Music Composition: Doctor of Musical Arts Curriculum
About the Program
The DMA program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the composition of music at the advanced level in both acoustic and electro acoustic mediums. This design is based on the assumption that a professional career as a composer will normally follow successful completion of the DMA. A candidate is expected to compile a portfolio of compositions in the course of their studies in the DMA program, culminating in a solo composition recital given towards the end of their degree program. To accomplish these goals, a candidate will need to develop the requisite skills associated with the technique of musical composition, as well as familiarize themselves with the literature and aesthetic issues pertaining to the field. In addition, students in the DMA program will undergo a course of general studies in the history and literature of music, as well as studies in a cognate area to be determined in consultation with the composition faculty and director of graduate studies. Composition students at CCM enjoy a wide variety of performing opportunities ranging from small ensembles to orchestral readings and performances. In addition there are a number of special programs available, such as the Visiting Composers Series and the exchange program with the China Conservatory in Beijing. CCM's composition students are also engaged in a number of activities outside the campus, such as performance in new music ensembles, participation in festivals and membership in professional societies. CCM can provide support for these activities. The CCM Center for Computer Music provides computer music studios and opportunities for composition, performance and research involving technology.