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GRADUATE AUDITIONS

Which programs pre-screen? What do you need to prepare for your audition? What are the specific requirements for your non-auditioned major?

Pre-screening

For some areas of study, applicants must submit a pre-screening video recording with their music application to determine eligibility for a live audition. Audition notifications are sent by December 20.

The graduate areas of study that require pre-screening and specific requirements are as follows:

Clarinet

A video recording of the following requirements (10 minutes total):

  1. One solo of your choice
  2. Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Conducting

Choral Conducting

  1. A 2-4 minute video personal statement of yourself discussing some or all of the questions/statements listed below. You may share some of the same information that you include in your written personal statement. The admissions committee will use both the written and video statements to evaluate how you present yourself.
    1. What qualities or experiences first drew you to conducting?
    2. Why do you believe the conducting program at the University of Maryland would be a good fit for you?
    3. Describe the future you envision for classical music and your potential role in it.
  2. Video of 10-15 minutes in length of a rehearsal with a mixed ensemble of at least 12 voices.
  3. Video or audio of a public performance.

Pre-screen results will be sent via email by early January.

Orchestral & Wind Conducting

At the M.M. level, we offer a degree in instrumental conducting with either an orchestral or wind conducting concentration. At the D.M.A. level, we offer a D.M.A. in orchestral conducting and a D.M.A. in wind conducting. Please pay close attention to the specific application requirements for each of the different degree options.

  1. All instrumental (orchestral and wind) conducting (M.M. and D.M.A.) applicants must submit: A 2-4 minute video personal statement of yourself discussing some or all of the questions/statements listed below. You may share some of the same information that you include in your written personal statement. The admissions committee will use both the written and video statements to evaluate how you present yourself. 
    1. What qualities or experiences first drew you to conducting?
    2. Why do you believe the conducting program at the University of Maryland would be a good fit for you?
    3. Describe the future you envision for classical music and your potential role in it.    
  2. A pre-screen video, meeting the following requirements:
    1. M.M. applicants: A video of 10-20 minutes of you conducting an instrumental ensemble of no less than seven players (preferably an orchestra for orchestral conducting candidates and a wind ensemble for wind conducting candidates). The video may be a combination of rehearsal and performance conducting, or it may all be of rehearsal(s). It should not be only a performance. In the video, the camera should be behind the ensemble, with you facing the camera.
    2. D.M.A. applicants: Two examples of you conducting:
      1. Video of a rehearsal with an instrumental ensemble of no less than seven players (preferably an orchestra for orchestral conducting candidates and a wind ensemble for wind conducting candidates).
      2. Video or audio of a public performance.
      3. In the video, the camera should be behind the ensemble, with you facing the camera.

Wind conducting applicants must also submit the following:

A list of what you consider to be the 35 finest works "in the repertoire" of university or conservatory wind ensembles (i.e. Hindemith's Symphony in Bb or Septet would be appropriate, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony would not).

Pre-screen results will be sent via email by early January.
 

Flute

A video recording of the following:

  1. Two contrasting pieces: one piece may be an etude, but the two pieces should be by different composers (the movements may not be from the same work).
  2. Three orchestral excerpts chosen from the following list:
    • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (mm. 328-360)
    • Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 (Entr'acte mm. 1-23)
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (IV. mm. 93-105)
    • Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (mm. 1-4 & Reh. 2 to Reh 3)
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo: 1 mm. before Reh. P to the end)
    • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Reh. 2 to Reh. 4) 
    • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2 (3 after Reh. 176 to 2 after Red. 179)

Piano

Solo Piano

(M.M. and D.M.A.)

A video recording of 10-15 minutes worth of music that is representative of your ability. You must include a minimum of two contrasting styles. You may submit excerpts of a longer work, but the total amount of music submitted on the recording may not exceed 15 minutes. The video recording must show your hands on the keyboard.

Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music Emphasis

(M.M. and D.M.A.) 

  1. A solo piece
  2. A collaborative piece

(Applicants invited to a live audition will be provided musicians to accompany)
 

String Quartet Fellowship

  1. Every musician, whether applying as a member of a pre-formed quartet or as an individual, must perform an individual degree audition following the audition requirements for his/her instrument.
  2. Pre-formed groups must upload a video recording of their group performing two contrasting movements recorded live. One member of the group may upload the video with their music application. Please make sure you list the names of all members of the group in the field requesting additional information about the recording.
  3. Individuals wishing to be considered for the string quartet fellowship should: 1) Apply to the degree program of your choice, 2) upload to your music application a recording of yourself working in a string quartet, performing the group audition of two contrasting movements recorded live and 3) prepare the individual audition requirements for a live audition for the degree program.
     

