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

November 7, 2014

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.

flautistMaster 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. MORE INFO

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. MORE INFO

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.

students-singingAll 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.

More details about the degree programs, as well as application information, are available online at http://music.yale.edu/admissions. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015–2016 academic year.



My name is Jessine Johnson. I am currently finishing my MM in Voice at The Juilliard School; and I am very interested in learning more about your Artist Diploma Program.

First of all, is there an age limit?

Next, on the website it says this is an intensive program for potential with concert careers. Do you have an area that is focused on opera as well? I was told to apply to your program, but if I could hear more details about those few questions and your program in general, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Jessine Johnson

November 11th, 2014 | Jessine Johnson


Mij name is Otto, and I’m interested if there is an age limit too. Could you please inform me?

Thanks a lot,

Otto Meester

March 10th, 2015 | vlonderplanken

“The minimum academic requirement is a high school diploma”.

Is an international diploma also accepted?

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