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  Jun 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Opera Theatre, M.M.

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Admission School of Music 
Degree Requirements  


The general requirements for admission are: an undergraduate degree in music (or the equivalent); satisfactory score on the general section (verbal/quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test; and fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including the submission of three recommendations preferably written on School of Music forms. Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 230 (computer-based) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5. Applicants for the Master of Music degree in composition, conducting, jazz studies, opera theatre, or performance and whose TOEFL score is between 550 (213 computer-based) and 569 (229 computer-based) will be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. Such applicants must demonstrate exceptional abilities in the major area and evidence through past academic or professional activities strong promise for future professional success. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total application portfolio, with particular weight given to the audition (for those applying in the area of conducting, jazz performance, opera theatre, performance, or piano pedagogy), composing experience (composition or jazz composition), or research/writing abilities (music history, music theory, or the thesis track in piano pedagogy).

Degree Requirements

Prior to taking any graduate music study, all master’s students must take the Graduate Music Diagnostic Examination, and, early in their studies, complete all deficiencies and required courses resulting from the exam. Degree candidates must complete a prescribed program of 32 hours of graduate work and successfully pass an oral comprehensive examination. In addition, candidates in conducting or performance must present one full recital, and those whose performance medium is an orchestral instrument must also perform a concerto; candidates in composition must complete a thesis consisting of a musical work of major proportions; candidates in music history or music theory must complete a written thesis; and candidates in piano pedagogy must present a solo recital or complete a written thesis. Specific program requirements are listed online.

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