Graduate Student Admissions
Step 1: Apply to the graduate school
- Students seeking admission to graduate level studies in music should first apply online to the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
- Letters of Recommendation: Please have three letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Music Chair.
Dr. Ronda Mains
Department of Music, 201 MUSC
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
- Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for admission to graduate studies in music. The graduate school may require a standardized test score if your GPA is below 3.0.
Step 2: Music Audition/Interview
- Click here to view the graduate audition requirements.
- Contact the Department of Music to schedule an audition/interview. Department of Music Phone: (479) 575-4701
- Instrumental Conducting Applicants:
Applicants must send the music department a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage is recommended but rehearsal footage will be accepted. The Director of Bands will review the recording and make a recommendation regarding an on-campus audition. If selected for an on-campus audition/interview, the applicant will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Wind Ensemble, Arkansas’ premiere wind band, for approximately 15 minutes.
Prerequisite for applying to the M.M. degree
Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in music from an accredited institution. The applicant must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Music. In addition, applicants should schedule an audition/interview with the appropriate music faculty.
The specific requirements for admission to individual concentrations of the Master of Music degree program are:
- Performance and Collaborative Piano applicants must audition for or submit a DVD of a recorded performance to the appropriate graduate faculty.
- Music Education applicants are expected to have prior teaching experience and submit a DVD of a recent classroom teaching experience.
- Music History and Music Theory applicants should submit a paper representative of their work as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
- Composition applicants are required to submit three of their compositions.
Requirements for the Master of Music Degree
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School the following must be met:
- All candidates pursuing the degree of Master of Music with concentrations in, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting, Music History, Music Theory, and Performance are required to take a diagnostic exam for aural and written theory and history prior to the beginning of their first semester of study. Any student diagnosed with deficiencies will be required to register for remedial courses.
- Candidates needing to augment their piano skills will be required to take additional piano study.
- Candidates are required to take comprehensive written examinations followed by an oral examination after the completion of coursework.
- All candidates must participate in at least one ensemble per semester throughout their residence unless pursuing a concentration in Composition, Music Theory, Music History, or Music Education.
- Candidates for the Master of Music in Music History are expected to have or acquire reading and writing proficiency in the foreign language corresponding to their field of research (preferably German, Italian, or French).
Faculty Contact Information
Christopher MacRae, voice
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-4534, Room 309
Er-Gene Kahng, violin
email@example.com, 479-575-6270, Room 231
Paulo Eskitch, viola
firstname.lastname@example.org, Room 231
Dominic Na, cello
email@example.com, Room 303
Mike Montgomery, bass
firstname.lastname@example.org, Room 303
Jake Hertzog, guitar
email@example.com, Room 224
Jura Margulis, piano
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-4178, Room 206
Chalon Ragsdale, percussion
email@example.com, 479-575-5838, Band
Stephen Caldwell, choral conducting
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-3141, Room 332
Christopher Knighten, instrumental conducting
email@example.com, 479-575-4109, Band 209
Ronda Mains, flute
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-5765, Room 201
Theresa Delaplain, oboe
email@example.com, 479-575-6385, Room 205
Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-5850, Room 314
Eric Troiano, saxophone
email@example.com, 479-575-4190, Room 109
Lia Uribe, bassoon
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-4138, Room 108
Richard Rulli, trumpet
email@example.com, 479-575-6383, Room 215
Timothy Thompson, french horn
firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-5762, Room 340
Cory Mixdorf, trombone
email@example.com, 479-575-6302, Room 230
Benjamin Pierce, euphonium/tuba
Bjp02@uark.edu, 479-575-4197, Room 226
Er-Gene Kahng (on leave 2016-2017)
Director of Graduate Advising
231 Music Building
Ronda Mains (interim Graduate Chair 2016-2017)
201 Music Building
- Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)
- Advanced Performance
Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music
- Collaborative Piano
- Music Theory
- Music History
- Instrumental and Choral Conducting
- Music Education
Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the M.M. degree.