Voice & Opera

Total of four selections, for ALL programs:

  1. One German lied
  2. One French melodie
  3. Two arias, either from opera or oratorio, one of which must be in Italian
     

Audition Repertoire

Please adhere strictly to the repertoire indicated for your area of performance. The audition repertoire is not required to match the pre-screen repertoire.
 

Conducting

Choral Conducting

Applicants chosen for an on-campus audition after initial screening will be asked to lead a choral rehearsal of up to 30 minutes, have a personal interview with members of the conducting faculty and complete musical skills testing. Auditions will take place in February 2020. Those selected for a live audition will be given 2-3 dates from which to choose.

Orchestral & Wind Conducting

Live auditions for those selected for the orchestral and wind conducting programs will take place in January or February. Those chosen for an on-campus audition after the initial screening will be asked to complete a test of ear training skills and general knowledge of the field. Candidates will also be asked to perform on their primary instrument and demonstrate their level of score-reading at the piano. This will be followed by a session of up to 25 minutes with the UMD Symphony or Wind Orchestra on works chosen by the conducting faculty.   
 

Jazz Studies

All prospective jazz applicants should be prepared to discuss previous performance experience, teachers and method books used in study. Please bring your own mp3 or CD accompaniment, and/or we will provide any of the Aebersold play-a-long recordings for all auditions.

Master of Music – Jazz bass (acoustic preferred), guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet

  1. Major, whole tone, diminished and ascending melodic minor scales.
  2. Play the melody and improvise from memory on the chord changes of one tune from each of the following three lists:
    1. Bebop tunes: Groovin’ High, Half Nelson, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Joy Spring, Stablemates
    2. Standard tunes: All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Star Eyes, Alone Together, There Will Never Be Another You, Have You Met Miss Jones?, On Green Dolphin Street
    3. Post-bop tunes: Giant Steps, Moment’s Notice, Bolivia, Inner Urge, Dolphin Dance, Moontrane
  3. Perform one jazz etude or transcription
  4. Auditionees may be asked to sight-read typical jazz ensemble parts

Master of Music – Drumset

The applicant must demonstrate their ability to play in the following musical styles:

  1. 4/4 swing at a variety of tempos
  2. Funk and rock styles at a variety of tempos
  3. Samba and bossa nova
  4. Mambo
  5. Afro-Cuban 6/8

Additional skills assessed during the jazz drumset audition:

  1. Brush technique
  2. Waltz and odd meter performance
  3. Repertoire: transcription or jazz etude
     

Piano

Solo Piano

The piano division requires a live audition in order to be considered for admission. Requests to submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition are historically granted for applicants living internationally at the time of our auditions and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please keep in mind, a live audition is viewed more favorably than a recorded audition. Consideration for assistantships is given only for applicants who perform a live audition.

Master of Music
Prepare a solo program of at least 45 minutes (of which approximately 15 minutes will be heard by the auditioning committee) representing a variety of styles and historical periods, equal in difficulty to a Bachelor of Music solo recital.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Prepare a solo program of at least 60 minutes (of which approximately 15 minutes will be heard by the auditioning committee) representing a variety of styles and historical periods, equal in difficulty to a Master of Music solo recital.

Assistantship Information for Solo Pianists

The primary source of funding for graduate students in solo piano is through assistantships. We offer assistantships in teaching and in accompanying.

Teaching assistantship - In order to be considered for the teaching assistantship, please include information in your resume about your teaching experience. 
Accompanying assistantship - In order to be considered for an accompanying assistantship, please upload a statement of your collaborative experience, a collaborative repertoire list and a video recording of one of the following:

  1. One movement of any Mozart or Beethoven piano and violin sonata
  2. Three contrasting lieder

Substitutions may be possible with permission only. Please contact professor Larissa Dedova if you wish to provide a recording of something different.

Please note, if you are interested in being considered for the accompanying assistantship, sight-reading will be included in your degree audition.

Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music Emphasis

(Applicants invited to a live audition will have musicians to accompany provided)
 
For those invited for a live audition, you will be asked to submit any changes to your audition repertoire. Musicians will be provided for you to accompany, and rehearsal time will be coordinated with the musicians prior to your scheduled audition time.

