Graduate Admissions/Audition Requirements

Applying for graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music requires three basic steps:

  1. Complete the University Graduate College Application.
  2. Complete the School of Music Graduate Studies Application form.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Details on these three steps, as well as additional information related to admission requirements, fees, deadlines and special area requirements (major-specific information) can be found below.

University Graduate College Application

In addition to the School of Music Application, the university requires the submission of an Application for Graduate Study (for domestic students) or an International Application for Admission (for international students). Applications are available from the university or online at http://www.grad.uni.edu/admission/ (domestic) http://access.uni.edu/stdt/internat_instr.htm (international). Paper copies may also be requested. Applications should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office (domestic) or Office of Admissions (international) at the address below.

School of Music Application Forms

Download Application Forms: .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)

To request an application packet by U.S. mail, please contact:

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Music
Russell Hall 115
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246
319-273-GRAD (4723)
music@uni.edu

Letters of Recommendation

The School of Music requests two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who are very familiar with the applicant's academic and professional preparation, and can properly evaluate their capacity for successful graduate study. (Examples would be undergraduate professors, school administrators, and professional colleagues.) Please have letters of recommendation sent to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the address below.

Download School of Music recommendation forms: .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)


Admission Requirements

All prospective graduate students must secure approval of both the University of Northern Iowa and School of Music before admission to a degree program can be granted.

Admission is normally granted when the applicant has met the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree, or international equivalent, with a major in music from an accredited institution, or the demonstrated equivalent in the case of international students.
  2. A minimum entering grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (scale: 4.0 = A).
  3. Completion and submission of all School of Music, Graduate College, and University application materials, including application fee.
  4. Successful audition or interview in desired area of specialization.
  5. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer, or 79 (Internet).

The Graduate Record Examination (general test) is NOT required for admission to the MA or the MM degree programs.

For more information concerning admission requirements, please see the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.


Special Area Requirements

Master of Arts

In-person audition in area of applied concentration (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship). See Master of Music -Performance for area listings.

Master of Music - Composition

Portfolio and recordings of compositions. Contact Dr. Jonathan Schwabe for specific requirements. jonathan.schwabe@uni.edu

Master of Music - Conducting

In-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting Faculty. It is also recommended that the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A video/DVD recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Tapes/DVS's should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two (2) or three (3) works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures. Contact Dr. Ronald Johnson for additional information: ronald.johnson@uni.edu

Master of Music - Jazz Pedagogy

In-person audition and interview. Also, applicants must submit an essay of interest (no more than 2 pages) outlining experiences in jazz performance, composition, arranging and/or teaching, as well as stating professional goals in any or all of these areas. Contact Mr. Chris Merz for additional information: chris.merz@uni.edu

Master of Music - Music Education

Submit online evaluation . For more information, visit: http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/music-ed
Contact: Dr. Kevin Droe   kevin.droe@uni.edu

Master of Music - Music History

Scholarly paper(s) from undergraduate studies coursework.

Master of Music - Performance

In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).

String Applicants: Contact Dr. Julia Bullard, String Division Chair, for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. Julia.Bullard@uni.edu

Piano/Organ Applicants:

1. Perform three contrasting, memorized works. *In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).
2. Provide solo repertoire list.
3. Provide vocal and instrumental accompaniment/chamber music list. 

Percussion Applicants:
Contact Dr. Randy Hogancamp for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date. randy.hogancamp@uni.edu

Woodwind Applicants:
Contact the applied teacher for the area in which you wish to study for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date.
Clarinet: Dr. Amanda McCandless amanda.mccandless@uni.edu
Saxophone: Dr. Ann Bradfield ann.bradfield@uni.edu
Bassoon: Dr. David Rachor  david.rachor@uni.edu
Oboe: Dr. Heather Peyton heather.peyton@uni.edu
Flute: Dr. Angeleita Floyd angeleita.floyd@uni.edu

Audition requirements for the Flute Studio/MA and MM Flute Performance candidates:

1. Two to three contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including 1 movement of a concerto from memory.
2. Two to three standard orchestral excerpts
3. All major and minor scales from memory (extended to B)

Brass Applicants: Contact the applied teacher for the area in which you wish to study for audition requirements and to arrange your audition date.
Horn: Dr. Tina Su   yu-ting.su@uni.edu
Trumpet: Dr. Randy Grabowski  randy.grabowski@uni.edu
Trombone: Dr. Anthony Williams anthony.williams@uni.edu
Tuba: Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk  jeffrey.funderburk@uni.edu

Vocal Applicants: Audition repertoire must include selections representing different musical styles and four languages (English, French, German and Italian) and include at least one aria from an opera or oratorio. All audition repertoire must be memorized, with a total length of approximately 20 minutes for the M.M. program. An applicant may bring his/her own pianist. Please contact Dr. Korey Barrett, chair of the voice area, to arrange your audition.

