Piano, D.M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D725

This program has changes pending State Regents approval for 2022-23. These pending changes are not reflected here. 

Program Requirements

  • Piano Performance (R506)
  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy (R511)


The following are required for the D.M.A., but as research tools, they are not included in the 90 total hours applied to the degree.

  • MUS 5112 , or equivalent
  • Foreign language study, if essential for research for document
Coursework Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent32
Core Coursework
PIAN 6020Doctoral Piano for Performance Majors16
Musicology/Music Literature (Any three graduate level MUHI, MUSC, or MULI courses may be taken)9
Music Theory (excluding MUTH 5812, MUTH 5822, and Music Technology courses)8
Area of Concentration19
Choose an area of concentration from the following:
Piano Performance Concentration
Piano Performance and Pedagogy Concentration
Written Document
MUS 6880Doctor of Musical arts Project (No more than the required 6 hours may be applied to the degree)6
Total Credit Hours90

Piano Performance CONCENTRATION (R506)

Piano Performance Area of Concentration
Enroll in three semesters, as advised, of the following courses:6
Graduate Recital-Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Graduate Lecture/Chamber Recital--Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree
Electives - Graduate credit electives as advised.13

Piano Performance and Pedagogy CONCENTRATION (R511)

Piano Performance and Pedagogy Concentration
GDMA 6042Graduate Recital-Doctor Of Musical Arts Degree (4 hours over two semesters)4
MUED 6652Doctoral Workshop in Piano Pedagogy2
Electives - Graduate credit electives as advised.13
Choral Conducting (2-4 hours)
Choral Score Studies (2-4 hours)
Doctoral Secondary Composition (2-4 hours)
Doctoral Secondary Voice (2-4 hours)
Advanced Readings in Religious Studies (3 hours)

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/forms/bulletin