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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Musicology

1. A completed application by filling out an online application;
2. Two letters of recommendation;
3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical.
4. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Musicology degree must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the area of music history, music theory, and analysis. In many cases, prospective students will be asked to come for an interview with the Musicology Faculty.

Ethnomusicology

1. A completed application by filling out an online application;
2. Two letters of recommendation;
3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical.
4. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Ethnomusicology degree must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the area of Ethnomusicology. They must demonstrate promise of superior achievement in advanced study and research. In many cases, prospective students will be asked to come for an interview with the Ethnomusicology Faculty.

Music Theory

1. A completed application by filling out an online application;
2. Two letters of recommendation;
3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical.
4. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.
5. Samples of tonal composition (chorale melody harmonization, sonata or fugue exposition, invention, song, chorale prelude).

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Music Theory degree must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the area of music history, music theory, and analysis. They must demonstrate promise of superior achievement in advanced study and research. In many cases, prospective students will be asked to come for an interview with the Music Theory Faculty.

Composition

1. A completed application by filling out an online application;
2. Two letters of recommendation;
3. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical.
4. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.

In addition, send three or four recently completed compositions (scores and recordings when possible) directly to:

Professor David Olan
Doctoral Program in Music
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
10016-4309

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Composition degree must present a strong background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the area of music history, music theory, and analysis as well as exceptional achievement in composition. Prospective students may be asked to come for an interview with the Composition Faculty.

DMA Performance

To apply to the DMA program in musical performance, the following is required (Deadline for application materials is December 1, 2013):

1. A Master's Degree in Music Performance
2. An online application form
3. Two letters of recommendation.
4. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
5. One or two samples of your written work, that is: a substantial term paper or a chapter from an undergraduate or Master's thesis, etc.
6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores: Required of any applicant without a degree from an English-speaking college or university
7. The first round of auditions consists of a pre-screening CD. This recording should contain 40-60 minutes of your playing (singing). The program should include solo repertoire from (at least) three different musical periods. For string players and pianists, a complete sonata from the 18th or 19th century is required. It is recommended (but not required) that you include one work composed after 1950. For the remaining piece or pieces, you may, if you choose, include complete movements excerpted from longer works. The recording does not need to be of a live performance.
8. The prescreening CD and writing samples should be mailed to:

CUNY Graduate Center
Admissions Office
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
 
Include a note identifying the materials as part of your D.M.A. Performance application.


If the adjudicators determine that your application materials (including the recorded performance) are satisfactory, you will be notified by early January regarding arrangements for an audition at the CUNY Graduate Center. Auditions - by appointment only - will be scheduled either Friday, February 7, or Saturday, February 8, 2014.

In addition to the general University requirements for admission, applicants for the Performance DMA must present an adequate background, as judged by the Admissions Committee, in the areas of music history, music theory, and analysis. They must demonstrate promise of achievement in study, research, and scholarly writing.

If you have any further questions meanwhile, please contact Prof. Norman Carey, Deputy Executive Officer, DMA Program in Performance.