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Degree-Specific Graduate Admissions Requirements

M.M. Conducting

The admission process for conducting applicants will consist of two stages. The materials outlined below are to be submitted by the first Monday in December to the College of Music, Office of Admissions/Auditions.

Admission requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu)
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • Resume providing complete information concerning the musical training and experience of the applicant
      • Repertoire list of works studied and conducted
      • Face-to-the-camera, high-quality video recording of the applicant conducting; include if possible excerpts from both a rehearsal and a performance
      • Statement of career objectives
      • Three letters of recommendation
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • A graduate admissions test is required as part of your admission to the university. For Performance majors, this requirement can be fulfilled by an acceptable GRE analytical writing score, or an in-house Graduate Writing Exam.
  • The in-house Graduate Writing Exam is administered during orientation week, along with the GPE. The writing exam must reflect the candidate's ability to write cohesively. It must be in English approximately 600-1000 words in length. Evaluators will review the exam for command of the English language, the ability to present an argument in a cogent manner, and evidence of critical thinking.
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin.

The audition/interview process:

  • Following review of applications, selected choral studies and orchestral studies conducting applicants will be invited to campus for an audition and interview at their own expense. A limited number of applicants in the wind studies area will be invited to attend the North Texas Conductors Collegium in the summer as an auditionee, also at their own expense.
  • It should be understood that no applied music courses count toward degree requirements until the applicant has passed the admission audition.
  • In the audition and interview, those conducting applicants who demonstrate the attainment of a requisite level of technical skill, musicianship, and knowledge of basic repertoire will be considered for admission into the program.
  • Applicants must contact individual areas of specialization (i.e., choral studiesorchestral studieswind studies), to obtain more detailed admission and audition requirements.
 

M.M. Jazz Studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu)
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music with the application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships available on this website.
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • Submit score from the GRE (Analytical Writing Section only) or pass the in-house writing exam administered by Jazz Studies during the required orientation for admitted students prior to the start of the Fall semester. If the applicant chooses the GRE Analytical Writing Section option, the score must be submitted prior to the start of the first semester of enrollment. If the applicant chooses the in-house exam option, admission will be considered provisional until the exam is passed.
  • Candidates for Master's in Jazz Studies in performance must pass an audition for their instrument or voice. Audition requirements can be found on the Jazz Studies website (jazz.unt.edu). The admission standard is the level established for MUJS 2370, Jazz Improvisation II, in the UNT undergraduate jazz studies curriculum. If the audition is via recording, admission will be considered provisional until the student's work is evaluated by the Jazz Studies faculty during the first semester.
  • Submit manuscripts to the Chair of the Jazz Studies Division that demonstrate arranging skill equivalent to the level of MUJS 3620, Jazz Arranging II, in the UNT undergraduate jazz studies curriculum. Arranging manuscripts are typically submitted after the applicant has been accepted, during the orientation period before the start of the Fall semester. Admission is considered provisional until the student either submits scores that meet the standard or passes MUJS 3610 and MUJS 3620.
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin. 

M.M. Music Education

Please refer to http://music.unt.edu/musiced/programs/masters for degree specific requirements.


M.M. and D.M.A. Performance

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu).
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music with the application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships available on this website.
  • Submit the following through the online music application:
      • Resume or curriculum vitae detailing your professional experience, honors and awards
      • Repertoire List (last five years)
      • Statement of career objectives
      • Three letters of recommendation
  • Candidates for Master's and Doctoral Performance programs must pass an audition on the required repertoire for their instrument or voice. Please see Graduate Audition Repertoire for a complete listing of required audition repertoire.
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • A graduate admissions test is required as part of your admission to the university. For Performance majors, this requirement can be fulfilled by an acceptable GRE analytical writing score, or an in-house Graduate Writing Exam.
  • The in-house Graduate Writing Exam is administered during orientation week, along with the GPE. The writing exam must reflect the candidate's ability to write cohesively. It must be in English approximately 600-1000 words in length. Evaluators will review the exam for command of the English language, the ability to present an argument in a cogent manner, and evidence of critical thinking.
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin

D.M.A. Conducting

The admission process for conducting applicants will consist of two stages. The materials outlined below are to be submitted by the first Monday in December to the College of Music, Office of Admissions/Auditions.

