Departmental Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the Graduate School's Regular Admission requirements, the applicant must hold a degree in music or music education (or the equivalent). Applicants seeking to enroll in the Master of Music in Music Education program must hold an undergraduate degree in music education or professional teacher certification in music. New and transfer students must submit a transcript of all college work to the Graduate School and be prepared to validate achievements in music.
Once an applicant has met the standards for graduate admission, he or she will be required to meet all departmental admission requirements for a Master of Music degree program. Any graduate courses completed prior to Regular Admission may apply to a Master of Music degree program after a student has successfully met all departmental admission requirements.
Before enrolling beyond 9 hours of graduate credit, all persons who seek departmental admission to the Master of Music degree program must:
- Pass the Music Qualifying Examination in music history and music theory. The exam must be passed prior to registering for MUSC 6210, Music History and Literature, or MUSC 6220, Music Theory. It examines competencies in the following areas:
- Musical Styles (aural identification)
- Music Theory
- Music History
- Analysis of Score Excerpts Aural Skills
- Foreign Language Translation*
*Required only of vocalists seeking the Master of Music degree in Performance. The applicant is required to write an English translation of one short poem from song texts written in the original French, German, or Italian language. A text in one of the three languages must be translated. The applicant may use foreign-language dictionaries when taking the examination.
A minimum score of 60% correct response on each section of the examination is required for passage. Examinees will receive notification of their test results within one week after taking the examination. The exam is administered during the final examination period of each term and prior to each fall semester. It may be taken a maximum of three times.
- Meet minimum standards in applied music appropriate to the chosen major area of study as determined by an Applied Performance Evaluation. Minimum standards are evaluated using the following methods:
- Performance majors perform a 20-30-minute entrance recital for the faculty either prior to the first term of enrollment or no later than the end of the first term of applied music study.
- Music Education majors show the ability to perform at the graduate level either prior to the first term of enrollment or no later than in the jury held at the end of the first term of applied music study.