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Graduate Admission - Supporting Materials

 

Some graduate programs require additional support materials as part of the application process. The degree and support material requirements are:

Master of Music in Composition: examples of original compositions in varied styles or genres.

Master of Music in Jazz Composition & Arranging: samples of completed arrangements and original compositions, on CDs, with copies of scores. Please note your performance contributions to CD tracks if applicable. An on-campus performance audition/interview may also be scheduled, preferably on, but not limited to, departmental audition dates.

Master of Music in Choral Conducting: a 20 minute DVD of rehearsal and performance footage; a comprehensive list of repertoire conducted; a current resume. For more information, visit www.umass.edu/choirs.

Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting: a 20 minute DVD of rehearsal and performance footage (camera to face of conductor); a comprehensive list of repertoire conducted; a one-page philosophy of music education; a current professional CV.

Master of Music in Wind Conducting: a 20 minute DVD of rehearsal and performance footage (camera to face of conductor); a comprehensive list of repertoire conducted; a one-page philosophy of music education; a current professional CV.

Master of Music in Music Education: (a) 3 letters of recommendation, (b) resume, (c) personal statement outlining philosophy of music education and carreer goals (3-5 double-spaced pages in length), (e) professional writing sample (scholarly writing on a topic of interest in music education, minimum of 5 double-spaced pages in length). An interview (in person or online) will also be required.

Master of Music in Music History: senior thesis or extended term paper; at least 10 pages in length, that demonstrates writing ability, analytic reasoning, and appropriate use of sources and citations.

Master of Music in Music Theory: (a) 3 letters of recommendation; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) personal statement addressing research interests, teaching philosophy, and career goals (2–4 pages); (d) two contrasting papers in music theory (8–16 pages each) that demonstrate writing ability, analytical and critical reasoning, and the appropriate use of sources and citations; (e) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test; (f) any other supporting materials the candidate might wish to include (e.g., compositions, examples of species counterpoint or partimento exercises, teaching materials, etc.). An interview (in person or online) will also be required. Note the earlier January 15 application deadline for Music Theory.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education: (a) 3 letters of recommendation, (b) resume, (c) teaching video (K-12 or collegiate class in area of expertise, 12-15 minutes in length), (d) personal statement outlining philosophy of music education and career goals (3-5 double-spaced pages in length), (e) professional writing sample (scholarly writing on a topic of interest in music education, minimum of 5 double-spaced pages in length). An interview (in person or online) will also be required.

 

Send all supporting materials, such as video recordings or CDs, scores, and research papers, directly to the Department of Music & Dance  Graduate Program Director, Prof. Brent Auerbach. Make sure to include the concentration you are applying for (i.e.: performance/instrument, theory, etc.).  Sending supporting materials to the Graduate School will delay their consideration by the appropriate music faculty.