Audition Information

Music Education Requirements

(prescreen required for graduate applicants)


Bachelor of Music in Education (B.M.E.)


Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)
Master of Science in Music Education with Certification (M.S.)
Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (Ph.D.)
Specialist Certificate in Music Education

Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate admission is based on a successful audition in the student's performing instrument or voice category and an in-person interview with the music education faculty. Please note, select departments require prescreen, so please visit your instrument's audition page for more information.

The interview will consist of an on-site essay, questions concerning your musical and extracurricular activities, and a general assessment of musical skills that pertain to teaching music.

Graduate Requirements


Graduate music education applicants must submit the following via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

  1. An entrance essay of three to five pages with the application to the graduate program. The purpose of this essay is to assess the applicant's ability to organize thoughts and to express them clearly in writing. Applicants are asked to describe previous background in music and music education with particular emphasis on teaching experience. Applicants are also asked to include a discussion of what they hope to accomplish during graduate study and long-term career goals. Students applying for the DME or PhD degree programs should discuss potential research interests.
  2. A ten-minute video recording which demonstrates proficiency in teaching and a short video or audio recording which demonstrates proficiency as a soloist or conductor. Website or HTML are accepted.
  3. In addition to the materials required on the Music Graduate Application, applicants for the MME, DME or PhD should submit GRE General Test Scores. Applicants for the MS degree are not required to take the GRE. Instead they must submit Casa scores (Core Academic Skills Assessment Test) or qualifying scores on one of the following: SAT (1100), ACT (24), GRE (301).


Interviews are granted by invitation only.

All applicants to all graduate degree programs must complete an in-person interview with the music education graduate coordinator and will consist of questions regarding previous schooling, teaching, and musical experience along with research experience and interests. The interviews will be used to assess the applicant's ability to articulate thoughts and goals clearly and to determine the applicant's appropriateness for Associate Instructorships.

Graduate International Students and non-native English speakers

Non-native English language speakers applying for a graduate Music Education program must achieve a passing TOEFL score by the December 1, 2019 application deadline. Your application will not be processed, and you will not be scheduled to interview unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for each degree program.