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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)
  2. Complete the School of Music Graduate Studies Application form. (online)
  3. Submit names of at least two (2) professional references (this is within the School of Music Application) and let your references know that they will receive a link to submit an online recommendation.
  4. Submit additional documentation (transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores, application fees) directly to the UNI Graduate Admissions Office
    Or submit electronically: admissionsprocessing@uni.edu
  5. Review the special area requirements below to see if you need to take any other actions for your particular major of interest, including audition/interview/portfolio and/or other requirements

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:
http://www.grad.uni.edu/admission/application-process

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

STEP TWO: FILL OUT School of Music Application Forms

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 3: Letters of Recommendation

The School of Music requests at least two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who are very familiar with the applicant's academic and professional preparation, and can properly evaluate their capacity for successful graduate study. (Examples would be undergraduate professors, school administrators, and professional colleagues.) Please submit the names and contact information for your references using this form:

http://www.uni.edu/music/graduate-study-application-references

We will contact your references to provide a link to an online recommendation form.

STEP FOUR: 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. Statement of Objectives and Goals:  To promote a more substantive evaluation of your application, we ask that you please write a one-two page, double-spaced (12-point type) narrative indicating your objectives and goals for graduate study. 

ADDRESSES for submission of application materials:

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS: Attention Linda Jernigan
or
DOMESTIC ADMISSIONS: Attention Laurie Russell
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Email to:
admissionsprocessing@uni.edu

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

    For more information concerning admission requirements, please see the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

    STEP FIVE: Special Area Requirements

    Master of Arts

    In-person audition in area of applied 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

    Portfolio and 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

    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 link  are the preferred media for submission. You may send DVDs directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you are submitting a video link, please e-mail the link directly to Julia.Bullard@uni.edu

    String Applicants: Contact Dr. Julia Bullard, String Division Chair, 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. Robin Guy at robin.guy@uni.edu to arrange your audition.

    Percussion Applicants: 
    Contact Dr. Ryan Frost for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. ryan.frost@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. Angeleita Floyd angeleita.floyd@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. Jesse Orth jesse.orth@uni.edu 

    Vocal Applicants: Please review the voice division information for graduate applicants on their page here: https://music.uni.edu/voice

    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 Dr. Lynn Worcester (lynn.worcester@uni.edu) to schedule your audition. To visit the Piano Pedagogy website, click here

    Artist Diploma

    A high quality recording (DVD preferred) of unedited performance time  demonstrating technical skill, musical expressive and interpretive ability.  A live  audition and interview may be required (other Admission requirements listed  under Artist Diploma in this Handbook). For more information, contact Dr. Julia Bullard, Associate Director for Graduate Studies  julia.bullard@uni.edu

    Artist Diploma Vocal Audition Requirement