There are two stages to admission to the Masters in Music program. The first stage is your application to the UTC Graduate School. The second stage involves admission to one of the Masters in Music Degree programs. The Performance degree and the Music Education degree have slight differences in requirements for admission. Please note that although there are two stages in the application process, formal admission into the Graduate and the Master's program would occur simultaneously.
Stage 1: Graduate School Admission
An applicant from the United States for admission to the Graduate School must: (1) hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and (2) have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale). If the applicant does not meet the overall 2.7 GPA they must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree. An applicant who graduated from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission with a 3.0 cumulative average. Completion of the required admissions exams is required if the applicant is seeking admission to a degree program. An applicant who seeks a degree but does not have the requisite grade point average may be classified as a conditional student. For complete information on conditional admission, please consult the UTC Graduate Catalog.
An International applicant for admission to the Graduate School should refer to the International Student Application Guide.
To ensure adequate consideration, the applicant should submit the completed application and supporting credentials to the Graduate School no later than one month prior to the beginning of the semester or summer term for which admission is desired. Those filing applications after the established submission dates cannot be assured their credentials can be processed in sufficient time to secure admission for that term. An applicant for admission must furnish the following materials to the Graduate School Office:
1. Complete the Graduate School online admissions process
2. Payment of the non-refundable, application fee: $35 for U.S. citizens and $40 for international applicants.
3. Two official transcripts from each college or university previously attended sent directly from the institution to the Graduate School.
If an applicant does not enter UTC in the semester or summer term for which application was made, the applicant's file will be destroyed after one year unless he/she requests and is granted permission to enter at a future date. All application materials become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, students pursuing the concentration in Music Education must have a bachelor's degree in Music Education from a regionally accredited institution or a professional teacher's certificate. Students seeking the Performance degree should hold a bachelor’s degree in music or the equivalent.
Stage 2: Music Department Entrance Requirements
The Graduate Theory Placement Examination and Writing Proficiency Examination are required of all students to assist in planning appropriate courses in their program of study. These examinations are administered in the Music Department and while they are not entrance exams, they must be completed before the student will be allowed to register for courses. Prospective students should contact the Music Office to schedule a time to take these exams. Results will be reported to the student, advisors and the UTC Graduate School. Based on the results, the Graduate Committee in Music may require remedial courses in music theory and/or writing skills as prerequisites to admission to degree programs. International students must sit for and pass the TEOFL written English exam and also conduct a brief interview with a committee of faculty members to assess verbal English language skills. The membership of the faculty committee will remain flexible to allow for at least one faculty member who may speak the native language of the candidate.
Applicants to the M.M. in Performance must also pass an audition for the faculty Division Jury as an entrance requirement. Those wishing to major in the M.M. Performance Conducting concentration must supply a fifteen minute video recording of the candidate conducting a live ensemble in literature encompassing a minimum of three contrasting styles of music. The conducting gestures must be clearly visible.
Students in the M.M. in Music Education concentration need only audition for the Division Jury if they intend to enroll in 5000-level applied music study. If the student wants to take 5000 level instruction as part of their Music Education coursework a successful completion of a division jury will be required.
Normally, both the audition and placement examination are completed before enrolling in any graduate courses. However, a student may enroll as a non-degree or provisional student for a limited period of time. It should be noted that such enrollment does not qualify the student for Financial Aid.
Changing Degree Concentration
On the rare instance of a student wanting to change degree concentration from Music Education to Music Performance, they will need to take or retake the division jury before that change will be approved. If they want to change from Music Performance to Music Education they will need to complete an interview with the Music Education Advisor and may need to sit for a Teachers Education Program (TEP) interview prior to the change being approved.
The purposes of the faculty Division Jury are: 1) to evaluate the qualifications of students seeking admission to 5000-level (graduate) applied study and to approve or deny such applications; 2) to evaluate the preparedness of all graduate recitals and to authorize the presentation of such recitals as scheduled.
The faculty Division Jury meets on the Friday prior to the beginning of classes, on the first Thursday of each month and on the last Thursday in the fall and spring semesters. A schedule is available on the department web site and the form is located here. The voice faculty will recommend non- degree status, Division Jury repetition, or appropriate prerequisite courses for vocal performance majors if deficiencies in French, German, or Italian diction are noted.
Entry to 5000-Level Applied Study
a) Normally a graduate student will audition for graduate standing in applied music before the first semester of graduate work. In any case, no student may register for 5000-level applied study without Division Jury approval.
b) In certain cases, the Division Jury will meet to audition a graduate student for 5000- level study early in the term in which he/she begins work. Registration for 4000 level study will not be retroactively changed to 5000 level study should the audition take place at the normally scheduled Division Jury meeting in mid or later semester.
c) The Division Jury may consider both the undergraduate Senior Recital pre-hearing and entry to 5000-level study at the same audition. The Division Jury may approve the Senior Recital while not approving entry to 5000-level study. In no case will the Jury approve entry to 5000-level study while not approving the Senior Recital.
d) Students auditioning for the Division Jury for the purpose of admission to the 5000 level in applied music should prepare, at a minimum, the following:
- Music appropriate for a senior recital at the undergraduate level.
- Three selections from the standard repertoire for the instrument or voice, representing various styles, languages and tempi.
- (for singers) selections in French, German, Italian and English.
- (for conductors) supply a 15 minute video recording of the candidate conducting a live ensemble in literature encompassing a minimum of three contrasting styles of music. The conducting gestures must be clearly visible.
- (for pianists) refer to the linked chart that lists requirements for each degree program.
e) The student must provide his/her own accompanist for the audition. In cases where providing an accompanist is impractical, the student must inform the Music Office at least two weeks prior to the audition date.
f) Normally, students appearing before the Division Jury are represented at the audition by the appropriate applied instructor. It is strongly recommended that all applicants for 5000-level status seek the counsel of UTC faculty regarding their audition program.
Exceptions to these regulations may be granted only on the presentation of a formal petition to the Department Head, endorsed by the advisor and applied music instructor.
A student planning a Division Jury hearing should submit six (6) completed copies of the Division Jury form (available in the Music Office and on the department web site) to the Music Office and register for a jury time on the schedule posted outside the Music Office. This must be accomplished no later than one week before the selected Division Jury date. A copy of the Division Jury form is included in the Appendices section of Graduate Music Student Handbook; an electronic version can be accessed.