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don1 | 17:09 Mon 19th Mar 2007 | Music
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What is the highest qualification that can be achieved in music, I know you can get a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree but is there any level of achievement higher than this?

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Hi don 1
As far as I know, the highest degree you can obtain in music is the D.M.A.
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Thanks for your reply but what is a D.M.A
You use the phrase 'level of achievement'. 'In music', one either writes (composes) music, or performs it.
I would have thought that the 'highest achievement' would either to have composed a piece that most people get the most out of, or to perform a piece that the performer gets the most out of, or that the audience gets the most out of. It all sounds very theoretical, doesn't it? I'd say Beethoven was a high 'achiever' in a sense, but (fortunately), its subjective. Horowitz (at his best) and Heifitz I would rate as 'high achievers' on the performing side. But who is higher, leave alone highest, I leave to people who must think they have better things to do than write or perform music.
Hi don1
It is abbreviation for Doctor of Musical Arts.
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Thanks for your replies each
How about Master of the Queen's Music - a very rare "qualification" only held by a few, roughly equivalent to the Poet Laureate of music. You can't get much 'higher' than that - but it depends how specific you want to be in your definitions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_the_Que en's_Music
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Thank you sherlockian, I was meaning the highest level of academic achievement rather than the highest honour

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