Applicants to the Master of Music (M.M.) degree are required to have completed a Bachelor’s Degree, or its recognized equivalent, from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. Applicants whose college work has been completed outside the U.S. are required to submit all academic records in official English translation, as well as official documentation of U.S. degree equivalency. Applicants who do not demonstrate degree equivalency are not eligible for admission to the M.M. program, but may be considered for the Graduate Diploma following recommendation by the relevant faculty and evaluation by the Director of Admissions. We recommend that applicants with questions about their degree equivalency contact the Office of Admission or have their academic records evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service before applying.


Applicants to the Graduate Diploma (G.D.) must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, Undergraduate Diploma, or equivalent certification. Applicants should demonstrate knowledge, repertoire, and experience comparable to that of M.M. applicants, but will be expected to meet a higher performance standard.


Transcripts: Graduate applicants should submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. 


Recommendations: Two (2) recommendation letters are required:

  1. Artistic Recommendation from your current private studio teacher
  2. Artistic Recommendation from another music teacher or ensemble director/coach

English Language Requirement: Any applicant whose first language was not English should use the link at the beginning of this paragraph to review our English language requirement. If an applicant has recently completed at least four years in a school in which English was the primary language of instruction, s/he may be eligible for an exemption from the TOEFL requirement and should review the instructions for submitting a waiver request.


No offer of admission will be considered until the Office of Admissions receives all required documents.

Return to General Instructions for all applicants.