Admission requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu)
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • Resume providing complete information concerning the musical training and experience of the applicant
      • Lists representing the following: works the applicant has studied; works the applicant is prepared to conduct; and, works the applicant has previously conducted
      • Face-to-the-camera, high-quality video recording of the applicant conducting; include if possible excerpts from both a rehearsal and a performance
      • A written analysis of a movement from a major tonal work on the applicant's repertoire list
      • Statement of career objectives
      • Three letters of recommendation
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • A graduate admissions test is required as part of your admission to the university. For Performance majors, this requirement can be fulfilled by an acceptable GRE analytical writing score, or an in-house Graduate Writing Exam.
  • The in-house Graduate Writing Exam is administered during orientation week, along with the GPE. The writing exam must reflect the candidate's ability to write cohesively. It must be in English approximately 600-1000 words in length. Evaluators will review the exam for command of the English language, the ability to present an argument in a cogent manner, and evidence of critical thinking.
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the director of graduate studies in music
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin

The audition/interview process:

  • Following review of applications, selected choral studies and orchestral studies conducting applicants will be invited to campus for an audition and interview at their own expense. A limited number of applicants in the wind studies area will be invited to attend the North Texas Conductors Collegium in the summer as an auditionee, also at their own expense.
  • It should be understood that no applied music courses count toward degree requirements until the applicant has passed the admission audition.
  • In the audition and interview, those conducting applicants who demonstrate the attainment of a requisite level of technical skill, musicianship, and knowledge of basic repertoire will be considered for admission into the program.
  • Applicants must contact individual areas of specialization (i.e., choral studiesorchestral studieswind studies), to obtain more detailed admission and audition requirements.

D.M.A. in Performance - Jazz Studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu)
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • A professional resume
      • Representative sample of your work in digital format (see jazz.unt.edu for required file formats)
      • Letter of application which must describe your professional background, make a statement of purpose for pursuing the degree, and outline your professional goals.
  • Perform an on-campus audition, and, while on campus for the audition, have an interview with members of the jazz faculty. See jazz.unt.edu for audition requirements. Students may choose to emphasize performance or composition/arranging in the applied study and dissertation portions of the degree. Students who wish to emphasize composition/arranging must pass a performance audition at the doctoral level in addition to submitting scores and recordings.
  • Submit GRE score (Analytical Writing Portion only) or take on-campus writing exam administered by the Jazz Studies Division during graduate orientation.
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the director of graduate studies in music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin.

M.A. with a Major in Music

Our Master of Arts with a Major in Music program offers concentrations in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Musicology Early Music Performance, or Theory.

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu).
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Applicants for the MA with a concentration in Musicology Early Music Performance must pass an audition for admission at the concentration level. Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory do not require an audition.
  • Applicants for the MA with a concentration in Composition must submit a composition portfolio.
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • A resume
      • Three letters of recommendation by persons who know the applicant personally, professionally and academically.
      • Examples of scholarly writing; a research paper, a published article, or an essay that demonstrates the ability to address significant issues pertaining to the area of study.
      • Submit a statement of personal interest, to include a statement indicating reasons for interest in pursuing graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • Submit GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing Scores directly to the Toulouse Graduate School
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin.

Composition
Applicants to the M.A. program in composition must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Detailed application information may be found on the composition division website.

Historical Musicology
Applicants to the M.A. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Music History Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. The interviews will take place on 2 February 2018. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Margaret Notley, if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/history.