Master of Music

  1. A work for solo piano which best demonstrates the applicant's musicianship and keyboard technique
  2. A group of five songs representing three different languages and one operatic aria. Please be prepared to sing and play one of the vocal selections.
  3. Two contrasting movements from an instrumental sonata or work originally written for solo instrument and piano
  4. A demonstrated proficiency in sight-reading 

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A 60-minute program that includes solo, vocal and instrumental repertoire representing various styles and languages. Please be prepared to sing and play one of the vocal selections. 
  2. A demonstrated proficiency in sight-reading 
     

String Quartet Fellowship

Individual applicants invited to audition for the String Quartet Fellowship program will receive string quartet repertoire selections at least two weeks in advance of the audition date. These pieces should be prepared in anticipation of placement in assigned groups, which will rehearse together and then audition as an ensemble in preliminary and possibly final rounds. Personnel may change between rounds.
 

String

Violin, Viola and Cello: Live Audition Requirements 

Master of Music in Performance

A 30-minute program that includes:

  1. The first movement of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. Three standard orchestral excerpts
  5. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program

Doctor of Musical Arts

A 60-minute program that includes:

  1. The first movement of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. One contemporary work (written after 1950)
  5. Three standard orchestral excerpts
  6. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program

Double Bass: Live Audition Requirements 

Master of Music in Performance

A 30-minute program that includes:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts
  4. Other repertoire of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program

Doctor of Musical Arts

A program of approximately 60 minutes that includes:

  1. A major concerto from memory
  2. Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach from memory
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. One contemporary work (written after 1950)
  5. Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts

Harp: Live Audition Requirements

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

A 30-minute program that includes:

  1. A movement from a concerto from memory
  2. A solo from a time period that contrasts with the concerto
  3. A virtuosic work
  4. Three to five standard orchestral excerpts
  5. Other solos of the auditionee's choice as needed to fill out the program
     

Voice/Opera

Accompanists are provided for all graduate voice applicants invited for a live audition. All applicants, if invited to the live audition, may change their audition repertoire but must provide 8 copies of the updated list to the audition committee at the time of their audition.

Please note, the voice division requires a live audition in order to be considered for admission. Requests to submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition are historically granted only for applicants living internationally at the time of our auditions and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please keep in mind, a live audition is viewed more favorably than a recorded audition. Consideration for assistantships is given only for applicants who perform a live audition.  

Master of Music, Maryland Opera Studio (Opera Performance)

Five selections and a monologue, all memorized. Repertoire should include four arias in three different languages, one of which must be in English and not a translation. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however, you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes.

Master of Music, Solo Vocal Performance

Five selections in differing styles and a monologue, all memorized. Repertoire should include a work in each of these languages: English, French, German and Italian. Of the five selections, at least two arias from an opera or an oratorio must be represented and one selection must be from the 20th or 21st century. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however, you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes.

Doctor of Musical Arts, Maryland Opera Studio

Eight contrasting selections and a monologue, all memorized. Selections must include four operatic arias and four art songs. The French, German, Italian and English languages must be represented. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however, you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. At least four selections will be heard.

Doctor of Musical Arts, Solo Vocal Performance

Eight contrasting selections and a monologue, all memorized. Selections must include at least one, but no more than two, operatic arias and the French, German, Italian and English languages must be represented. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however, you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. At least four selections will be heard.

Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Pedagogy

Eight contrasting selections and a monologue, all memorized. Selections must include at least one, but no more than two, operatic arias and the French, German, Italian and English languages must be represented. At least four selections will be heard. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however, you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. In addition to the performance audition, the applicant will be required to teach a vocal student as part of the audition. The audition in total will last approximately 30 minutes.

All applicants for the D.M.A. in vocal pedagogy degree must also upload a sample of scholarly writing. A research or an analysis paper written for an academic music course is acceptable. The paper should be at least 5-10 pages long and demonstrate your ability to form an argument and write persuasively.  
 
 

Wind & Brass

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. The first movement of a major concerto or similar work
  2. Three to five standard orchestral audition excerpts of your choice
  3. Other repertoire (which may include solos, etudes, or excerpts) of your choice, if needed, to fill out a program of 30 minutes for the M.M. and 60 minutes for the D.M.A. Selected portions will be heard.

Bassoon

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

A pianist is not required for solo works.

  1. The first movement of a concerto by Mozart, Weber or Hummel
  2. Two additional solo works or movements of contrasting style, including at least one from the 20th or 21st century
  3. At least five standard orchestral audition excerpts from which selections will be made.

