Graduate Student Admissions

Step 1: Applications

  • First, all applicants must apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School for admission to the University.
  • Second, applicants fill out a supplemental portfolio within the applicant portal for the Department of Music. The portfolio includes: an application, pre-screning material, a resume, a written statement of interest, and provide up to five names and contacts for letters of recommendation.
  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for admission to graduate studies in music except for those applying to the Music History or Music Theory program. The graduate school may require a standardized test score if your GPA is below 3.0.

Step 2: Pre-Screening and Auditions/Interviews

Applicants should prepare for pre-screening and auditions based on the following suggestions based on instrument and degree focus. Required pre-screening materials are detailed below for initial consideration. Faculty have the option to use the uploaded materials in student portals as the applicants audition.

PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PLANS

Contact Dr. Lia Uribe

The audition is approximately 20 minutes long. An accompanist is not required but may be used if the candidate wishes.


Solo Repertoire:

Two contrasting movements/pieces from the bassoon repertoire; examples would be 
:

  • Colored Stones, Jennifer Brandon

  • Swan Song, Katherine Murdock
  • Sonata, Camille Saint-Saens
Concerto, Mozart, Hummel or Weber

  • 16 Valsas, Francisco Mignone
  • 
Suite Argenta, Noelia Escalzo

  • Tansman, Sonatina or Suite
  • 
Elegy, Jeffrey Scott
  • Suite Argentina para Jugar con Andrea, Jorge Mockert
  • 
Solo for Bassoon Alone, Nicole DeMaio

  • Dance Suite for Solo Bassoon, Jacqui Wilson

  • Concertos and Sonatas, Antonio Vivaldi

  • Sarabande et Cortège, Dutilleux

    (among others)



Orchestral Excerpts: 
Three excerpts to be chosen by applicant 

 

Contact Professor Dominic K. Na

3 octave scales and arpeggios as requested

Two contrasting movements from the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach BWV 1007-1012.

A complete concerto or concert piece

An additional piece of the applicant’s choice, contrasting in style to Bach and the concerto. The audition program must consist of three different stylistic periods.

CHORAL CONDUCTING

Contact Dr. Stephen Caldwell

Applicants submit video recordings of themselves conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage preferred.

The Director of Choral Activities reviews submitted materials and makes recommendations for regarding an on-campus auditions. If selected for an on-campus audition/interview, the applicant will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Schola Cantorum, Arkansas’ premiere 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 15 minutes in two or three stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the Director of Choral Activities.

Additionally, the applicant will be required to sing one solo vocal piece for the choral faculty and demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading, ear training, and keyboard skills.

INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING

Contact Dr. Chris Knighten

Applicants submit video recordings of themselves conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage preferred.

Select applicants will be invited to campus for interviews and to conduct one of the UA bands in rehearsal.

Contact Dr. Nophachai Cholthitchanta

Two solo movements of contrasting styles from the major concerto, sonata, or solo repertoire.

Contact Dr. Robert Mueller

Students must submit a portfolio consisting of at least three works in notated form, with accompanying recordings. Students may submit electronic or electro‐acoustic works in lieu of one of the notated works. Students should also submit a list of works with performance dates.

Contact Dr. Mike Montgomery

Selected two-octave scales

Perform two works of contrasting styles that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement – for example:

  • a movement from a Baroque sonata or suite (by composers who composed before 1750, such as Eccles, Marcello or Bach, for example) is recommended
  • a movement from a concerto, sonata, or a short solo piece (or etude) from a later time (after 1750, from the classical, romantic, or modern periods) is recommended

Accompaniments are encouraged, but not required.

Contact Dr. Ronda Mains

Two pieces of contrasting style from major repertoire, which may include movements from concerti, sonatas, and solo repertoire. Additonally, applicants should prepare all major and minor scales. Sight‐reading is included in the audition process.

Contact Professor Jake Hertzog

Two solo selections, sight‐reading in treble clef.

Guitar students will choose to focus on either classical guitar or jazz guitar style of playing in their studies. Those who focus on classical guitar will also be expected to perform a piece of music by Carcassi, Sor, Bach or Tarrega in their audition.

Those focusing on jazz guitar will be asked to play various modes and scales in a variety of positions on the fingerboard. They will also be expected to know how to play Major 7th, minor 7th, and dominant 7th seventh chords in 3 or 4 forms around the fingerboard. They will also be expected to know the location of various notes across the fingerboard. They will also be asked to improvise over a blues or other basic jazz progression.

Contact Dr. Katey Halbert

Two contrasting solos or movements demonstrating the player's range, musicality, and techincal skill.

One etude from either George Barboteus' Classique Etudes or Henri Kling's 40 Characteristic Etudes for Horn.

Total time of repertory should equal 20 minutes of music.

All major and minor scales in two or three octaves (three octaes preferred).

