Doctor of Musical Arts

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The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree at the Frost School of Music is offered in Keyboard Performance and Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy. The program is highly selective and competitive, accepting approximately ten students each year. Most of the successful candidates receive Teaching Assistantship awards and demonstrate leadership as performers and teachers.

Although requirements vary among degrees, three solo recitals and one chamber recital of broad keyboard repertoire performed at the highest level of technical mastery and artistic expression are required during the three-year residency. Each candidate must also complete a culminating D.M.A. Project. Our innovative curriculum incorporates four exciting options for the culminating project: Doctoral Essay, Lecture Recital with Research Paper, Recording Project, and Capstone Recital.

The competitive reality of the 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.

Our current and past Frost piano students have participated and won prizes at competitions such as:

  • Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Leeds International 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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