Music Education

Music Education audition requirements

The following information is for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition/interview procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

Undergraduate applicants

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

  • Perform an audition in your performing instrument or voice.
  • Complete in-person interview with the music education faculty, consisting of:
    • An on-site questionnaire about your musical and extracurricular activities.
    • A general assessment of musical skills that pertain to teaching music.

Graduate applicants

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

  • An entrance essay of three to five pages to assess your ability to organize thoughts and to express them clearly in writing. The essay should include:
    1. Your background in music and music education, with particular emphasis on teaching experience.
    2. A discussion of what you hope to accomplish during graduate study and long-term career goals.
    3. M.E. and Ph.D. applicants should discuss potential research interests.
  • A ten-minute video recording which demonstrates proficiency in teaching
  • A short video or audio recording which demonstrates proficiency as a soloist or conductor (website is acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic records must also be sent to
  • M.E., D.M.E. and Ph.D. applicants are not required to, but may submit optional GRE General Test scores.
  • M.S. applicants must submit CASA (Core Academic Skills Assessment Test) scores or qualifying scores on one of the following: SAT (1100), ACT (24), GRE (301).

If your prescreen is accepted, you will complete an in-person interview with the music education graduate coordinator consisting 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.

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