Doctor of Musical Arts - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts

1.
Nature of the degree
(a)
The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts may be taken in either music performance or composition. It combines a high standard of original creative (including performance) work with sustained, rigorous and systematic scholarly study at a level equivalent to the PhD, reported by a combination of scholarly writing and either public performance recital and recording, or a portfolio of original compositions and lecture-seminar, all meeting international standards. The degree involves making a significant contribution both intellectually and in practice to either the interpretative and/or technical practice of musical performance or the technical and creative practice of musical composition. Undertaken under qualified supervision, the degree promotes intellectual independence and the capacity to undertake further research in composition or performance and theoretical issues related to them at an advanced level.
(b)
All written components of the degree must be submitted in English or te reo Māori. Candidates wishing to submit and defend work in te reo Māori must seek approval at the time of registration. A recommendation will be made by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Māori) or nominee as to the candidate's fluency and literacy in te Reo Māori in the research subject-area and the likelihood of being able to find appropriately qualified examiners.
2.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree
(a)
Every candidate, before enrolling for the degree, must be approved as a candidate by the Dean of Postgraduate Research.
(b)
Every candidate for the degree must either:
i.
have qualified in New Zealand for a Bachelor of Music degree with first or second class honours division 1, or, more usually, a Master of Music degree with distinction or merit, or the equivalent;
ii.
have been admitted ad eundum to the status of a graduate equivalent to (i) above.
(c)
Candidates will normally be required to undertake an audition, interview, and/or submission of relevant previous academic work and receive recommendation from the School of Music.
(d)
The Dean of Postgraduate Research must be satisfied that the candidate has adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.
(e)
In special circumstances the Dean of Postgraduate Research may approve the enrolment of a graduate who does not hold one of the qualifications under Regulation 2(b), but who has produced satisfactory evidence of adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course.
3.
Structure and Requirements of the Degree
(a)
The degree involves a combination of written and practical work (in composition or performance) delivered over the three years of the programme, as described below.
(b)
To be awarded the degree of DMA in Performance candidates must achieve all of the following:

PART ONE

i.
Present a lecture-recital of not less than 50 minutes on a topic relevant to his or her research, and answer questions relating to it, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.
ii.
Present a full-length (c.90 mins. duration) public performance on his or her principal instrument (including voice), supported by original programme notes, demonstrating familiarity with and mastery of concert repertoire, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.

PART TWO

i.
Present a seminar paper of publishable length and quality on a topic directly relevant to his or her research, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.
ii.
Present a short concert (c.50 minutes duration) of repertoire directly relevant to his or her research topic, supported by original programme notes, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.
iii.
Present a full-length (c.90 mins. duration) public performance on his or her principal instrument (including voice) demonstrating familiarity with and mastery of standard concert repertoire, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.

PART THREE

i.
Make a high-quality CD recording, supported by original liner notes, of at least 40 minutes duration, with performance content directly relevant to his or her research topic.
ii.
Produce a written thesis of between 20,000 and 40,000 words total, excluding appendices, on his or her research topic.
iii.
Present a full-length (c.90 mins. duration) public performance on his or her principal instrument (including voice), supported by original programme notes, focussing on repertoire directly relevant to their research topic.
Requirements (i), (ii) and (iii) listed above for Part Three will form the basis for the examination of the degree as described below.
(c)
To be awarded the degree of DMA in Composition candidates must achieve all of the following:

PART ONE

i.
Present a lecture-seminar of not less than 45 minutes on a topic relevant to his or her research, and answer questions relating to it, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the Supervisory team.
ii.
Arrange a public performance of at least one, or a substantial part of at least one, original work reflecting the current development of his or her original research.

PART TWO

i.
Present a lecture-seminar of not less than 45 minutes on a topic relevant to his or her research, and answer questions relating to it, to a standard assessed as satisfactory by the supervisory team.
ii.
Arrange a public performance of at least one, or a substantial part of at least one, original work reflecting the current development of his or her original research.

