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Graduate Admissions for
Master's Programs

All graduate applicants must submit a complete application and supporting materials. The checklist for all graduate programs is listed below; please be sure to read through the additional program specific materials.

 

All MUSIC materials should be mailed to:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall (021-00)
Attn: Matthew Schillizzi
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

All DANCE materials should be mailed to:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Attn: Norma Porter
Dance Department – 3rd Floor
1700 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

Graduate Application Checklist

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M.A.: Dance
 
M.F.A.: Dance
 
M.M.: Choral Conducting - SUBMIT MY PRESCREENING RECORDING
 
  • Applicants must submit a prescreening recording via Acceptd of a rehearsal or performance of at least 10 minutes in duration.  
  • Once selected, applicants will be invited to a live audition; during this time, applicants will rehearse and conduct the Concert Choir, a 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 20 minutes in three or four stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the choral faculty.
  • Live auditions are held in the early spring semester. 
  • Application, supporting materials, and prescreening recording must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.
 
  • Applicants must submit a composition portfolio including PDF composition scores via Acceptd. Recordings can supplement the scores.
  • If an applicant has enrolled in the Seminar in Composition prior to his or her application for formal admission to the program in Composition, the work accomplished there may serve to meet this entrance requirement, if satisfactory.
M.M.: INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING - SUBMIT MY PRESCREENING RECORDING
 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Applicants must submit a prescreening video to Acceptd - face and torso facing the camera - 15-20 minuts of rehearsal and 5-10 minutes of performance.
  • Written Analysis: Applicants must upload to Acceptd a written score analysis of one of the following selections: Theme and Variations, opus 43 a by Schoenberg; Lincolnshire Posy by Grainger; or Chester Overture for Band by Schuman.
  • Once selected, applicants will be invited to a live audition; during this time, applicants will rehearse and conduct the Wind Symphony, a 65-member ensemble, for approximately 20 minutes in varied repertory, selected by the faculty.
  • Live auditions are held in the early spring semester.
  • All application materials (including 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, resume, and prescreening recording) must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.
M.M.: Music Education
 
  • Required Coursework: Previously completed coursework must be the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University (124-135 hrs). Applicants must hold a completed degree in Music Education.
  • Certification: Applicants must be certified to teach by at least one state in the US. A copy of the teaching certificate must be submitted.
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Performance: Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Acceptd of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Written: The applicant will have 90 minutes to demonstrate writing skills and general knowledge about music education. The exam is scored by Music Education faculty members. Results are considered in the admissions decision. Additional coursework may be required to remediate inadequacies.
  • Additional Materials: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit any additional information that will help the faculty in the admission decision; items may include, but are not limited to, digital recordings of compositions or arrangements, recordings of performance groups, lesson or rehearsal plans, curriculum development material, and recital performance recordings.
  • Interview: After the application is complete, the applicant should contact the Music Education Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange a campus visit and an interview.
M.M.: Music Education plus Certification
 
  • Required Coursework: Previously completed coursework must be the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University (124-135 hrs).
  • Required Coursework: Applicants must show completion of at least 6 undergraduate credits in college-level math and at least 6 undergraduate credits in English composition and literature (combined).
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Performance: Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Acceptd of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
  • Academic and Musical Profile (AMP) - Written: The applicant will have 90 minutes to demonstrate writing skills and general knowledge about music education. The exam is scored by Music Education faculty members. Results are considered in the admissions decision. Additional coursework may be required to remediate inadequacies.
  • Additional Materials: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit any additional information that will help the faculty in the admission decision; items may include, but are not limited to, digital recordings of compositions or arrangements, recordings of performance groups, lesson or rehearsal plans, curriculum development material, and recital performance recordings.
  • Interview: After the application is complete, the applicant should contact the Music Education Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange a campus visit and an interview.
M.M.: Performance, Opera, Jazz Studies, Accompanying, Pedagogy
 
M.M.: History
 
  • Applicants must submit an undergraduate-level paper via Acceptd demonstrating the applicant's ability to analyze music and/or report research. SUBMIT MY PAPER
M.M.: Theory
 
  • Applicants must submit an undergraduate-level paper via Acceptd demonstrating the applicant's ability to analyze music and/or report research. SUBMIT MY MATERIALS
  • Two assignments from their work in theory courses: 1) An assigment of a compositional nature (counterpoint, a figured bass, a harmonized melody, an original composition, etc.), and 2) An assignment of an analytical nature (a formal analysis, a harmonic analysis, a pitch-class set analysis, etc.)
M.M.T.: Music Therapy or M.M.T.: Music Therapy Equivalency
 
  • Audition: Applicants are required to submit a recorded audition via Acceptd. See audition requirements for more information. SUBMIT MY AUDITION
  • Interview: Interviews are scheduled after an application is complete. The M.M.T. Program Coordinator will contact the applicant for available dates and times. An in-person interview with the music therapy faculty is required for all those applying for assistantships.
M.S.: MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
 
  • An undergraduate degree in Music or its equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Competitive applicants should possess an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher.
  • Applicants must submit a project or portfolio either electronically or on a thumb drive. Examples include, but are not exclusive to, a short film scored by the student; a composition, orchestration, or an edited or mixed recording where music technology was used in its creation (such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Fruity Loops, MIDI, Garageband, or Max/MSP/Jitter); or a piece of software or hardware designed or manipulated by the student, among others. The purposes of the project or portfolio will be to demonstrate originality, creativity, and the ability to work in one or more technological areas. In addition to any sound (.mp3) or video (.mp4) files, the actual source files (raw files) or representative examples must be submitted. For example, rather than just submitting an .mp3 file created in Garageband, su.bmit the .mp3 file AND the Garageband (.band) file. These raw files must include all of the source materials in a zipped folder.
  • A brief narrative explaining how the project was created.
  • No audition is required for entry into the program.
  • International applicants should submit a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based).

To submit your portfolio, please either mail your materials to the address below or submit them electronically to music@temple.edu, which can be done best via Google Drive. Written documents can be mailed in or emailed to music@temple.edu.

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall (021-00)
Attn: Matthew Schillizzi
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

 

Questions? music@temple.edu or dance@temple.edu

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