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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions/Audition Requirements

 

Applying for graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music requires five basic steps: 

  1. Complete the University Graduate College Application. (online) Include the following required materials with your application:

    a) Two letters of recommendation (a third letter of recommendation is optional). Letters may be uploaded in PDF format and must contain the recommender’s contact information (email, telephone, and address) or your references may send their letters directly to UNI via email to admissionsprocessing@uni.edu (IMPORTANT – please make sure they include your full name that matches your application exactly).

    b) Statement of Goals/Objectives (personal statement)

    c) Resume or CV

    d) Any other area-specific requirements that need to be submitted (see Special Area Requirements below)

  2. Submit your Official Transcripts (all students - must be sent directly to UNI from your undergraduate institution – transcripts issued to student are not considered official) and TOEFL/IELTS scores (International students only - please arrange to have these scores sent directly to UNI Admissions from the testing center).
  3. Complete the School of Music Graduate Studies Application form (online here). 
  4. Schedule your interview/audition – see Special Area Requirements below.
  5. Apply for Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships, if you wish to be considered for these (on-campus applicants only). 

Details on these steps, as well as additional information related to admission requirements, fees, deadlines and special area requirements (major-specific information) can be found below.

Application Deadlines

All application materials/paperwork [i.e. University application, School of Music application, Graduate Assistantship application, Tuition Scholarship application, references and transcripts] must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and these materials must be received prior to February 1st. Auditions and interviews must be completed by February 15th for the following school year.

 

STEP ONE: FILL OUT University Graduate College Application

In addition to the School of Music Application, the university requires the submission of an Application for Graduate Study (for domestic students) or an International Application for Admission (for international students). Applications are available from the university or online at http://uni.edu/admissions/apply (domestic and international). Paper copies may also be requested. Applications should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office (domestic) or Office of Admissions (international) at the address below.

For more information about the Graduate College application, see:
https://grad.uni.edu/application-process

For more information about the Graduate College application process for International students, see:
http://www.uni.edu/intladm/application

STEP TWO: Submit the following documentation directly to the Office of Admissions:

1. Official transcripts, sent directly to admissions by the issuing institution (unofficial transcripts or transcripts mailed directly by the student are not acceptable). Electronic transcripts may be requested; contact the admissions office for information

2. International students: TOEFL or IELTS score, sent directly from testing agency to Admissions Office

International students (from non-English speaking countries) are required to submit proof of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer) or 79 (Internet). Scores should be sent directly to Office of Admissions at the address below.

3. Application fees (see UNI Graduate Application for detailed information)

4. WHERE DO I SEND MY MATERIALS?

Option 1: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION (preferred)

Most things can be attached to your main application. Anything else can be emailed to

admissionsprocessing@uni.edu

Option 2: To submit paper applications and hard copies of materials, mail to:

UNI ADMISSIONS
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

Please note: The Graduate Record Examination (general test) is NOT required for admission to the MA or the MM degree programs.

STEP THREE: FILL OUT School of Music Application Form

CLICK HERE to complete the online application form.

To request an application packet by U.S. mail, please contact:

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Music
Russell Hall 115
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246
319-273-GRAD (4723)
music@uni.edu

STEP FOUR: Special Area Requirements – arrange and/or submit your audition, interview, and/or portfolio

Please refer to the specific instructions for your area of application under "SPECIAL AREA REQUIREMENTS" at the bottom of this page.

STEP FIVE: Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship Applications

If you wish to apply for GA and/or scholarship support, please fill out and submit the GA and Scholarship applications – follow the instructions on the forms.

The application forms are located here:
https://grad.uni.edu/graduate-students-forms-resources-and-information

They are the first two forms listed on the page, entitled:
1. Application for Graduate Assistantship & Position Descriptions

2. Application Form for Graduate College Tuition Scholarship

More information on Graduate Assistantships, including position descriptions, is located here:

https://music.uni.edu/degree-programs-applied-studios/graduate/graduate-handbook/graduate-assistantships-scholarships

 

Special Area Requirements

Master of Arts

In-person interview/audition in area of concentration (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship), or submission of scores or writing samples if you wish to focus on composition, theory, or music history. See Master of Music - Performance for area listings for applied study.

