Music Concentration Admission Requirements
Performance(Single Instrument or Voice, or Multiple Instruments): Live Audition (please visit the Auditions page to schedule). Prepare approximately 20 minutes of repertoire in varying styles. Voice must prepare repertoire to include foreign language pieces such as French, Italian or German.
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 of recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature. The pre-screening audition can be a DVD or it can be web-based file. Video is not optional, though some of the selections may be audio only. It should include at least 15 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years. These pre-screening materials can be submitted directly to:
Jazz Studies: Submit a CD of five (5) tunes in contrasting styles: Blues, Bop, Fusion, Cool, Swing, Early Jazz, Latin, etc., resume, and a complete list of all tunes you can play (this list will be used at your live audition). These materials can be submitted directly to:
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 Studies 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.
Further information regarding graduate music programs may be obtained from Melinda Wildman
, Academic Advisor (703-993-1392).
ALL APPLICANTS: 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
, MSN 1H4
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Scholarship Information: Students wishing to be eligible for scholarships through the School of Music must complete their audition by March 1. Scholarships awarded by the School of Music are based on the audition application and by the entrance audition performed by the applicant.
Should you have further questions, please contact the School of Music (703-993-1380) or Melinda Wildman