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Prerequisites

Applicants who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply.

  • U.S. Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution officially recognized by that country.
    • Applicants who hold undergraduate degrees in fields outside of music may be required to complete deficiency coursework prior to enrollment in graduate-level music courses.
  • GPA: B average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • English Proficiency: If you are from a country where the native language is not English (regardless of where you now reside), you must provide proof of English proficiency. The School of Music does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.

Step 1: Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

Click here for the Graduate Admission Application

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  1. Non-refundable application fee
  2. Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  3. Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.

Use the chart below to determine which degree program to select in your Graduate Admission Application.

Master's ProgramGraduate Admission Application Option
CompositionMusic Composition (MM)
Conducting: Music DirectionMusic Theatre/Opera Performance (MM)
Conducting: Orchestra, Wind BandPerformance (Conducting) (MM)
EthnomusicologyEthnomusicology (MA)
Music EducationMusic Education (MM)
MusicologyMusic (Musicology) (MA)
Music Therapy (2-Year Track, 3-Year Track)Music Therapy (MM)
Performance: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)Music Performance (MM)
Performance: Keyboard (Organ, Piano Solo)Music Performance (MM)
Performance: Collaborative PianoPiano, Collaborative (MM)
Performance: JazzMusic Performance (MM)
Performance: Opera, Musical TheatreMusic Theatre/Opera Performance (MM)
Performance: VoiceMusic Performance (MM)
Performance Pedagogy: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)Performance Pedagogy (MM)
Performance Pedagogy: PianoPerformance Pedagogy (MM)
Performance Pedagogy: VoicePerformance Pedagogy (MM)
Doctoral ProgramGraduate Admission Application Option
CompositionMusic Composition (DMA)
Conducting: ChoralConducting (DMA)
Conducting: Orchestra/Opera, Wind BandConducting (DMA)
Music EducationMusic (Music Education) PhD
MusicologyMusic (Musicology) (PhD)
Performance: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)Music Performance (DMA)
Performance: Keyboard (Organ, Piano Solo)Music Performance (DMA)
Performance: Collaborative PianoMusic Performance (DMA)
Performance: VoiceMusic Performance (DMA)
Performance Pedagogy: PianoMusic Performance (DMA)

 

Step 2: Apply to the ASU School of Music

Click here for the 2018 ASU School of Music Application

A separate School of Music Application is required in addition to your Graduate Admissions Application. Prepare the following for your Music Application.

  • References: Name, title institution/company information, email address, and phone number for each of the three individuals submitting recommendation letters in support of your application. Each recommender will receive an auto–email with submission instructions.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae PDF: Master's degree applicants are required to upload a résumé. Doctoral applicants are required to upload a curriculum vitae.
  • Program-Specific Requirements (see below)
  • Teaching Assistantship Application (optional)
  • Recorded Audition (optional)
    Note that live auditions are required for specific degrees. See Auditions for details. DVD, CD, YouTube™ (or similar) submissions received by postal mail or email are not accepted.

IMPORTANT: You will receive an Application Confirmation email immediately upon successful submission of your Music Application. Email MusicAdmissions@asu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered.

Program-Specific Requirements

Composition

Composition

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Personal Statement (PDF): a one- to two-page statement statement outlining your educational and career goals.
  • Prescreening portfolio: three to five original works showing technical facility in composition in a variety of genres. Recent works are preferred.
  • Interview: an interview with composition faculty and theory/aural skills exam (scheduled by invitation after review of submitted prescreening portfolios).

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • GRE or MAT: an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE: verbal, quantitative, analytical sections only) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE examination in Music is not acceptable. Scores must be from within 5 years of the first day of the proposed enrollment semester and should be sent from ETS to ASU (Institutional Code 4007, Department Code 000). Scores may be submitted after the application deadline, but must be received before enrollment at ASU.
  • Prescreening portfolio: three to five original works showing technical facility in composition in a variety of genres. Recent works are preferred.
  • Interview: an interview with composition faculty and theory/aural skills exam (scheduled by invitation after review of submitted prescreening portfolios).

Conducting: Choral

Conducting: Choral

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Writing Sample (PDF): an example of a research paper submitted for a graduate-level course in music.

Conducting: Music Direction

Conducting: Music Direction

Master of Music: Music Theatre/Opera Direction

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required, by invitation.