Contact Dr. Theresa Delaplain

One concerto movement from a composer such as Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Marcello, Bellini, etc.

One work or sonata movement from a composer such as Hindemith, Saint Saens, Jacob, Bozza, etc.

All major and minor scales

Sight‐reading is included in the audition process

Contact Professor Chalon Ragsdale

Students should be able to perform an etude that demonstrates their level of musical and technical ability on snare drum (rudimental and concert style), keyboard percussion (2 and 4 mallet marimba), and timpani (four drums).

Contact Dr. Tomoko Kashiwagi

Solo Piano Performance

Three pieces (at least), each representing a different style; one must be a complete, substantial multi-movement work

45 Minutes total, memorization required 

Possible Selections

  • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 by L. van Beethoven
  • Romance No. 1 in A minor by C. Schumann
  • 5 Vision Fugitives by Prokofiev
  • Fantasia in C minor, K. 475 by Mozart
  • 2 Nocturnes, Op. 62 by Chopin
  • Sonata in E minor by Florence Price
  • Partita in C minor, BWV 826, by J.S. Bach
  • Thème et variations by L. Boulanger
  • 3 Impromptus, Op. 68, by L. Liebermann

Collaborative Piano

  • One instrumental work originally written for piano, preferably the first or last movement of a standard instrumental sonata
  • One instrumental or operatic orchestral reduction (a movement of a concerto or an aria)
  • Three art songs of contrasting style
  • Sight Reading

30-40 Minutes total; You may bring your own partners to collaborate with for the audition or, alternatively, we will provide partners for you

Contact Dr. Eric Troiano

Present a live twenty‐minute program with piano accompaniment representing recently studied repertoire.

Perform all major and minor scales full range

Sight‐reading is included in the audition process.

Contact Dr. Cory Mixdorf

Demonstrate proficiency with major/minor scales (2 octaves)

Perform two solos of contrasting styles, one of which must be a standard concerto or sonata

Perform two orchestral excerpts of your choice IN ADDITION to the following:

  • TENORS: "Tuba Mirum" from Mozart's Requium and "Hungarian March" from Berlioz's Damnation of Faust
  • BASSES: Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and Haydn's Creation

Sight-reading is included in the audition process

Contact Dr. Richard Rulli

A major concerto or sonata from the trumpet repertoire, demonstrating all aspects of musical and technical proficiency. The applicant may bring their own accompanist or will be provided with a list of local accompanists for hire at their expense.

Etudes number 1 and 2 from "Trente‐six Etudes Transcendantes" by Theo Charlier.

NOTE: If the applicant is applying for a trumpet studio graduate assistantship, a live audition is required and will include additional elements.

Contact Dr. Ben Pierce

Two or more contrasting solo pieces of your choice

Three band or orchestral excerpts of your choice

All major scales, 2 octaves

 Contact Professor Josquin Larsen

Selected 3-octave scales and arpeggios

One étude (from a composer such as Kreutzer, Campagnoli, Rode, Dont Op. 35, etc.)

A fast movement from a 20th or 21st century concerto with cadenza, if applicable

A movement of a Romantic Sonata (e.g. Brahms, Schubert, Clarke, Bax, Vieuxtemps, etc)

Two contrasting movements from a Bach solo sonata, partita, or suite

Memorization is recommended for Bach and the concerto.

Contact Dr. Er-Gene Kahng

3 octave scales and arpeggios as requested

Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita

A complete concerto or concert piece

An additional piece of the applicant’s choice, contrasting in style to Bach and the concerto. The audition program must consist of three different stylistic periods.

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Murdock

A twenty‐minute program displaying different styles and languages.

ACADEMIC DEGREE PLANS

Contact Dr. Daniel Abrahams 

All applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music education and at least one year of  teaching experience is preferred. A video of recent classroom teaching experience is required. An interview will be schedule for applicants.

Contact Dr. Alan Gosman

All applicants must submit a writing sample representative of their work, as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.

Contact Dr. Micaela Baranello

All applicants must submit a writing sample representative of their work, as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.

Once your application is received, you will be connected with faculty members and area coordinators for your field of study. Feel free to contact Director of Admissions Dr. Justin Hunter at anytime in the process for help.

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 Master of Music (except for Music Education) are required to take a diagnostic exam (entrance exam) for aural and written music theory and music history prior to the beginning of their first semester of study.  These exams are scheduled the week before classes begin in the fall semester. 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.

Quick Facts


Degree Conferred

  • Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)

Graduate Certificates

  • Advanced Performance
    (non-degree)
  • Certificate in Music Education for Special Needs Students (online)

Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music

  • Performance
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Instrumental and Choral Conducting
  • Music Education

Graduate Coordinator

Er-Gene Kahng

Graduate Course Catalog  

Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the Master of Music degree requirements.