Which Schools Offer a Doctorate of Music Degree Program?

A wide array of music degree programs exist at the doctorate level. Whether you sing, teach or compose, you can find a program that hits the right note. Keep reading to discover schools that offer doctoral degree programs in music. Schools offering Ethnomusicology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Manoa offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in music with four choices of concentrations. You can focus on ethnomusicology, music education, composition or musicology. This program requires that you attend full-time for three semesters either at the college or at an approved alternate location. All students are required to take ethnic music elective courses as part of the curriculum, no matter your concentration. You'll have a maximum of seven years to complete this program.

University of California, Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, you can earn a Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in composition, ethnomusicology or history and literature. Berkeley has facilities available for computer and electronic music. While the amount of time spent in the program is flexible, two years of on-campus coursework are required. Originality and creativity are the primary focus of this program.

Boston University

If you want a career in teaching, Boston University has a graduate program that offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Music Education. This program is unique in that it's offered online. You'll have to spend some time on campus to complete a residency program, but that only lasts for ten days. In Boston's program, you'll work with a group of students through online venues such as email and chat programs that will be guided by an instructor. You should be able to complete your core coursework in two years, and then you'll have another two years to complete your dissertation.

Claremont Graduate University

If you're looking to pursue a doctorate that offers studies in Christian music, you can earn a Doctor of Church Music (D.C.M.) degree at Claremont Graduate University. In this program, you have the option of focusing in choral music conducting or organ performance. You'll have to complete master's degree requirements as a part of the curriculum. Your studies will include using the arts as a faith exploration tool, music-related literature and musical expression in the middle ages. A unique facet of this program is the requirement that you take a course outside of your program to give you a different perspective on your primary studies.

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