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Deadline for funding consideration January 15
April 15 deadline for students to accept funding offers
Final Application deadline May 15
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For information visit the Graduate Admission page.
As a requirement for admission, all MM applicants will be required to submit a brief video essay. All prompts should be answered in one video file in 1-2 minutes maximum length. On the following page, you will be able to upload your recorded video essay in response to the prompts below:
What personal and professional goals do you wish to achieve during your time in graduate school?
What are your expectations from a graduate program?
How do you see your interests, background, and personal attributes contributing to the UD community?
The School of Music does not require the GRE for admission to its programs.
All applicants, regardless of concentration, are required to submit three letters of recommendation with their application.
At least one of these letters is required to come from an academic faculty member and should speak to the applicant’s academic abilities.
Letters of recommendation should highlight the applicant’s musical and/or pedagogical interests and abilities, involvement in musical activities, potential contributions to the profession, and early career plans.
Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
In addition to the requirements above, please review concentration-specific requirements.
To be considered for admission to the School of Music, the minimum TOEFL score is 79. The IELTS is not accepted. International applicants must complete and submit official scores for the TOEFL iBT test. The IELTS is not accepted.
The majority of our graduate funding opportunities are in the form of teaching assistantships. In order to be eligible for a teaching assistantship, students must have a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL. International students who have completed an advanced degree within the US can apply for a TOEFL waiver for admission. However, they will be required to demonstrate the equivalent proficiencies as stated above for funding consideration. A waiver of proof of English Proficiency is allowed when:
A bachelor’s or master’s degree has been or will be earned from a university recognized by the ministry of education in a country where English is the primary language. Please see UD’s list of approved countries.
A bachelor’s or master’s degree has been or will be earned from a college or university located in the United States and accredited by a regional accrediting association.
Information about test scores can be found on the Graduate College website. You will also find helpful resources on the International Student & Scholar Services website.
MM applicants for Performance should refer to the Audition Requirements page. Auditions for prospective graduate students will be held in-person. Students who cannot attend in-person may make arrangements on an alternate, or submit a pre-recorded audition via the music portfolio within the application. Students may indicate their preference on the audition request form, which is sent following the submission of the application. All graduate applicants will be required to submit a video essay following prompts within the application portfolio.
Students applying for graduate chamber ensembles fellowships (i.e., the Graduate Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, Percussion Group, or String Quartet) are required to submit solo audition repertoire in addition to chamber ensemble recordings. Requirements for graduate chamber ensemble fellowships can be found on the Audition Repertoire page.
Please visit the Audition Repertoire Requirements page to view specific requirements by instrument/area.
In addition to the requirements outlined under the section “All Applicants,” applicants must complete the following tasks in order to be considered for admission to the composition program at the graduate level:
The completion of a Graduate Theory Examination.
Portfolio Submission. An applicant’s portfolio will include the following items:
Résumé or CV that includes:
Full contact information
List of works. Each work should contain information about the year composed, instrumentation, list of performance(s) of the work, including dates, performers, and locations
Performance accomplishments on your primary instrument
Education, including your principal teacher(s)
Three (3) recent works (a work in multiple movements is considered one work). Works may be in different genres, instrumentations and/or electronic media. Each work will have:
a PDF file of the full score, fully notated (chord charts are not accepted). This requirement is waived for electronic/electroacoustic works that have no score component.
a recording of the same work. Live recordings are preferred, but MIDI realizations are accepted. Accepted formats are MP3, AIFF, or WAV.
a program note that accompanies the work. For works that have no score component, there should be descriptions of how the works were realized.
Composition Interview. This interview is an opportunity for each applicant to demonstrate musical knowledge and ability, as well as leadership skills. Applicants will discuss their composition portfolio with a composition faculty member.
Conducting applicants should use the Music Portfolio to upload the required application materials below:
1. Video: a 20- to 30-minute video of conducting in rehearsal
2. Video: a 20- to 30-minute video conducting in performance.
3. [Orchestral Applicants Only] Video: performance on a primary instrument.
All videos should be from the perspective of the ensemble (facing the conductor), not the perspective of the audience. Prospective students must also submit an up-to-date repertoire list of all works conducted. Feel free to delineate between works conducted in performance and those studied/not conducted in performance.
MM Teaching applicants should use the Music Portfolio to submit the required materials below.
1. Document: Your music education philosophy (we suggest 1-2 pages)
2. Video: A 20- to 30-minute video of your best teaching
All videos should be from the perspective of the class/ensemble (facing the teacher).
Should you teach multiple class settings (e.g., ensemble, composition, guitar, music technology) or age groups, we encourage you to include clips from all settings.
In addition, please note:
Prospective students are not required to audition on a primary instrument.
Prospective students will be required to interview with the Music Education faculty, who will reach out later to schedule with you.
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