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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

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Overview

The Doctor of Musical Arts is a three-year full-time programme in Music with three areas of specialisation: Performance, Composition or Studio Production. The DMA offers creative musicians the opportunity to develop their skills to the highest artistic and professional levels, while working within the innovative and stimulating environment of Otago's Music Department.

Attaining a DMA will demonstrate your mastery in a creative field of music perfomance, composition or studio production. The DMA signals to the professional and creative musical world that you are capable of independently conceiving and presenting high quality musical creative outputs in your area of specialisation.

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Regulations for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Nature of the Degree

The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is awarded on the basis of the presentation of

  1. a programme of live performances; or
  2. a portfolio of compositions; or
  3. a studio production; together with the submission of an exegesis on the artistic work.

Each artistic production and the exegesis should give evidence of the candidate’s ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality and independence in research and arts creation, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the exegesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind which a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within three years of full-time study.

  1. Admission

    1. Admission to the degree programme shall be subject to the approval of the Senate.

      Note: Applications may be made at any time. Applications must be approved before the candidate begins the research work.

    2. Every candidate must be a university graduate and produce evidence of ability to undertake study in the proposed area. Such evidence shall include:
      1. a Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class Honours or equivalent; or
      2. a Master’s degree (including an appropriate research component); or
      3. appropriate experience in the proposed area of study.
    3. A candidate for a Master of Music degree may apply to transfer to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, and may have the date of admission backdated as is considered appropriate.
    4. Initial admission to the degree programme shall normally be provisional, and shall be confirmed on receipt of a satisfactory progress report after no less than six months and no more than 12 months of full- or part-time study.
    5. If admission to the degree programme is not confirmed, then either provisional admission may be extended for one period of up to six months or the candidate shall be required to withdraw or to enrol for another degree. If admission is not confirmed after a period of extension, the candidate shall be required to withdraw or to enrol for another degree.

      Note: A person wishing to undertake the programme in Performance is required to sit an audition before admission into the programme.

  2. Full-time and Part-time Study

    1. A candidate may apply for admission on a full-time or part-time basis, but may, with approval, change that status at the start of any academic year.
    2. Holders of Divisional Teaching Assistantships shall be deemed to be full-time candidates, and Assistant Research Fellows may also be so deemed.

    Notes:

    1. A full-time candidate shall count as 1 Equivalent Full-time Student (EFTS) per annum (also see Note (iii) below).
    2. A part-time candidate shall count as 0.5 EFTS per annum.
    3. The University expects that full-time candidates will devote the majority of their working time to their studies.

  3. Additional Papers

    In certain cases a candidate may be required or allowed to take one or more prescribed papers in addition to the programme. No candidate may take any other paper or course additional to the programme without first obtaining the approval of the Senate, which must be satisfied that taking any such paper or course will not materially delay the completion of the candidate’s research.

  4. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate shall pursue a programme of study and research under supervision for a period normally equivalent to 3 full-time years.
    2. The minimum period of study shall be equivalent to 2.5 full-time years and the maximum period shall be equivalent to 4 full-time years. Exceptions shall be permitted only with approval of the Senate.
    3. A candidate shall be enrolled continuously for the entire period of the candidacy, except that a candidate may apply to the Senate for permission to withdraw temporarily from study.
    4. Normally, at least six months of study and research shall be carried out at the University.

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  5. Supervisors

    1. The Senate shall, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Music, appoint at least two supervisors, or one supervisor supported by a departmental advisory panel, to oversee the work of the candidate.
    2. One of the supervisors must be an appropriately qualified member of the academic staff of the University.
    3. In the case of a dispute between a candidate and a supervisor, the Senate shall have discretion to replace that supervisor.

  6. Progress Reports

    1. While a candidate is provisionally admitted to the degree programme, progress reports signed by the candidate, supervisors, Head of the Department of Music and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) shall be submitted to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office at six-monthly intervals from the date of initial admission.
    2. Once confirmation has been granted, progress reports signed by the candidate, supervisors and the Head of the Department of Music shall be submitted annually.
    3. If an unsatisfactory report is received, the Senate may, after appropriate consultation, terminate the candidacy.

