Jul 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Music

Music (MM)

Telephone: (302) 831-2577
Faculty Listing: https://www.music.udel.edu/who-we-are/faculty-and-staff

Program Overview

The Department of Music offers Master’s 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 four degree concentrations: Performance (with specialization in voice or instrument); Teaching (with specialization in PK-12 music education); Composition; or Conducting.  

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 ( 3.0 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent). 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 for a Master of Music must pass an audition and interview with appropriate faculty. Those unable to visit campus due to geographic constraints may submit a performance video via online link or 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. Some concentrations require prescreening materials; details can be found on the Department of Music website.  


Admitted students must pass the Department’s music history entrance exam and music theory entrance exam. Students who fail either exam will be required to complete a review course in that area before they can enroll in MUSC 611  and MUSC 695  . In addition, students matriculating into the Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance concentrations must pass an exam testing knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and competency in pronunciation of English, Italian, German, and French. Students who fail this exam will be required to complete a graduate diction review course.


Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities.


Assistantships and Scholarships

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.