Welcome to the University of Delaware’s vibrant music community, a challenging and supportive environment that emphasizes musical growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, and scholastic rigor. Through study with our distinguished faculty, graduate students in the Department of Music acquire the necessary skills for success in their chosen career path. Our graduate students excel in the highly competitive field of music and have been successful in attaining important positions within the profession.
The University of Delaware offers the Master of Music degree with concentrations in Performance, Teaching, and Composition. Located between New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC, students are immersed in the country’s pre-eminent performing arts region. They have access to internationally recognized guest artists and pedagogues, support and guidance for exploring their own projects, touring opportunities with our renowned ensembles, and a variety of programs for performance and study both domestically and abroad.
All of these exceptional resources and opportunities make the University of Delaware an excellent choice for the next step in your musical development. We hope you will consider joining our musical family.
The Master of Music in Performance is offered for all orchestral instruments, guitar, piano, voice and conducting (with a specialization in instrumental or choral conducting). Along with course requirements, candidates for the Master of Music in Performance must present a public recital and pass an oral examination.
The Master of Music in Teaching is offered with specializations in choral, general and instrumental music. Along with course requirements, candidates for the Master of Music in Teaching will complete a thesis or professional development project and a public presentation of their scholarly work. Students choosing the professional development project option must also pass an oral examination.
The Master of Music in Composition focuses on advanced private study in conducting and composition, along with other course requirements. Composition students must also pass an oral examination.
The Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting offers students the opportunity to develop their conducting technique and artistry with extensive podium time, through interaction with internationally-acclaimed guest artists, and with a strong foundation based in scholarship.
For the wind conducting concentration, see additional requirements here.
For the orchestra conducting concentration, see additional requirements here.
Admission and Degree Requirements
Auditions for Fall 2016 Admission will be held during the week of February 1st, 2016
Note: Date changes may occur based on professors' availability. We will do our best to honor your first-choice audition date request.
Note: Not every instrumental area will be available every day that week. Please refer to this list when requesting your audition date.
To schedule a graduate study audition: Request an Audition or contact the graduate studies coordinator Mary Ellen Trusheim at 302.831.3397.
- Brass: February 4, 5, 6
- Percussion: February 3, 4, 5, 6
- Piano: February 2, 3, 4
- Strings (including Harp and Guitar): February 3, 4, 5, 6
- Voice: February 1, 2, 3
- Woodwind: February 1, 2, 3, 4
Fall Admission: February 1 for possible funding; August 1 for no funding
Note: The University of Delaware Department of Music does not require the GRE for admittance to its Master of Music degree programs.
International applicants: To be considered for admission to the Department of Music, the minimum TOEFL score is 100. A Skype interview is also required for applicants unable to visit in person. Performance applicants: A performance DVD may be accepted in lieu of a live audition at the discretion of the studio professor.
Summer Graduate Workshops in Music Education