PART THREE

i.
Arrange a public performance of at least one or a substantial part of one original work reflecting the current development of his or her original research.
ii.
Present a public lecture-seminar of approximately 90 minutes on his or her research, and answer questions relating to it.
iii.
Submit a portfolio of compositions reflecting his or her compositional research. Typically this portfolio will include at least three major works, one of which will be for large forces (e.g. orchestra). Submission will normally be in the form of musical scores, published or unpublished, and supported by recordings or performances of the works. In the case of electro-acoustic music or mixed-media works submission should be on CD, DVD or other appropriate media.
iv.
Produce a written thesis of between 20,000 and 40,000 words, excluding appendices, on his or her research topic, which will be directly related to at least one substantial work in their compositional portfolio. (Examples of related topics include compositional methodologies, music theory, aesthetic issues, or writing computer software. A thesis comprising wholly an analysis of one or more works in the portfolio will not normally be acceptable.)

Requirements (ii), (iii) and (iv) listed above for Part Three will form the basis for the examination of the degree.

Notes:

1.
Parts One, Two and Three of the degree will usually relate to the first, second and third years of study of the degree respectively. Failure to complete any one Part of the degree within a 12-month period without obtaining approval from Dean of Postgraduate Research will normally result in termination of enrolment. Satisfactory completion of Part One of the degree will allow progression to Part Two, and satisfactory completion of Part Two will allow progression to Part Three and final examination. Candidates may not be assessed for any Part of the degree before the previous Part has been satisfactorily completed.
2.
In the case of part-time students a timetable for meeting the above requirements of the degree will be included within the initial research proposal, and subsequent amendments to that timetable must be approved by the School of Music and Dean of Postgraduate Research. In all cases Part One requirements must be fulfilled before the student is able to progress to Part Two, and those of Part Two must be fulfilled before progression to Part Three and final examination.
4.
Enrolment and Registration
(a)
A candidate shall apply for enrolment on the prescribed "DMA Application" form. The form, which must be signed by the School of Music, must nominate a potential Senior Supervisor, normally a member of the academic staff of the University of Canterbury, indicate the general field of study, and recommend a date of enrolment. If the Dean of Postgraduate Research approves the enrolment, he or she shall confirm the date of enrolment.

The prescribed form is obtainable from the Postgraduate Studies website.

Members of the supervisory team are not formally appointed until the research proposal has been approved and registered. Regulation 5, below, deals with supervision.

When enrolment is approved, a copy of all regulations and procedures governing study for the degree, including these guidelines, will be sent to the candidate by the Postgraduate Office. Copies of these guidelines are also available from the candidate's Department/School, and on the Postgraduate Studies website.

(b)
Once enrolled, the candidate shall work under the guidance of the nominated Senior Supervisor to develop a research proposal. Within six months of enrolment for the degree, the candidate shall present a proposal to the Head of School for approval and forwarding to the Dean of Postgraduate Research for approval and formal registration. Failure to obtain such approval within six months may lead to termination of enrolment.

During this initial enrolment period, the candidate should be considered as a full DMA student and afforded the appropriate facilities and resources. During this enrolment period it is expected that the candidate will meet frequently (at least monthly) with their proposed senior supervisor as the thesis proposal is developed. Consideration should also be given at this time to the nomination of co- and associate supervisors for the project. It is expected that members of the supervisory team (i.e., co-, associate- supervisors) will be identified early and that they will play an active role in assisting the candidate in developing his/her thesis proposal.

Departments/Schools are expected to have rigorous procedures for the evaluation of thesis proposals that are undertaken prior to the submission of the proposal and registration form to the Postgraduate Office. Students should be provided with clear and detailed information regarding the departmental/school procedures and timeline for proposal evaluation.

If an acceptable proposal is not submitted to the Postgraduate Office within 6 months of a candidate's enrolment, then an application for an extension can be made by the student (with support from the Senior Supervisor) to the Dean of Postgraduate Research. In addition, a department/school may apply to have a candidate's enrolment terminated at this point.

