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Doctoral Programs

Welcome to the Doctoral Programs page, a platform intended to list all institutions worldwide that offer doctoral programs in performance and research of double bass, or have produced doctoral research theses related to the general bass heritage. Commonly, these programs are offered within the two types of doctoral degrees: the Philosophy Doctor – PhD degree that assumes the most advanced research work in the fields of Musicology, Music Theory, Music Education or Acoustics, and the Doctor of Musical Arts – DMA degree that combines advanced performance study with the academic research of a PhD profile. PhD has been a traditional final degree in all scholarly disciplines, thus in music too, while DMA is a more recent doctoral profile intended primarily for advanced instrumentalists. The DMA degree was formulated during 1950s in the USA and has since been accepted in many other countries.

Currently, the entire education system of Europe is in the process of reform according to Bologna Declaration directions, including in it the field of doctoral studies in music as well. The proposed classification of degrees in Europe is thus formulated in the form of three cycles, where the last – third cycle will encompass doctoral study of traditional research style as well as allow for mixed performance & research doctorates equivalent of the US DMA level. Further information on the status of doctoral studies in Europe can be found at the AEC – European Association of Conservatories – Third Cycle page.

The listing offered here is designed to present pertinent information in the following sequence: institution name and link, the listing of all degrees offered including a record of PhD level research for those institutions that do not offer DMA, and the linked citations of current bass teachers providing their academic rank as cited on their school page. Also, it should be noted that some listed schools  may actually not have a record of previous doctoral candidates or graduates in the bass field, although they do officially offer a DMA degree in the area of instrumental performance.







Europe


Austria

Degrees: PhD in Acoustics

[research doctorate – field: acoustics of double bass]

 

Degrees: PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: jazz bass]



Belgium

Degrees: PhD with focus on practice-based research in musical arts

Vincent Meelberg – Teaching Staff, Double Bass


Bulgaria

Degrees: Doctoral Program – Instrumental Studies

Dr. Petya Bagovska-Galabova – Professor of Double Bass

Dr. Tsvetomir Lazarov – Assistant professor of Double Bass


France

Degrees: Doctoral

[research doctorate – field: orchestral bass history]



Germany

Degrees: PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: double bass at the time of Viennese Classicism]

Degrees: Doctoral Degree

[research doctorate – field: double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti]

Degrees: Doctoral Degree

[research doctorate – field: acoustics]

Degrees: PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: double bass at the time of Viennese Classicism]



Hungary

Degrees: BA, MA, DLA

Dr. Péter Kubina – Associate Professor of Double Bass



Lithuania

Degrees: Art Doctorate (D.A.) in performance



Netherlands

Degrees: Ph.D. in Musicology

[research doctorate – field of 17th and 18th Century double bass history]



Romania

Degrees: Licentă, Master, Doctor în Muzică

Dr. Ştefan Thomasz – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Dr. Săndel Smărăndescu – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Liviu Moga – Professor of Double Bass



United Kingdom

Degrees: Doctoral Degree

[research doctorate – field: double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti]

Degrees: BM, MA, DMA, PhD

Degrees: BA, MA, DMA, PhD



Asia


Israel

Degrees: PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: bass register & bass instruments evolution]



Australia


Australia

Degrees: BM, MM, PhD

Max Mc Bride – Distinguished Artist in Residence – Double Bass

[PhD degree page indicates a performance option – citation: “You may also study and participate in the interpretation and performance of musical repertoire]

Degrees: BM, MM, PhD in Music Performance

Robert Nairn – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD

Kees Boersma – Lecturer in Double Bass

Alex Henery – Lecturer in Double Bass

Degrees:BA, MM, DMA, PhD

Degrees: BM, BA, MM, Higher Degrees by Research – Performance

Dushan Walkowicz – Instrument Teacher Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD

No bass faculty currently listed


New Zealand

Degrees: BM,MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Evgueni Lanchtchikov – Performance Teacher

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD

Degrees: BM, MA, MM, DMA, PhD

Joan Gariga – Artist Teacher of Double Bass



North America


Canada


British Columbia – BC

Degrees: BM,MM, DMA, PhD

Kenneth Friedman – Sessional Lecturer in Double Bass


Ontario – ON

Degrees: BM,MM, DMA, DMA Early Music, PhD

Tim Dawson – Sessional Teaching Staff – Double Bass

Jeffrey Beecher – Sessional Teaching Staff – Double Bass

Paul Rogers – Sessional Teaching Staff – Double Bass

Joelle Morton – Sessional Teaching Staff – Early Bass Instruments, Violone


Québec – QC

Degrees: BM, MM, DM, PhD

Brian Robinson – Assistant Professor, Double Bass

Ali Yazdanfar – Assistant Professor, Double Bass

Fraser Hollins – Faculty Jazz Bass

Adrian Vedady – Faculty Jazz Bass

Alec Walkington – Faculty Jazz Bass


United States of America

The standards of music education and the accreditation of institutions in the United States, are governed by the US Department of Education and the National Association of Schools of Music – NASM. Thus the PhD, DMA and similar degrees of DA, DM, DME that may encompass bass related fields, are also classified and regulated by them. Neither of these institutions unfortunately offers a direct link to a detailed online descriptions of PhD and DMA music programs, yet instead offer respectively the doctoral degree equivalency charts, and the explanation of the official music doctoral degree standards within the following two documents:

Look for Doctoral Degrees in Music, Chapter XVI, p.134-137 for the official information on Purpose, Prerequisites, Degree Types and Specializations available for the doctoral study areas in music.

