Creative Guidance, Professional Mentoring

If you’re seeking a faculty position, UNC’s Doctor of Arts in Music confers strong advantages in the academic job market. Our School of Music has a strong reputation for excellence in graduate training, with alumni who stand out for their well-rounded skills. With a D.A. focused on Collaborative Piano, you’ll get comprehensive preparation to excel as an educator, performer, and music scholar.

 The D.A. program at UNC stands out for its close collaboration between faculty and students. You’ll benefit from intensive one-on-one creative guidance and professional mentoring, with the freedom to shape the graduate program to fit your career interests. The program includes hands-on experience as a college-level instructor, along with a rich set of opportunities for performance and collaboration. You’ll enter the academic job market with a widely respected credential and outstanding professional training.

Degree Details

Credits Required:

66-71

Location/Delivery:

Greeley

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Degree Option

D.A. in Music: Collaborative Piano Emphasis

The D.A. in collaborative piano requires a total of 67 to 71 credits. It includes coursework in music pedagogy, music theory, history and research, with a high degree of flexibility to focus your studies on your own interests. The program includes a supervised practicum in college teaching and culminates in a dissertation and recitals.

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Your Future in Collaborative Piano

Alumni from the School of Music’s Doctor of Arts program hold faculty appointments at institutions across the country. You’ll approach hiring committees with a credential that commands respect, from an institution with a proven track record. In addition, you’ll be highly qualified for career opportunities in performance and other music-related fields.

Consider UNC’s D.A. in Collaborative Piano if you want to:

  • Teach music at the college level
  • Raise your performing technique to elite standards
  • Pursue original scholarship and research

You’ll learn:

  • Music pedagogy
  • Advanced music theory and history
  • Research methodology
  • Professional performing techniques

Sample courses:

  • Analytical Studies in Music
  • Individual Performance in Piano
  • Supervised Practicum in College Teaching
  • Music History Seminar

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Lei Weng

Associate Professor of Music, Founder of the Colorado Piano Festival

A 2007 graduate of the University of Wyoming, Jennifer Murdock’s research interests include professional identity and orientation, career counseling and career transitions, and the use of creative instructional strategies. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Special Services Provider-School Counselor in the state of Colorado, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Master Career Counselor and a Master Career Development Professional.

Murdock is a noted researcher and co-author of numerous scholarly articles including “Understanding the impact of career values on career satisfaction: Utilizing card sorts in career counseling,” “Collegiate athletes and career identity,” and “Best practices for online instruction used in developing an online counseling skills course.” A past recipient of the Outstanding Advisor Award at UNC, and the J.R. MacNeel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Counseling and Counselor Education in Wyoming, she was recently selected to participate in the National Career Development Association Counselor Education Academy. 

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Beyond the Classroom

UNC hosts the annual Colorado Piano Festival, a three-day event that features stellar guest artists and a broad array of workshops, master classes and recitals. In addition, UNC supports a large number of outstanding ensembles in many genres, providing you with opportunities to collaborate with many musicians.

Where can your degree take you?

 College or university faculty

College or university faculty

 Performing career

Performing career

 Scholarship, research and academic publishing

Scholarship, research and academic publishing

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