Saxophone

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. Two contrasting etudes chosen from the following:
    1. Bozza: Etude Caprices
    2. Lacour: 28 Etudes After Messiaen
    3. Lauba: Neuf Etudes
    4. Koechlin: Etudes for Saxophone and Piano
    5. Karg-Elert: 25 Capricen und Sonat
  2. Solo repertoire to be selected from the following, or a work of similar scope and difficulty:
    1. Albright: Sonata
    2. Aphergis: Alter Egos (tenor)
    3. Asia: The Alex Set (soprano)
    4. Berio: Sequenza IXb, Sequenza VIIb (soprano)
    5. Bolcom: Concert Suite, Lilith
    6. Dahl: Concerto
    7. Denisov: Sonata
    8. Hurel: Opcit (tenor)
    9. Husa: Elegie et Rondeau, Concerto
    10. Larsson: Concerto
    11. Ibert: Concertino da Camera
    12. Lennon: Distances with Me, Symphony Rhapsody
    13. Mihalovic: Chant Premir (tenor)
    14. Scelsi: Tre Pezzi (soprano or tenor), Schmitt Legende
    15. Tanada: Mysterious Morning III (soprano)
    16. Villa-Lobos: Fantasia (soprano or tenor)
    17. Williams: Six Studies in English Folksong
    18. Yoshimatsu: Fuzzy Bird Song, or other works of similar scope and difficulty
  3. All major and harmonic minor scales; chromatic scale, three octaves (optional)
  4. Accompanist is not required and will not be provided

Horn

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. Please choose two contrasting solo works and prepare a single movement from each of the following:
    1. Forster: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
    2. Gliere: Concerto for Horn, Op. 91
    3. Hindemith: Horn Sonata in F 
    4. Mozart: Concerto No. 4, K. 495 with cadenza
    5. Persichetti: Parable for Solo Horn
    6. Rossini: Prelude, Theme and Variations
    7. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro
    8. R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major
    9. Telemann: Concerto for Horn in D 
    10. Weber: Concertino in E Minor for Horn and Orchestra
  2. Please choose six orchestral works from the following list or you may choose comparable excerpts:
    1. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (Entire)
    2. Bach: B Minor Mass (opening)
    3. Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (1st movement, Opening to letter A)
    4. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (trio, 2nd horn)
    5. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1st movement)
    6. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (4th horn solo)
    7. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (1st mvt D horn solo; 2nd mvt B horn solo)
    8. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (Scherzo, 3rd horn)
    9. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (low horn tutti)
    10. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (opening)
    11. Wagner: Siegfried (long call)
  3. Please choose two contrasting etudes from the following list or you may choose comparable etudes:
    1. Maxim-Alphonse: Deux Cents Etudes Nouvelle; Cahier 5 or 6
    2. Gallay:12 Grand Caprices for Solo Horn, op. 32
    3. Kling: 40 Studies

Trumpet

  1. Please play the selections indicated for your prospective degree program in the order listed
  2. Graduate candidates may use any key trumpet they prefer
  3. No memorization is required
  4. A pianist is not required for any audition, though you are welcome to use piano if it is convenient. If playing without piano, count out all rests as marked
  5. For additional questions, please contact Professor Chris Gekker.

Master of Music, 15 minutes

  1. A. Honegger: Intrada (complete)
  2. H. Stevens: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, first movement (complete)
  3. Orchestral excerpts
    • Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 5, opening
    • Beethoven: Leonore Overtures Nos. 2 and 3, offstage calls

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A. Honegger: Intrada (complete)
  2. F. J. Haydn or J.N.Hummel Concerto (complete)
  3. Orchestral excerpts
    1. Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
    2. Mahler: Symphony No. 5, opening, and solo at 13
    3. Beethoven: Leonore Overtures No. 2 and 3, offstage calls
    4. Ravel: Piano Concerto, first movement

Trombone: Tenor

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. One movement each from two contrasting standard solos, chosen from:
    1. Eric Ewazen: Sonata 
    2. Richard Peaslee: Arrows of Time
    3. Launy Grondahl: Concerto
    4. J.G. Ropartz: Piece in Eb Minor
    5. Henri Tomasi: Concerto
    6. J.G. Albrechtsberger: Concerto for Alto Trombone
    7. Jacques Casterede: Sonatine
  2. Two contrasting etudes of the candidate's choice
  3. Three standard orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice
  4. All major and minor scales
  5. Sight reading

Trombone: Bass

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. One movement from two contrasting standard solos, chosen from:
    1. Eugene Bozza: New Orleans
    2. Eric Culver: Unaccompanied Suite for Bass Trombone
    3. Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Bass Trombone
    4. Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra
    5. Alec Wilder: Sonata for Bass Trombone and Pian
    6. Frigyes Hidas: Meditation
    7. David Gillingham: Sonata
  2. Two contrasting etudes of the candidate's choice
  3. Three standard orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice
  4. All major and minor scales
  5. Sight reading

