Students seeking admission into the Master of Music in Performance degree program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements (see Graduate Bulletin). All students seeking admission to the Arkansas State University Graduate Music Program must take the Department of Music entrance examinations in music history, music theory, music education (MME only) and ear training. This examination is generally administered during the week prior to the beginning of classes. The results of this examination assist in planning each student’s exact course of study. Contact the Graduate Program Supervisor for details. Click here for a study guide. A grade of “A” or “B” must be achieved in any remedial coursework. Remedial coursework may not be counted as credit toward the degree. Arkansas State University graduates who begin graduate studies within eighteen months of graduation will not be required to take the entrance examination providing they received an “A” or “B” on all undergraduate music theory and history coursework.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Music in Performance with an emphasis in Instrumental or Vocal Performance must audition for the appropriate applied faculty member prior to initial enrollment. At the discretion of the applied faculty member a three to five member committee may be convened to hear the audition. The applied faculty member (or committee) will evaluate the performance and report the results to the Graduate Program Supervisor. All graduate instrumental and vocal performance students are required to perform a proficiency jury at the end of the first semester of applied study. Students will receive written comments from the jury panel.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Music in Performance with an emphasis in Instrumental or Choral Conducting must submit a videotape or DVD to the appropriate applied conducting faculty member prior to initial enrollment, or conduct two pieces in live audition. At the discretion of the applied faculty member, a three to five member committee may be convened to evaluate the videotape or live audition. Contents of the videotape or DVD should include two or more numbers of contrasting style with a total time of no less than eight minutes. The video should be a front view of the conductor, not the ensemble. The conducting faculty (or committee) will evaluate the videotape and report the results to the Graduate Program Supervisor.