School of Music 2003-2005 Graduate Academic Bulletin
General Requirements for Master's Degrees
General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees
Diploma Programs in Performance
Curricula for Graduate Degrees in Music
Curricula for Music-Related Graduate Degrees
All persons with a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university, conservatory, or its demonstrated equivalent are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Division of the School of Music, which administers master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and diploma programs. Students with a non-degree-based conservatory education (resulting in advanced diplomas in performance, music history, and music theory) who can satisfy an undergraduate equivalent in music may be considered for entrance into the Master of Music program with the consent of the School of Music Admissions Committee, the director of graduate studies, the dean of the School of Music, and the dean of the University Graduate School.
Students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than music may be admitted to the School of Music as nondegree students until an undergraduate equivalency in music is satisfied. If the student is fully prepared in the major area, the nondegree status will be at the graduate level. If there are undergraduate deficiencies in the major area, the student will be considered a nondegree undergraduate student. Deficiencies relative to such an equivalency may exist in the major field, in a performance area (for students majoring in areas other than performance), or in the undergraduate music core curriculum. Please consult the graduate office for the details of equivalency requirements.
The completed Application for Admission with Graduate Standing form should be received by the director of admissions in the School of Music by the priority admission dates. For admission information and priority application dates see the admissions section of the following Web site, www.music.indiana.edu. International students should also apply to the Indiana University Office of Admissions. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum paper-based test score of 560 or a computer-based score of 223 is necessary for regular admission to a degree program. A minimum paper-based score of 460 or computer-based score of 140 is required of those applying to the diploma programs.
Indiana University School of Music master's students applying for admission to the D.M. do not need to repeat the entire formal admissions process. Information on specific requirements may be obtained from the Music Admissions Office or the Music Graduate Office.
A transcript of previous college and university work must accompany the application. M.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. applicants should check with the graduate office for instructions about admittance to the University Graduate School.
Each applicant for admission to the Graduate Division of the School of Music with an undergraduate academic record containing more than 10 percent of "pass," "satisfactory," or "credit" entries in lieu of letter grades must submit (1) a written evaluation or customary letter grade by the instructor in at least 90 percent of all courses, and (2) scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Both requirements must be met before an application for admission can be considered.
Entering students in music education (except M.A.T.), music theory, and musicology are required to take the Graduate Record Examination.
All students applying for graduate degrees or diplomas with a major in music performance or for visiting student status must audition for admission. Information on audition dates and procedures is available from the School of Music admissions office. A high-quality recording may be used for preliminary acceptance; however, a personal audition is required for official acceptance. See individual degrees for specific requirements.
Students applying for graduate degrees in the fields of choral conducting, composition, early music, instrumental conducting, music education, music theory, musicology, opera, voice, wind conducting, woodwinds, arts administration, music and library science, music theater stage techniques, and stage direction for opera must meet other admission requirements or prerequisites as specified in the description of the individual degrees.
Need-based aid is offered to qualified applicants and their families through the university Office of Student Financial Assistance. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply for need-based assistance. To do so, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please note that international students are not eligible for financial aid.
Merit-based aid is offered to qualified applicants through the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid. Applicants are automatically considered for School of Music financial aid at the time of admission. The Director of Music Admissions and Financial Aid, in conjunction with the Admission Committee, makes the initial award based on institutional need and audition rating. An audition score in the top 10 percent on the audition/portfolio or on the area interview is ordinarily required for merit consideration. Exceptions may be made in cases of particular need, either on the part of the applicant or on the part of the school.
Merit-based associate instructor and graduate assistant positions are offered to students by the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid based on the recommendation of individual department chairs. Appointments are normally made for one year. Renewals are considered annually up to the financial aid time limit associated with individual degree or diploma programs.
Merit-based assistance is made possible at the School of Music by generous donors. The School of Music gratefully acknowledges all persons and institutions who support students and faculty by providing endowed funds and annual gifts. For more information about giving and endowed funds at the School of Music, visit www.music.indiana.edu.
Upon receipt of the completed application, Graduate Record Examination test scores (if required), transcript, and audition or interview results, the School of Music Admissions and Recruitment Committee may grant regular admission, conditional admission, or admission on probation, or may reject the application. Certain departments have additional requirements for regular admission to their majors. See individual degrees for further information.
Candidates completing a bachelor's degree in the Undergraduate Division of the School of Music may apply for conditional admission to the Graduate Division of the School of Music and may enroll for graduate credit for that portion of their program not required for completion of the bachelor's degree, provided they meet the following requirements:
A student who does not have an undergraduate and graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better may be admitted on probation in exceptional cases. Probationary students must be enrolled full time during their first semester and must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for that semester. Students who are admitted on probation and who incur academic probation during their first semester of study are subject to dismissal. See Probation and Dismissal.