Master of Music - Piano Performance and Pedagogy

1. Perform three contrasting, memorized works. *In-person audition (audio recordings are permissible if an in-person audition would pose undue hardship).
2. Provide solo repertoire list.
3. Provide vocal and instrumental accompaniment/chamber music list.
4. Provide a scholarly paper from undergraduate studies coursework.

Artist Diploma

A high quality recording (DVD preferred) of unedited performance time  demonstrating technical skill, musical expressive and interpretive ability.  A live  audition and interview may be required (other Admission requirements listed  under Artist Diploma in this Handbook). For more information, contact Dr. Julia Bullard, Associate Director for Graduate Studies   julia.bullard@uni.edu

Additional Application Instructions and Information

Application Fees

The application fee for domestic students is $50.00 and should be paid directly to the Registrar’s Office at the address below. The application fee for international students is $70.00 and should be paid directly to the Office of Admissions at the address below. Applications will not be processed until application fees are received.

Previous Education

The University of Northern Iowa requires official transcripts from undergraduate institutions. Please contact the Registrar’s office at your undergraduate institution and arrange for transcripts to be sent directly to the Registrar at the address below. International students should arrange to have documents sent to the Office of Admissions at the address below.

School of Music Application

A paper copy of the School of Music Application for Graduate Admission can be obtained by contacting the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the address below. Please send the School of Music Application for Graduate Admission to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the address below.

Download School of Music application forms .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)

Letters of Recommendation

The School of Music requests two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who are very familiar with the applicant's academic and professional preparation, and can properly evaluate their capacity for successful graduate study. (Examples would be undergraduate professors, school administrators, and professional colleagues.) Please have letters of recommendation sent to the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the address below.

Download School of Music recommendation forms: .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)

Statement of Objectives and Goals

To promote a more substantive evaluation of your application, we ask that you please write a one-two page, double-spaced (12-point type) narrative indicating your objectives and goals for graduate study. Please include this with your application.

Auditions and Interviews

An audition, interview, or submission of a scholarly paper or composition is required for admission depending on the degree sought. Students should contact the School of Music at 319-273-2024 to be connected with the appropriate faculty member to arrange for an audition/interview. Auditions/interviews must be completed prior to application deadlines.

University Application

In addition to the School of Music Application, the university requires the submission of an Application for Graduate Study (for domestic students) or an International Application for Admission (for international students). Applications are available from the university or online at http://www.grad.uni.edu/admission/ (domestic) http://access.uni.edu/stdt/internat_instr.htm (international). Paper copies may also be requested. Applications should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office (domestic) or Office of Admissions (international) at the address below.

TOEFL

International students (from non-English speaking countries) are required to submit proof of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer) or 79 (Internet).  Scores should be sent directly to Office of Admissions at the address below.

Application Deadlines

All application materials/paperwork [i.e. University application, School of Music application, Graduate Assistantship application, Tuition Scholarship application, references and transcripts] must be received prior to February 1st. Auditions and interviews must be completed by February 15th for the following school year.

Addresses

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246

Registrar’s Office
115 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

Office of Admissions
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

Diagnostic Examinations

Following admission to the Graduate College and School of Music, and prior to initial registration, all entering degree students are required to complete diagnostic examinations in the following areas:

Music Theory
Music History
Expository Writing

Other diagnostic examinations may be given in areas such as music education, conducting, jazz, vocal diction, etc.

All entering students are encouraged to prepare diligently for these examinations and review their undergraduate knowledge and experiences in music theory, analysis, music history, and written expression. It is assumed that adequate training has been experienced at the undergraduate level and that review and preparation will enable most students to register for regular graduate-level courses in the above areas immediately upon entering the degree program.

It should be emphasized that these examinations are not intended as exclusion devices, but rather as a means of ascertaining levels of competency in the examined areas. Students who score below certain standards will be counseled as to appropriate means for addressing deficiencies. Graduate review and other remedial courses do not satisfy minimum degree requirements.

Register for Diagnostic Exams

On-line registration

Registration for the Diagnostic Exams MUST be submitted 4 weeks prior to exam.

To request a registration form by US mail, please contact:

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246
319-273-GRAD (4723)
music@uni.edu

Note: Diagnostic Examinations are only given on-campus (Campus Map)


Diagnostic Examination Schedule

Diagnostic exams are generally scheduled during the week prior to the first day of classes in the Fall. Incoming graduate students MUST take diagnostic exams prior to the first day of classes. Exams will take place in Russell Hall.

Graduate Student Orientation

For more information on the Diagnostic Exam Schedule and Graduate Student Orientation,
click here.

Study Guides

Download a Study Guide for Diagnostic Examinations: .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)

University Links

UNI Department of Residence: http://www.uni.edu/dor/

Tuition & Fees: http://www.uni.edu/tuition/

Residency Requirements: http://www.uni.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees/residency-determination/guidelines-for-determining-residency

Financial Aid: http://www.uni.edu/finaid