Graduate Auditions

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. Applications to the University and School of Music may be submitted simultaneously, but are not required to be.

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Apply to the School of Music: Coming August 2017

Any questions regarding auditions can be directed to Andrew Dougherty, Audition and Recruitment Coordinator, at 703-993-1390. To make an appointment with Prof. John Kilkenny, Assistant Director of Concert Bands, please call 703-993-5637.

2017-2018 Masters 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 online through SlideRoom.

  • Application to the University
  • Pre-Screen Materials
  • 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.

To pursue a Graduate Certificate in music at George Mason University, refer to the following:

Deadline for Spring 2018 Admission 

  • MM Application Materials:  October 1, 2017

Deadline for Fall 2018 Admission

  • Doctoral Application Materials: January 15, 2018
  • MM Application Materials: February 1, 2018
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.

Address to send application materials, including transcripts:
Electronic transcripts only:
ugtrans@gmu.edu

For direct application assistance:
Office of Graduate Admissions: masongrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-9700

For general information about admission to our programs:
Stevie Otto: artsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-5576

Master of Music Concentration Requirements

  • PERFORMANCE: Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This should 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. See our listing for specific audition information for your instrument/voice.
  • COMPOSITION:  A portfolio of compositions (scores and recordings) must be submitted to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This portfolio will be reviewed by the composition faculty along with recordings. No live audition is required.
  • CONDUCTING:  Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This should 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.
  • JAZZ STUDIES:  Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. This should include five (5) tunes in contrasting styles, a resume, and a complete list of all tunes you can play (this list will be used at your live audition). 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, 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.  In addition to your paper, a 15 minute teaching demonstration should be uploaded to the SlideRoom portal with the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. After your philosophy statement and teaching demonstration have been reviewed & approved you will be invited to interview with the Music Education Faculty. Teaching experience is required.
  • PEDAGOGY:  Applicants should submit an audio and visual recording to the SlideRoom portal within the application to the university. This should include recent performances presenting appropriate musical literature. It should include at least 15 minutes of music performed within the last two or three years.  In addition to the audio and visual recording, a 15 minute teaching demonstration should be uploaded to the SlideRoom portal with the application to the university. The link for SlideRoom submissions will be sent to you via email upon submission of your online application. Once pre-screen materials have been evaluated, the School of Music will contact applicants directly regarding a live audition.


School of Music Scholarships

Scholarships awarded by the School of Music (awarded on April 1, 2018) are based on the audition application and the entrance audition performed by the applicant. Students wishing to be eligible for school of music scholarships must
  • Complete their entire admissions portfolio and audition by March 1, 2018

For further information, contact John Kilkenny.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE is not required for application to the MM degree program.
  • 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.
  • 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. CVPA Deferral Request Form
    FAX: 703-993-4622 ADDRESS: 4400 University Dr, 3A4, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 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.

For information regarding graduate music programs, contact Melinda Wildman, Academic Advisor.