Graduate Student Admissions

Step 1: Applications

  • First, all applicants must apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School for admission to the University.
  • Second, all applicants apply to the Department of Music for admission to the graduate program.
  • 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: Music Audition/Interview

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:

  1. Performance and Collaborative Piano applicants must audition for or submit a DVD of a recorded performance to the appropriate graduate faculty.
  2. Music Education applicants are expected to have prior teaching experience and submit a DVD of a recent classroom teaching experience.
  3. Music History and Music Theory applicants should submit a paper representative of their work as well as scores for the Graduate Record Exam.
  4. Composition applicants are required to submit three of their compositions.
  5. Instrumental Conducting applicants will be required to submit a video recording of the applicant conducting two contrasting pieces. Performance footage is preferred, but rehearsal footage will be accepted. For select applicants, the Director of Bands will make a recommendation for on-campus audition for the applicant to rehearse and conduct the Wind Ensemble, Arkansas' premiere wind band, for approximately 15 minutes.

Requirements for the Master of Music Degree

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School the following must be met:

  1. 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.
  2. Candidates needing to augment their piano skills will be required to take additional piano study.
  3. Candidates are required to take comprehensive written examinations followed by an oral examination after the completion of coursework.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Graduate Advising

Er-Gene Kahng
Director of Graduate Advising
231 Music Building
(479) 575-6270


Christopher MacRae, voice, 479-575-4534, Room 309

Er-Gene Kahng, violin, 479-575-6270, Room 231

Paulo Eskitch, viola, Room 231

Dominic Na, cello, Room 303

Mike Montgomery, bass, Room 303

Jake Hertzog, guitar, Room 224

Jura Margulis, piano, 479-575-4178, Room 206

Chalon Ragsdale, percussion, 479-575-5838, Band 

Stephen Caldwell, choral conducting, 479-575-3141, Room 332

Christopher Knighten, instrumental conducting, 479-575-4109, Band 209

Ronda Mains, flute, 479-575-5765, Room 201

Theresa Delaplain, oboe, 479-575-6385, Room 205

Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet, 479-575-5850, Room 314

Eric Troiano, saxophone, 479-575-4190, Room 109

Lia Uribe, bassoon, 479-575-4138, Room 108

Richard Rulli, trumpet, 479-575-6383, Room 215

Timothy Thompson, french horn, 479-575-5762, Room 340

Cory Mixdorf, trombone, 479-575-6302, Room 230

Benjamin Pierce, euphonium/tuba, 479-575-4197, Room 226


Quick Facts

Degree Conferred

  • Master of Music - M.M. (MUSC)

Graduate Certificate

  • Advanced Performance

Areas of Concentration for the Master of Music

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

Graduate Course Catalog  

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