Doctoral Admissions

 

PhD in Music Education, DMA—Performance, DMA—Conducting, and DMA—Composition

Deadline: January 15

 
 

To download the doctoral GTA application, please click here

Entrance Requirements For All Programs:

1. Admissions Application

2. Master’s degree in music from accredited college or university with overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.50 or above in the area of specialization (music education, performance, conducting, or composition).

3. Satisfactory scores on GRE General Test.

4. Appropriate international paperwork (if necessary).

5. A sample of academic writing about music, such as a graduate-level paper from a musicology, music theory, or music education course taken during master’s-level studies.

6. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or those who can evaluate the applicant’s academic, professional, and artistic potential.

7. Resume of academic, artistic, and professional accomplishments and positions.  DMA applicants should include a repertoire list of publicly performed works.

*There is no “provisional” admission. Students must meet appropriate standards prior to commencing doctoral studies.

PhD in Music Education: Interview

8. Interview with Music Faculty (scheduled after receipt and initial processing of other application material).

DMA—Performance: Audition

8a. Pre-Screening Audition — this is an audio recording of recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature.  The Screening Audition can be an audio CD or a MP3 file or it can be a web-based file.  Video is optional.  It should include at least 60 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years.

8b. A live audition at Mason (approximately 15 to 20 minutes of musical material) will be scheduled after a successful initial evaluation of the pre-screening material discussed above.  Conventions regarding memorization should be followed for your performance area.

DMA—Conducting: Audition

8a. Pre-Screening Audition — Please 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 45 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years.

8b. A live audition at Mason (approximately 15 to 20 minutes of musical material) will be scheduled after a successful initial evaluation of the pre-screening material.  This audition may include an assessment of other skills critical to the artistic success of conductors such as sight-reading, sight-singing, ear-training, and error detection.

DMA—Composition: Portfolio

8. Portfolio (scores) of recent compositions, preferably for varying ensembles.

9. Recordings of recent compositions (within the last two or three years).  These can be in audio CD, MP3 format or web-based.

 
 

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

 
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  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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