Apply & Audition


2015-2016 Graduate Admissions

Apply and Audition

To be accepted to the School of Music, one must complete an application for admission to George Mason University, as well as completing the requirements for admission to the School of Music (audition, portfolio, etc.). To apply for an audition, the School of Music requires a completed application to the University Admissions department (this can be done simultaneously with an audition application).

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Master of Music



Mason Graduate Admissions *

* Graduate Admissions to George Mason University must be sent to the following address:
George Mason University
4400 University Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22030

2014-2015 Graduate Auditions

Dates Coming Soon!!




For questions regarding Graduate entrance auditions, please contact Melinda Wildman


2015-2016 Graduate Admission Requirements


An applicant for the Master of Music degree is expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent. 
The following documents should be submitted either
online or mailed directly to CVPA (see below for address).

  • One-to-two page Goals Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (two copies of each transcript)
  • TOEFL test scores for international applicants whose native language is not English or for those who have not studied and received a degree from a college or university in the United States, Canada,the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand. Click here for GMU English Proficiency Standards.
Deadline for Spring 2016 Admission:  November 1, 2015
Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission:  March 1, 2016

CVPA Graduate Admissions is a self-managed system that is administered by the University’s Graduate Admissions Office:

We encourage interested applicants to open their applications online, provide correct and current information, and check the status of the application
on a continual basis.  Applicants are assigned a “G#” once an application is opened; this is a Mason identification number
that will be key to all University communications. 

Master of Music Concentration Requirements

PERFORMANCE Live Audition (please visit the Auditions page to schedule).  For specific audition requirements for your instrument/voice, please click here.

COMPOSITION:  A portfolio of compositions must be submitted for review by the composition faculty along with recordings. No live audition is required.
CONDUCTING:  Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to This should be a video, and include recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature. It should include at least 15 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years.  Once pre-screen materials have been evaluated, the School of Music will contact applicants directly regarding a live audition.  These pre-screening materials can be submitted directly to:
George Mason University
4400 University Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22030
JAZZ STUDIES:  Submit five (5) tunes in contrasting styles to These styles can include Blues, Bop, Fusion, Cool, Swing, Early Jazz, or Latin. A resume, and a complete list of all tunes you can play (this list will be used at your live audition) can be submitted directly to:   
George Mason University
4400 University Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22030
The School of Music will contact MM Jazz Studies applicants regarding a live audition. If invited, the "live" audition will consist of two (2) prepared tunes in contrasting styles e.g. Blues/Bop; Swing/Early Jazz etc., one (1) solo transcription and sight-reading.  Applicants should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of scales used in jazz; (See "Jazz Auditions" web page).  You may use a recorded accompaniment of play-a-long such as Jamey Aebersold.  Rhythm section instruments will demonstrate techniques idiomatic to your instrument e.g. comping, walking, various grooves.  
MUSIC EDUCATION:  Submission of a paper, at least two pages in length (double spaced), on the applicant's philosophy of music education. To the extent possible, include in the paper references to significant people in the field of music education.  After your philosophy statement has been reviewed & approved you will be invited to interview with the Music Education Faculty. Teaching experience is required.
Further information regarding graduate music programs may be obtained from Melinda Wildman, Academic Advisor (703-993-1392).

Please send all application documents that were not uploaded (letters of recommendation, paper application, transcripts) and concentration documents (composition portfolios, conducting DVD’s, and music education philosophy statements) directly to:
CVPA Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22030

School of Music Scholarships

Students wishing to be eligible for scholarships through the School of Music must complete their audition by March 1, 2016.

Scholarships awarded by the School of Music are based on the audition application and the entrance audition performed by the applicant.

All School of Music scholarships will be awarded on April 1, 2016.

For further information, contact the School of Music via email or Graduate Coordinator, Melinda Wildman (703-993-1392).

Prospective Doctoral Students

Please visit our DOCTORAL ADMISSIONS page for application and audition requirements.

Download the doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) application

Further inquiries can be directed to Graduate Coordinator, Melinda Wildman (703-993-1392).


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GRE?
The GRE is not required for application to the MM degree program.  
The GRE general test is required for the application to the DMA and PhD degree programs.
What graduate scholarships are available, and how do I apply for one?
Graduate scholarships provide for partial to full instructional fees.
They are awarded for the academic year on the basis of scholarly achievement and performing ability.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be admitted unconditionally in degree status (minimum 3.0 GPA) and receive a recommendation from the faculty in the major area of study.
All scholarships are awarded by the School of Music Scholarship Committee
May I apply to enroll in the winter or spring quarter?
Yes, if you are applying for the MM. The application deadline for the fall semester is March 1st.  The application deadline for the spring semester is November 1st.
If you are applying for the DMA or the PhD, the annual application deadline is January 15th.
Can I defer my term of enrollment once I have been accepted?
Yes.  Complete the Request to Defer an Admission Application form and return to the Office of Admissions.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
FAX: 703-993-4622
ADDRESS: 4400 University Dr, 3A4, Fairfax, VA 22030
International Questions
What TOEFL or ILETS score do I need to be accepted?
To be considered for admission, applicants must score at least 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, 88 on the Internet based TOEFL, (with a minimum score of 20 in each section), or 575 on the paper based TOEFL, and 4.5 on the TOEFL essay.  A TOEFL score of at least 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper based) is required to qualify for Teaching Assistantships.
If you chose to take the ILETS examination you must score 6.5 or higher.
How do I get the I-20?
Please visit the Office of Admissions website by clicking here.

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