DMA in Organ Performance

Doctor of Musical Arts (48 credit hours)

  • 600-level Applied Music- 16
  • MUS 699 Document Research- 4
  • 500-and/or 600-level Theory/History (9 hours each)- 18
  • 500 or 600 level Pedagogy Appropriate to Major- 3
  • 500- and/or 600-level Electives (music or non-music)- 7

Please click on this link for the course abstracts in the Graduate Catalog 6.16

Diagnostic Examinations

D.M.A. organ students must take diagnostic examinations in theory and history. These exams are administered on the day before late registration, just before classes for the semester begin.

History Courses construed as graduate music history courses are: 
  • Genre proseminars: Studies in Special Literature Mus 527 (If taught by a member of the Music History Faculty), Chamber Music MUS 529, Symphonic Literature MUS 533, Opera MUS 536, Ethnomusicology MUS 539
  • Period proseminars: Medieval MUS 549, Renaissance MUS 534, Baroque MUS 535, Classical MUS 550, Romantic MUS 553, Twentieth Century MUS 558
  • History seminars: Medieval-Renaissance MUS 622, Baroque MUS 623, Classical MUS 624, Romantic MUS 625, Seminar in 20th Century Music MUS 626, History of Music Theory MUS 617 (DMA students only), Special Topics in Musicology MUS 559
  • Special Topics in Musicology and Ethnomusicology MUS 615
  • Seminar in Musicology MUS 515 (DMA students only)
Courses that are not counted as graduate history courses:
  • History of Wind Band Literature MUS 561
  • Organ Literature MUS 577 and MUS 578
  • Choral Literature MUS 571 and MUS 572
  • Performance Seminar in Piano Literature MUS 671 and MUS 672
  • The Teaching of Music History and Appreciation MUS 541
Theory Courses construed as graduate theory courses are:
  • Advanced Counterpoint MUS 503
  • Introduction to Graduate Music Analysis MUS 504
  • Advanced Analysis MUS 507
  • Non-Serial 20th-Century Music MUS 537
  • Serial Music MUS 538
  • Atonal Music MUS 609
  • Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis MUS 516
  • Schenkerian Analysis MUS 518
  • Advanced Schenkerian Analysis MUS 608
Courses that are not counted as graduate theory courses are:
  • Composition MUS 519, 520, 619, and 620
  • Advanced Arranging MUS 510
  • History of Music Theory MUS 617
  • Pedagogy of Theory MUS 540

Note: No course may be counted more than once to fulfill required hours in theory. 


At lease three (3) recitals are required.


A fifty-minute public lecture demonstrating the candidate’s ability to communicate both general and specific information about his or her area of specialization.


Organ performance majors must earn four semester hours of credit in MUS 699 Document Research. The length of the main body of the prose Document normally is between 60 and 70 double-spaced pages.

Comprehensive Written Examinations

Students must register for MUS 696 Comprehensive Examination at the beginning of the semester during which they plan to take the examination.

Oral Examination 

The oral defense of the document follows all recitals, lectures, and lecture-recitals required in the student’s degree program.