Degree Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts: Piano Performance

Program of Study (18 units)

  • PIANO 561 Applied Piano (6 units)
  • PIANO 340 Recital Hour (0 units but registration required each quarter)
  • MUSIC 540 Doctoral Music Research (1 unit; offered in fall quarter)
  • MUSICOL 400 Graduate Review of History (1 unit, offered in winter quarter)
  • PIANO 580 Recital (0 units; 4 registrations required)
  • PIANO 595 Final Project Requirement (1 unit)
  • Electives in Music Studies, 300-level or above (4 units)
    1 unit from the Music Studies Elective must also fulfill the MUS THEORY coursework requirement. To cover the Music Theory coursework requirement, one of the following courses must be taken*:
    MUS_THRY 335/435 Advanced Tonal Analysis
    MUS_THRY 321 Classical Form
    MUS_THRY 355 Analysis of Post-Tonal Music
    MUS_THRY 318 Baroque Counterpoint
  • Electives in Music, 300-level or above (5 units)


Four recitals are required. The final recital is a full-length program (60 to 75 minutes) of solo literature from various periods. Learn more about DMA Recital Requirements

Qualifying Examination

*If three courses are taken out of the four courses for the Music Theory Requirement, DMA students will have the option to waive the theory qualifying examination. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in each of the three courses to achieve the exemption. Learn more about DMA Qualifying Examinations

Final Project Requirement

Learn about DMA Final Project Requirements

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