Master of Music - Composition

Interview and Portfolio with recordings of compositions. Contact Dr. Jonathan Schwabe for specific requirements. jonathan.schwabe@uni.edu 

Master of Music - Conducting

In-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting Faculty. It is also recommended that the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A video/DVD recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Tapes/DVS's should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two (2) or three (3) works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures. Contact Dr. Danny Galyen for additional information: danny.galyen@uni.edu

Master of Music - Jazz Pedagogy

In-person audition and interview. Also, applicants must submit an essay of interest (no more than 2 pages) outlining experiences in jazz performance, composition, arranging and/or teaching, as well as stating professional goals in any or all of these areas. Contact Mr. Chris Merz for additional information: chris.merz@uni.edu

Master of Music - Music Education

Submit online evaluation or contact Kevin Droe (kevin.droe@uni.edu) to schedule an interview. For more information visit: http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/music-ed 

For information on the distance learning program in music education offered entirely online via Adobe Connect, please visit: https://www.uni.edu/continuinged/distance/music-ed

Please note: the distance learning program is offered cooperatively with the Continuing Education program and is NOT eligible for scholarship or assistantship support. On-campus students in the Music Education master’s program ARE eligible for scholarship/assistantship.

Master of Music - Music History

Interview and Writing Samples consisting of scholarly paper(s) from undergraduate studies coursework. Contact Dr. Alison Altstatt if you need additional information: alison.altstatt@uni.edu

Master of Music - Performance

In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship). If you are sending a recording, a DVD or a video files are the preferred media for submission. You may send DVDs directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you are submitting a video file, please e-mail the file directly to Julia.Bullard@uni.edu.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS and CONTACTS:

String Applicants: Contact Dr. Julia Bullard, Associate Director for Graduate Studies, for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. Julia.Bullard@uni.edu

Piano/Organ Applicants:

1. Perform three contrasting, memorized works. *In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship). 
2. Provide solo repertoire list. 
3. Provide vocal and instrumental accompaniment/chamber music list. 
Contact Prof. Randall Harlow at randall.harlow@uni.edu to arrange your audition.

Percussion Applicants: 
Contact Prof. Kramer Milan for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. kramer.milan@uni.edu

Woodwind Applicants: 
Contact the applied teacher for the area in which you wish to study for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. 
Clarinet: Dr. Amanda McCandless amanda.mccandless@uni.edu 
Saxophone: Dr. Ann Bradfield ann.bradfield@uni.edu
Bassoon: Prof. Cayla Bellamy cayla.bellamy@uni.edu
Oboe: Dr. Heather Peyton heather.peyton@uni.edu
Flute: Dr. Hannah Porter-Occeña hannah.porter-occena@uni.edu

Audition requirements for the Flute Studio/MA and MM Flute Performance candidates: 

1. Two to three contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including 1 movement of a concerto from memory 
2. Two to three standard orchestral excerpts 
3. All major and minor scales from memory (extended to B)

Brass Applicants: Contact the applied teacher for the area in which you wish to study for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. 
Horn: Dr. Tina Su   yu-ting.su@uni.edu 
Trumpet: Dr. Randy Grabowski  randy.grabowski@uni.edu 
Trombone: Dr. Anthony Williams anthony.williams@uni.edu 
Tuba: Dr. Stephanie Ycaza stephanie.ycaza@uni.edu

Vocal Applicants: Please review the voice division information for graduate applicants on their page here: https://music.uni.edu/voice. Contact Dr. John Hines (john.hines@uni.edu) to schedule your audition.

Master of Music - Piano Performance and Pedagogy

  1. Perform three contrasting, memorized works. *In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship). 
    2. Provide solo repertoire list. 
    3. Provide vocal and instrumental accompaniment/chamber music list. 
    4. Provide a scholarly paper from undergraduate studies coursework.

    Please contact Prof. Andrea Johnson (andrea.johnson@uni.edu)to schedule your audition.

Artist Diploma

Please contact Dr. Julia Bullard for information (julia.bullard@uni.edu) and specific requirements.