Best music schools offering doctorate degree in Music:

The Juilliard School
- The Doctor of Musical Arts degree program is the most advanced course of study offered at The Juilliard School. The program requires a minimum full-time residency at Juilliard of two years. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of admission.
- The D.M.A. degree is available in the following areas of specialization: Collaborative Piano; Composition; Keyboard Instruments; Harpsichord; Organ; Piano; Orchestral Instruments; Voice.
- In 1994, The Juilliard School is tied for No. 1 with Eastman and the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University among the top graduate programs in music (U.S. News & World Report).

Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester)
- The doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree is awarded for high attainments in the practice of music, with emphasis on the arts of performing and teaching. The majors offered within the DMA degree program are: Composition; Conducting (choral, orchestral, or wind ensemble); Early Music, Emphasis in Historical Plucked Instruments; Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media; Music Education; Performance and Literature (instrumental or vocal); Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music.

University of Missouri School of Music
- The Doctoral degrees in music education are offered through the College of Education's Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
- University of Missouri is the state’s flagship public university and one of the top universities in the country.

University of Colorado at Boulder
- The PhD in Music emphasizes research in the principal areas of music education or musicology.
- It also offers the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. The following degree plans are available for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree: Composition; Conducting and Literature - Choral; Conducting and Literature - Instrumental; Brass - Performance and Pedagogy; Jazz - Performance; Organ - Performance; Percussion - Performance and Pedagogy; Piano (Non-Thesis); Piano (Thesis); Collaborative Piano; Strings - Performance; Voice -Performance and Pedagogy; Woodwind - Performance and Pedagogy.

University of Miami Frost School of Music
- The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Music Education with Music Therapy Emphasis. It is designed to prepare students for careers in music therapy-related research, college teaching positions in music therapy, or administrative positions.
- The curriculum for the Doctor of Philosophy degree meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Schools of Music and the University of Miami.

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