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Supplemental Materials

 

Various degree programs require the following additional application materials to be submitted to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself.

Theory (MA, PhD)

  • Original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis)
  • GRE scores
  • Finalists will be contacted by program faculty for an in-person interview (remote interviews are possible for students who can't visit campus)

Prerequisites: It is expected that students applying to the Theory MA program will have completed and undergraduate degree in music and basic professional preparation, defined as the equivalent of three years of theory and analysis (tonal and post-tonal) and one semester of counterpoint. Upon admission, students are expected to show proficiency equivalent to, or beyond that required to pass the equivalency examinations in tonal and post-tonal theory and analysis, ear training, counterpoint and music history for the University of Minnesota B.A. in music.  Theory PhD applicants should have a completed MA in theory or the equivalent upon entry to the program. 

Composition (MA, PhD)

  • GRE scores
  • Original scores and recordings (two-four scores of varying genres) submitted to the Music Admissions Office. Please upload .pdf's of your scores (if possible) to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information". Recordings or videos may be sent directly to musicapply@umn.edu (attach files directly to the email, or include them as Google or Dropbox files for download). Physical pieces that cannot be attached digitally may be mailed directly to the U of M School of Music, 200A Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please do not send application materials directly to faculty members.

Prerequisites: students applying to the Composition MA will hold an undergraduate degree in music, and those applying to the Composition PhD will hold a completed masters degree in music. In addition, both Composition MA/PhD applicants should have completed basic professional preparation, defined as the equivalent of a minimum of one year of orchestration, one semester of counterpoint, and three years of theory and analysis (tonal and post-tonal).

Musicology/Ethnomusicology (MA, PhD)

  • Original papers, including at least one that demonstrates ability in musical analysis (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites: Musicology/Ethnomusicology MA applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent. The MA and PhDdegrees are cumulative, in that courses taken in fulfillment of the MA are applicable toward the PhD. Therefore, applicants to the PhD should already have an MA in musicology or ethnomusicology. 

Music Education (MM)

  • Documentation of K–12 music teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Interview with music education faculty
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university

Prerequisites: Music Education MM applicants should hold an appropriate bachelor's degree in music, generally with licensure in music education

Music Therapy (MA)

  • Interview with music therapy faculty
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites: Music Therapy MA applicants should hold an appropriate bachelor's degree in music

Music Education (PhD)

  • Original papers (e.g. research or professional papers [upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information"])
  • Documentation of at least three years of successful teaching experience on the elementary, secondary, and/or college levels, or, at least 3500 hours of clinical experience in music therapy.
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university
  • GRE scores
  • Finalists will be required to complete an interview with the music education faculty

Prerequisites: Music Education PhD applicants should hold an appropriate master's degree in music

Collaborative Piano/Coaching (MM, DMA)

  • Video screening
  • Audition
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")

Prerequisites: Collaborative Piano/Coaching MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music, DMA applicants should hold a masters degree in music.

Conducting (MM), Choral 

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only)  

​​Prerequisites: Conducting MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent.

Conducting (MM), Orchestral 

  • This program is not accepting applications for 2017-2018 entrance.

Conducting (MM), Wind Ensemble/Band 

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only) 

​​Prerequisites: Conducting MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent.

Conducting (DMA)

  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Audition and Interview (scheduled directly with faculty by invitation only) 

​​Prerequisites: Conducting DMA applicants should hold an appropriate masters degree in music or its equivalent.

Performance (MM, DMA)

  • Video screening 
  • Audition
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")

Prerequisites: Performance MM applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in music, Performance DMA applicants should hold a masters degree in music or its equivalent. 

GRE General Exam

The GRE general exam is required for all graduate applicants in music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in Music Education (it is not required for the MM in Music Education). The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs. The GRE general exam is available both in paper-based and computerized formats, with computerized tests reporting scores within two weeks in most areas. Students must submit GRE results from tests taken within the past five years. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. 

Please send all test scores to the Graduate School. The Graduate School ETS code is 6874. Learn more about English language proficiency test standards

TOEFL English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English* must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The University of Minnesota's institutional requirement for the TOEFL is a 79 (internet version, with at least 21 on writing and 19 on reading) or 550 (paper version). TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities institution code 6874

For more information on English Language Proficiency, please contact the Graduate School.

*Applicants who have completed at least 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits of academic, writing and reading-intensive coursework at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by emailing musicapply@umn.edu no later than December 1. Applied coursework such as lessons or ensembles do not apply. 

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office
musicapply@umn.edu | 612-624-2847