of our students also benefit greatly from Miami’s rich cultural life, which includes solo, and collaborative concerts by world-famous recitalists and chamber groups, as well as orchestral performances by the New World Symphony and the visiting Cleveland Orchestra. The piano department presents master-classes by visiting artists and pedagogues throughout the year.

The competitive reality of today’s market for performers and teachers has never been more demanding. We are proud that many of our students have gone on to win awards at piano competitions, have been invited to publish in recognized periodicals, and are currently in teaching positions both in the U.S. and abroad.

Many of our current and past FSOM piano students have participated and won prizes at competitions such as

  • Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Queen Elizabeth Competition
  • Van Cliburn Competition
  • Sydney International Piano Competition
  • Paderewski Piano Competition

Our mission at the Frost School of Music is to have you join them!

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For more information regarding curriculum, please visit the Academic Bulletin.

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