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Yale School of Music announces newly revised Master of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce important revisions to two of its degree programs. These revisions allow students to further develop their musicianship and artistry in a profound and unique way, leveraging both the teaching of the distinguished artist-faculty of the School of Music and the unparalleled resources of Yale University.

Last year, the School of Music launched its revised Doctor of Musical Arts degree, its highest academic credential. The launch of these two performance-focused programs complements that of the new DMA. The new Master of Musical Arts degree and Artist Diploma programs are now accepting applications for the 2015–2016 academic year.

“The new programs will nurture young artists of the highest caliber who reflect Yale's values of cultural leadership and service. These programs will continue, sustain and enhance the rich legacy of musical excellence that has characterized Yale for over three centuries,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music.


Master of Musical Arts
The Master of Musical Arts (MMA) is a performance-oriented degree designed for students who desire further education beyond a Master of Music degree.

The MMA is a two-year degree program for external candidates, one year for internal applicants. An MM degree in the same major is required for admission.

This rigorous program offers enhanced performance training and numerous performance opportunities. In addition to private lessons and chamber music, students take part in relevant ensembles such as the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Opera, and Yale Schola Cantorum. MMA candidates will perform a recital in each year of study. The School of Music also offers support for travel and career development.

Artist Diploma
The Artist Diploma is a highly selective program for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career. Enrollment in the Artist Diploma program will be limited to six total, with no more than three being admitted the first year (Fall 2015).

The AD is a two-year program for external candidates, one year for internal applicants. The minimum academic requirement is a high school diploma.

Admission to the AD program involves a comprehensive review of application materials and two campus auditions, the first before YSM artist faculty. A select number will advance to the second audition, which is adjudicated by an external panel of distinguished music professionals.

During the two-year residency, AD students will be required to perform two solo recitals, a concerto, and a chamber music program. AD students are expected to concertize and participate in competitions and festivals. Their schedules will accommodate professional travel commitments of up to four weeks during the academic year. The School of Music will arrange one international concert and will provide students with enhanced professional development and support, including management guidance and personalized career services.

For several decades, the Yale School of Music has had a strong international profile, with over 40% of its student body hailing from countries outside the United States. "We expect students in both of these programs to be reflective of the world's cultural and artistic diversity," noted Dean Blocker.


All students in the Yale School of Music receive a full tuition scholarship and stipend in accordance with their degree program. The School also offers support for travel and professional development.