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Music Theory & Composition

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

  • Transcript(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief essay   

International applicants: The School of Music's English proficiency requirements are different than the university's requirement. Graduate applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit a passing TOEFL score in order to be scheduled for an audition. This requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another approved English-speaking country and for applicants who have earned a graduate degree in a non-performance related field (i.e. musicology or theory). Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education or at least two years of the graduate education in a non-performance related field took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees in performance-related fields or performance certificates or diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a passing TOEFL score. Please go here for more specific information.


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. 


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, available here.



Graduate Audition Requirements

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