Lastly, due to the specifics of cultural development in the US, not all of the schools have opted to become members of NASM, among them some very reputable and established ones. This exclusivity should not be understood as any type of non-compliance to the general music standards presented by NASM, but rather as mode of preservation of individual liberties these institutions have accomplished over a period of time. Usually but not exclusively, you will find that old conservatories and prestigious Music Departments from the top ranking universities may not be NASM members, and yet their level of instruction and the status of doctoral contributions certainly rank among the best in the American academe. Thus you will find here the Non NASM institutions cited separately, only because the process of registering and entering these institutions was organized in such a way.



Alabama – AL

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Ben Crofut – Instructor of String Bass


Arizona – AZ

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education, BA, MA in Musicology

Catalin Rotaru  – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education

Philip Alejo Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Music Theory


California – CA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

David Allen Moore – Assistant Professor of Strings

Alphonso Johnson – Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Bass

Edwin Livingston – Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Bass

Darek Oles – Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Chris Hanulik – Adjunct Professor – String Bass

Non NASM:

Degrees: MA, DMA in Composition, PhD in Musicology

[previous record of research and composition theses related to double bass]

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: Basso Continuo in 17th c. Italy]

Degrees: BA, MM, DMA, PhD in Composition

Mark Dresser – Professor of Double Bass


Colorado – CO

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Dr. Paul Erhard – Professor of Double Bass


Connecticut – CT

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Music Education.

Robert Black – Professor of Double Bass; Chair of Strings.

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Gregg August – Instructor of String Bass

Degrees: MM, DMA at the School of Music, PhD in Musicology at the Department of Music

Donald Palma – Professor of Double Bass


Florida – FL

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Melanie Punter – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Dr. Brian Powell– Assistant Professor of Double Bass


Georgia – GA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Milton Masciadri – Professor of Double Bass and Strings Area Chair


Illinois – IL

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Andrew Raciti – Lecturer in Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Michael Cameron – Professor of Double Bass and Chair of the String Division


Indiana – IN

Degrees: BM, MM, DA

Joel Braun – Assistant Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMP, PhD in Musicology

Bruce Bransby – Professor of Music
Kurt Muroki– Professor of Music
Jeremy Allen– Assistant Professor of Music (Jazz Studies and Jazz Bass)


Iowa – IA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Volkan Orhon – Professor of Double Bass and String Area Head


Kansas – KS

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Richard Ryan – Lecturer in Double Bass


Kentucky – KY

Degrees: MM, MA, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Music Education

Karl Olsen – Instructor String Bass


Louisiana – LA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Music Education

Yung-chiao Wei – Professor of Double Bass


Maryland – MD

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Ira Gold – Faculty
Paul Johnson – Faculty

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Richard Barber – Lecturer
Anthony Manzo – Lecturer
Robert Oppelt – Lecturer


Massachusetts – MA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Edwin Barker – Associate Professor of Music, Double Bass
Carolyn Davis Fryer – Lecturer, Double Bass
Benjamin Levy – Lecturer, Double Bass
James Orleans – Lecturer, Double Bass
Todd Seeber – Lecturer, Double Bass
John Stovall – Lecturer, Double Bass
Lawrence Wolfe – Lecturer, Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

James Orleans – Faculty
Donald Palma – Faculty
Todd Seeber – Faculty
Lawrence Wolfe – Faculty


Michigan – MI

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education

Kevin Brown – Assistant Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Music Education

Max Dimoff – Associate Professor of Music, Strings


Minnesota – MN

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Christopher Brown – Faculty


Mississippi – MS

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Marcos Machado – Associate Professor of Double Bass


Missouri – MO

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Jeffrey Kail – Adjunct Professor of String Bass


Nebraska – NE

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Hans Sturm – Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies, Area Head for Strings


Nevada – NV

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Thomas Warrington – Professor Emeritus (jazz)


New Jersey – NJ

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Timothy Cobb – Faculty Double Bass

Non NASM:

Degrees: PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: bass part at the time of Viennese Classicism]

Jack Hill – Faculty Double Bass


New York – NY

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Theory, PhD in Music Education

James VanDemark – Professor of Double Bass, Co-Chair Strings Department
Jeffrey Campbell – Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media [jazz bass]

Non NASM:

Degrees: BA, MA, DMA, PhD in Musicology and Composition

Lou Kosma – Associate Faculty, Upright Bass

Degrees: DMA

Faculty: None listed

Degrees: BM, Artist Diploma, MM, DMA

Eugene Levinson – Faculty
Timothy Cobb – Faculty
Harold Robinson – Faculty
Albert Laszlo – Faculty
Doug Balliett – Faculty – Historical Performance