  7. Structure of the Programme

      1. The degree will be awarded in one of the following subjects:
        • Composition
        • Performance
        • Studio Production
      2. The Senate shall approve the proposed area of study on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Music and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
      3. As a guide to the candidate, the recommended relative workload weighting for the portfolio/performances and the exegesis is 80%/20% respectively.
    1. Composition
      The degree in Composition requires the submission of several substantial original pieces of work and a written exegesis. These may include orchestral works, chamber works, song cycles or albums, operas, music theatre, choral music, music involving cultural diversity, film music, music using electronic media, or other forms as approved. The candidate shall not present a portfolio that has previously been accepted for another degree.

    2. Performance

      1. The degree in Performance requires the candidate to present four public performances, sit an oral examination based on the chosen final performance repertoire, and to submit a written exegesis.
      2. The candidate’s programmes shall be chosen in consultation with the performance supervisor and subject to the approval of the Senate on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Music and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) and shall feature major works in the candidate’s specific field. The candidate may choose to specialise in the works of a specific composer or stylistic area. The candidate shall not present a performance programme that has previously been accepted for another degree.
      3. The first three performances will be held in the first two years of study (or part-time equivalent) and will be examined by an internal and external (New Zealand) examiner.The first performance is probationary, and must be passed in order for the candidate to continue in the course. The final performance and exegesis will be examined as stated in regulation 9.
    3. Studio Production
      The degree in Studio Production requires the preparation and submission of several substantial original pieces or work and an exegesis. The pieces must be in the form of audio recordings or audio-visual material, and must be capable of being archived. The candidate shall not present a portfolio that has previously been accepted for another degree.

  8. Submission of the Exegesis

    1. Four copies of the exegesis explaining the results of the research shall be submitted for examination, in accordance with the regulations governing the Presentation of Theses.
    2. Exegeses shall be limited to 20,000 words of text, excluding appendices, footnotes and bibliographies.
    3. A candidate may not present an exegesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.

    Note: A refund of costs incurred in the printing and binding of two hardbound copies of the exegesis shall be provided to every candidate whose exegesis is submitted after no more than four years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

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  9. Examiners

    1. One examiner shall be from outside New Zealand, one shall be from within New Zealand but external to the University, and one shall be internal to the University.

      Note: Normal patterns for examiners may be varied in exceptional circumstances.

    2. A supervisor shall not be an examiner.
    3. The entire examination shall be supervised by an independent Convener appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    4. The supervisors shall make a report on the work of the candidate which may be released to the Convener of the examiners.
    5. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the portfolio or performance, together with a preliminary recommendation for an examination result.
    6. An oral examination on the topic of the portfolio or performance and on the general field to which the topic belongs may be requested by the examiners.
    7. The oral examination shall be conducted by at least two examiners, one of whom is external to the University.
    8. At the discretion and invitation of the Convener, the supervisors and the Head of the Department of Music may contribute to the oral examination.
    9. After consultation with the examiners, the Convener may approve the attendance of others at the oral examination.

  10. Examination Result

    1. The Convener of examiners shall report to the Senate the recommendation of the examiners.
    2. The examiners may recommend that the portfolio and exegesis
      1. be accepted, or be accepted with minor corrections, and the degree be awarded;
      2. be accepted and the degree be awarded after amendments have been made to the satisfaction of the Convener of examiners in consultation with the internal examiner;
      3. be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. be rejected and referred to the appropriate authority within the University for consideration of the award of another degree;
      5. be rejected with no right of resubmission.
    3. Where the examiners cannot agree on a result, the Convener shall so report, and the Senate shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee from outside the University.
    4. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit material for examination once only.

    Note: Once the final result has been decided, the student shall submit two hardbound copies of the exegesis and portfolio (the Department will record all performances for examination and archival purposes). The cost of these hardbound copies will be met by the University provided that the exegesis is submitted within four years of first enrolling for full-time study for the degree.

  11. Variations

    Notwithstanding anything in these regulations, the Senate shall have discretion to vary any provision set down if, in its opinion, special or unusual circumstances warrant such variation.

    Note: The Senate has delegated authority over the DMA degree to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).

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