Admission to the Master of Music in Music Performance (Piano) program is granted to students who meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Music and Dance. Application for admission to the Graduate School should be made to the Office of Admissions, where undergraduate transcripts are evaluated. Transcriots should be forwarde to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.
Application for admission to the Department of Music and Dance must be made to the Department of Music and Dance office. Admission requirements are as follows:
- Undergraduate degree in music, or its equivalent;
- Interview with the appropriate applied music faculty;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- Audition on piano; and
- Repertoire list.
Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam
Students must achieve an acceptable score on the Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam prior to enrolling in MUSC511, MUSC512, MUSC513, or MUSC516. Students who fail to achieve an acceptable score or who choose not to take the Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam must take MUSC509 Graduate Theory Review (2 hrs), and receive a B or better in the course, prior to enrolling in MUSC511, MUSC512, MUSC513, or MUSC516. MUSC509 Graduate Theory Review does not count towards degree requirements.
*change effective Fall 2007
Students deficient in a requirement for degree admission may be granted conditional admission, subject to removal of the deficiency, while beginning graduate study. Hours earned in making up deficiencies are in addition to those normally required for the degree.
Upon admission to the Department of Music and Dance, each student will meet with the graduate adviser for assistance in planning a curriculum.
In addition to Graduate School requirements, Department of Music and Dance requirements are as follows:
- Comprehensive Review in Performance
All graduate students must pass an examination covering their major field of study. The examination may be written and/or oral in format, as determined by the student’s faculty committee. Written examinations will consist of three to five essay questions and must be completed in three hours or less. Oral examinations will last approximately one hour.
The examination will occur when the student’s prescribed course work is substantially completed, in the anticipated semester of graduation. In addition, the student must complete the thesis, recital, or other culminating experience prior to taking the examination. Exceptions to this policy may occur only with the approval of the student’s faculty committee and the department head. The examination will be graded Pass/Fail and can be taken no more than three times.
The examination will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the student’s faculty adviser, an additional faculty member from the major field, and a faculty member from outside the major field (or in the case of performance majors, from outside their performance specialty - brass, keyboard, percussion, string, vocal, or woodwind). The specific makeup of the faculty committe will be determined by the student in consultation with the faculty adviser, and must be approved by the department head. If a student is unable to form a faculty committee, it will be formed by the department head in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser.
*change effective Fall 2007
- Graduate Recital. Requirements are as follows:
- Student must be registered for applied music during the semester in which the recital is given.
- Student will perform a recital hearing for a faculty committee at least three weeks prior to the performance. In addition to the student’s major applied teacher, at least one other faculty member from the committee must attend the recital.
- Student will provide a thoroughly researched and appropriately referenced recital paper.
- Student will provide a recording of the recital to the Music Office.