Ethnomusicology
Applicants to the M.A. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Ethnomusicology Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Steven Friedson (steven.friedson@unt.edu), if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/ethnomusicology


Ph.D. with a Major in Music

Our Ph.D. with a Major in Music program offers concentrations in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or Theory.

Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu).
  • Apply for admission to the College of Music through the online application for admission, audition, scholarship, fellowship and assistantships
  • Submit the following materials through the music application:
      • A resume
      • Three letters of recommendation by persons who know the applicant personally, professionally and academically.
      • Examples of scholarly writing; a research paper, a published article, or an essay that demonstrates the ability to address significant issues pertaining to the area of study.
      • Submit a statement of personal interest, to include a statement indicating reasons for interest in pursuing graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Evaluation of transcripts from previous degree(s): N.B. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the College of Music. They are part of your application to UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. After Toulouse evaluates your documents, they will forward copies to the College of Music for review. Your transcripts will be evaluated for coursework deficiencies and notification of required courses will be sent by the Graduate Studies Office after you receive notice of your admission.
  • Submit GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing Scores directly to the Toulouse Graduate School
  • Attend all orientation sessions scheduled by the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
  • Take the Graduate Placement Examinations (GPE) given by the College of Music during new student orientation - held the week before classes begin.
  • Applicants for the Ph.D. with a concentration in Composition must submit a composition portfolio

Composition
Applicants to the Ph.D. program in composition must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Detailed application information may be found on the composition division website.

Historical Musicology
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Music History Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. The interviews will take place on 2 February 2018. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Margaret Notley, if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/history.

Ethnomusicology
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a complete application portfolio to the College of Music Admissions Office by the first Monday in December in order to be considered for admission the following fall semester. Please note that the area pays close attention to all parts of the portfolio but places special emphasis on the examples of your scholarly writing and your statement of personal interest. After a review of your portfolio, the Ethnomusicology Area will decide whether you will be invited for an interview; the interview is optional but recommended. Please contact the area coordinator, Professor Steven Friedson (steven.friedson@unt.edu), if you have any questions. For further information about the area, visit our website at http://mhte.music.unt.edu/ethnomusicology

Theory
Thirty hours may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the Coordinator of Theory in the College of Music. A master's degree from an accredited institution usually is accepted for the first 30 hours.


Ph.D. Music Education

Please refer to http://music.unt.edu/musiced/programs/doctoral for degree specific requirements.


Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance

The Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance is a non-degree program providing an intensive, two-year period of post-baccalaureate study in music performance. It is intended for exceptionally gifted and accomplished performers seeking professional performing careers, but not wishing to engage in academic studies required for a graduate degree program.

Applicants must follow the admission process outlined here http://music.unt.edu/admissions/graduate.

Candidates for admission to the Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance program must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

For International Applicants: Submission of a TOEFL score or the results of an equivalent test of English language ability is required. However, there is no fixed threshold score required for acceptance into the Graduate Artist Certificate in Performance program.

Audition - A live audition is preferred. The audition will be 30 minutes in length. The applicant should prepare a full-length recital from which repertoire will be selected at the time of the audition. In lieu of a live audition the applicant may submit a video recording as a part of the College of Music application. If a recorded audition is submitted, a full-length recital must be submitted.

Enrollment in the college - All students accepted into the program will enroll in designated performance courses for a minimum of nine graduate credit hours each long semester. Participants for whom English is not the first language will be evaluated in their ability to function in the English language according to the needs of the program. The College of Music reserves the right to require English language study through the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI). 

Advising - An advisory committee will be formed for each student admitted to the program, to include the major professor (private music instructor), the appropriate applied division chair and the Graduate Music Advisor.

Scholarships - While scholarships are not reserved exclusively for the Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance program, the College of Music offers a number of competitive scholarships to outstanding students in performance. It is assumed that a prospective student qualified for the very high acceptance standards of the Graduate Artist Certificate program would likely also receive positive consideration for a scholarship.