Concentrations are offered in the following areas:
Before admission, a prospective student should send materials pertinent to his or her particular program (see “special prerequisites” below). A candidate for the Master of Music degree must have an undergraduate degree in music from an accredited college or equivalent proficiency. An applicant without a music degree will be required to take a proctored test before being admitted; he or she may have to do undergraduate work before becoming a graduate student.
Placement Exams. All entering graduate students in music must take placement tests in music history and music theory before their first classes begin. If the placement tests reveal deficiencies, appropriate course work will be required. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for specific requirements. Before completion of the first semester of coursework, students pursuing the Master of Music Concentration in Music Education must also take a written guidance examination in relevant contemporary topics and issues in music education. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for a description of this exam.
Piano Proficiencies. A piano proficiency exam is required of graduate students pursuing the following concentrations: Conducting (Choral or Orchestral focus), Performance (Voice), Music History and Literature, and Theory and Composition (Theory focus). This exam must be passed by the end of the semester PRECEDING the semester of graduation. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook for specific requirements.
Language Requirements. There are language and/or diction requirements for the concentrations in Music History and Literature, Collaborative Piano, Performance (Voice) and Conducting (Choral focus). Please consult degree plans for specific requirements. Language and diction requirements must be completed at the time the Program of Studies form is submitted.
Final Comprehensive Examinations. All students will be required to pass a final written and/or oral comprehensive examination.
Ensemble Participation. Graduate students may be required to participate in a major ensemble. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook and the degree requirements for each concentration described below.
Workshops. Unless otherwise stipulated, the maximum workshop credit allowed under Plan I is 5 hours; under Plan II, 8 hours.
Problem Courses. The maximum credit allowed for Graduate Problems is 6 hours. Enrollment in Graduate Problems requires the approval of both the Department Chair and the Department Graduate Committee. Consult the Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook regarding procedures for requesting approval for Graduate Problems enrollment.
Instructors. No more than half of the degree program’s minimum required course work hours, exclusive of Thesis or Project, may be taken with a single faculty member.
Fees. Graduate students must pay all course fees as described on the Music Main Page. In addition, a fee will be charged each semester to support the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). International students will be charged a one-time fee to cover the services offered by the Global Education Office (GEO). Students pursuing a Master of Music concentration that requires a recital (or recitals) will be required to pay a fee for the performance(s) to be recorded.
Information on the application process can be found on the Music department Web site under "Prospective Students." Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional details.
Applications are reviewed as they are received, but a prospective student should submit all materials by:
|Fall semester:||July 1|
|Spring semester:||November 1|
|Summer session:||April 24|
For international students, deadlines for submission of all materials are as follows:
|Fall semester:||May 1|
|Spring semester:||October 1|
|Summer session:||March 1|
NOTE: Early application is recommended. Students who wish to apply to the Concentration in Theory and Composition should submit all materials by March 1 for best consideration.