Conducting: Orchestra/Opera, Wind Band

Conducting: Orchestra/Opera, Wind Band

Master of Music (Orchestra, Wind Band)

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required.

Doctor of Musical Arts (Orchestra/Opera, Wind Band)

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required.

Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology

Master of Arts

  • Writing Sample (PDF): an example of scholarly work or publication, preferably a paper from an upper-level undergraduate course, or an article or document you have written.
  • Personal Statement (PDF): a one- to two-page statement outlining your educational and career goals.

Interdisciplinary Digital Media

Interdisciplinary Digital Media

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Personal Statement (PDF): a one- to two-page statement statement outlining your educational and career goals.
  • Prescreening portfolio: three to five original works showing technical facility in composition and presenting evidence of accomplishments as a composer. Materials may include scores in PDF, recordings of performances, and audio and/or video tracks, depending on media involved.
  • Interview: an interview with composition faculty and theory/aural skills exam (scheduled by invitation after review of submitted prescreening portfolios).

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • Prescreening portfolio: three to five original works showing technical facility in composition and presenting evidence of accomplishments as a composer. Materials may include scores in PDF, recordings of performances, and audio and/or video tracks, depending on media involved.
  • Interview: an interview with composition faculty and theory/aural skills exam (scheduled by invitation after review of submitted prescreening portfolios).

Music Education

Music Education

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • GRE or MAT: an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE: verbal, quantitative, analytical sections only) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE examination in Music is not acceptable. Scores must be from within 5 years of the first day of the proposed enrollment semester and should be sent from ETS to ASU (Institutional Code 4007, Department Code 000). Scores may be submitted after the application deadline, but must be received before enrollment at ASU.
  • Teaching Demonstration: a clear uploaded video recording of teaching (rehearsal or class teaching) focused specifically on instruction. Additional recordings may be submitted to reflect your ability to refine music in a performance setting. Teaching demonstration recordings must be in video and are only accepted via upload. Recordings sent by any other method will neither be reviewed nor acted upon.
  • Writing Sample (PDF): an example of scholarly work or publication, preferably a paper from an upper-level undergraduate course or a graduate course, or an article or document you have written.
  • Interview: an interview in person or via electronic media with the music education doctoral faculty scheduled after review of application materials.

Musicology

Musicology

Master of Arts

  • Writing Sample (PDF): an example of scholarly work or publication, preferably a paper from an upper-level undergraduate course, or an article or document you have written.
  • Personal Statement (PDF): a one- to two-page statement outlining your educational and career goals.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF): documentation of at least three years of appropriate experience in the field.
  • GRE: an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE: verbal, quantitative, analytical sections only). The GRE examination in Music is not acceptable. Scores must be from within 5 years of the first day of the proposed enrollment semester and should be sent from ETS to ASU (Institutional Code 4007, Department Code 000). Scores may be submitted after the application deadline, but must be received before enrollment at ASU.
  • Two writing samples, preferably, a paper from an upper level undergraduate course or a graduate course, or an article or document written by the applicant.
  • The three required letters of recommendation should be from individuals familiar with the applicant's musicianship and/or research abilities.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Master of Music

  • Prerequisites
    • Applicants with undergraduate degrees specifically in music therapy are eligible to apply for the Master of Music program in Music Therapy: Two Year Track.
    • Applicants with undergraduate degrees in music (Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music), but not specifically in music therapy, are eligible to apply for the Master of Music program in Music Therapy: Three Year Track.
    • Applicants without undergraduate degrees in music or music therapy are not eligible to apply and are instead recommended to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the ASU School of Music.
  • Personal Statement (PDF): a one- to two-page statement of your music therapy philosophy, including models of choice, influences, and reason for pursuing an advanced degree.
  • Audition: an audition in functional music skills, including the demonstration of advanced guitar accompaniment skills, piano accompaniment in several styles, improvisation skills and vocal abilities. An audition video may be uploaded.
  • Interview: an in-depth interview emphasizing your music therapy philosophy, research activities and clinical interests. A phone interview may be arranged.

Performance: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)

Performance: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. Unless noted otherwise, audio is acceptable but video is preferred for prescreening recordings.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required unless otherwise noted.

Performance: Jazz

Performance: Jazz

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Performance: Opera + Musical Theatre

Performance: Opera + Musical Theatre

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Performance: Organ

Performance: Organ

Master of Music: Performance

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition. Prospective organists should contact Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an audition. Organ auditions are not offered on regular audition dates.