Percussion

Master of Music

  1. A Delecluse snare drum etude of your choice
  2. An advanced-level mallet solo suitable for a senior recital (first movement of a concerto)
  3. An advanced-level timpani solo (one movement) or advanced etude
  4. Two orchestral excerpts each for timpani, snare drum and xylophone
  5. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A Delecluse snare drum etude of your choice
  2. An advanced-level four mallet solo suitable for a graduate level recital
  3. An advanced-level two mallet solo suitable for a graduate level recital
  4. An advanced-level timpani solo (one movement) or advanced etude
  5. Four orchestral excerpts each for timpani, snare drum, and xylophone
  6. Two orchestral excerpts each for tambourine, triangle, cymbals, and bass drum
  7. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency
     

Application Requirements for Non-Auditioned Programs
 

Application Requirements for Non-Auditioned Programs

Music Education

The preferred deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for assistantship funding is January 15. All graduate applicants in music education must be submitted by March 1. For specific admissions questions, please contact Michael Hewitt.

In addition to submitting your School of Music application, all graduate applicants must also apply to the UMD Graduate School. View the step-by-step list of Graduate School application procedures. You will need to use the four-letter program code: MUED.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

The Ph.D. in music education was re-designed for music educators who would like to pursue research and prepare future music teachers for work in K-12 classrooms. The degree, which includes a rigorous sequence of courses and colloquia both within and beyond the School of Music, can be completed in as few as three years of full time enrollment. The music education faculty is particularly excited about the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, which will allow students to explore and specialize in fields relevant to their areas of interest and current trends in music education.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in music education must submit the following:

  1. GRE scores (less than five years old) 
  2. Personal statement (500-1,000 words): From your perspective on the current state of music education in the United States, what do you see as the greatest challenge(s) facing the profession, and how do you anticipate that your doctoral studies in music education at the University of Maryland will equip you to become a leader on these issues?
  3. Academic writing sample: Please provide a sample of your past scholarly work. This could be a course assignment, project or thesis from your master’s degree.
  4. Teaching video: Please upload a 15-30 minute unedited video clip of your recent K-12 music teaching experience. The video should be representative of your typical teaching practice and demonstrate your musicianship as well as the developing musicianship of your students. 

Masters Programs in Music Education

The Master of Music in music education degree is designed for qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor of Music who are seeking a professional degree in music education that culminates with a final project. Applicants who are considering pursuing doctoral study in music or music education after the master's degree might instead prefer the Master of Arts in music education program. Tracking into the M.M. or M.A. program will be determined in consultation with music education faculty following admission to the University and the School of Music. For all master's of music education applicants, evidence of at least two years of classroom teaching experience is highly desirable.

All masters music education applicants must submit the following (please find more detailed application information here):

  1. Transcript(s) from all undergraduate institutions
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Brief essay (500-750 words) describing your teaching philosophy and methodologies
  5. Teaching/rehearsal video (15-20 minutes, unedited), with accompanying lesson plan
     

Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Musicology (M.A. and Ph.D.)

The preferred deadline is December 1. Please upload two research papers or chapters from a thesis (totaling a minimum of 15 pages) that demonstrate your ability to conduct research, form an argument and write persuasively. The admissions committee conducts telephone interviews.

Applicants must submit GRE scores (general). You may upload a screenshot or a scanned copy of a score report to your music application but you should also submit your official score report electronically to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, using the institutional code 5814.  

For the musicology degrees, we require a bachelor’s degree in music (B.A. or B.M.) for admission to the M.A. degree and a master’s degree in music for admission to the Ph.D. degree.
 
Ethnomusicology

The preferred deadline is December 1. Applicants must upload writing samples such as research papers or a master’s thesis that demonstrate depth of inquiry, mastery of research techniques and understanding of citation style. Other beneficial qualifications include language ability in the proposed area of research and/or significant international study or work experience. Information on the Ph.D. and M.A. programs in ethnomusicology can be found in the School of Music's Handbook. For further information, please contact J. Lawrence Witzleben or Fernando Rios.

Applicants must submit GRE scores (general.) you may upload a screenshot or a scanned copy of a score report to your music application but you should also submit your official score report electronically to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland using the institutional code 5814.

All materials should be submitted electronically through our music application.

For the ethnomusicology degrees, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music is appreciated, but degrees in other areas are also accepted.
 

Music Theory & Composition

Theory

Please upload two scholarly papers or thesis chapters (totaling a minimum of 15-20 pages) that demonstrate solid background and exceptional ability in music theory and analysis. For best consideration, be sure to submit all materials by December 1. 

Composition

Applicants should submit a sampling of recent scores and recordings that best represent their most advanced work in composition, demonstrating command of various genres, but with a clear focus on contemporary concert music. For best consideration, be sure to submit all materials by December 1.

All materials should be submitted electronically through our music application.