(c)
The research proposal will not be approved until the student has completed a Department/School induction course approved by the Dean of Postgraduate Research.
(d)
The research proposal must be accompanied by the Registration form (Research Proposal), available from the Postgraduate Studies website. All proposals should be accompanied by a signed agreement between student and supervisors in regard to IP and publications. Research proposals involving a contract (other than the "Supervision Agreement" that is part of the Standard Registration Form) must have the additional contract signed by Research & Innovation.
(e)
Where the research is dependent on the approval of the University's Human Ethics Committees, Animal Ethics Committee, or any other committee or organisation of the University or externally, approval must have been obtained prior to registration of the proposal. Full documentation of the approval(s) received must be submitted with the proposal. Where it is not possible to provide these approvals at the time of submitting the proposal and registration, the Postgraduate Office must be informed when the approvals are received.
(f)
With the approval of the Dean of Postgraduate Research, and on the recommendation of the Head of School and the Faculty Dean, a candidate for a Master of Music (MMus) degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree may transfer to the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, provided:
i.
the candidate has satisfactorily completed all course work normally required by a candidate enrolling for a DMA. This requirement will be determined in each case by the Faculty Dean.
ii.
the candidate has undertaken research towards a Masters thesis or project for a period not normally less than the equivalent of six months full-time enrolment.
iii.
the application for transfer is accompanied by a full account of progress made in research for the Master's thesis or project work, and a DMA research proposal, as otherwise required under Regulation 4(b). Transfer will not be approved unless the DMA research proposal is approved. If the candidate is enrolled for a DMA under this regulation, the date of enrolment and registration will be backdated as is considered appropriate, normally to the date at which the Master's thesis or project work was commenced.
5.
Full-time and Part-time Study
(a)
Full-time study:
i.
A candidate shall normally be enrolled as a full time candidate. A full-time candidate is one who throughout the calendar year regards study and research for the DMA degree as a full-time occupation.
ii.
The minimum period of enrolment for a full time candidate is three years.
iii.
The maximum period of enrolment for a full time candidate is normally four years, although if extenuating circumstances related to the student's research can be demonstrated, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may extend this period by a further one year.
(b)
Part-time study:
i.
With the approval of the Dean of Postgraduate Research, a candidate may be enrolled as a part-time candidate. A part-time candidate is one who, because employment or other reasons, is unable to devote him or herself full time to study and research. The candidate and the Head of Department/School should discuss, before enrolment, the possibility and appropriateness of one or more continuous periods of full-time study. Included in the period of enrolment for part-time candidates should, ideally, be a period of continuous full-time study of at least six months.

Note: Students who require a Student Visa to reside and study in New Zealand must be enrolled on a full-time basis to satisfy the requirements of the Student Visa and to be eligible for domestic tuition fees. If a student resides outside New Zealand while studying and is not a New Zealand citizen, s/he will have the option of either enrolling on a full- or part-time basis. While resident overseas an international student will be liable for international rate tuition fees. A period of overseas study (eg, fieldwork), up to a cumulative total of 12 months, is permissible for a student who is not a New Zealand citizen during his/her DMA tenure whilst retaining the right to pay domestic fees. Such period of overseas studies must be approved by the Dean of Postgraduate Research prior to departure. Students who are New Zealand citizens may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis and will pay domestic fees regardless of whether they reside in New Zealand or not.

ii.
An applicant for part-time enrolment must produce evidence, including a statement from any employer, that he or she will be able to pursue satisfactorily the necessary study and research.
iii.
The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is four years and the maximum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is normally seven years, and the Dean of Postgraduate Research will not approve part-time enrolment unless satisfied that the candidate can devote sufficient time to study and research to be able to complete the degree within this time. If extenuating circumstances related to the student's research can be demonstrated, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may extend this period by a further one year.
(c)
After the commencement of study and research for the degree a candidate may, with the permission of the Dean of Postgraduate Research, transfer from part-time to full-time status, or vice-versa.
6.
Supervision
(a)
Upon approval of the research proposal the Dean of Postgraduate Research shall appoint a Senior Supervisor of the research, normally a member of the continuing academic staff of the University, who shall supervise the work of the candidate and be responsible for ensuring that all administrative and regulatory requirements are met. The Dean may appoint a non-continuing academic staff member as Senior Supervisor if satisfied that the student will receive continuity of supervision for the whole term of the DMA. The Senior Supervisor will have expertise in the candidate's principal field of study (Composition or Performance). In addition to the Senior Supervisor, there shall be a Co-Supervisor with primary responsibility for the thesis component of the student's research. One or more Associate Supervisors and/or advisors may also be appointed who, together with the Senior and Co-Supervisor, will form a supervisory team led by the Senior Supervisor. Members of the supervisory team, other than the Senior and Co-Supervisor, may be from outside the School of Music, and may be from another university or from outside the university system. Members of the supervisory team will be appointed by the Head of the School of Music in consultation with the candidate and Senior Supervisor, and their names recorded in the Postgraduate Office.
(b)
For good reason, which may include the existence of a dispute between the candidate and a member of the supervisory team, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may replace a Senior Supervisor or Co-supervisor, and the Head of School may replace any other member of the supervisory team.
7.
Place of research and study

