The Degree of DMus has three separate program streams: Performance, Choral Conducting and Composition. Programs of study for DMus students will be formulated by the Department according to individual need; however, ★30 to ★36 are normally required. Candidates will be required to take at least ★3 of graduate-level theory, ordinarily selected from MUSIC 555, MUSIC 556, or MUSIC 581, and ★3 of graduate-level musicology.
DMus students will be required to demonstrate reading proficiency in one approved language other than English before being admitted to candidacy. Coursework undertaken to satisfy this requirement will not be credited toward the program.
Students in the DMus program in Performance are required to present three juried recitals: normally a solo recital, a collaborative recital and a lecture recital
All DMus programs require qualifying and candidacy examinations, normally taken at the end of the second, or beginning of the third year. Examination requirements are different for each area of study.
In lieu of a formal dissertation, DMus candidates in Performance will carry out a project comprising three components: a solo final recital; a compact disc recording of the final solo program, submitted prior to the performance of the final recital; and comprehensive scholarly notes accompanying the compact disc.
In lieu of a formal dissertation, DMus candidates in Choral Conducting will write a scholarly essay and present two public concerts.
In lieu of a formal dissertation, DMus candidates in Composition will write a scholarly essay and compose one substantial work either for large acoustic ensemble, mixed acoustic and electroacoustic media, or electroacoustic media.
The final examination for the DMus degree in Performance will include a defence of the solo final recital and CD; the final examination for the DMus degree in Choral Conducting will include a defence of the essay and the required performances; the final examination for the DMus degree in Composition will include a defence of the composition.
In addition to the regulations outlined above, the general regulations for the PhD degree stated in Time Line for the Appointment of Supervisors also apply.