The Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance, with concentrations in brass, conducting, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds, is intended for those musicians planning to work at the most advanced academic and professional levels of music.

Available Options

  • Brass Track
  • Piano Track
  • String Track
  • Woodwind Track
  • Conducting (Wind Band) Track
  • Conducting (Orchestra) Track
  • Percussion Track
  • Voice Track


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the UNLV School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree will:

  • Perform or conduct and rehearse in an area of specialization at the highest level of professional practice.
  • Demonstrate historical and theoretical knowledge supportive of the development of individualized interpretations within a full range of musical styles.
  • Display a thorough understanding of the history of their instrument or conducting medium and a comprehensive knowledge of the repertoire and literature specific to the area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of general bibliographical resources in music and research skills appropriate to the area of specialization, and the ability to present and defend the results of scholarly research.
  • Show sufficient writing and speaking skills to give oral and written presentations of works for their medium which synthesize performance, historical, stylistic, analytical, and technological information.
  • Employ advanced writing and speaking skills to communicate clearly and effectively to members of the scholarly and the wider communities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to select appropriate literature for teaching and to articulate appropriate teaching strategies.

Career Possibilities

There are many careers and job options available to musicians with the talent, skill, and imagination that we help you develop through your academic program.

Most musicians do a combination of jobs and professional activities, including:

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Contractor
  • Teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Music technologist

Performers find employment as:

  • Conductors
  • Solo and chamber musicians
  • Commercial or studio musicians
  • Ensemble players
  • Freelancers
  • Military ensemble performers

Composers work as:

  • Arrangers
  • Orchestrators
  • Film Composers
  • Copyists

Music educators teach in:

  • Private studios
  • Public schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community music schools
  • Early childhood music programs (Suzuki, Kindermusik, etc.)

There are many other positions in arts administration; artist management; media music; music retailing; instrument repair, manufacturing, and design; and the recording industry. Only the talent, skill, and imagination of the candidate limit your career.


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Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

Brass Track

Piano Track

String Track

Woodwind Track

Conducting (Wind Band) Track

Conducting (Orchestra) Track

Percussion Track

Voice Track


School of Music

The School of Music offers excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. More than 400 music majors study under the guidance of dedicated artist/performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.


College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts provides an academic experience that heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world while preparing students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area.