The Place of Research and Study shall be in accordance with Regulation 7 of the regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

8.
Reports and Progress

Reviews of progress and continuation of registration will be made according to Regulation 8 of the regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

9.
Submission of Work for Examination
(a)
Subject to fulfilment of the requirements of these regulations, a candidate may apply through the Postgraduate Office to be examined. Except with the approval of the Dean of Postgraduate Research this must be done after the minimum enrolment period and within the maximum enrolment period.
(b)
A candidate for the degree of DMA in Performance shall then submit a PDF copy of his or her written thesis and two copies of a CD embodying the results of his or her research. He or she shall also confirm that he or she is prepared to present a public performance related to his or her work during the examination period (usually within two months of submission). A candidate for the degree of DMA in Composition shall submit two copies of his or her written thesis and two copies of his or her portfolio of compositions, together with recordings, embodying the results of his or her research. He or she shall also confirm that he or she is prepared to present a public lecture-seminar on their compositional research during the examination period (usually within two months of submission). In all cases the submissions shall be accompanied by a certificate from the Senior Supervisor stating that the work submitted was carried out under their immediate supervision, that the requirements of Part One and Part Two of the degree have been fulfilled and, where appropriate, that any conditions laid down in other regulations have been satisfied.
(c)
A candidate may include in the written thesis and/or portfolio of compositions, or attach as an appendix to it, any of his or her relevant published work. Where the published work has more than one author it shall be accompanied by a completed "Co-Authorship Form", available from the Postgraduate Studies website, identifying the candidate's own work. While published work can be included in the thesis, the thesis must be a single coherent document. Further information regarding the inclusion of published work is included in the document “Including Publications in a PhD Thesis”, which can be found on the Postgraduate Studies website.
(d)
A candidate must indicate in the written thesis any part, which he or she has previously used for another degree (see requirement in Regulation 1 regarding original work).
(e)
Once examiners have been appointed, as below, the thesis shall normally be sent to the examiners within 10 working days.
(f)
The provisions of the General Course and Examination Regulation: L. Theses apply to written theses submitted for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts.
10.
Examination
(a)
Two examiners shall be recommended by the Senior Supervisor, in consultation with the Head of the School of Music or person(s) designated by the Head as responsible for postgraduate research within the School, and nominated on the "DMA Examiner Request" form by the Head of School for approval by the Dean of Postgraduate Research. Nominations must be received no later than two weeks after submission of the written thesis/recording(s)/portfolio. The form is available from the Postgraduate Studies website. No member of the supervisory team may be an examiner. Normally one of the examiners will be from New Zealand, and one will be based overseas.
(b)
Prior to the nomination of examiners, the candidate shall be informed by the Senior Supervisor who the proposed examiners are. The candidate has the right to make a case to the Dean of Postgraduate Research that a particular person not be an examiner.
(c)
Once examiners have been nominated, all communication between the University and the examiners that relates to the examination must be through the Postgraduate Office.
(d)
Supervisors of the candidate must not contact examiners about matters relating to the degree prior to the public recital/lecture and oral components of the assessment once they have been appointed.
(e)
If the Head of Department/School is a supervisor, he or she shall appoint a deputy to act as Head for the purposes of administering the examination, including the nomination of examiners.
(f)
The two examiners shall each submit an independent written report on the thesis and composition portfolio (DMA in Composition), or thesis and CD recording (DMA in Performance) to the Postgraduate Office, which shall forward the reports to the Head of Department/School or appointed deputy. Each report must be accompanied by a "DMA Examiner's Report" form, which is to be completed by the examiner.
(g)
After both examiners' reports have been received, copies shall be given to the Senior Supervisor, who has the right to submit a written report on any aspect of the examiners' reports to the Dean of Postgraduate Research.
(h)
When the examiners' reports and any formal comments by the Senior Supervisor on the examiners' reports have been received, the Dean of Postgraduate Research shall determine whether the oral examination should proceed at that point. In making this decision, the Dean may correspond with the examiners in which case the nature and substance of any correspondence must be recorded. The Dean may also seek new examiners' reports, replace one or more examiners or appoint an additional examiner.
(i)
Prior to undertaking the oral examination, candidates for the DMA in Performance will present a public recital, and candidates for the DMA in Composition will present a public lecture-seminar, as described in the Part Three degree requirements. At least one of the examiners will be present. A recording will be sent to any examiner unable to attend.
(j)
Following the recital or lecture-seminar, an oral examination shall be conducted in accordance with the processes and regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (see PhD Regulation 9(j)). The oral examination may relate to any aspect of the DMA Examination, including all the requirements of Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the degree.
(k)
After the oral examination and any written examination, and review of the recital or lecture-seminar, the examiners shall, after consultation, submit to the Postgraduate Office the "DMA Final Joint Examiners' Report" Form, together with a full report on the whole examination. The examination includes review of the written thesis, oral examination, and either composition portfolio and lecture-seminar (DMA in Composition) or public recital and CD recording (DMA in Performance). Candidates are expected to achieve a satisfactory level in all parts of the examination to be awarded the DMA degree. The examiners shall recommend that:
i.
the candidate be awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts;
ii.
the candidate be awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, subject to the satisfactory completion of specified amendments;
iii.
the candidate be invited to revise and resubmit the thesis for re-examination;
iv.
the candidate not be awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts but be awarded instead an appropriate Master's degree;
v.
no degree be awarded to the candidate.
(l)
At the conclusion of the oral examination, the organiser may, with the agreement of all the examiners, inform the candidate of the intended recommendation. It must be made clear to the candidate that a recommendation is being made to the Dean of Postgraduate Research who will formally inform the candidate of the outcome.

