Graduate Music Admissions

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Information for Fall 2022

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Fall 2022 Timeline

  • Deadline for funding consideration January 15

  • April 15 deadline for students to accept funding offers

  • Final Application deadline May 15

All Applicants

Interviews

​As a requirement for admission, all applicants must interview with the Director of Graduate Studies.

GRE

​The School of Music does not require the GRE for admission to its programs.

Recommendations

  • 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.

​​Statement of Professional Goals

​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.

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​International Applicants

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 o​n the Graduate College website​. You will also find helpful resources on the International Student & Scholar Services website.

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Admission and Degree Requirements

MM applicants for Performance should refer to audition requirements. Auditions for prospective graduate students will be held in person. Students who cannot attend in person may request an alternate date, or submit a pre-recorded audition. 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 have a 20-minute interview with the Director of Graduate Studies which will take place via Zoom on or before January 29. Applications must be received by January 15 deadline in order to be considered for funding. If you have any questions, please email musicadmissions@udel.edu​​.​

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Graduate Ensemble Fellowships

Students applying for graduate chamber ensembles fellowships (i.e., the Graduate Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, 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.​

Performance

​Please visit the Audition Repertoire Requirements page to view specific requirements by instrument/area.

Composition

  • Admission to the Composition Concentration requires the completion of a Graduate Theory Examination.

  • Prospective students are required to interview with the Music Composition faculty. This composition interview is an opportunity for each applicant to demonstrate proficient musical understanding and ability; applicants will discuss their composition portfolio with a Composition faculty member.

  • Students must provide three scores with matching audio files which demonstrate composition experience for a variety of vocal and/or instrumental solos, chamber ensembles or large ensembles. Both scores and audio files are required. A program note on each piece should be included. Acceptable styles for compositions include:

  • Classical (concert, film, and electronic/electroacoustic)

  • Jazz (fully realized scores, no chord charts)

  • Musical Theatre (fully orchestrated scores, no piano reductions or chord charts)

  • Compositions in popular/commercial styles are not acceptable.

All composition materials are due by January 15. Scores and audio/midi files should be attached within the music supplement of the application. To inquire about alternative submission methods, contact musicadmissions@udel.edu​.​

Conducting Concentration - Choral, Orchestral, Wind Band

  • Within the Master of Music application, applicants must submit the following: 1) a 20- to 30-minute video of their conducting in rehearsal 2) a 20- to 30-minute video in performance. 3) Orchestral applicants only - a video of them performing their 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

Teaching

  • Prospective students are not required to audition on a primary instrument.

  • Prospective students will be required to interview with the Music Education faculty.

  • Students applying for the Teaching Concentration are required to have an interview with the School of Music Teaching faculty. Upon completion of your application and submission of all materials, you will be contacted for an interview with MM Teaching Faculty. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Music Admissions (musicadmissions@udel.edu).​

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