Doctor of Musical Arts: Performance

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is  recommended for organ. Prospective organists should contact Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an audition. Organ auditions are not offered on regular audition dates.

Prescreening is not required of doctoral organ applicants.

 

Performance: Piano (Solo, Collaborative)

Performance: Piano (Solo, Collaborative)

Master of Music: Performance (Piano Solo, Collaborative Piano)

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.
  • Teaching Demonstration (optional): Those applying for teaching assistantships in class piano or piano preparatory teaching are required to upload the following to the School of Music Application: a video recording of piano teaching in English, including two complete lessons, preferably of students at different levels. Individual and/or group lessons at any level are acceptable. It is also advised that the three recommendation letters address the applicant’s teaching ability and probability of success as a teaching assistant.

Doctor of Musical Arts: Performance (Piano Solo, Collaborative Piano)

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required for piano and recommended for organ.
  • Teaching Demonstration (optional): Those applying for teaching assistantships in class piano or piano preparatory teaching are required to upload the following to the School of Music Application: a video recording of piano teaching in English, including two complete lessons, preferably of students at different levels. Individual and/or group lessons at any level are acceptable. It is also advised that the three recommendation letters address the applicant’s teaching ability and probability of success as a teaching assistant.

Performance: Voice

Performance: Voice

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required unless otherwise noted.

Performance Pedagogy: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)

Performance Pedagogy: Instrumental (Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Performance Pedagogy: Piano

Performance Pedagogy: Piano

Master of Music: Performance

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Teaching Demonstration: an on-campus or uploaded video demonstration of piano teaching in English, including two complete lessons, preferably of students at different levels. Individual and/or group lessons at any level are acceptable.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Doctor of Musical Arts: Performance

  • Personal Statement (PDF): a well-composed statement of professional and educational intent. This statement should contain a brief review of your professional and educational background and academic and professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Teaching Demonstration: an on-campus or uploaded video demonstration of your teaching one student of any level in English for a total of 15–20 minutes.
  • Live Audition: A live audition is required.

Performance Pedagogy: Voice

Performance Pedagogy: Voice

Master of Music

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Repertoire List (PDF): a list of repertoire studied and/or performed after high school, including the title of the work, role (if applicable), and full name of the composer. The list should be divided into two sections: works studied and works publicly performed.
  • Prescreening Recording: an uploaded video recording is required to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  • Audition: a live and in-person audition or uploaded recorded audition.

Step 3: Submit Transcripts + Test Scores

Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.

Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation.

Send hardcopy transcripts to:

If sending by U.S. MailIf sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287–0112

Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287–0112

Electronic Transcripts: ASU Graduate Admissions only accepts transcripts directly from the institution from the following services: E-Scrip, Parchment, Credentials Inc., TranscriptsPlus, and National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts should be sent directly to gradtranscripts@asu.edu and not the School of Music. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) scores (DMA Composition and PhD applicants only). Scores may be submitted after the application deadline, but must be received before enrollment at ASU.

Exam DateSubmit from ETS to:
Within 5 years of the first day of the proposed enrollment semesterInstitutional Code 4007, Department Code 000


Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on this website

Track the status of your materials:

  • Recommendations: Login to FluidReview to track the submission status of your recommendation letters. You may wish to follow–up with your recommenders as well.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts will appear under Priority Tasks on My ASU until they have been processed by ASU Graduate Admission Services. Check MyASU often to track the status of your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts.
  • GRE or MAT (DMA Composition and PhD applicants only): GRE will appear under Priority Tasks on My ASU until they have been processed by ASU Graduate Admission Services. Check MyASU often to track the status of your official score report.
  • English Proficiency (if applicable): English Proficiency will appear under Priority Tasks on My ASU until proof of English proficiency has been processed by ASU Graduate Admission Services. Check MyASU often to track the status of your proof of English proficiency.

 

Step 4: Program-Specific Audition or Interview

Your audition/interview date and time will be confirmed via email. Applicants who submit complete application materials after the designated deadline will be confirmed for an audition date only if spaces are available.

Certain degree programs require an audition or interview as part of the admission process. Review the list of Program-Specific Requirements above to determine whether or not the program to which you are applying has an audition or interview requirement.

Click here to view audition and interview dates and requirements.