The Chair of the oral examination is responsible for organising the examination, and ensuring that the joint report form is forwarded to the Postgraduate Office. This form should be signed by all the examiners present. If the oral examiner is not present physically but via video- or audio-link then a separate signature must be obtained prior to the awarding of the degree.

(m)
After the oral examination and receipt of reports, the Dean of Postgraduate Research shall consider all reports and recommendations, and shall determine the outcome of the examination.
(n)
In the event of disagreement between the examiners, and after the Chair of the oral examination has taken all reasonable steps to achieve consensus, the Dean of Postgraduate Research may appoint an adjudicator to determine the outcome of the examination.
11.
Resubmission

Where revision and resubmission (including re-presentation of lecture-seminar or recital) are recommended and approved by the Dean of Postgraduate Research, the process for the submission of work and examination shall be as in regulations 9 and 10 above. Normally, the original examiners will undertake re-examination. The revision and resubmission option may be exercised once only.

A candidate must be enrolled for the period of time in which he or she is undertaking revisions prior to a resubmission of the thesis for re-examination. Once an appropriate period for the revisions has been determined (usually in discussion between supervisors, candidate, oral Chair and Dean of Postgraduate Research) Student Services will be informed that the candidate can be sent a new enrolment offer for that period.

12.
Deposit of Thesis

After a candidate has been approved for the award of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, he or she shall deliver final copies of the following to the University Library:

DMA in Performance: the thesis (PDF), CD recording, and recording of the recital.

DMA in Composition: the thesis (PDF), composition portfolio, and recording of the lecture-seminar.

13.
Variation

The Dean of Postgraduate Research shall have power to prescribe conditions not in accordance with these regulations in respect of a particular candidate where special or unusual circumstances warrant it.

14.
Appeals

A candidate may appeal against the decisions of the Dean of Postgraduate Research in regulations 4 to 11 above. Appeals must be made according to regulation 14 of the regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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