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Bachelor of Music  Master of Music  Doctor of Musical Arts  Graduate Professional Diploma  Artist Diploma

Bachelor of Music

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Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance
Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree in Instrumental Performance at The Hartt School is a comprehensive program designed for the student of superior talent and motivation whose goal is to be a professional performer. The major consists of three significant elements: performance, pedagogy, and career development. Solo, chamber, and large ensemble opportunities provide ample performance experience. Pedagogy classes ensure that all instrumental performance majors leave Hartt prepared as private teachers. Through classes such as Communicating with an Audience, Building a Music Career, and Orchestral Repertoire Class, students learn career development techniques including contract negotiation, making a recording, stage presentation, preparation for orchestra auditions, and repertoire selection.

Master of Music

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Master of Music in Instrumental Performance
Master of Music in Instrumental Performance - Suzuki Pedagogy
Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting
Master of Music in Guitar Performance
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Master of Music in Piano Performance - Pedagogy Emphasis

The Hartt School's graduate programs reflect the contemporary needs of students entering a vast array of creative performance and teaching careers. Students have opportunities to grow and thrive under the guidance of a faculty recognized nationally and internationally for their artistic and academic accomplishments. The Hartt School faculty members are the recipients of major awards, fellowships, and grants and have appeared at the world's greatest performance venues. Hartt's faculty are committed to and are proud of the select student body and work hard to ensure the high quality of Hartt's graduate programs. Our intimate graduate program of 110 students ensures that students participate in many performance and educational opportunities as well as personal career development experiences facilitated by faculty and guest artists/lecturers.

Applicants for this degree will have completed a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school. The Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to decide if and when an applicant has the equivalent of a bachelor's degree. Applicants may be required to take a special examination to determine their level of proficiency or preparation for one of Hartt's degree programs.

Doctor of Musical Arts

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Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance
Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting

The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree program is designed to develop the complete musician, emphasizing both the highest level of musicianship and practical scholarly insight. Each curriculum is intended to prepare the respective candidate for a career at the most advanced level of performance, teaching, or composition. Completion of the DMA usually takes a minimum of two full years beyond the master's degree. The first year should be spent in residence, implying full-time status with a minimum course load of 9 credits per semester. One summer session prior to residence is permitted. Doctor of Musical Arts programs must be completed within seven years from the date of matriculation. The DMA consists of an area of concentration and an elective minor area.

Applicants must exhibit high scholarly ability and have a broad musical and educational background as well as the appropriate master's degree from an accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school. Applicants are expected to demonstrate advanced technical and artistic ability. 

Graduate Professional Diploma (GPD)

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Graduate Professional Diploma in Instrumental Performance
Graduate Professional Diploma in Orchestral Conducting

Students of exceptional ability who wish to concentrate on professional development with a minimum of academic requirements may apply for admission to the Graduate Professional Diploma program. The GPD has performance classes identical to the Master's program without the additional study in music theory and music history. Applicants are to have earned a Performance Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, or equivalent, at an accredited institution. The GPD requires a residence of two years and a minimum of 24 earned credits. Full-time course load: 6 to 9 credits per semester.  The Graduate Professional Diploma must be completed within three years from the date of matriculation.

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Artist diploma (AD)

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Artist Diploma in Instrumental Performance
Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting

The Artist Diploma (AD) program is designed to provide emerging professional soloists with advanced level instrumental study to further their career goals in the performing arts. The core of this training program is intensive instrumental study geared for the solo performer in concert, chamber music, and orchestra. This program has fewer academic requirements which allows students to concentrate fully on instrumental performance.

Applicants should demonstrate a high level of accomplishment and should be in the beginning stages of a professional career. A diploma, certificate, master's degree, or an equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission.  The AD requires a residence of two years and a minimum of 24 earned credits. Full-time course load is 6 to 9 credits per semester. The Artist Diploma must be completed within four years from the date of matriculation.

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