Piano, D.M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D725

Program Requirements


  • Piano Performance (R506)
  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy (R511)
Coursework Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent32
Core Coursework
PIAN 6020Doctoral Piano for Performance Majors (No more than the required 16 hours may be applied to the degree)16
Musicology/Music Literature (Any graduate level MUHI, MUSC, or MULI courses may be taken)9
Music Theory (Any graduate level MUTH course except MUTH 5811, MUTH 5821, or any Music Technology courses may be taken)9
Area of Concentration18
Choose one of the following areas of concentration:
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 Area of Concentration
Recitals - 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.12


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
Required Coursework
MUED 5612Piano Pedagogy I2
MUED 5622Piano Pedagogy II2
Electives - Graduate credit electives as advised.8

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