Students who do not matriculate within one year of acceptance must repeat entrance auditions and other admission requirements.
A limited number of graduate-level students with interest in advanced work in music performance or academic study may be admitted as visiting students, subject to the following:
All new graduate degree students, including graduates of Indiana University, are required to take a number of examinations that serve as proficiency tests or prerequisites for entrance to certain graduate courses. These examinations include music history and literature, music theory, and keyboard proficiencies. Visiting students, as well as students in M.S. degrees and diploma programs, are not subject to these proficiency examinations. Students whose major field is not music performance also take a music performance proficiency examination.
The music theory and music history and literature proficiencies may be satisfied in the following ways:
These examinations assume that each candidate has had at least two years of training in music theory at the undergraduate level. There are three examinations. The first examination covers written work and analysis, the second covers dictation and aural analysis, and the third covers sight singing. Details are available in the Music Theory Office and on the Music Theory Department Web site (theory.music.indiana.edu/ofc/gee.html)
The following High Pass degrees have different standards for passing the examinations and the proficiency courses: M.M. in composition, computer music composition, conducting (choral, instrumental, and wind), and music theory; D.M. in composition, conducting (choral, instrumental, and wind); and Ph.D. in music theory.
The sight-singing exam is graded on a pass/fail basis. A grade of C or higher (B or higher for High Pass degrees) is required in the written theory and aural theory examinations.
Students who do not achieve a passing grade (or High Pass, where required) in their two permitted attempts, or who do not take the examinations, must complete the appropriate proficiency course(s): T508 Written Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade C, or B for High Pass degrees), T509 Sight-Singing Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade C), and T511 Aural Music Theory Review for Graduate Students (minimum grade D, or B for High Pass degrees, C for musicology majorsM.A. and Ph.D. degrees).
Music History and Literature
All music graduate students (except M.S. candidates) must pass a keyboard proficiency examination, including those whose principal or proficiency instrument is piano. Most students will take the examination on piano. Early music majors may take the examination on the harpsichord or lute, guitar majors on the guitar, organ majors on the organ, and harp majors on the harp. Musicology students take a departmentally administered exam.
The keyboard proficiency examination is designed to ensure the student's ability to use the keyboard as a tool within the framework of professional activities, and the requirements vary according to level and area of music study. The examination is normally offered in the latter part of each semester or in summer session II. Entering students who are prepared to do so may take the exam during the orientation period. For details, see the secondary piano coordinator or the departmental chairpersons (for early music, guitar, organ, musicology, and harp).
When keyboard proficiency requirements are identical for two degrees, a student seeking both degrees need not repeat the keyboard proficiency examination if it has been passed for one of the degrees. Students who fail the keyboard proficiency examination may register, with the advice of the secondary piano coordinator or the chairperson, for appropriate courses to assist in developing the required skills.
Students who are candidates for music graduate degrees for areas other than performance and whose performance proficiency instrument (see Music Performance Proficiency below) is piano must also complete the keyboard proficiency requirement.
All candidates for music graduate degrees in areas other than music performance (composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, musicology and music theory) are required to demonstrate in person to a faculty auditioning committee a minimum level of music performance ability equivalent to the end of the fourth year for concentration undergraduate students in that area. A faculty member in the student's major area shall be a voting member of the examination committee. Students should consult the appropriate performance department chair for detailed information on the required level.
Proficiency may be demonstrated in any of three ways: (1) in person before a faculty auditioning committee, one voting member of which shall be a faculty member in the student's major area; (2) by completion of performance study as a graduate cognate or minor; or (3) by two semesters of performance study as a graduate elective. The grade in each semester of performance study must be B or higher.
The performance area must ordinarily be one in which instruction is offered at the 400 level in the School of Music. With the support of the departmental chair of their major area, students may petition the director of graduate studies to be allowed to demonstrate this proficiency in another performance area. If the petition is approved, the director of graduate studies will appoint an examination committee of three members of the School of Music faculty qualified to judge the student's performance, including at least one member of a performance department and one member of the student's major area.
In all cases, failure to meet the required level will automatically indicate probationary status and will require additional music performance study or other remediation in each period of enrollment as a prerequisite to the desired degree.
The School of Music offers programs leading to a Specialist Diploma in Music Education and a Certificate in Organ and Church Music. Information concerning these programs may be found under the relevant departmental headings in the Curricula for Graduate Degrees in Music section of this bulletin.
Requests for deviation from department, program, or school requirements may be granted only by written approval from the respective chairperson, director, or dean (or their respective administrative representative). Disposition at each level is final. Double majors at the master's level may be considered if all requirements within each major field are met.
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