PERFORMANCE AND CONDUCTING CURRICULUM

DEGREES: Master of Music (M. M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D. M. A.)

Coursework

The M. M. requirements include two years of private lessons, at least two terms of chamber ensembles, and at least one year of a performance organization (keyboard students may substitute more chamber ensembles for the performance organization; conductors may substitute performance organization credit for the chamber ensembles), Bibliography for Performers, Musical Terminology (including notation and performance directions), Analysis for Performers, and Performance Practices of a selected period.

The D. M. A. requirements include three years of private lessons and at least three terms of chamber ensembles, in addition to the New Music Forum and seminar work. Besides the M. M. seminars, students take at least two more seminars in Performance Practices of various periods.  The New Music Forum is a unique feature of UCLA’s Music Department that brings together student performers, composers, and their master teachers in the creation of a new work, which is premiered at the student’s recital.

Language

M. M. students in choral conducting and voice performance must demonstrate either by coursework or by departmental examination a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, or Spanish.

All D. M. A. students must demonstrate either by coursework or by departmental examination a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, or Spanish. Students in choral conducting and voice performance must demonstrate a reading knowledge of two of these languages.

Recitals

M. M. students are required to perform a recital as a culmination of their studies. D. M. A. students are required to perform three recitals: a solo recital on campus, a recital off-campus (with all arrangements made by the performer), and a final recital and lecture, reflecting the subject of the dissertation.

Qualifying Examinations

Qualifying examinations are required only of D. M. A. students. The written exam is an all-day project that requires the student to pull together the knowledge the student has gained in his/her coursework (core, performance practice and other seminars) to write a substantial essay reflecting this knowledge, and a work unknown to the student before the exam. This exam is normally taken at the end of the second year of the program. The oral qualifying examination consists of a defense of the dissertation topic and is normally taken shortly after the doctoral committee is formed.

Dissertation

The dissertation deals with substantive performance issues related to repertoire on the final recital.