May 30, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Music

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Music (MM)

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Program Overview

The Department of Music offers master degree programs for students seeking advanced study in music. Through study with our distinguished faculty, graduate students acquire the necessary skills for success in their chosen career path. Graduate students may choose from among three degree concentrations: Performance (with specialization in voice, instrument, or conducting); Teaching (with specialization in PK-12 music education); or Composition.  

The rich resources within the Department of Music and throughout the University of Delaware enhance our students’ educational experiences. Students have access to internationally recognized guest artists and pedagogues, support and guidance for exploring their own projects, touring opportunities with our renowned ensembles, and a variety of programs for performance and study both domestically and abroad.

Our graduates excel in the highly competitive field of music and have been successful in attaining important positions within their respective areas. Alumni who choose to further their graduate study have found considerable success in the most prestigious doctoral programs in the country.

Requirements for Admission for the Master’s Degree

The entering student is expected to have an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. The applicant must also submit a transcript of all previous academic work to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, revealing an acceptable grade-point average (normally 3.0). The student must also submit a statement of professional goals and three letters of recommendation to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Students applying for admission to the Performance Concentration must pass an audition. Those unable to visit campus due to geographic constraints may submit a performance DVD in lieu of a live audition at the discretion of the major area professor. A video-conference interview is also required for applicants unable to visit in person.

Prospective students without a degree in music must meet with the graduate studies coordinator who will complete an interdepartmental form that indicates a) admissions expectations into the MM program; b) whether remediation of equivalency for entrance into the MM program is needed; and c) stipulations regarding degree completion.

Admitted students must pass the Department’s music theory entrance exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 695   (Advanced Analysis and Interpretation). Applicants must also pass the music history entrance exam in order to enroll in MUSC 611    (Studies in Music History). Students who fail either exam will be required to complete remedial coursework in that area. Students matriculating into the Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance concentrations must also pass an exam testing knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as well as competency in pronunciation in English, Italian, German, and French. Students who fail this exam will be required to complete the Graduate Diction Review (MUSC 571  ).

Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Financial Aid

Graduate and teaching assistantships and tuition scholarships are available to a select number of full-time students. Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for additional information.



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