Bass Trombone

Doctor of Musical Arts

The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program, known as the C.V. Starr Doctoral Program, is the most advanced course of study at Juilliard. It is designed for gifted and accomplished musicians who also possess a broad range of knowledge about music, a keen intellect, a natural curiosity for a wide variety of disciplines, and the potential for pursuing high level performance, scholarly, and teaching careers. A generous endowment grant from the C.V. Starr Foundation allows candidates accepted into the program to pursue their resident studies on a full-tuition scholarship basis.

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Bass Trombone, D.M.A. Doctor of Musical Arts

      1. Ear Training
      2. Keyboard Studies
    • Major Studies
      • Major Field of Study 12 credit
      • Departmental Requirement (if any) 4 credit
    • Doctoral Requirements
      • 2 credits
        DRMUS 810 — Music Reference and Research
        2 credits Fall Jane Gottlieb


        A systematic study designed to provide the student with a thorough knowledge of sources necessary for research on the doctoral level. Covers library research methods, sources of information on music and music literature of all historic periods, and the process of evaluating editions. Required of all first-year D.M.A. students.


      • 2 credits
        DRMUS 820 — Approaches to Scholarly Editing of Music
        2 credits Spring Michael Musgrave


        An outline history of music printing and publication up to modern critical and performing editions. With a focus on the changing character and role of editions, this course will begin by examining the stages in the publication process, from autograph to first edition and later editions, noting typical problems in the evaluation of sources and issues in prioritizing. Study continues with the comparison of modern critical and performing editions in several genres (keyboard, strings, wind/brass, vocal, choral) with consideration of the performance consequences. References to historic and modern performances/recordings will elucidate discussion. Assignments will include a class presentation and an extensive term paper. Required of all first-year D.M.A. students.


      • 4 credits
        DRMUS 811-2 — Analytical Methods
        4 credits Full Year Philip Lasser; Jonathan Dawe


        A seminar devoted to the study of analytical approaches to modal, tonal, and non-tonal music through a careful examination of seminal theoretical treatises and their relevance to music from the early Middle Ages up to the present. Topics will include proportional and tetrachordal thinking of early composers as reflected by Boethius and the Musica Enchiriadis, polyphony and the rise of thoroughbass conceptions of composition as discussed by Tinctoris, Zarlino, and Rameau. Second semester will focus on analysis of major works from Bach to contemporary composers using modern analytical techniques including Schenkerian and contrapuntal analysis as well as 12-tone theory. The course is designed to provide the opportunity for students to gain experience analyzing music and presenting their analyses both in written form and through oral presentations. Required of all first-year D.M.A. students.


      • Graduate History Core GRMUS-H600 (as advised) 4 credit
      • Doctoral Elective (as advised) 4 credit

    Total Credits 1st Year: 24-28

    • Major Studies
      • Major Field of Study 12 credit
      • Departmental Requirement (if any) 4 credit
    • Doctoral Requirements
      • 4 credits
        DRMUS 901-2 — Doctoral Topics
        4 credits Full Year Joel Sachs; L. Michael Griffel


        Advanced study of the functions, genres, forms, and procedures of music; historical periods and times of transition; and representative masterworks from various periods. Consideration of the history of music theory, the use of primary sources, editing music, and music criticism. Study of and practice in speaking and writing about music. Required of all second-year D.M.A. students.


      • 2 credits
        DRMUS 911 — Studies in Style Criticism
        2 credits Fall L. Michael Griffel


        Topic: Perspectives on Mahler and Strauss. An intensive stylistic, historical, and cultural investigation into the music of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, contemporaries who brought the post-Romantic style to its zenith and catapulted the art of music into the 20th century. Magnificent conductors, orchestrators, and creators of symphonic masterpieces, they also demonstrated enormous sensitivity to words in their music for the voice. The course will investigate Mahler's songs and symphonies, and Strauss's songs, tone poems, and operas. Problems to be addressed will include Mahler as Jew and Christian, Strauss's relationship to the Third Reich, autobiography and heroism in music, exoticism, explicit and hidden programmatic content in symphonic music, Mahler's and Strauss's responses to earlier composers, songs for voice and orchestra, and the blending of hedonism, perversion, eroticism, intellectualism, and virtuosity in Strauss's operas. Students will carry out research, give talks, and write papers. Required of all second-year D.M.A. students.


      • 2 credits
        DRMUS 912 — Analysis for Performers
        2 credits Spring Steve Laitz


        Implications for performance of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic-contrapuntal analysis. Interpretive problems of works in various media are illuminated by examining insights gained through the application of analytical methods, primarily those of Schenker. Recordings and classroom performances provide material for critical listening and for practical demonstration of the ideas put forward. Required of all second-year D.M.A. students.


      • Doctoral Elective (as advised) 4 credit

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 24-28

      • Performance (Public Recitals) 2-6 credits
      • Lecture-Performance 1 credit
      • Dissertation and Oral Defense 2 credits
      • Language Qualification
      • Written and Oral Qualifying Exams