Graduate Music Application Guidelines
2010-2011 Entrance Auditions:
Upon acceptance, all students will be requried to take a placement exam prior to classes. Students may study for the exam here.
Spring 2011 Graduate Exams:
Please email your exam reservation to Karen Clark Evans.
Graduate Private Music Instruction at George Mason University is offered at both the 3-credit and 2-credit levels. The distinction between the two levels is as follows:
This level is intended primarily for performance, conducting and composition concentrators working toward the M.M. degree in the area of concentration (only credits earned at the 3-credit level may be applied to the M.M. degree in the area of concentration). Music education concentrators may audition at the 3-credit level if they so choose.
Performance Audition: An audition is required for the 3-credit level. Students who audition at this level must prepare 30 minutes of music representing a variety of style periods and genres. Please note that the University does not provide accompanists. Memorization is required on those instruments that traditionally call for it (voice, piano, etc.). The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. Please bring one original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.
Conducting Audition: Students desiring to enter the conducting concentration must either submit a videotape of their conducting or audition in person. Applicants should contact the following faculty as appropriate:
Composition: A portfolio of compositions must be submitted to the composition faculty. Applicants should contact Dr. Glenn Smith (703-993-1393).
This level is intended primarily for music education concentrators. Prospective performance, conducting and composition concentrators who are not yet prepared to pass the 3-credit audition (see above) may audition at this level; however, no credits earned at the 2-credit level may be applied to the M.A. degree in the area of concentration.
Performance Audition: An audition is required for the 2-credit level. Students who audition at this level must prepare approximately 20 minutes of music representing a variety of style periods and genres. Please note that the University does not provide accompanists. Memorization is not required, though it is preferred on those instruments that traditionally call for it (voice, piano, etc.). The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. Please bring one original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.
Conducting Audition: Requirements are the same as stated above for the 3-credit level.
Composition: Requirements are the same as stated above for the 3-credit level.
Graduate students who study Private Music Instruction at George Mason University must enroll through the Office of Admissions (703-993-2400) either as a graduate student or Extended Studies student. Students may not earn more than 12 semester hours through Extended Studies. Enrollment in Extended Studies does not ensure admission to the University.
Further information regarding graduate music programs and auditions may be obtained from Melinda Wildman, Audition Coordinator (703-993-1392), or from Dr. Lisa Billingham , Graduate Music Advisor (703-993-1236).
Master of Music
In addition to fulfilling the admission requirements for graduate study, the applicant is expected to hold a baccalaureate degree in music or in another discipline with courses equaling the music requirements (minus the seven-eight credit teaching sequence) for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music offered at this university. The following documents should be submitted to the Admissions Office (703-993-2400):
Music Concentration Admission Requirements
Performance (Single Instrument or Voice, or Multiple Instruments): Audition
Composition: Submission of a portfolio of compositions
Music Education: Submission of a paper, at least four pages in length (double spaced), on the applicant's philosophy of music education. To the extent possible, include in the paper references to significant people in the field of music education.
Interview with MTEC Faculty.
All Applicants: Please send all application documents (letters of recommendation, application, transcripts) and concentration documents (composition portfolios, conducting tapes/CDs, and music education philosophy statements) directly to:
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