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Supplemental Materials

 

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

Application Questions?  Contact the Music Admissions Office
musicapply@umn.edu | 612-624-2847
Collaborative Piano & Coaching (MM, DMA)
  • Video screening
  • Live Audition - this program does not consider recorded auditions.
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Resume

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

 
Composition (MA, PhD)
  • ​GRE General Test Scores
    The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.
  • Resume
  • 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).

Conducting (MM), Choral
  • Video screening
  • Cumulative repertoire list (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Resume
  • 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
  • Resume
  • 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
  • Resume
  • 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.

 
Musicology/Ethnomusicology (MA, PhD)
  • Original papers, including at least one that demonstrates ability in musical analysis (upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information")
  • Resume
  • GRE General Test Scores
    The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.

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)
  • Resume
  • 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 Education (PhD)
  • Original papers (e.g. research or professional papers [upload to ApplyYourself under "Program Supplemental Information"])
  • Resume
  • 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 General Test Scores
    The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.
  • 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

 
Music Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program
  • 2 letters of recommendation (general application instructions indicate 3 letters are required - please disregard and only upload two).
  • Resume
  • Documentation of 30 hours of field experience in a K-12 setting (provide a written overview of the hours and highlights of your experience).
  • Performance DVD or YouTube demonstrating evidency of capacity to perform on a musical instrument
  • Finalists will be required to complete a music education interview with the faculty and Proficiency Exam for Music Education (at the time of the music education interview): Written Skills; Oral Skills; Accompanying Skills; Song-Leading Skills; Error-Detection Skills
Music Therapy (MA)
  • Interview with music therapy faculty
  • Excellent scholastic record from accredited college or university
  • GRE General Test Scores
    The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.
  • Resume

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

Performance (MM, DMA)
  • Video screening for piano, collaborative piano, voice, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Audition
  • Resume
  • 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.

 

Theory (MA, PhD)
  • Original papers (one tonal and one post-tonal analysis)
  • GRE General Test Scores
    The GRE general test is required for applicants of music therapy, musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and composition programs; it is also required for applicants of the PhD in music education. The GRE is not required for all other graduate programs in music. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. The University of Minnesota Graduate School ETS code is 6874.
  • Resume
  • 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.