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Doctor of Musical Arts Degree

Use this check-list to keep track of all the required items. Click on each item (or scroll down) for details. Please consider printing this page—so you can keep track of your progress.

Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time. When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Once your application has been sealed, you will not be able to make changes.

After you have submitted your application…

Pre-Screening

PRE-SCREENING RECORDINGS are required in the majors listed below.

Pre-screening recordings must be video for all majors except Composition. Selections must be performed without editing. The faculty will make its decisions in December or in early January. We should have results to you roughly one month before Audition Week.

Recordings must be uploaded at the time you submit your application (no later than December 1st).

  • Composition – Pre-screening portfolio
    Pre-screening is based on your portfolio, so upload your portfolio by the December 1 deadline. Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Percussion – Pre-screening repertoire
    Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening.Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Piano – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    Selections on the pre-screening video recording do not have to be the same ones you use for the audition recording. Please note: current Peabody students applying for the DMA in Piano WILL have to submit videos for pre-screening.

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st to submit their recommendations.  If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

Teacher Preference

You may list two Peabody teacher preference choices on your application. Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. Information about how we match teachers and students, as well as how to change your teacher choice after submission, can be found on our FAQ page.

TOEFL or IELTS

International students: If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. If we do not have an official test score for you by February 1st, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision. Our TOEFL code number is 5532.  We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International assitantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application. These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies.  Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.  We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process.  They must be uploaded to your application.  Once you have been accepted, if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area.

Composition applicants: list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public.
Piano or Voice applicants: upload a complete repertoire list.

Essays

All applicants must submit an analytical or historical essay written within the previous two years. Essays may deal with any aspect of music, including analysis, theory, history, criticism, and performance practice, but topics about pedagogy or instrumental techniques should be linked to a specific composer or period. Ideally, your paper should present and support an original thesis or argument, and should be typed, at least 1,500 words in length, and supported by citations and references.

The DMA application process is complex. Your application and writing sample will be assigned to a committee for review several weeks before your interview. Because of this, your application cannot be processed until we have your essay. This will become important if we run out of interview times. Be reminded that DMA auditions only take place in February, so we have no “fall back” position if the interview or audition times fill up.

Resume

Upload a copy of your resume.

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is March 1st)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.

Auditions/Interviews

All auditions for entry to the fall 2021 semester will be held virtually. For more information regarding procedure, click here.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1, we will send you an email containing audition results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.