D.M.A. in Jazz Composition

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Mission Statement

The mission of the three year Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition is to provide students with opportunities for advanced study in jazz and studio arranging, composition, and orchestration.

The overriding goal is to help students find their individual voice as composers/arrangers by the continued development of high-level skills that will enable him or her to pursue a career as a professional arranger/composer.

Students encounter a creative, challenging, and nurturing educational experience designed to meet their individual needs and desires with a respect to tradition and a reflection of current professional trends.

About the Program

The DMA in Jazz Composition is a very flexibility program with an abundance of curricular choices. Along with course work typical of DMA programs including music bibliography, the psychology of music and pedagogy, and administration, students are able to choose from a wide range of composition, arranging and orchestration courses in both the jazz and classical departments depending on needs and interests. In addition, DMA Jazz Composition students have access to the jazz department's 24 channel Pro Tools HD2 recording facility and 8 channel Pro Tools studio/mixing lab.

DMA jazz composition students projects are recorded by award-winning ensembles including the Frost School of Music:

  • Concert Jazz Band,
  • HMI Studio Orchestra,
  • Studio Jazz Band,
  • Jazz Vocal 1, and
  • Frost Symphony Orchestra.

Alumni from this program are working throughout the music industry as:

  • film and game composers,
  • feature film orchestrators and trailers, 
  • library music composers,
  • concert music composers,
  • music producers,
  • music directors,
  • studio session players, and
  • educators (public schools, colleges, and universities).

For more information regarding the curriculum, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.

Academic Bulletin