Music Education

Music Education

The following information is for entry into the 2024-2025 school year.

Undergraduate applicants

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

  • Complete a prescreening and/or audition on your performance instrument or voice. For information on performance area prescreening and/or audition requirements, visit the audition page and select your instrument area or voice.
    • Note: if your performance area requires a prescreening, you will submit your prescreening materials with your JSOM Supplemental application by December 1.
  • Complete an in-person interview and group meeting 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.

You will be scheduled for one of the following audition dates and will receive your schedule by email 3-4 weeks prior to your performance audition and music education interview and group meeting:

  • January 12-13, 2024
  • February 2-3, 2024
  • March 1-2, 2024

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

All graduate music education applicants must submit a prescreen portfolio via the JSOM Supplemental application by December 1.

Submit the following materials via the JSOM Supplemental application by Dec. 1:

  • 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.M.E. and Ph.D. applicants should discuss potential research interests.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write clearly and persuasively while also incorporating citations (e.g., research paper, research literature review, scholarly essay, term paper from a previous degree, compelling blog post/editorial)
  • 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 uploaded to your application or sent to

  • M.M.E., D.M.E. and Ph.D. applicants are not required to, but may submit optional GRE General Test scores.

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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