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Timothy Cobb – Faculty
Orin O’Brien – Faculty
David Grossman – Faculty
Linda McKnight – Faculty
Jeremy McCoy – Faculty
Orin O’Brien – Faculty
Jay Anderson – Faculty Jazz Bass
Harvie S – Faculty Jazz Bass
Larry Ridley – Faculty Jazz Bass

  • New York University

Department of Music, New York City

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD in Musicology

[research doctorate – field: Frederick Zimmermann Bass Pedagogue]

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Degrees: BM, MM, PhD in Music Performance

Joseph Bongiorno – Associate Professor of String Studies

Degrees: BAM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Kurt Muroki – Artist in Residence
Rachel Calin – Faculty

 


North Carolina – NC

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in music education

Craig Brown – Lecturer
Steve Haines – Associate Professor – Jazz Bass, Director of Jazz Program


North Dakota – ND

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Doug Neill – Tuba, Bass [adjunct faculty]


Ohio – OH

Degrees: BAM, MA, DMA in Historical Perfomance Practice, PhD in Musicology

Bass Faculty: None listed

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Scott Dixon – Faculty
Derek Zadinsky – Faculty
Kathleen Horvath – Secondary Instruction Faculty

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Paul Robinson – Professor of Double Bass
Andrew Woodson – Lecturer Jazz Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Rachel Calin – Associate Professor of Double Bass
Owen Lee – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Double Bass


Oklahoma – OK

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Anthony Stoops – Associate Professor of Bass


Oregon – OR

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Tyler Abbott – Senior Instructor of Bass & Jazz Bass


Pennsylvania – PA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education.

Joseph Conyers – Adjunct Faculty, Double Bass
John Hood – Adjunct Faculty, Double Bass
Robert Kesselman – Adjunct Faculty, Double Bass
Anne Peterson – Adjunct Faculty, Double Bass

Non NASM:

Degrees: BM, MA, PhD

Jeffrey Mangone – Performance Faculty

[research doctorates – field: American Jazz Bassists]


South Carolina – SC

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education.

Craig Butterfield – Professor of Classical and Jazz Bass


Tennessee – TN

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

John Chiego – Professor of Double Bass
Tim Goodwin – Associate Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Studies


Texas – TX

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Yuan Xiong Lu – Associate Professor of Double Bass
Kyp Green – Jazz Bass Faculty

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, DPhil in Fine Arts

Dr. Mark Morton – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dennis Whittaker – Affiliate Artist in Double Bass
David Klingensmith – Affiliate Artist in Jazz Bass

Degrees: BM,MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Music Education, PhD in Theory

Jeff Bradetich 1, Jeff Bradetich 2 – Regents Professor of Double Bass
Gudrun Raschen 1, Gudrun Raschen – Faculty Classical Bass
Lynn Seaton – Professor of Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Theory

DaXun Zhang – Associate Professor of Double Bass

Non NASM:

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Paul Ellison – Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass, Chair of Strings
Timothy Pitts – Professor of Double Bass


Utah – UT

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music Education

David Yavornitzky – Adjunct Professor
Denson Angulo – Assistant Professor (Lecturer) Jazz Bass


Virginia – VA

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Sam Suggs – Assistant Professor, Bass

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Donovan Stokes – Professor of Bass, Coordinator of Strings


Washington – DC

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology

Paul DeNola – Private Instructor


Washington – WA

Non NASM:

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Music History, PhD in Theory, PhD in Music Education

Barry Lieberman – Artist in Residence, Double Bass
Luke Bergman – Artist in Residence, Jazz Bass


West Virginia – WV

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA

Dr. Andrew Kohn – Professor of String Bass, Theory & Composition Area Coordinator


Wisconsin – WI

Degrees: BM, MM, DMA, PhD in Musicology, PhD in Theory

Richard Davis – Professor of Bass (Classical & Jazz)



Additional Resources

PHD Portal

PHD Portal offers a searchable database of all European institutions in higher education. If you go to “Discipline” search form and set the search limits in first field to “Arts, Design & Architecture” and the second one to “Music”, you will get a number of institutions where a doctorate in Musicology, or even Music Performance may be awarded. However, most of these institutions will not have a record of a prior doctoral research related to the double bass field, with the exception of those cited above under the separate European country headings.



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Subject: Institutions that offer DMA degree in the US | 56 Institutions cited as of October 15, 2015

Cross-reference of the listing to locate all institutions that have produced in the past either DMA and PhD theses in the field of bass research, and are not members of NASM | listing current as of October 12, 2015

  • Other Institutions in the World that offer DMA Degrees

Web search of Australia and New Zealand | 9 institutions found with listed DMA degrees as of October 17, 2015

Web Search Canada | 3 institutions found with listed DMA degrees as of October 20, 2015



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ABP is grateful on any information that may widen the scope of this listing. Should you know of any other institution that offers a doctoral degree in bass performance, or has produced a Ph.D. thesis related to the field of bass research, please contact ABP and your effort will be credited here.

Last Update: May 28, 2018

Published: October 23, 2015