The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is offered to selected qualified students as a recognition of high professional attainment in composition, pedagogy, performance, or sacred music.

Entrance Requirements

 In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the music school, a student who desires to major in piano pedagogy must submit a summary of all teaching experience. All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in piano pedagogy must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination. In addition, the student must take a placement test in functional keyboard skills. If necessary, prerequisites may be assigned by the adviser.

Partnership with the Levine School of Music

A partnership has been established between the Levine School of Music and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. This partnership consists of the following: 1. Internships and Observations. Selected undergraduate and/or graduate students who are registered for 595A, Internship in Teaching Piano, and who are recommended by both The Catholic University of America and Levine School of Music, LSM, faculty may be able to carry out their practice teaching at LSM. Full semester/academic year practice teaching assignments may include music sampler classes or individual lessons for scholarship students. Graduate students may be able to substitute teach more advanced students on a need basis, replacing LSM faculty on short-term leaves.

Internship students will be required to do a final project related to the internship course, to be evaluated by a The Catholic University of America faculty member. Opportunities for The Catholic University of America students to observe teachers at the LSM are possible.

  • Credit waiver. a. Students for whom undergraduate prerequisites in piano pedagogy are required and who have completed the LSM Diploma Program in Piano Pedagogy are eligible for waiver of up to six semester hours of credit in the same upon admission to the The Catholic University of America graduate music division. b. Courses taken within LSM's Diploma Program in Piano Pedagogy will be considered for partial credit waiver of undergraduate prerequisites pending evaluation by CUA faculty.
  • Independent Study. Independent study projects in piano pedagogy for The Catholic University of America registered students may be designed in collaboration with the LSM. Reciprocal projects may be created for registered LSM students.

Program of Study

This degree program combines advanced training in theory and performance with the laboratory experience of teaching piano. The candidate's knowledge of the literature, techniques and theory of piano music is systemized and applied to the practical problems of both class and private teaching, at all levels.

Graduation Requirements

1. A 60-minute, memorized recital of music (MUS 936) that complements the candidate's previous repertory is to be performed in public, following successful completion of a private hearing before a committee of the music school faculty. The recital must include a preBach piece, a principalwork of J.S. Bach, a classical sonata or set of variations, a romantic composition, a composition of French impressionism, and a contemporary work.

2. The candidate shall present to a faculty committee a research paper (MUS 937) on an aspect of piano literature, pedagogy, pianism or the piano. The paper shall be written under the guidance of the graduate adviser in piano pedagogy and completed not later than four weeks before the end of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

3. Students must also successfully complete a final oral comprehensive examination (MUS 698A w/classes; MUS 698B w/o classes) in piano pedagogy integrating material covered in pedagogy courses taken during the degree program.